It’s that time of year again! The Kaamulan Festival in Bukidnon, once called by former Tourism Secretary Ace Durano as the only authentic ethnic festival left in the Philippines today, will soon take place.
The 2012 Kaamulan Festival will start on February 16, 2012 and will end on March 10, 2012, the very same day the Province of Bukidnon celebrates its 95th Foundation Day.
The Kaamulan Festival 2012 schedule of activities can be found below.
The Kaamulan Festival is the annual gathering of Bukidnon’s 7 hill tribes namely Bukidnon, Talaandig, Manobo, Higaonon, Matigsalug, Tiguahanon and Umayamnon.
February 16, 2012 – soft opening of Kaamulan Festival 2012 at Malaybalay City, Bukidnon (the capital of the province). A “pamuhat” or Pamukalag ha pamuhat ta Kaamulan will be held at the Capitol Grounds at 8 am.
February 24, 2012 – Grand Opening of the 2012 Bukidnon Kaamulan Festival.
An opening ritual called Kaamulan ha Pangampu, motorcade (to be participated in by sponsors) and school band parade will take place starting at 6 am. At around 8 am, the formal opening of the Kaamulan garden show, food fest, agri-fair, bazaar, livestock show will take place. A school band competition will also be held at around 10:30 am. For those in the first district of Bukidnon, the registration for the Off-Road 4×4 competition will begin at Mangima, Manolo Fortich.
February 25, 2012 – At 8 am, a Bukidnon Seven Ethnic Groups Convention will take place at the Tulugan area, Capitol Grounds, Malaybalay City. The 2nd Kaamulan Moto-Trail will begin at 8 am at the Kaamulan Grounds.
February 28, 2012 – A tribal wedding is set to take place at 8 am, Tulugan, Capitol Grounds.
February 29, 2012 – At 8 am, a Tribal Olympics of the 7 Ethnic Groups will take place at the Capitol Grounds. In the evening, at around 6 pm, a show will be held at the Capitol Stage dubbed “A Night of Bukidnon Music With Bukidnon Artists”
March 1, 2012 – Kaamulan Rodeo opening at 8 am, Grandstand, Malaybalay City
March 2, 2012 – Catch the Piniliyapan Hu Bukidnon event, 7 pm at the Kaamulan Open Theater, Malaybalay City
March 3, 2012 – 2012 Kaamulan Festival Ethnic Street Dancing Competition (along Fortich Street). There will also be a concert featuring Manila artists, 7 pm at the Capitol Stage. A fireworks display will then take place at around 9 pm.
March 4, 2012 – The Kaamulan Frisbee Tournament will take place at the Capitol Grounds starting 8 am. The Kaamulan Festival 2012 Adventure Race will also be held on this day.
March 5, 2012 – Kaamulan 2012 Motocross competition, 8 am at the Grandstand area
March 6, 2012 – The Talent Night for the 2012 Binibining Bukidnon (Miss Bukidnon 2012) will be held at 7 pm at the Kaamulan Open Theater, Malaybalay City
March 8, 2012 – 7 pm, Coronation Night of Miss Bukidnon 2012 (Binibining Bukidnon 2012), Kaamulan Open Theater
March 9, 2012 – Fun Run, 5 am, Kaamulan Grounds and at 7 pm at the Bukidnon State University Gym, the BSU Chorale concert
March 10, 2012 – 95th Foundation Day of the Province of Bukidnon. A program will be held at the Capitol Grounds
For the complete Kaamulan Festival 2012 Bukidnon schedule of activities, please visit Explore Bukidnon.
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