The largest festival in the Province of Bukidnon will be held from February 1 to March 25, 2017. Here’s the Kaamulan Festival 2017 schedule of activities. This annual Bukidnon festival, recognized by a former Tourism Secretary as the only authentic ethnic festival in the Philippines, is an event that gathers the 7 hill tribes of the Province of Bukidnon.
The Bukidnon ethnic hill tribes are Talaandig, Manobo, Matigsalug, Tigwahanun, Higaonon, Umayamnun and Bukidnon.
Meanwhile, Kaamulan is an indigenous Bukidnon term for “gathering” for any purpose. It can mean a datuship ritual, a wedding ceremony, a thanksgiving festival during harvest time, a peace pact, or all of these together.
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Activities during this Mindanao festival include a bazaar, garden show, food fest, agri-fair, rodeo, motocross, concerts, pamuhat (traditional exercise), ethnic songwriting workshop, ethnic dance clinic, piniliyapan (Bukidnon Dances), the much-awaited Street Dancing Competition as well as various other rituals which showcase the rich culture and beliefs of Bukidnon tribes.
All of the Kaamulan Festival 2017 activities will be held in Malaybalay City, the capital of Bukidnon.
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KAAMULAN FESTIVAL 2017 SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
February 1 to March 25, 2017
8 AM – Food Fest, Agri Fair, Indigenous Bazaar, Garden Show, Kaamulan Bazaar, Culture Arts Exhibit (All at Capitol Grounds, Malaybalay)
February 1 to 4, 2017
7 PM – Performances courtesy of local bands (Capitol Stage)
February 3 and March 25, 2017
Ethnic Rituals (Kaamulan Grounds, Malaybalay City and at the vicinity of Pine Hills/Sumpong)
February 3, 2017
Drum and Bugle/Lyre Competition (Capitol Grounds)
February 28, 2017
8 AM – ICT Forum (Kaamulan Open Theater)
March 5, 2017
8 AM – Fish and tarantula show (Capitol Grounds)
March 10 to 13, 2017
8 AM – Ethnic Sports / Olympics / Tribal Wedding (Capitol Grounds)
March 11 to 12, 2017
8 AM – Chess Tournament (Bukidnon State University)
March 14, 2017
7 PM – Laga Ta Bukidnon 2017 (Miss Bukidnon 2017) Talent Night (Kaamulan Open Theater)
March 17, 2017
7 PM – Laga Ta Bukidnon 2017 (Miss Bukidnon 2017) Coronation Night
March 18, 2017
5 AM – Kaamulan Fun Run (Around Malaybalay City proper)
March 18, 2017
7 PM – Globe Telecom-sponsored show (Capitol Stage)
March 18 to 19, 2017
8 AM – Kaamulan Dart Tournament (Malaybalay Freedom Park, Barangay 4)
March 19 to 20, 2017
7 PM – San Miguel Beer-sponsored shows (Capitol Stage)
March 21, 2017
8 AM – Motocross (Grandstand)
March 22 to 23, 2017
8 AM – Rodeo
March 24, 2017
7 PM – Piniliyapan Hu Bukidnon (A Glimpse of Bukidnon), Kaamulan Open Theater
March 25, 2017
6 AM – Kaamulan Ethnic Street Dancing Competition
9 PM – Fireworks Display
10 PM – Manila artist
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