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Kadayawan Festival 2011 Access Pass guidelines

It’s Kadayawan Festival 2011 season in Davao City, Mindanao these days. Unfortunately, if you think you can just take your award-winning photos especially during the Indak Indak sa Kadalanan Parade (street dancing) or the Pamulak (floral float parade) just like that, then you’re in for a big surprise.

This year, the Kadayawan Festival 2011 organizers (Duaw Davao Festival Foundation) have drawn new guidelines for…hold your breath…an access pass.

Something pretty similar to what the Sinulog organizers in Cebu have done/are doing. I’m not sure if Davao is ready for this, though. Anyways, please read and kindly share your comments/thoughts about this below:

MEDIA

If you are affiliated with a media network:

1. Send your full name, company (TV, print, radio) to [email protected] , [email protected] or [email protected] with your clear ID photo (digital file).

2. Media access pass is free, and will be released starting August 15, 2011 with a sticker to identify individual’s authorized entry.

3. Individual is free to cover all events occurring during the Kadayawan festivities (Aug. 12-21, 2011) for free. These are the core activities stated in the calendar of events attached.

4. Media access pass allows exclusive entries to controlled areas that need regulation, specifically full entries inside barricaded areas of Rizal Park and San Pedro Street on August 20, Saturday, for the Indak Indak sa Kadalanan Parade, and on August 21, Sunday, for the Pamulak or Floral Float Parade. This is due to the new stage in front of the existing park stage that will be built for performers, and a barricade around the stage areas for security purposes. With this setup, media is given top priority on said dates for coverage access.

5. It is recommended to always wear the Access pass at all times during your coverage, for easy recognition by authorities and avoid unnecessary misunderstanding with tight security.

6. Failure to comply with above regulations will not allow media access to specific barricaded areas in Rizal park only during listed dates.

NON MEDIA PHOTOGRAPHERS/CLUBS/HOBBYISTS/TOURISTS

1. Send your full name to [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected] with your clear ID photo (digital file) and indicate your club, or organization, if any.

2. Due to the limited capacity of risers afforded to visiting photographers who are interested in covering the events, we are charging a fee of P500 for FULL ACCESS PASS and P300 for ORDINARY PASS valid for two days (Aug. 20-21), to regulate the number of people who can enter the controlled areas (see no. 3). The limitation is on a first come, first served basis, and only up to 100 individuals who registered. Your payment will be given receipt by the Duaw Davao Foundation, Inc.

3. This FULL ACCESS PASS is good for two days, specifically full entries inside barricaded areas of Rizal Park and San Pedro Street on August 20, Saturday for the Indak Indak sa Kadalanan Parade, and on August 21, Sunday, for the Pamulak or Floral Float Parade. This is due to the new stage in front of the existing park stage that will be built for performers and a barricade around the stage areas for security purposes. With this setup, media is given top priority on said dates for coverage access.

4. The ORDINARY PASS allows the individual coverage of all areas during the Indak Indak or Floral Float Parade except for the barricaded stage area, which has a limited carrying capacity.

5. Individual is free to cover all events occurring during the Kadayawan festivities (Aug. 12-21, 2011) for free. These are the core activities stated in the calendar of events attached.

6. It is recommended to always wear the Access pass at all times during your coverage, for easy recognition by authorities and avoid unnecessary misunderstanding with tight security.

7. Failure to comply with above regulations will not allow individual the access to specific barricaded areas in Rizal Park only during listed dates.

For more information, call the City Information Office at the Davao City Hall, Duaw Davao Foundation Office.

HERE’S THE KADAYAWAN FESTIVAL 2011 SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES, by the way.

I’m a digital photographer myself and I’m not too keen with this new proposal. I just seriously hope this access pass will not discourage non-Dabawenyos from coming to my beloved hometown.

What are your thoughts on this issue?

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