Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is keeping his hands off the controversy over the new Kadayawan logo, which has drawn media and public criticism.
At the Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa program on ABS/CBN on Sunday, Duterte said organizers of the Kadayawan Festival 2011 should be given free rein on running the annual event, including the choice of design for the logo — now a bland, green-dominated simple design, a drastic departure from the old logo’s festive image.
OLD KADAYAWAN LOGO
INDAY SARA’S KADAYAWAN LOGO
Duterte said logos are the least of his concerns and if given the choice, he would even suggest a Kadayawan logo of plain black with a skull symbol in the middle.
Mayor Sara Duterte has defended the logo and its dominant green color as a symbol of the local government’s thrust to sell the city as an environmentally friendly tourist destination.
A critic, who asked anonymity, said the extended ears of the letter Y in Kadayawan appears to remind about Mayor Sara Duterte’s clinched fists and her punching of court sheriff Abe Andres.
THE now famous SARA PUNCH
Other critics said the logo smacks of politics, green being the campaign color of Mayor Duterte during the 2010 mayoral election.
Lisette Marques, director of the Kadayawan 2011 Festival, said the logo should not be judged on the basis of the design but for its environmental message.
The brouhaha over the Kadayawan logo is a sort of baptism of fire for the Duaw sa Dabaw Foundation, which is for the first time running this year’s festival after inking an agreement with City Hall.
The Kadayawan festival was managed by the Kadayawan Foundation for a few years until its contract was scuttled by City Hall allegedly for “over-commercializing” the annual event.
The foundation also tied a noose on its neck after, during the last two years that it managed the event, academician and foundation chairman Ed Acaylar, then chair of the Kadayawan Festival committee on the Search for the Hiyas ng Kadayawan, allowed male gay participants to join the beauty contest.
The gays’ entry sparked massive public criticism, and forced Acaylar to leave his consultancy post at City Hall. The openly gay Acaylar is now a mainstay of the popular ABS/CBN-Davao Sunday entertainment show MAG-TV NA SADYA PA and consultant of Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon.