The biggest annual event in Cagayan de Oro, Northern Mindanao is set to happen next month!
The much-awaited 2011 Kagay-An Festival or the 2011 Cagayan de Oro fiesta is set to take place on the third week of August 2011. The Kagay-An Festival 2011 coincides with the fiesta celebration in honor of patron saint St. Augustine. The lead organizers of this major Cagayan de Oro event are Promote CDO Foundation, Inc., the Department of Tourism Region X and the City Government of Cagayan de Oro.
Now if you plan to witness the various 2011 Kagay-an Festival activities, better start planning for your trip! You must also book your lodging as soon as possible as the CDO hotels, CDO hostels and other lodging and accommodation options get fully booked pretty fast.
You can book discounted hotel r...
If you're heading to South Cotabato this week, then you're in luck! The 12th T'nalak Festival is underway this week. The 2011 T'nalak Festival also coincides with the 45th Foundation Anniversary of the Province of South Cotabato, Mindanao. The activities during the T'nalak Festival will be held in Koronadal City, the Municipality of Tupi and the Municipality of Polomolok. This colorful, festive celebration will feature the Mindanao tribes T'boli and B'laan, among others. The T'nalak Festival showcases the rich culture and tradition in these parts of Mindanao.
Apart from the cultural shows, the activities during the 2011 Tinalak Festival will also include a regional trade expo, a drum and lyre exhibition, a field mass dance contest, a brass band showcase, a basketball tournament, motocro...
Thinking of visiting the CARAGA Region here in Mindanao soon? The Caraga Region is where Butuan City is. Caraga, an administrative region, is also the newest region in the Philippines. Composed of 4 provinces namely Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur, CARAGA is also home to 3 cities - Surigao, Bislig and Butuan.
Now if you want to join a festival here in Mindanao, why not attend the Payanig sa Bislig 2011? From February 22 to 26, 2011, Bislig will be the place to be!
Check out the schedule of activities for this year's 2011 Payanig sa Bislig below:
Want to attend the Mindanao festival that was once called by then Department of Tourism Secretary Ace Durano as the "only authentic ethnic festival in the Philippines"?
Kaamulan Festival is the annual gathering of Bukidnon's 7 hill tribes namely Matigsalug, Bukidnon, Manobo, Talaandig, Higaonon, Umayamnon and Tiguahanon.
Bukidnon is a landlocked province in Mindanao, Philippines. It is located on the southern part of Mindanao and is largely considered as the food basket of the Philippines. Here's more information About Bukidnon.
Among the highlights of the Kaamulan Festival 2011 are:
February 18, 2011 - soft opening of Kaamulan Festival 2011, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. A "pamuhat" or Pamukalag ha pamuhat ta Kaamulan will be held at the Capitol Grounds at 8 am.
February 22, 2...
Koronadal's yearly T'nalak Festival is here once again. For tourists and local Mindanaoans who want to witness this colorful festival, check out the Tinalak Festival 2010 Schedule of Activities below. The theme for T'nalak 2010 is “One Dynamic People; One Vibrant Spirit." T'nalak Festival is celebrated in South Cotabato, Mindanao. Incidentally, this year also marks the 44th Foundation Anniversary of South Cotabato.
(within Koronadal City)
Interfaith Thanksgiving Services
South Cotabato Gym
Releasing of Flying Lanterns
So.Cot Sports Complex
* Regional Trade Expo 2010
* Agri Fair 2010
Interested to visit Camiguin Island for this month's Lanzones Festival 2009? Check out the Camiguin Lanzones Festival 2009 schedule below. The 30th Lanzones Festival of the Island of Camiguin aims to give tribute to...well, what else...but the delicious lanzones fruit. If you haven't tried lanzones from Camiguin, Mindanao yet, you're missing a lot! Camiguin lanzones are best known for their sweet taste.
If you're heading on down to Camiguin Island, don't forget to bring your camera, lots of suntan lotion (Mindanaoan highly recommends that you visit both Mantigue Island and White Island), swimwear and other travel essentials...just don't bring sand, please! There are funny (but cute!) things to see in the place dubbed as "Island Born of Fire."
By the way, if you're looking for a hotel...
Here's another reason why you should all go and visit Iligan City, Mindanao during their fiesta month this year (September 2009 up to first week of October 2009). "Higantes" will be among the attractions in this year's celebration of the Iligan City fiesta. These "higantes" (giants), made of paper mache, cloth and other indigenous materials, will be part of the "Kasadya Street Dancing and Merrymaking" event.
Similar to Angono, Rizal's "Higantes," (see inset picture) the entries will vie for a cash prize of P20,000.00.
Each "higante" entry must not exceed 12 feet in height. Organizers also say that the entries must depict two characters linked to the Iligan City fiesta namely St. Michael and Luzbel (Lucifer).
I guess this will be one fun event to take photos of! Wow, Mindanaoan w...
The City of Davao is geared up for this year’s celebration of the Kadayawan Festival. As city streets have already been adorned with colorful buntings and streamers, the 2009 Kadayawan Festival Executive Committee - headed by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte along with private sector co-chair Lorenzo Te, Jr. - has lined up an exciting calendar of events for this year’s celebration.
This year’s theme, “Naghiusang Katawhan Nakigdait sa Kalibutan” (“One People in Communion with the Earth”), fittingly responds to the need of the times as Dabawenyos are reminded of their responsibilities towards Mother Earth. As Davao’s indigenous tribes have deemed the earth as the core of their existence, they have also maintained a special connection to the earth which is also the source of the life, livi...
I can already smell the protests courtesy of animal welfare advocates. Horse fights (also known as "Paaway Kuda"), which are part of the culture of indigenous peoples, will be revived in this year's Kadayawan Festival 2009 celebration. Horse fight competitions will be staged from August 17 to 23, 2009 during the 2009 Kadayawan in Davao City, Mindanao. I bet the people behind the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and other animal welfare organizations can't wait to travel to Davao and condemn the "cruel" competitions.
Recently, the Davao City Council Committee on Lumads (Indigenous Peoples), led by Councilor Myrna Dalodo-Ortiz, revealed that the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) has approved the staging of horse fights during the Kadayawan Festival.
In a horse f...
Do you have plans of attending the Kadayawan Festival 2009 in Davao City this month? If you're looking for one more event to check out during this much-awaited Davao City festival, then why don't you head on down to Garden By The Bay Resort in Lanang, Davao City on August 21, 2009, 9PM for the "WAVE: Beach. Breeze. Booze." event?
Dance to the music of DJ KEELO and DJ MAXIE of CLUB VUDU Cebu City. DJ ZHAUN will also be on the mic pumping up the party! The event, according to the organizers, will also be featured on TV.
This Kadayawan 2009 Beach Party will also see the participation of various henna tattoo artists and fire dancers.
Tickets are sold for P250. Open bar from 9PM-11PM on selected cocktail drinks. Prizes will be given to lucky guests.
There will only be limited number...
In celebration of the 2009 Kadayawan Festival in Davao City, Mindanao, a fun-filled activity which aims to help promote the city's sights and sounds is set to happen on August 21, 2009. Dubbed "Kadayawan Urban Race 2009," the event also aims to encourage the people of Davao City to experience the exciting events happening during the Kadayawan Festival 2009 and have them visit various sites and locations in order to see what the city has to offer.
Organizers hope to encourage the participants to not only enjoy the spirit of the Kadayawan festivities but also for them to experience a friendly competition among fellow Davaoe?os. This activity is sanctioned by the City Tourism Operations Office as one of the official events of this year's Kadayawan festivities.
The Kadayawan Urban Race w...
The Search for Miss Kagay-an 2009 is on! This much-awaited yearly search for Cagayan de Oro City's muse is finally open for interested applicants. If you think you can be an ambassadress of goodwill and tourism for Cagayan de Oro City, if you can execute grace and poise, exhibit wit and brilliance under pressure and act in a manner fitting and worthy of the Miss Kagay-an crown, then read on.
The Miss Kagay-an 2009 pageant is open to all single ladies between 18 and 25 years old, at least 5 feet and 4 inches in height with a beautiful face and figure, has pleasing personality and of good moral character and can speak fluently in English, Tagalog and Cebuano.
If the interested candidate wasn't born in CDO, she must provide proof that her parents or grandparents were born in the city.
The photos are out! I'd like to share with you some of the photos I took during the grand finals of the Kaamulan Jam 2009 Lock and Load Battle of the Bands which was held last February 28, 2009 at the Capitol Stage, Capitol Grounds, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.
The finals night was a successful one - hundreds of people came despite the rain and very chilly weather. A total of five bands performed that night (elimination nights were held from Monday to Friday that week and the winning band had the chance to compete in the finals) and the band called "The Jam" nabbed the top prize of P25,000 cash.
By the way, apart from being one of the official photographers of the event, I (well, technically, the agency I own and manage) was also a sponsor and part of the coordinating committee :)
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