Davao City—The women representing the city’s 11 indigeonous tribes in the Hiyas ng Kadayawan this year have their eyes on the crown—the literal headpiece, that is—heading into the festival’s coronation night on Saturday.
That’s because this year’s pageant will feature a new diadem that represents one of Davao City’s gems—the waling-waling flower or Vanda sanderiana.
Waling-waling, which is endemic in Mindanao, is the queen of Philippine orchids. It is one of the icons of Davao City and featured in the city’s “Life is Here” brand.
A lot of work had been invested into the making of the new crowns, from the conceptualization up to the actual creation, said Dan Salvana Jr., the Hiyas ng Kadayawan events director for the second consecutive year.
“This year’s Hiyas ng Kadayawan crown is grander and more functional,” Salvana said.
The Kadayawan Festival was formerly called Apo Duwaling, a play on the icons of Davao, namely Mt. Apo, the durian fruit and the waling-waling.
Salvana said the design of the Hiyas ng Kadayawan crown changes each year. It has no permanent pattern.
“We wanted to have a crown that is inspired by the festival. We also wanted it to be more colorful,” he said.
City Tourism Operations Office head Generose Tecson said the crown has indeed evolved. Back in the days, the crown was heavier and bigger.
“This time, the crown is simpler but more elegant,” Tecson said.
Tres Roldan Cartera designed the Hiyas ng Kadayawan crown using lighter materials such as rhinestones.
The Hiyas ng Kadayawan grand winner will get the biggest crown, while the runners-up will get identical but smaller versions of it.
Saldana said the CTOO will keep the crown safe for the Hiyas ng Kadayawan and other winners, as the crowns will be used during official events.
But when their terms end, the beauties get to keep the crown, he added.
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