DAVAO CITY – The 30th Kadayawan Festival highlights the “Lumadnong Dula” and it was participated in by five tribes in Davao City.
The game started with ritual chanting, tribal dance and a cultural presentation from each of the tribes namely, Ata-Manobo, Ovu-Manobo, Matigsalug, Tagabawa and Klata Manobo.
The tribal games aim to preserve the culture of the indigenous people which are slowly being forgotten.
Charles Raymond Maxey of the Davao City Sports Development Division under the City Mayor’s Office said the city is holding the Lumadnong Dula in observance of the United Nations’ Declaration of the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples on September 13, 2007.
“Based on that declaration of the United Nations last 2007, during its 61st session in New York, we came out with this idea. Our aim is to preserve the culture of the IPs,” Maxey said.
Close to 250 tribal residents joined the 12 tribal games where they displayed their skills. Among the games were water fetching (sosakoro or panikado), fire-making (totaringki or paning), tug of war using abaca rope and various target-hitting games namely sasalid, solopot and bubuntug.
The city government has alloted P589,000 for the cash prizes and food of the participants.
Text and Photos by ACE R. MORANDANTE