Kaamulan Festival

Malaybalay City, Bukidnon

Kaamulan Festival is an ethnic cultural festival held annually in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon in the Philippines from the second half of February to March 10, the anniversary date of the foundation of Bukidnon as a province in 1917. It is held to celebrate the culture and tradition of the seven ethnic tribal groups??"Bukidnon, Higaonon, Talaandig, Manobo, Matigsalug, Tigwahanon and Umayamnon??"that ...

originally inhabit the province. It is the only ethnic festival in the Philippines.

Kaamulan comes from the Binukid word "amul" meaning to gather. Kaamulan is gathering for a purpose??"a datuship ritual, a wedding ceremony, a thanksgiving festival during harvest time, a peace pact, or all of these together.

Kaamulan started as a festival on May 15, 1974, during the fiesta celebration of the then municipality of Malaybalay. A town official thought of inviting some indigenous people to town and made them perform a few dance steps at Plaza Rizal to enliven the fiesta celebration. The celebration however proved very popular and together with national coverage the Kaamulan festival has become the regional festival of Northern Mindanao, as declared by the Regional Development Council of Region 10 on September 16, 1977. Kaamulan was formerly held in the first week of September but in 1996, it was transferred to the present date to synchronize it with the foundation celebration of the province until in 2014 it was moved to the month of August in light of the 100th Founding Anniversary of Bukidnon.

Kaamulan Festival News

  • Witnessing The Ethnic Kaamulan Festival In Malaybalay Bukidnon

    Witnessing The Ethnic Kaamulan Festival In Malaybalay Bukidnon

    The Araguaney tree blooming with yellow leaves behind me provided a vibrant prelude to what I was about to witness. As the marching drums of the twelve participating contingents in the street dance competitions, starts to pound foot stomping beats, I can feel the vibe of Kaamulan Festival becoming more electrifying.

  • The Colors Of Kaamulan

    The Colors Of Kaamulan

    The last time I was in Bukidnon was a couple of years ago and I just went to one of the parks and tried the famous Drop Zone. Since then I've been planning a return trip. Recently, I had the chance to attend the Kaamulan Festival that is often held annually in Malaybalay City.

    Different groups, one Bukidnon

    When we arrived at our hotel, the atmosphere was already festive. I felt the buzz of the people as they prepared for the events that will take place the day after. Booths and concessionaires were set up near the festival grounds, while some tourists were camping out to get the best po ...

  • Kaamulan Festival: Tribal Revelry In Malaybalay Bukidnon

    Kaamulan Festival: Tribal Revelry In Malaybalay Bukidnon

    One of the Philippine celebrations I've long wanted to attend is the Kaamulan Festival in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. Last March 22 to 27, I finally had the opportunity to experience this cultural event as part of a media tour of Northern Mindanao, organized by the Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines, under the Department of Tourism (DOT), with the assistance of Earth Explorers Travel & Tours, an outstanding tour operator based in Cagayan de Oro. This year's festival climaxed on the weekend of March 23, with its most-awaited event: the street dancing competition and ground presentation.

  •  Kaamulan A Colorful Indigenous Festival In Bukidnons Highlands

    Kaamulan A Colorful Indigenous Festival In Bukidnons Highlands

    Colors, stories, and dances from the age-old cultures of seven ethnic groups are the stars in this indigenous festival.

    Every year, usually during the month of March, Bukidnons main avenue blooms not just with golden trumpet trees but with the blazing reds of its locals indigenous attire.

    Representatives from the provinces seven groups of indigenous people dance in a parade to powerful drumbeats, with age-old movements from their stories and heritage.

    Kaamulan is a celebration of the provinces Bukidnon, Higaonon, Talaandig, Manobo, Matigsalug, Tigwahanon, and Umayamnon people and thei ...

  • Kaamulan Festival 2018 Bukidnon Philippines

    After arriving in Bukidnon, I briefly explore the town of Valencia before taking the long jeepney ride to Malaybalay for one of the most unique festivals in the Philippines - Kaamulan. KAAMULAN is the ONLY ethnic festival in the Philippines bringing together the 7 hill tribes of Bukidnon for traditional street dancing in the town of Malaybalay. This festival draws a huge crowd from all across Mindanao and Philippines! Love ko Bukidnon!

  • Bukidnon Kaamulan Festival 2018 Part 1

    Bukidnon Kaamulan Festival 2018 Part 1, the Festival is an annual festival that involves the seven tribes of Bukidnon. The festival is a celebration of culture, folklore, and tradition.