The Higaonon are an indigenous tribe found in the northern regions of the island of Mindanao in The Philippines. With a population estimated at 350, 000, they are distributed over five provinces --- Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte and Bukidnon. Since "Creation Times" the Higaonon have lived in their forest home, undisturbed, managing the forest in a natural and ...
harmonious way. The tribe is made up of eight clans centered around the eight main rivers of their "Ancestral Domain".
In 1954, loggers started cutting their way into the forests - the Ancestral Domain - creating stress and sadness for its inhabitants.
For the past 40 years, the people have struggled tirelessly for their right to self-determination and to retain their independence as a tribe, securing their forest home against destruction.
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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 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 ...
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.
"Nature is our way of life. This is our ancestral home."
This is how Eddie Ampiyawan known as "Datu Bawang", a Higaonon Tribal Chieftain, regard their tribal community in a mountainous area in Brgy. Lawan-Lawan, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte.
"Aside from picking wild fruits, our primary means of livelihood is farming," he said.
According to Datu Bawang, who is the chairperson of the Lekda Higaonon Farmers Producers Cooperative (LeHFaPCo) which has 30 members, their usual practice in farming was to clear a piece of land in hilly areas, plant corn, harvest them and then leave the area an ...
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 ...
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 ...