The Municipality of Carmen, Davao del Norte is celebrating its second Kahayag Festival this year. Participating organizations (LGUs, schools, etc) showcase their skills and creativity in the Christmas Tree and Belen making contest.

Looking at the well lighted festival area, I felt so proud of my hometown. Pardon me for the quality of the photos as I did not bring a tripod with me.

How to get there:
Take a northbound bus (going to Tagum, Butuan, Mati, Surigao) from Davao City and alight at the Carmen Integrated Bus Terminal. Please note that aircon buses do not enter the bus terminal so you should alight in the main highway in front of the terminal or municipal hall. The festival area is visible from the national road (Maharlika Highway).

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This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Franc Ramon

    These is just the perfect place to visit especially now during the holidays. It would be nice to appreciate the different displays at night.

  2. lovemindanao

    very nice glen, the spirit of Christmas is already in the air. wish to visit carmen too …

  3. Manila Life

    It is good to know that Davao is very optimistic despite of the tragedy that happened to their region. The Kahayag festival seems fun and interesting to witness.

  4. MaryJane Tauyan

    wow! i cant still remember how philippine streets looks so magocal at night at this time of the night!! truly amazing! very inspirational! xx

  5. Traveling Morion

    Sana ma visit ko rin ang Carmen. Sarap maglakad sa gabi jan taz may bibingka at puto bumbong hay;)

  6. papaleng

    Wow! great shots. Second time lang pala ng festival na ito, with NGO and local gov't support this festival will go a long way. Matutulad yan sa Christmas Street ng Bacoor, Cavite.

  7. Glen Santillan

    Tara na! ang layo mo kasi. lol ituloy na natin yung audlot na dinagat trip 🙂

  8. Kenneth Ravida

    Carmen only two or three hours from davao city, didnt know it was a great place

  9. markpogi

    Kahayag Festival seems similar to the Belenissimo in Tarlac. Do you have an idea what makes it different from the ones in Tarlac?

  10. jsncruz

    I've only ever 'just passed by' Carmen whenever I was in Davao. I didn't know they had something so colorful there! (granted, I usually visit during summer) That's a lot of nativity scenes on display! Makes the Santa piece look out of place though haha

  11. Beautiful! My husband and I are looking at Davao as one of the places we want to live when we retire. Funny because we've never been to Davao but based from the things we've heard, it is definitely in our list of places to live.

  12. ralph

    cool! how come we done have one like these in davao city…carmen is like an hour away from my place, maybe we will pay it a visit before the season ends.Yahweh bless

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