Saturday, March 3, 2012

Kaamulan 2012 Street Dancing Competition: A Spectacle of Bukidnon's Colors, Cultures and Traditions


The 2012 Kaamulan Festival Ethnic Street Dancing Competition held this morning (March 3), was another showcase of Bukidnon's rich culture and heritage.  The competition has always been the highlight of every Kaamulan Festival, celebrated annually to honor the customs and traditions of the seven ethnic tribes who are the original inhabitants of the Province of Bukidnon: Umayamnon, Tigwahonon, Matigsalug, Manobo, Talaandig, Higaonon and Bukidnon.



Held at the main highway of Malaybalay City, this year's edition of the street dancing was participated by six municipalities and one city of the province: Cabanglasan, San Fernando, Malitbog, Kalilangan, Quezon, Maramag and Valencia City. It was started off by a Pamuhat Ritual, an indigenous practice of seeking the blessing of the spirits through prayers and offerings for the success of the event.




I was there to witness the event just before it started. The pre-competition part has always been a good opportunity to take photos as the crowd is still relatively thin and the participants are always ready to pose and flash their sweetest smiles. I have to give thanks to the Provincial Tourism Office for issuing me a Photographer's I.D. It kinda made my shutter-snapping "official". Hahaha! : )



Colorful costumes, banners and tribal weapons dominated the street. The contingents were a mishmash of young children, students, adults and, of course, the "lumads".





Competition proper started at around 7 AM. Once again, Malaybalay's main thoroughfare was flooded with colors and the air was filled with chants, tribal drumbeats and the sound of gongs.  It was a showcase of Bukidnon's best and simply a spectacle to behold.




The heavens have cooperated and gave Bukidnon a cloudy morning. The contingents as well as the viewing public didn't have to bear the heat of the sun. From Malaybalay highway, the participants proceeded to the Capitol Grounds where final performances were  presented before the judges and invited guests.



18 comments :

  1. huhuhuhuhu... I missed this kind of celebration,
    I also miz Bukidnon, which is my home..

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  2. I love this kind of celebration! Go forward, Bukidnon!

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    1. Mao ni epekto sa "house arrest" bai. Hehehe.

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  4. Awesome!!! :) I love bukidnon my home! Sadly, I wasnt able to catch the street dancing parade :(

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  5. By far, this the most authentic tribal festival I have attended. :) i was really amused seeing those Lumads gracefully dancing to beat of Kaamulan Vibe. :) and the costume - they were just so spectacular!

    IT WAS NICE METING YOU EARL!

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    1. Kaamulan prides itself as the only authentic ethnic festival in the country. Thanks for visiting Bukidnon Olan. I'm glad to meet the one and only Travel Teller!

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    2. Bigla naman akong nahiya dun sa the one and only Travel Teller. Thanks Earl. :) Kung muadto kag davao, lemme know lang ha. :)

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    3. Sure Olan. One bus ride away from Bukidnon lang man sad ang Davao. 5-hour bus ride nga lang.hehehe.

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  6. grabe kaayo ka paspas mag post, hehehe.:-).

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  7. i enjoyed watching the festival...although originally taga bukidnon ko, twas my first time =) im so proud tlga <3

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    1. Nice to know you enjoyed it. Thanks for visiting my blog Mam Grace!

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  8. ito na miss out ko this year. kala ko some time march ito kaya kala ko makakahabol pa ako. ill definitely put this on prioirity list for next year.

    nice as seen through your photos.

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    1. thanks sir dong! i was with estan (langyaw), olan (travel teller) and bonz (contour blog) during this event. hope to see you here in bukidnon during next year's kaamulan festival.

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  9. I really miss my home,,,Malaybalay Is The Best
    Ako remember the old times hung out with barkadaz and become hang over specially during 'KAAMULAN'

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  10. I always enjoy these kind of festivals. Because I love dance. "Kaamulan Festival" festival was one of the best.

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