The Kadayawan Festival is a yearly event that focuses on how united the local tribes of Davao City are despite their different beliefs, cultures, and traditions. As residents of the city, they all come together each year not only to showcase their cultures but also to support each other in their quest for equality, recognition, and respect.
One of the festival’s most-awaited events is the Hiyas sa Kadayawan – a pageant that puts the spotlight on the fairest maiden from each tribe. For this pageant, it is not beauty that takes center stage. Instead, the candidates are judged based on their talent, their knowledge about their culture, and how they represent the whole region.
Meet the candidates in the 2016 search for Hiyas sa Kadayawan: