Kadayawan Tribal Village’s name, “Kadayawan” derives from the friendly greeting "Madayaw", from the Davaoeño word "dayaw", which means good, valuable, superior or beautiful.
The village does hold up to its name. In an effort to protect and preserve our country’s beautiful and colorful culture for future generations, the Davao City Tourism Office created a cultural peace hub in Davao’s Ramon Magsaysay Park where the cultural homes of the Lumad and Moro groups were relocated and reconstructed. It is a striking display of Philippine architecture from the eleven Indigenous and Moro groups.
The Kadayawan village goes beyond the architecture and delves deeper in the different cultures of the indegenous and moro groups. Kadayawan village is a great venue to exhibit the indigenous peoples of mindanao, also known collectively as “Lumads.” You can learn about the lives and cultures of the eleven groups when you visit, some of these groups in the village are: the “Iranun”, in their display, a weaving machine called the “iraun” can be seen.
Another group called the “Maranao” with their house embellished with the design of “Sarimanok”, a legendary bird. As elaborate as their house is a wooden chest called “baul.” On another exhibit, you can see the wedding garments of the “Tausug.” The kadayawan village also offers visitors a chance wear the traditional clothing for free.
The “Obu Manuvu” tribe displays their sheer talent in creating hand woven baskets. There are so many things to learn about the variety of different but inter-connected cultures of the diverse Filipino people, and truthfully, the Kadayawan Village fulfils its purpose of being a cultural peace hub. The park is indeed a celebration of the different cultures we have in Mindanao and in the Philippines at large.