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Photos: Kaamulan Festival 2015 at Grandstand Malaybalay Bukidnon

I went to Malaybalay City, Bukidnon a few days ago to see the preparations being done in time for the Kaamulan Festival 2015. The Kaamulan is a yearly gathering of Bukidnon’s 7 hill tribes and the said festival is the biggest and most-awaited in the province.

Now, I’ve been an observer of the Kaamulan Festival for several years now. In fact, there were many instances when I was tasked to handle and cover big, important events. So you could just imagine my disappointment when I saw for myself this year’s preparations. The biggest change? The transfer of the bulk of the activities from the Capitol Grounds to the Grandstand area in Malaybalay. For those unfamiliar with the area – the Grandstand is located in an inner location. The soil at that area gets really soft and muddy when it rains. And it rains almost everyday.

What I saw saddened and greatly disappointed me. I’m just hoping that things will get better in the next few days. Otherwise, the observation of Malaybalay locals, who actually live right behind the Grandstand, holds true: “Kaamulan ni or Intrams?”

kaamulan festival 2015 malaybalay bukidnon

kaamulan festival 2015 malaybalay bukidnon

kaamulan festival 2015 malaybalay bukidnon

kaamulan festival 2015 malaybalay bukidnon

One good thing that I noticed, though – instead of tourists or visitors, there were lots of policemen at the area. I’m not sure if this is helpful for business establishments like the one near the Bukidnon Tourism booth that sells televisions. That day, only one policeman went to their store to check out their products.

kaamulan festival 2015 malaybalay bukidnon

Yes, folks, there’s a ferris wheel and other perya rides and booths at the Grandstand. SMH.

kaamulan festival 2015 malaybalay bukidnon

kaamulan festival 2015 malaybalay bukidnon

I don’t understand why they couldn’t come up with a bigger activity map. Seriously.

kaamulan festival 2015 malaybalay bukidnon

Still interested to visit? Here’s the Kaamulan Festival 2015 schedule of activities

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2 Comments

  • king ortsac

    i believe it’s a good idea that booths are setup at the grandstand for the very reason of protecting the seedlings planted at the Capitol ground. Atong gahuna-hunaon ra man gud ang atong kaugalingong kalipay pero wala nato gihuna-huna ang kinaiyahaan.

    • HAHAHA if only that’s the real intention. This is not even about “personal happiness” at all. It’s about honoring the REAL reason why there’s a Kaamulan Festival in the first place. Is it really about “protecting the seedlings” or giving the Lumads an appropriate, comfortable, spacious area for them to celebrate what is theirs?

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