The City Government of Davao has been gearing up for almost three (3)-week long celebration of the city foundation day which officially starts Wednesday, March 1, with a theme “STAND TALL. UNITED. RESILIENT“.
“Our celebration is a celebration of our unity as a people — united in the face of challenges and adversities and determined to survive and overcome every trial that comes our way,” said Mayor Inday Sara Duterte.
“We are here together as one and this is a proof that the Dabawenyos’ strength, determination, persistence, and love for our fellow Filipinos and our country are unwavering and simply indestructible. We have proven to the world that Dabawenyos always survive and rise in unity,” she stressed.
Now on it’s 80th year, Davao City local government has lined up festivities showcasing the culture of Dabawenyos (city locals). Several activities and events are lined up from March 1 until March 18, which is the official stretch of the celebration.
One of the highlights of this year’s celebration is the Parada Dabawenyo. But unlike the parades the past years, this year’s Parada Dabawenyo on March 16 will not only be a civic activity, but also will be an elaborate presentation of the history of Davao. The Parada will showcase eight (8) floats which will display roots of the city and our history as Dabawenyos.
Here is the 80th Araw ng Davao lineup of activities:
|Date||Time||Venue||Activity or Event|
|February 20-March 23||9:00 AM to 6:00 PM||Museo Dabawenyo
|Art Exhibit by Elenita Butch Dumlao|
|San Pedro Cathedral||Misa sa Pasasalamat,|
|Rizal Park||80th Araw ng Dabaw Pasiugdang Pagsaulong (Opening Ceremony)|
|March 1-30||–||Citywide||Duwa Dabaw|
|March 3||10:00 AM-4:00 PM||Garden Oases||Women’s Summit|
|March 1-3, 6-10, 13-15||–||Citywide||Dabawenyo Ako!|
|March 2-9, 11-12, 14||–||Citywide||Pahalipay sa mga Distrito|
|March 3-5, 10-12||6:00 AM-10:00 PM||Rizal Park||Pasundayag sa Rizal Park|
|March 4-5, 10-12||6:00 PM-10:00 PM||Rizal Park||Musikahan sa People’s Park|
|March 8||7:00 AM||Roxas-Rizal Park||Women’s Day Parade|
|March 10||1:00 PM-5:00 PM||USEP Gym||Coke’s We Make Change Work: Women Inspiring Women|
|March 11-12||–||Cinematheque||Davao Life is Here Guerilla Filmathon|
|–||Abreeza Ayala Mall||Mindanao Trade Expo|
|March 12||6:00 PM -10:00 PM||DCRC||LGBT Davao Celebration|
|March 13||3:30 PM||Royal Mandaya Hotel||Pasidungog: Garbo sa Dabaw|
|Marc 14-16||8:00 AM -5:00 PM||People’s Park||Organic Agri Day|
|March 14||8:00 AM -5:00 PM||Rizal Park||City Hall Employees’ Day|
|March 15||1:00 PM – 5:00 PM||Rizal Park||Globe’s Barangay Cheer Dance Competition|
|3:00 PM – 6:00 PM||SM City||2017 Sayaw Pinoy Folk Dance Competition|
|6:00 PM – 10:00 PM||DCRC||Mutya ng Dabaw|
|6:00 PM||Royal Mandaya Hotel||Datu Bago Awards|
|March 16||7:00 AM – 12:00 NN||Roxas-Rizal Park||Parada Dabawenyo|
|6:00 PM -2:00 AM||Rizal Park||Duyog Dabaw: A Celebration of Strength|
|March 17||7:00 AM – 2:00 AM||San Pedro Square||Davao 80’s Street Party|
|6:00 PM – 9:00 PM||Royal Mandaya Hotel||Lunhaw Awards|
|5:00 PM – 7:00 PM||Cinematheque||Life is Here Filmathon Premiere Night|
|March 17-19||6:30 PM – 9:00 PM||Marco Polo Hotel||Indonesian Culinary Festival|
|March 18||6:00 PM – 10:00 PM||DCRC||SMB Araw ng Davao Pasasalamat Concert|
To fully give Dabawenyo’s the opportunity to celebrate these events, March 16 and 17, 2017 have been declared as special non-working holidays by the Malacañang Palace.