General Santos City News
There are lots of reasons why we travel. For me, most of the time it's about having an adventure and fun. But in this particular story, it's different. I needed to run away, to think and reflect. So when I saw an invitation to visit the farthest barangay in Tboli, South Cotabato I immediately packed my bags and left.
It was a spur of the moment decision but it was definitely one of those great moments I will forever remember. The plan was to visit the Valley of the Gods. It's a landscape en route to Barangay Tudok and I wasn't really expecting that much on this trip. But I was wrong. This ...
The T'boli is an ethnic tribe with a fascinating cultural heritage; they lived for centuries in the lush tropical forest through foraging and hunting. Their rich culture is founded in tribal traditions and remained mostly untouched by Western civilization. The T'boli form of animistic beliefs has not been influenced by the introduction of Islam and Christianity and until today almost all elements of life are guided by ancient beliefs and traditions.
The T'boli believe in the existence of one God, named "D'wata" and their culture is inspired by nature, their native dances are mimicking the a ...
Kalilangan is derived from the rootword "Kalilang" which typically means celebration or commemoration in the Maguindanaon dialect.
In a broader perspective, kalilang projects a positive and dynamic meaning for it engulfs the artistic, humane and altruistic aspects of social interaction that takes place in any occasion or celebration.
Kalilangan means festival, feastivity or jubilee. It is a social gathering marked by exchanging of amenities among traditional leaders, elders, allies and subordinates in varying tones.
It is also a pageantry of unique and colorful ethnic rites, rituals a ...
What makes this unique?
"Kalilang" in Maguindanaon language means "to celebrate" and it is exactly what's happening in the Tuna Capital of the Philippines, General Santos City.
The city streets will be filled with colors and people as participants coming from different religious groups join the celebration. Tri-people??" Lumad, Christians, and Muslim settlers??" will be showcasing their culture through their traditional dance and music.
The street dancing at the Kadsagayan depicts the warm welcome that the early settlers of Dadiangas (old name of GenSan) gave to General Paulino Santos ...
Festivities abound in the Islands Philippines, from Luzon to Visayas to Mindanao. I am a frequent spectator of Luzon's Panagbenga Festival having observed the parades in the last two years. This year however, my lakwatsero brothers Dong Ho, Scud and Jon decided to do a Davao City-General Santos trip. And in this trip, we were fortunate enough to witness the Kadsagayan Street Dancing in General Santos' Kalilangan Festival.
Kalilangan is a Maguindanao dialect that translates to festivities. It is a commemoration of ethnic rites, rituals and traditions portrayed thru worships and dancing. And ...
The city government has allotted P3.5 million to ensure the Kalilangan Festival 2014 from February 17 to 24 will be a success.
City Mayor Ronnel Rivera said the city government of General Santos City and the Mindanao State University in this city has joined hands this year in showcasing during the festival the Best Tourism Event in the Philippines under the Culture and Arts Category.
Rivera and Dr. Mary Lynn Abiera, MSU Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and program director of Kalilangan Festival last Sunday spearheaded the soft opening of the festivity at SM Mall ground attended by t ...