01 February 2011

Festive Kadayawan (looking back with a smile)

Festivals are so cool! This is an avenue where you get to experience the culture of a certain place and at the same time, the people are united in having fun for that precious few days or hours.

I was lucky to get to experience Davao's famed Kadayawan Festival. To explain it much better, according to Wikipedia "The Kadayawan Festival is an annual festival in the city of Davao in the Philippines. Its name derives from the friendly greeting "Madayaw", from the dabawenyo word "dayaw", meaning good, valuable, superior or beautiful. The festival is a celebration of life, a thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, the bounties of harvest and serenity of living."

Even if I was there for work, I took in pretty much everything. Might as well take advantage of the situation, right? I did. I did, I did. :)

Proof of experience: 

 My first ever Kadayawan experience
 Love the hat! Kapuso eh!

 My second Kadayawan experience..this was taken in front of the hotel where we were staying
 Who were present for the festivities? Kami! But work related. :)
Did some shopping, of course, that's the spirit of fun! 

MAMBUKAL RESORT in Negros Occidental (places I've been to..and want to go to again!)

The City of Smiles... that is Bacolod City. My province. A city so lovely that it makes visitors come back over and over again to experience the candid memories that it offers to both local and foreign tourists.

I never get tired of going here..aside from the reason that almost 70% of my kin are here, I enjoy the general ambiance that this province exudes. 

There is this one place though that I never did get to maximize. Mambukal. The first time I went here was with my cousins but we stayed for a very short time only and I was only able to get to the first falls, mind you, there are lots of them there! And I lost my balance while going down fast and almost fell. The second time was for work, and of course, I had to take pics. 

 Just had to satisfy myself by taking pics of the rocks that I was not able to stand up on because of the tight schedule..tsk tsk
Nah, just a photo op..did not go anywhere near the waterfalls nor the hanging bridge
 With Pilita Corales and Vangie Labalan.. Summer episode taping for Lagot Ka, Isusumbong Kita
Nearly naked mud-packed men..and woman.. of Mambukal Resort. There was someone from this bunch that stained my bag with the mud..haha! 

Mambukal Mountain Resort
Minoyan, Murcia, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental

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