28 August 2011

Summer 2011

My summer destinations were: 
    Surigao. My first stop in Surigao was Hinatuan's Enchanted River, about 45 minutes away from the town proper.  Long drive but worth the taking.  Locals talk about the river being watched by spirits that is why no one swims there by 6 pm. I was accompanied with my eldest brother Jerik, who is currently residing there, and with my other brother Lyndon together with his girlfriend Valerie. 

                          Second Stop was in Bislig's Tinuy-an Falls, still in Surigao. It is but normal for one to be struck speechless and amazed when one sees for the first time the Tinuy-an Falls – definitely THE grandest and most majestic waterfalls I’ve ever seen. And it’s not an overstatement.

      Manila. Well, not my first time but definitely made my summer a great one. I went there to accompany my sister Angela in her condo, to attend her Graduation and my next trip  was also exit-Manila. We had big time real bonding together during the Holy Week. Also I spent my 19th birthday there only with my good friend Jam. 


     Malaysia. Third stop is in Kuala Lumpur.  KL is a sprawling city. Despite having many attractions, Kuala Lumpur is one of those cities which is short on must-see attractions: the real joy lies in wandering randomly, seeing, shopping and eating your way through it.


Singapore. Summer months were about to end but clearly not mine. I had to go to the Lion City. My last stop but definitely the best. Singapore is a melting pot of cuisines from around the world, and many Singaporeans are obsessive gourmands who love to makan ("eat" in Malay). You will find quality Chinese, Malay, Indian, Japanese, Thai, Italian, French, American and other food in this city-state. When I was in SG, I tasted the greatest coffee I've ever tried in my life. ;)

And that's how my summer went. Summer 2011, the angelique's way. ;)

21 August 2011

"KADAYAWAN": Remembering the Past

The term "Kadayawan" is derived from the Mandaya word “madayaw”, a warm and friendly greeting used to explain a thing that is valuable, superior, beautiful, good, or profitable. 

Long time ago, Davao’s ethnic tribes residing at the foot of Mount Apo would converge during a bountiful harvest. This ritual serves as their thanksgiving to the gods particularly to the “Manama” (the Supreme Being).
Various farming implements, fruits, flowers, vegetables, rice and corn grains were displayed on mats as villagers give their respect and thanks for the year's abundance. Singing, dancing and offerings to their divine protectors are the highlights of this ritual.
Although times have changed, this practice of thanksgiving or “pahinungod” is still very much practiced by modern day Dabawenyos. This tradition flourished and evolved into an annual festival of thanksgiving.
In the 1970’s, my grandfather Mayor Elias B. Lopeza Bagobo, initiated tribal festivals featuring the lumad and the Muslim tribes of Davao City where they showcase their dances and rituals of thanksgiving.
Later in 1986, a program called "Unlad Proyekto Davao" was initiated by the government which was aimed to unite the Dabawenyos after the turbulent Martial Law era. At that time, the festival was called "Apo Duwaling," a name created from the famous icons of Davao: Mt. Apo, the country's highest peak; Durian, the king of fruits; and Waling-waling, the queen of orchids.
Apo Duwaling” was meant to showcase the city as a peaceful destination to visit and to do business after 1986 EDSA Revolution.
Finally in 1988, City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte renamed the festival as "Kadayawan sa Dabaw" to celebrate the bountiful harvest of Davao’s flowers, fruits and other produce as well as the wealth of the city’s cultures. To this day, the festival continues to honor the city's richness and diverse artistic, cultural and historical heritage in a grand celebration of thanksgiving for all of Davao City's blessings. 
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