The much anticipated celebration of “Araw ng Dabaw” went digital for yet another year, on March 1, amid the Covid19 pandemic that has risen to over 500,000 cases in the country thus far.
Davao City residents were told by Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio to commemorate the joyful event from their respective homes to prevent further spread of Covid19. Further, ex-Davao mayor and Carpio’s father, President Rodrigo Duterte, declared the day a special non-working holiday, allowing citizens to stay home for the event.
“This year is the second time we are celebrating the Araw ng Dabaw virtually—without the usual festivities and gatherings we have been accustomed to in the past,” Sara said. “A lot has happened in the span of a year. We are not the same city we were in 2020, and the threat of Covid19 is still present but … we shall overcome, as we always have, [this] adversity.”
The mayor invited Davaoeños to watch the 84th Araw ng Dabaw celebration online, via the city government’s Facebook page.
The event showcased performances, food, artwork by the local artists, fashion and dance tagged as “Davao’s best”.
This year’s commemoration also sought to pay tribute to all frontliners who had given their lives in service, even last year, and to each Davaoeño that has observed the health protocols for their own safety, Sara said. The mayor is hoping that one day Davaoeños will celebrate “Araw ng Dabaw” on the streets without any qualms.
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