I thought that last year’s Kadayawan was quite something. Kadayawan 2014 has been the best Kadayawan for me thus far — save for the time when I was still studying at Sta. Ana and performed during Kadayawan.

The introvert in me has started to make a few friends and connections. If last year, I was mainly accompanied by my (ex)-girlfriend that time, this year, I have the presence of friends to brag about.

Let’s start with Friday

Jonas and Alyssa committed to a food tasting event, while I attended Globe’s pre-Kadayawan Press Conference.

The time slot of our events was quite untimely, since both events were scheduled at the same time. At least, we’ve got the whole afternoon vacant.

3J planned to go to Abreeza Ayala Mall. I was the one who has initiated the idea. It ended up to be not quite a grand idea because I had left my Max’s GCs at home.

Our Friday afternoon turned into a bore pretty quick since it turned out that Alyssa’s friend/s were busy with other things. We couldn’t watch a movie at GMall either, because that would have meant that Alyssa would go home late. Instead, we decided to go to Matina Town Square and chill out.

At MTS, we tried a new Milk Tea shop, JellyCitea. The Milk Tea was alright, the serving however, was a little on the **bitin** side of things.

Friday was pretty bland compared to how last week Saturday’s gimmick turned out.

To make sure things will be better come Saturday, we laid down an almost perfect game plan.

– Indak Indak
– 3J gets together somewhere downtown
– Max’s food trip
– Crocodile Park visit
– Parokya ni Edgar @ Roxas

We were able to follow the plan exactly how we laid it out, but not without any hiccups along the way.

I went to bed at 2AM. On the 3J thread, I left a note that I may not join them in the morning. Still, I decided to get out of the house and enjoy Kadayawan on the streets.

The joy of Kadayawan was on the verge to be sucked out of me pretty quickly. Dummy me, forgot that backpacks were not allowed in downtown Davao for the duration of the street dances and performances. Luckily though, the things in my bag were just a few wires and my powerbanks that I managed to tuck away in my sling bag.

After taking a few pictures and scouting for the presence of Sta. Ana participants, I went to Chowking Bolton for a Halo Halo.

Together with Jonas, we roamed San Pedro a bit and wandered along San Pedro street. A friend of his invited him to go to the UCCP building, which gave us an almost perfect spot to take photos of the performances with only one hiccup, they were facing in the opposite direction.

At around 12 noon, Alyssa joined us to make 3J complete. We went back to UCCP to check on a few more performances. It was Alyssa’s first time ever to see Kadayawan performances firsthand.

It was almost 2 when we reached Abreeza Ayala Mall to have our Max’s food trip that didn’t push through yesterday. We were just about to confirm our order with the waiter when we received an unexpected text from our co-blogger, Thunder Chick (hahaha, isip ka na ng bago). Naturally, we changed our order to accommodate her presence. It was great fun to have been in the presence of these three peeps. Jonas pulled off his usual scary stare at Alyssa (ehem) and told Jaiza what he knows about her zodiac sign and then some. Yours truly, on the other hand contented himself by eating. I was very hungry that time. We all talked and laughed like we’ve known each for some time. In fact, it’s been the first time that we all got together. Hopefully, that wasn’t the last. It was an extremely unique and special gathering because of Jaiza’s presence; we tried to invite her to our *laag-laag* since last week *pa eh*. Nakakasawa na ang mukha ng dalawa. Hahaha. Joke. :))

J3 + Jaiza at Max's Abreeza Ayala Mall.

3J + Jaiza at Max’s Abreeza Ayala Mall.

3J + Jaiza  goofing around at Abreeza Ayala Mall

3J + Jaiza goofing around at Abreeza Ayala Mall

The good time wasn’t going to last forever, since 3J had to go to Crocodile Park for another event.

In summary, the visit to Crocodile Park was a total mess. Of course, it was fun to talk with the other ‘old school’ bloggers of Davao and flashback to many notable events that took place in these 6-7 years we’ve known each other. It also meant that Jaiza and her friend that we left behind had to find a way into the PNE jamming place on their own. Again, luckily, the situation pretty much resolved on its own.

After staying for a while and talking to Elvin from Smart, we headed straight for Roxas Avenue for the Parokya ni Edgar performance. The TM Republikaravan was brought to us by Republika ng TM / Globe.

Jonas, Kevin (me), Alyssa and Jaiza [L to R]

Jonas, Kevin (me), Alyssa and Jaiza [L to R]

It was an awesome jam. It was even better to see everyone enjoying the TM Republikaravan so much.

A lot of handsets were raffled off by Globe/TM. There have even been a trio of comedians that kept us entertained.

The front act to Parokya ni Edgar wasn’t bad either…

Once Parokya took over the stage, the crowd just went wild. Even my friends have lost it. Hahaha. And yes, of course, ako rin.

Specially when Parokya performed songs that I can relate to. Jeez, kahit nga sobrang dami ng tao, nakita ko parin ang crush ko in the crowd. Unexpected pa talaga. How would I know she’d be there din? Perfect. Well, not really… kasi hindi ko siya na-picturan. Hahahaha. 🙂

Sa uulitin!

Nice photos can't replace the experience. Bitter kay maot ug kuha. :))

Nice photos can’t replace the experience. Bitter kay maot ug kuha. :))