By Marlon Gayog & Lito Delos Reyes
DAVAO CITY – The 2nd Davao Indigenous Tribal Games get underway Aug. 20 with five tribes led by defending champion Ata Manobo competing and showing their culture and tradition at the People’s Park.
Organized by the City Government of Davao through the Sports Development Division-City Mayor’s Office (SDD-CMO), the one-day activity gives recognition to the city’s indigenous people’s (IPs) and is one of the highlights of this year’s celebration of the 30th Kadayawan Festival.
Aside from the games, a ritual chanting, dances and cultural presentation from the different competing tribes will spice up the Tribal Games scheduled to start at 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Tourism Assistant Secretary Arturo Boncato Jr. have been invited as the guest speaker while City Administrator Atty. Jesus Melchor V. Quitain will deliver the welcome message.
Councilor Halila Y. Sudagar, the IP representative to the City Council, will hand out the cash prizes and medals to the winning tribes in the afternoon while SDD-CMO officer-in-charge William “Butch” Ramirez will declare the Tribal Games open in the morning.
Also to display their skills in the 12 events associated with their culture and language are the tribes of Matigsalog, Obu Manovu, Tagabawa and Klata Manobo. Around 250 lumads are expected to see action in the Games.
Fire making, water fetching, tug-of-war and hitting targets using bow and arrow are just some of the events that will be showcased in the Tribal Games. The events include osoroy, papano, sisibow, solopot, bubuntug, aakow, tataringki, sosakoro, kakasing, sisikot, palahoy and bibinayu. A total of P580,000 budget was allocated for this year’s Tribal Games to cover cash prizes and food of the competing lumads.
The champion tribe will receive P55,000 while the second and third placers will get P45,000 and P35,000, respectively. Both the fourth and fifth finishers will go home with P20,000 each.
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