One of the Kadayawan’s events is the Cultural Celebration series being held in Rizal Park – the heart of downtown Davao. Today (August 13, 2007), Tausug would be sharing their culture and tradition through songs and dances.
The Tausug or Suluk people are a Filipino ethnic group. The term Tausug was derived from two words Tau Sug meaning ‘people of the current’, referring to their homelands in the Sulu Archipelago. The Tausug people are called Suluk in Sabah, Malaysia. The Tausug are part of the wider Moro ethnic group, who constitute the sixth largest Filipino ethnic group. They originally had an independent state known as the Sulu Sultanate, which once exercised sovereignty over the present day provinces of Basilan, Palawan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, and the Malaysian state of Sabah (formerly North Borneo). This is a high point of contention in the foreign policy of the countries now in possession of this Sultinate: namely those of the Philippines and Malaysia.
The Tausug is one of the tribes present in Davao. Kadayawan Festival is not only a time for thanksgiving or a celebration of life and bounty but also a celebration of our brothers’ culture.