Sunday, March 3, 2013

Bukidnon: Kaamulan Festival 2013 Street Dancing Competition

The Kaamulan Festival 2013 Street Dancing Competition held in Malaybalay City yesterday was a colorful and lively display of the customs and traditions of the seven tribal groups that originally inhibit the Province of Bukidnon. Wearing intricately woven costumes with colorful  trinkets, anklets, headdresses, earrings and necklaces, the tribal folks and townspeople reunited and stomped their feet to the beat of gongs and drums and showcased the indigenous culture of Bukidnon through their dances.

"Kaamulan" came from the Binukid word "amul" which means "to gather". Kaamulan Festival, held annually from the second half of February up to the first week of March, celebrates the gathering of the seven hill tribes, namely, the Bukidnon, Higaoonon, Talaandig, Manobo, Matigsalug, Tigwahonon and Mauyamnon. It is dubbed as the only authentic ethnic festival in the Philippines.

The Street Dancing Competition has always been the highlight of every Kaamulan Festival. This year's edition was participated by six municipalities and two cities of Bukidnon: Pangantucan, Talakag, Dangcagan, Damulog, Kitaotao, Don Carlos, Valencia and Malaybalay. Each contingent came in with their group of ethnic dancers, colorful floats and tribal instruments.





















Winners of the Kaamulan Festival 2013 Street Dancing Competition

Float Competition:
1st Place-Municipality of Talakag
2nd Place-Municipality of Dangcagan
3rd Place-Municipality of Don Carlos

Ground Presentation:
1st Place-Municipality of Kitaotao
2nd Place-City of Valencia
3rd Place-Municipality of Talakag

Street Dancing Competition:
1st Place-Municipality of Kitaotao
2nd Place-Municipality of Talakag
3rd Place-City of Valencia

More photos of Kaamulan Festival 2013 Street Dancing Competition can be found on my Bukidnon Blog.

12 comments :

  1. Kaamulan Festival in Bukidnon is one reason why bukidnon attract more tourist to visit their place. This festival give honor the customs and traditions of its seven ethnic tribal groups.

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  2. Wow, lovely outfit’s and it must have been a great occasion.

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  3. Those colors are such a feast for the eyes! This just became a must-attend-before-i-die for me. And I cross my fingers for the universe to conspire.

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    1. Lots of PTBs came to witness the festival Gay. Hope to see you here next year. :)

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  4. Yes indeed. Kaamulan is one of the best authentic festival in the philippines and the colorful feast I ever saw since I was still a child. I hope to see this celebration again!

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  5. It never bore me in watching the Kaamulan Festival. Every year comes a unique performances and improving.:-). I havnt notice that tatoo earl huh!

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  6. Salamat Earl for the warm welcome and for accommodating us during the festival! I truly enjoyed it! I'm also glad to finally meet you. 'Til next time. :)

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  7. we did enjoy kaamulan 2013 and will come back next year. mabuhay bukidnon! ...:D

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed our festival Love Mindanao. Looking forward to visit Surigao Sur someday.

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  8. I really want to visit Bukidnon. Am waiting some Airline Promos this summer so that I can visit Bukidnon.

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