Pamulak sa Kadayawan 2017 [Kadayawan Floral Float Parade]

Written by Ria Jose

Most people associate Davao with durian, pomelo, and orchids, among other things. These are just some of the things we celebrate during the Kadayawan Festival. Kadayawan is Davao’s annual thanksgiving celebration that highlights its bountiful harvest of fresh tropical fruits and flowers. Davao’s bountiful harvest do not just add color and flavor to Davao’s culture, but also give a lot of Davaoeños their livelihood and source of income. We pay homage to these gifts through the much awaited Pamulak sa Kadayawan Parade. This year, Pamulak sa Kadayawan 2017 will take place on August 20, Sunday.

Pamulak sa Kadayawan 2017

Pamulak sa Kadayawan 2017

Pamulak sa Kadayawan 2017 is open to any person, group, organization, institution, or company. Participating floral floats are required to do an interpretation of “the celebration of life, thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, and the bounties of harvest of the city, its traditions, myths, and legends” while adhering to the Kadayawan sa Dabaw 2017 theme “Stand Tall. United. Resilient.”

Pamulak sa Kadayawan 2017 Categories

There are three categories for competing floats: DAKO (Big), GAMAY (Small), and LAHI (Alternative).

The minimum size for floats joining the DAKO Category is 8 feet in width and 16 feet in length. GAMAY entries are entries below 8 feet in width and 16 feet in length including indigenous or extraordinary small vehicles. These may be motorized or manually driven. Entries in the LAHI Category are anything indigenous or extraordinary small vehicles which are animal driven, and not electric, motorized, or fuel powered.

The maximum height for all floats is 14 feet from the ground.

Finally, all competing floats are required to use at least 80% fresh flowers, plants, fruits, or vegetables as medium.

Corporate Floats at the Pamulak sa Kadayawan 2017

Pamulak sa Kadayawan 2017 is also open to non-competing floats. Corporate non-competing floats are required to use at least 20% fresh flowers, plants, fruits, or vegetables as medium. The maximum height for non-competing floats is also 14 feet from the ground. Finally, a payment of P50,000 as participation entry fee is required for every non-competing float joining the parade.

Other Guidelines and Deadline

If you’re interested to join the Pamulak sa Kadayawan 2017, continue reading.

First, participants are required to fill up the entry form. Then, they are required to submit a description and explanation of their float in not more than 150 words.

Deadline of submission of forms for participating entries is on August 12, 2017, Saturday.

The final briefing for all participants is on August 15, 2017, 2 pm at the Kadayawan 2017 Secretariat Office at the 2nd Floor of the City Tourism Office.

Judging of entries is on the day of the parade, August 20, 2017. The parade and judging will start at exactly 7 am along Roxas Avenue.  

The Criteria for Judging for Competing Floats is as follows:

  • Symbolism – 20%
  • Design – 40%
  • Execution – 40%

Prizes for the Competing Categories are as follows:


  • First Place: P700,000
  • Second Place: P500,000
  • Third Place: P300,000
  • Two Consolation Prizes: P50,000 each


  • First Place: P300,000
  • Second Place: P200,000
  • Third Place: P100,000
  • Two Consolation Prizes: P30,000 each


  • First Place: P100,000
  • Second Place: P50,000
  • Third Place: P30,000
  • Two Consolation Prizes: P10,000 each

Forms and Guidelines

Download the forms and guidelines here:
Pamulak sa Kadayawan – 2017 Official Mechanics & Guidelines

Pamulak sa Kadayawan 2017 Entry Form

Kadayawan 2017 Logo

Kadayawan 2017 Logo

For inquiries regarding Pamulak sa Kadayawan 2017, contact the Event Chairperson Emannuel “Wadab” Babao at any of the following mobile numbers: 0917-­9742010, 0921-­7676216 (Smart), 0925-­5073338 (SUN).

This post was written by Ria Jose

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