Blooming Harvests: Pamulak sa Kadalanan in Kadayawan Festival
While the colorful and festive street dance competition is one of the highlights of Kadayawan Festival in Davao, another parade is a “must-see” by locals and tourists alike. The Pamulak sa Kadalanan or “Blooming in the Streets” Floral Parade, celebrates thanksgiving to the bountiful harvests that the peoples of Davao region receive from Mother Nature herself. The grandeur rivals that of floral parades of Panagbenga in Baguio, with emphasis on endemic fruits and flowers such as durian, marang, mangosteen, and waling-waling orchid.
The day after the beats of agung, kulintang, and drums throb the heart of Davao City, multitude of floral floats, both great and petitie, exhibit the Davaoeno artistry and creativity. Floats depicting the ten tribes, the beauty of Davao, the famed icons such as durian, and a whole lot more were exhibited.
From simple designs to gigantic (I say overwhelmingly big) floats are the kings of the road.
People flocked the streets early in the morning to witness this event. Once again, downtown Davao City’s streets were in “revelry mode,” only that it was more tranquil than that of the Indak-Indak. Most of the people even have time taking photos while the floral floats pass by.
However, people were here not just for the visual ecstasy of beautiful floral floats, but also looking for eye-candies as well…then someone screamed, “Waah!!! Si Coco Martin ug si John Lloyd!! Waah!!!” The mob of digital cameras and mobile phones took aim on the floats with such fury.