DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 March) – Fifty “lechon baka” (roasted cows) will be shared for lunch among the thousands of revelers joining Friday’s Parada Dabawenyo, a socio-civic parade and one of the highlights of the 81st Araw ng Davao.
“We invite the Dabawenyos to come out, celebrate, and participate in the parade,” said Erwin Alparaque, human resources head, during a press briefing on Thursday.
He said food packs, donated by Pilipinong may Puso Foundation and Petron Foundation, would be distributed to revelers at the C.M. Recto Avenue after the socio-civic parade. Both helped the city government by donating relief goods to residents affected by past calamities.
In a statement, lawyer Raul Nadela Jr., Mayor Sara Duterte’s chief of staff, said the distribution of the food packs is a show of appreciation as the “city government is very thankful to those who will really come and join us in our celebration.”
The route of the parade, to be participated by 350 contingents, will start at Roxas Avenue, going to CM Recto Ave., then Bonifacio St., Pelayo St., and San Pedro St.
Authorities warned that there would be heavy traffic along Quirino Ave., Magallanes St., Quezon Boulevard, Illustre and Camus Streets, and Ponciano St.
Alparaque appealed to the contingents to avoid unnecessary stops to prevent obstructing the flow of the parade.
He said the city’s police force, members of the Public Safety and Security Command Center, City Transportation and Traffic Management Office, and other force multipliers will be positioned to control the traffic and secure the safety of revelers.
President Manuel L. Quezon signed Commonwealth Act No. 51, creating the City of Davao, on October 16, 1936, but the city was inaugurated on March 1, 1937 with then Interior Secretary Elpidio Quirino.
Other festival activities include coronation night of Mutya ng Davao, Sayaw Pinoy (traditional dance competition) on March 15; Duyog Davao (concert of Dabawenyo artists); Araw ng Dabaw Street Party on March 17; Davao Unplugged 2018 (battle of the bands) on March 18; Agribiz Expo on March 19; Davao City Agri Awards on March 21; and Mindanao-wide Women’s Forum on March 22. (Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews)