Padada’s Fourth Tabanog Festival made spirits soar high in the searing summer heat last 23rd and 24th of May.
The two-day event became a carnival of colors as participants from across the Davao Region and even out of Mindanao flew their saranggolas in the municipality. With many outstanding participants and entries the upcoming tabanog festivals are sure to be the next must-sees for those travelling in Davao del Sur.
The first day began with a kite-making workshop from the Kite Association of the Philippines’s Mr. Eric Basit from Pampanga teaching children (and adults) the art of making a simple kite. It was then followed with a kite-fight (paaway) which saw kite-flyers smash their opponents kites and dreams crashing to the ground.
The second day began as the proceeds of the festival were sunk in a mangrove planting off the coast of Padada. The afternoon proceeded with the competition proper as the participants displayed their kites to the judges. The competition had two distinct categories: one for 3-D and flat kites. The participants then had to fly their kites in a steady fashion in order to win. The Kite Association of the Philippines then made a few demonstrations with recent kite innovations such as the two-handed power kite and a parachute-like leviathan we can only assume was also a kite.
The 3-D kites included various designs such as those of a Ferrari, a dragon, a manannanggal (a transforming monster which departs from its torso), multiple Pegasi, and a life-size Saint Michael’s kite which won the contest.
The festival drew in a large crowd who withstood the flaying summer heat. Among the participants were Davao del Sur Board Member Jason John Joyce, Padada Mayor Atty. Gladys Razonable, and the Regional Director for Tourism in Region XI Roberto P. Alabado III.
Since 2012, members of the Saint Michael’s school of Padada Batch 80 in partnership with the local government of Padada have been organizing the Tabanog Festival in the municipality. The festival serves as a fund-raising activity for the group’s mangrove planting area off the coast of Padada. The alumni group also organize the festival as a way for children to pick up the art of kite-making and encourage them from sedentary lifestyles.
Avenue One Hotel is a proud sponsor and kite-flyer during the Tabanog Festival.