Davao increases prizes for Kadayawan Festival’s street dancing contest

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/5 Aug) ¬– The city government of Davao has increased the prizes for the Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan, a street dancing competition during the Kadayawan Festival.

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio announced last Friday during the opening ceremony of the 27th Kadayawan Festival at the People’s Park that the grand champion in the open category will now bag P500,000 compared to last year’s P300,000. The second placer will now have P400,000 instead of P200,000, while the third placer will earn P300,000 instead of P150,000.

The fourth placer will now garner P200,000 and the fifth placer, P100,000. Ten contingents will earn P50,000 each as consolation prizes.

Prizes for the Davao category have increased even more, with the top prize now at P500,000 compared to P150,000 last year. The second placer will have P400,000 while the third would gain P300,000.

The fourth placer for the Davao category will have P100,000 and the fifth will receive P75,000. Ten contingents will receive consolation prizes with P30,000 subsidy from Duaw Dabaw Foundation, the city’s partner in organizing this year’s festival.

Last year, about 20 contingents joined the Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan in both categories.

As of Aug. 1, this year’s street dancing competition already gained 15 contingents, six for open category and nine for the Davao category. Among the participants for the open category include the municipality of Mangudadatu in Maguindanao, Isulan in Sultan Kudarat, Sto. Niño and Lake Sebu in South Cotabato, Mainit in Surigao del Norte and New Bataan in Compostela Valley.

For the Davao-based category, it will be participated by the Sta. Ana National High School, Artemio Loyola Elementary School, Bolton Elementary School, Jesus Soriano National High School, Vicente Hizon Elementary School, Fatima Elementary School in Mandug, Talomo National High School, San Isidro Elementary School and Cesario Villa-Abrille Elementary School.

Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan will be held on August 18 from Roxas Ave. to San Pedro St.

The city government allocated more than P6 million for this year’s Kadayawan Festival. During the opening ceremony, the six-ton bounty basket was unveiled to represent the city’s bountiful harvest.

“The celebration of this year’s festival will have a big impact particularly on attracting more tourists,” Duterte-Carpio said.

The Department of Tourism-XI projected to have more than 70,000 tourists in this year’s Kadayawan Festival. (MindaNews)