Kaamulan – A Gathering!

Ethnic, Events, Kaamulan Festival, Malaybalay City, Province of Bukidnon

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.

Kaamulan - a gathering (BukidnonOnline.com)The Kaamulan Festival, by far the only authentic festival left in the Philippines, usually ends every March 10, the very day Bukidnon celebrates its Foundation Day.

The Kaamulan Festival started in the Province of Bukidnon in the year 1977. The Provincial Government of Bukidnon first sponsored the said festival.

These days, Kaamulan Festival is being celebrated during the latter part of February to early March.

The Kaamulan Festival in Bukidnon is an ethnic festival featuring the province’s seven (7) hill tribes namely Tala-andig, Higaonon, Umayamnon, Manobo, Tigwahanon, Matigsalug and Bukidnon.

Activities during the Kaamulan Festival include a bazaar, garden show, food fest, agri-fair, rodeo, motorcross, concerts, pamuhat (traditional exercise), ethnic songwriting workshop, ethnic dance clinic, piniliyapan (Bukidnon Dances), a much-awaited ethnic street dancing competition, barn dance and various other rituals which showcase the rich culture and beliefs of tribal Bukidnons.

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