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.
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.
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.
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.
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