DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 August) — Homegrown property developer Kisan Lu Lands and Development Inc. won the first place under the Big Float category of the Pamulak sa Kadayawan floral float parade on Sunday.
The IPI Pharmaceuticals Inc., the champion of last year’s Pamulak, landed second and Philippines AirAsia, third.
Kisan Lu won the 700,000 pesos, IPI Pharmaceuticals won 500,000 pesos and Air Asia P300,000.
The business process outsourcing company Teleperformance emerged as champion in the Small Float category, Camella Homes came second and SnR, third.
The Davao Horse Club was adjudged champion in the Alternative float category while Dabawenyo UK Corporation and Man’s Bestfriend won second and third place, respectively.
The top prize for the Small Float category is 300,000 pesos; 200,000 for the second place, and 100,000 pesos for third place.
In the Alternative category, winners received P100,000, P50,000, and P30,000.
City Tourism Office head Generose Tecson said Pamulak had “almost 50 floats.”
She said she is happy with the turnout as she described the floats as “nice and original.”
The Asuncion Drumbeaters won first place in Pitik Kadayawan (drum beating competition), followed by Caraga Drumbeaters, Bambad National High School, Davao Eagle Drumbeaters and Matina national Comprehensive High School at fifth place.
The amounts of P200,000 went to the first placer, P150,000 to the second, and P100,000 fto the third placer. The city also gave P50,000 as consolation prize to non-winners.
In a statement dated “August 2018” and released late Sunday morning, President Rodrigo Duterte, who served as Davao City mayor for seven terms, said he hopes the 33rd Kadayawan celebration would sustain the atmosphere of amity and maintain the pace of development that has transformed Davao City.
Duterte said the Kadayawan is an integral part of the identity of the Dabawenyos.
Held to honor the Indigenous Peoples, the festival has evolved to become a demonstration of Davao’s remarkable diversity, colorful heritage and impressive progress, he said.
“This occasion perfectly validates the city’s unique distinction as a haven of peace, stability and prosperity in the island of Mindanao and the entire country,” Duterte added.
The city government has been giving special attention to the Moro and Lumad tribes residing in the city. There are six Moro tribes — Taosug, Maguindanaon, Iranun, Kagan, Meranaw, and Sama — and five Lumad tribes — Klata, Ata, Ubo Manuvo, Matigsalog, and Tagabawa — in the city.
Mayor Sara Duterte hailed the festival as successful.
“I’d like to thank everyone who worked hard for the success of our celebration. Also, thank you to those people who came out of their houses and joined us in our festivity,” she said. (Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews)