80th Araw ng Davao by the Numbers
Yes indeed! Today is the 80th Araw ng Davao and as the year goes, it adds by the numbers. More and more Davaoenos are celebrating it with graceful and live participation in the Parade. Civic parade is one of the highlight events for this social gathering and maybe this is what the secret ingredient for being a successful get together of a different form of people. Groups who participated from ethnic bracket to professional ones.
How is the 80th Araw ng Davao celebration becomes the secret ingredient
In the Assemble Area
The motorcade is the highlight of today’s event and a lot of group wants to participate in it. Three hundred plus sets registered for the civic parade.There are eight floats to represent the eight decades of the history of Davao and this has changed the usual procession for the past years. You can see a different kind of people from children, old ones, mascots, cosplay, a person with a disability, professionals, students and ethnic groups.
The parade is open to all groups who wanted to join and showcase what they are proud of being a Davaoeno. Luckily, my son is one of them who is a member of the Drum and Lyre in their school. The assembly time is around 6 am for it will start at 7 am. The organizers set a color coding is one of the strategies to divide the groups and is quite very effective.
Although the rain has started the day, it does not stop the people from being persistent to continue the parade. Suddenly the weather goes with and it felt relief to the participants. At last, it started after almost a couple of hours. With small steps to run the parade, it ended about 2 in the afternoon.
My Impression of the Parade
Over the past years that I was not here in Davao, I know I missed the celebrations all throughout the year. So I decided to go with my son as a parent and witnessed the change that they say. The reports told that this year’s different of its usual set-up.
What I personally Witnessed
I was quite impressed with what I personally experience earlier this day. The unity of the people makes it successful and I am humble enough to witness this event. I saw a lot of police and army to secure the area and maintain a peaceful city. Because of the security, they assured to the visitors, tourists and the locals, more and more people are exploring the city without hesitations and gets their heart’s desire.
I am very much happy with this event although very crowded at the same time. I saw the smile of this woman who is very proud and happy with what her race is. This is what reminds us of what simplicity means, of what we have right now and of what we should be thankful.
I salute the police officers, the army, the event organizers, the marshals, the participants, the coordinators and the mayor of my city for making this event very successful this year.
And also a job well is done, my son, Ares, for finishing the civic parade.