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Schedule: Kaamulan Festival 2023 in Bukidnon (only authentic ethnic fest in the Philippines)

Kaamulan Festival is the annual gathering of the Province of Bukidnon’s 7 hill tribes. A former Tourism Secretary called it the only authentic ethnic festival in the Philippines and I must say, there’s nothing like it! It’s colorful, vibrant, loud, warm, heartwarming and just full of energy, culture and tradition.

This year, the Kaamulan Festival 2023 is happening! The Bukidnon festival was suspended for 2 years during the pandemic. The Kaamulan Festival 2022 happened but it was toned down to just a few events. Hopefully, this Kaamulan 2023, the festivities will be back in full force and everyone can really feel the vibrancy of this amazing ethnic festival.

The Kaamulan Festival is a yearly gathering of the Talaandig, Tigwahanun, Higaonon, Manolo, Matigsalug, Umayamnun and Bukidnon tribes. These are the 7 Bukidnon hill tribes. Most, if not all, of the activities happen in Malaybalay City, the capital of Bukidnon.

* Image from our sister site, Bukidnon Online

By virtue of Provincial Ordinance 2018-083R(13th SP), (the originating resolution was authored by Bukidnon 2nd District Board Member and my friend, Atty. Nemesio Beltran, Jr.), the Kaamulan Festival is held from March 23 to April 23 every year. Atty. Jun also confirmed it to me that the festival will be held during this period.

Update: Atty. Jun already sent Mindanaoan the tentative schedule of activities! We have it FIRST!

Kaamulan Festival 2023 Tentative Schedule of Activities

March 23

Grand Opening / Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (Capitol Grounds)

Drum and Lyre Competition

Culture and Arts Exhibit (month-long)

Garden Show and Agri-Fair (month-long)

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March 24

Kaamulan Ethno Cultural Music Festival (Centennial Stage, Malaybalay City) – until March 25

March 25

Rodeo (Impasugong) – until March 26
Dart Tournament (TBA) – until March 26
Ultra Marathon (2nd Leg) Malitbog / Manolo Fortich

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March 27 to 29

Chess Tournament (Bukidnon State University)
Basketball (Valencia City and Manolo Fortich) – until March 30, Finals on March 31

April 1

National Enduro Fest (Manolo Fortich) – until April 2
Motocross (Grandstand, Malaybalay City)
Tennis Tournament (Barangay 1, Malaybalay City) – until April 2
Softball Tournament (Capitol Grounds) – until April 2

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Mr. and Ms. Summer Bod (Mangima, Manolo Fortich)

April 3 to 5

Car and Motor Show (Robinsons Place, Valencia City)
Dance Sport (Robinsons Place, Valencia City)
April 6 to 9 – no activities in observance of the Holy Week

April 10 to 12

Ethnic Sports (Capitol Grounds, Malaybalay City)
Badminton (Belyca, Malaybalay)

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April 13

Tribal Wedding (Capitol Grounds)

April 14

Piniliyapan Hu Bukidnon (Folk Arts Theater)

April 15

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Binibining Bukidnon 2023 (Sports Complex, TBA)
Horse Show (Valencia City)
Obstacle Course – Registration (BRCI, Manolo Fortich)

April 18 and 19

Open Volleyball (Manolo Fortich)

April 21

Boxing (Freedom Park, Malaybalay City)

April 22

Pamuhat / Pamukalag

Kaamulan Street Dancing (Pine Hills Sumpong area to Capitol Grounds)

Night activities: Celebrity band performance and Pyro Musical

This schedule is still subject to change so please join the Mindanaoan Facebook group to be updated!

Our heartfelt thanks to my friend Bukidnon 2nd District Board Member Atty. Jun Beltran!

Here’s one of the videos I took during the Kaamulan Festival many moons ago:

READ: How to get to Malaybalay City

Fast fact: Kaamulan is an indigenous Bukidnon term that means “gathering” for any purpose.

The biggest crowd drawer will undoubtedly be the Ethnic Street Dancing and Ground Presentation Competition. The contingents will represent the tribes (there will also be tribal members in each contingent) and will showcase the dances, music and practices.

If you plan to witness the 2023 Kaamulan Festival, best to already book your accommodations early since Malaybalay City doesn’t have enough lodging places yet. You can search for discounted hotel rooms below: (or you can also search for Valencia City hotel rooms — Valencia is about 30 minutes away from Malaybalay)

Valencia City – List of Accommodation

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