Hundreds of thousands are expected to gather for a big thanksgiving and victory party for President-elect Rodrigo Duterte at the Davao City Crocodile Park on June 4.
Dubbed "DU31: One Love, One Nation Thanksgiving Party," the event will also be in celebration of the political victories of Duterte's children, particularly incoming Davao City mayor Sara Duterte and reelected Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte.
"Davao is asking for [the party]. It is a thanksgiving of their whole family," said Kat Dalisay, one of the organizers.
Dalisay said the entire family will likely attend the event. The incoming president is expected to still be in Davao on that day since he already said he would only go to Manila on the day of his inauguration.
Organizers are expecting the crowd to swell to around 100,000 to 200,000. The free entrance event will be held from 1 PM to 1 AM, and will feature performances from local and Metro Manila artists.
More than 500 talents from all over Mindanao will start the event according to Dalisay.
In the evening, Manila-based celebrities will perform, including Vice Ganda and Carlos Agassi who have both confirmed their participation.
Also expected to perform are Jimmy Bondoc, Gladys Guevarra, Ivy Violan, Bernardo Bernardo, Mark Mabasa, Isabel Granada, KZ Tandingan, Andrew E, Bradley Holmes, Daniel Matsunaga, and Erich Gonzales.
Arnel Ignacio and Kat de Castro will host.
A dance party starting at 10 PM until 1 AM will commence after. DJs from Manila, including Joyce and Victor Pring, Katsy Lee, and Franco Zarate, will share the stage with Davao City DJs.
Beefed up security
With thousands of attendees expected and the possibility of Duterte coming to the event, Dalisay said they are coordinating with the Presidential Security Group and 21 security government agencies to arrange security measures.
They have likewise coordinated with the National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.
The Davao City Police Office will be backed up by the 10th Infantry Division of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to ensure maximum security.
According to local police spokesperson, Chief Inspector Milgrace Driz, all attendees will be frisked before entering the concert venue.
The Davao police also advise attendees to use transparent bags instead. Only transparent water bottles will be allowed inside the venue.
To prevent the recent tragedy from the music festival in Pasay City, deadly weapons and illegal drugs will be strictly screened at the entrance according to authorities. The No Smoking policy in the city will also be strictly observed.
Aside from the concert, a feeding program and medical mission at the People's Park on the morning of June 4 will also be part of the celebration.