Friday, August 15, 2014

Bukidnon Kaamulan Festival 2014: Food Fest, Live Stock Show and Agri Fair

Two Sundays ago, I took my wife and kids to the Bukidnon Capitol Grounds in Malaybalay to check out the on-going activities of Kaamulan Festival 2014. Kaamulan Festival is an annual festivity in Bukidnon which celebrates and showcases the customs and traditions of the seven tribal groups considered as the original inhabitants of the province.  Kaamulan (which means “to gather together”) is considered as the only authentic ethnic celebration in the country. In previous years, it is traditionally held from the second week of February up to the second week of March. But for this year, it is celebrated the whole month of August up to the first day of September to coincide with the 100th Foundation Day of the Province of Bukidnon.

Upon arriving at the Capitol Grounds, we first went to the Food Fest area and ordered lunch at the Pinutos sa Kanto booth. Pinutos is a famous food stop in San Miguel, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon and their specialty is Chicken Pinutos (P100.00 with rice and softdrink), chicken marinated adobo-style then fried and wrapped together with rice and boiled egg in banana leaf. Aside from the Chicken Pinutos, we also ordered Roast Beef (155.00 with rice and softdrink) and Vegetable Salad (P125.00). Service was fast and the food tasted good. But I found the serving portions quite small for its price.

After having our fill, we then walked across towards the Livestock and Poultry Show as my kids are very much interested to see the animals on display. This activity is meant to showcase Bukidnon’s rich livestock industry as the province is a known producer of cattle and poultry products. What caught my kids attention most were the ostriches and koi fish.

From the livestock show we walked our way to the Agri-Fair and Indigenous Bazaar. There are booths for each of Bukidnon’s 20 municipalities and 2 cities. Displayed in the booths are various indigenous crafts, agricultural produce and homegrown food products.

 Wooden mortar and pestle

 Native bracelets

 Buttered sweet corn at the Don Carlos LGU booth

 Kape Napalit at the Pangantucan LGU booth

 Carrot Juice and Carrot Ice Cream at the Lantapan LGU booth 

Fresh vegetables for sale at Lantapan LGU booth

Kaamulan Festival 2014 will be celebrated the whole month of August and up until September 1. The much anticipated 2-day Street Dancing Competition will happen of August 30 to 31 while the Bukidnon Centennial Celebration/Foundation Day Parade will be on September 1. Kindly visit this LINK for the Kaamulan Festival 2014 Schedule of Activities. You may also read my posts about the Kaamulan Festival celebration of previous years HERE


  1. Bukidnon looks like a very nice place to visit. I'll have it listed in my journey list.

  2. I enjoyed your shared Bukidnon Kaamulan Festival information. No doubt it is best and perfect charming, and colourful ethnic festival. The festival usually started from Feb to march but the dates are vary. I have visited Kaamulan Festival 2014 before my rhode island tours . It is an ideal to know the history of the tribes if you look upon the past. There is a variety of festival organized there that is based on different them. The actual purpose of the theme is awaking and does something for the development.

  3. The floors are beautiful hard wood and the windows are floor to ceiling. You can bring in any type of furniture or use their traditional round tables for corporate team building activities.


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