After Saturday’s street dancing competition, you should watch the next day’s float parade showcasing Davao’s fruits, flowers, and other produce. The parade starts as early as 7am on Sunday and is the culmination of the Kadayawan festival. It’s a highly-anticipated event, not only because of the floats, but also because of the showbiz personalities who join in the procession.
Here’s part two of my photo essay on my first Kadayawan experience:
Here’s the finished Abreeza float designed by Arlene Puentespina.
We know how hard it was to create this. The attention to detail, using only the freshest flowers and orchids, just put a smile on people’s faces is really something to appreciate.
It’s always amazing to see kids perform under the heat of the morning sun.
The GMA 7 float was not designed well. It was just saved by the beauty of Solenn Heussaff and Lovi Poe.
The S&R float featured a big shopping cart, which was a bit too commercial.
Drum bands on floats are always a hit during parades. 🙂
The beautiful young ladies of Davao add excitement to the parade.
The Coca-Cola float was impressive despite its commercial nature, with matching star power from Enchong Dee.
The ABS-CBN float marked the end of the parade, with the crowd going crazy over McSpicy girl Jessy Mendiola. 🙂
Overall, I found Davao’s floral parade to be more organized than that of Baguio’s, and I love that they use real fresh flowers and orchids. Although for me, the Panagbenga Float Parade is still better in terms of grandeur of the floats.
The Kadayawan float parade could have benefitted from bigger and less billboard-type floats and more participants. There was less participation this year probably because of the security situation.
Davao should also invite drum, lyre, and bugle bands from the big universities or from professional performing groups to join future parades. I felt that the kids were exploited, having made to perform under the heat of the sun and regardless of all the security concerns.
But in spite of all that, I still had an awesome time.
Congratulations to Davao for a successful KADAYAWAN Festival 2013!
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