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

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    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.

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  • Kaamulan Festival 2018 Bukidnon Philippines

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    Intricate dances, colorful costumes, loud cheers, people in high spirits. Those are just some of the words to describe the experience of Bukidnon?s Kaamulan Festival.

    As someone who seldom goes out of town, it was my first trip to Bukidnon and at the same time, my first Kaamulan Festival.

    I was indifferent at first, as I tend not to be a part of large occasions (since I'm weak in crowded places), however the festive atmosphere, the graceful tribal dances full of stories, the rhythmic chants and the smiling faces of the mass seem to drag me with them, enticing me to join in their festivit ...

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    Incidentally, March marks the monthlong celebration of my favorite festival, Kaamulan.

    Former Tourism Secretary Ace Durano declared Kaamulan "the only authentic ethnic festival in the Philippines" because it gathers Bukidnons seven hill tribes Talaandig, Tigwahanon, Matigsalug, Higaonon, Bukidnon, Ma ...

  • Kaaumulan 2010 Bukidnon Philippines

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