The Munato Festival in Sarangani goes hand in hand with the 17th Foundation Anniversary of the province. Named after the first people of Sarangani and associated with the 2,000 year old anthropomorphic burial jars of Maitum, Munato is highlighted by street dancing in front of the municipal office of Sarangani. Vibrant costumes and up beat tribal music characterize street dancing in these parts.
A look at the history of the first people of Sarangani.
In Sarangani Province, pottery shards and jars found in the Municipality of Maitum serve as remnants of the first settlers known as the Munato.
These anthropomorphic jars, shaped like portraits of individuals, are said to be in existence as far as 5 B.C. and to the Late Stone Period at least 3,000 years ago.
Every November, when the province celebrates its founding anniversary, a festival is also dedicated to honor the Munato.The performances showcase the culture and traditions of the indigenous people through their music and da ...
Sarangani has the unique the distinction of being one of the youngest provinces and at the same time, one of the oldest in the country.
Carved out of the coastal municipalities of South Cotabato in 1992, its beginnings date back to the precolonial era when 2,000-year old anthromorphic burial jars were discovered in the remote caves in Maitum town.
Now on display at the National Museum, the said jars are described as "exceptional archaeological assemblage and unparalleled in Southeast Asia".
This old world charm came into the fore once more as Sarangani recently held the 13th MunaTo Fe ...