Malaybalay’s Kaamulan Festival


Kaamulan 2009


     It was our first time in Bukidnon – as special guests of our friend Dra. Leila Santiago-Flores. We flew from Manila to Cagayan de Oro City and then took a private van across verdant pineapple plantation and fields to reach the beautiful capital city of Bukidnon: Malaybalay. We were there to witness the colorful Kaamulan Festival last March 2009.





Ethnic Tribesman


Street dancing with local music


     Kaamulan is derived from the Binukid word “amul” which means “to gather“.  It is therefore a huge gathering of Bukidnon tribespeople for a particular purpose: for a datuship ritual, a wedding ceremony, a thanksgiving festival during harvest time, a peace pact, or all of these put together.



Beautiful ladies in blue


One of the seven ethnic tribes of Bukidnon


Beaded ladies


     As an exthnic festival, the Kaamulan celebrates the customs and traditions of the seven tribal groups that originally inhabited the Bukidnon region, namely, the Bukidnon, Higaonon, Talaandig, Manobo, Matisalug, Tigwahanon and Umayammon.



A tribeswoman in full regalla


Celebrating a good rice harvest


A burst of red


Beautiful headresses


     Kaamulan Festival is an ethnic cultural festival held annually in Malaybalay City from the second half of February to March 10, the anniversary date of the foundation of Bukidnon as a province in 1917.



Beautiful costumes


Beautiful lady


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3 responses to Malaybalay’s Kaamulan Festival

  1. lina agnes o. eduave

    your pictures are fantastic, Dr. Ricky. thank you for these photos – a different take from just “point and shoot”.

  2. Marlon

    can i use your picture for t shirt printing

  3. Administrator

    Hi Marlon. Thanks for asking. Sorry, the photos in my blog are not for commercial purposes. I hope you understand.

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