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The Davao Association of the Midwest (DAM) is holding the “Kadayawan” Festival 2019 on Saturday (Aug. 3) that will be highlighted by a Coronation of Muses at The

Diplomat West Banquets at 681 W. North Ave. at suburban Elmhurst, Illinois (630-279-9700), according to its president, Felita Simpao Cajaleon.

Kadayawan, derived from the Davao word, “dayaw,” which means good, valuable, superior or beautiful, is usually celebrated on the third week of August in the city of its origin — Davao. This cultural event is also a celebration of life, a thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, the bounties of harvest and serenity of living.


Interested parties who want to obtain tickets may call or email Ms. Cajaleon at 773.614.0391 or email address, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., founder, Ely Labja, 773.744.3574 and Vice President Ariel Presto, 630.335.1632.

Adults, who prepay, pay $55 but pay $60 at the door. Kids, who prepay, pay $25 and $30 at the door.



FELITA SIMPAO CAJALEON (fifth from right), president of Davao Association of the Midwest, was guest of Evelyn De la Rosa Tolledo (second from right), president of the revitalized Bikol U.S.A. of the Midwest (BUSAM), during BUSAM's picnic at Bunker Hill on July 14 when this photo was taken. Others in photo from right are Delfin Masangcay, former Bikol USA President Romy Badiola, Mr. Achiles Cajaleon, Edith Labja, DAM Founder Ely Labja, journalist Joseph G. Lariosa & Josie Lariosa. (JGL Photo)

Doors open at 5 p.m. and close at midnight. There will be cash bar and hors d’oeuvres and dinner will be served at 7 p.m.

In existence for the last more than 24 years, DAM is just celebrating its fourth Kadayawan festival this year. It has 300 individual and/or family members that pay $20 per year membership dues.



DAM has been donating its funds raised to different clubs to help out on their medical missions. The association also helped in hosting recent visiting members of indigenous tribes of Mindanao and provided them money. They were accompanied by a team from Malacanang led by Director Virginia R. Arcilla-Agtay of the News and Information Bureau of the Philippine News Agency.

In a message, Ms. Cajaleon said, “It is a great pride that that we represent our home country and people and with deep concern and compassion that we have made it our mission to improve to benefit the lives of the youngest and most vulnerable Dabawenyos.



In addition to continuing to support other US-based charities, we have touched the lives of hundreds of impoverished school children in the most remote areas around Davao City. “Through fundraising efforts, we gladly delivered desperately needed supples and computers for three elementary schools. we also provide for the security and safety of one school with the construction of a fe? at another school, children were walking miles each day in worn sandals. we were delighted to see the faces of over 500 hundred school children as they tried on their new chinless (rubber sandals).


Davao emissaries delivered 200 sacs of rice and canned goods after the Pantukan landslide disaster in Davao Oriental. Our donation was further matched by Josie Anima, wife of the late Davao USA President and Co-Founder, Tony Anima.

I extend great appreciation to all our donors, advertisers, guests for your contributions in making our organization and for event a success. I am grateful to my husband, Aquiles, and to my children.” (Contact reporter: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


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