The city government of Davao has given the Tribal Village a fresh look with renovated tribal houses.
The Tribal Village located inside Magsaysay Park is one of the major attractions in the Kadayawan Festival since 2017.
It has been showcasing the 11 different tribal houses of the six Moro tribes: Tausug, Maguindanaon, Iranun, Kagan, Maranao, and Sama and five Lumad tribes — Klata, Ata, Ubo Manuvo, Matigsalog, and Tagabawa. Members of each tribe show visitors how they cook food and build their houses.
“For this year, we renovated the houses. Everything is just the same, we just try to improve it every year. The tribal village has become a tourist spot,” said Gene Rose Tecson, the chief of the City Tourism and Operations Office (CTOO).
She said the renovation was done by each tribe represented in the village. The lumad group received a budget of P150,000 and P250,000 for the Moro group for the renovation of their houses.
“They have different budgets because the materials used for the construction of the lumad houses are cheaper compared to the materials used for the Moro houses,” Tecson said.
The Tribal Village is open Mondays to Sundays, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Magsaysay Park. Every Saturday and Sunday of August, the 11 tribes showcase their culture through sing and dance during the Bantawan Cultural Presentation at the Magsaysay Park Ampitheater.