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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Kaamulan Festival 2013: A glimpse of the rich culture of Bukidnon

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon – Thousands of tourists and locals gathered here Saturday morning and witnessed the spectacular presentation of rituals, songs, dances and colorful costumes in the street dancing competition, one of the highlights of the annual Kaamulan Festival.

Clad in their native costumes, contingents from the seven ethnic hill tribes of Bukidnon -- Talaandig, Higaonon, Umayamnon, Manobo Tiguahanon, Matigsalug and Bukidnon – gracefully swayed to the beating of the drums and painted the city with their exemplary performance in dancing, chant and rituals. They rode in colorful floats during the parade.

Representatives from schools, local government units of the different towns and cities of the province and other agencies also joined in the annual street dancing competition and ground demonstration held at the Kaamulan grounds here.

Kaamulan Festival is a cultural showcase of the rich customs and traditions of the seven hill tribes of Bukidnon.

Senatorial candidate and San Juan Representative JV Ejercito, who witnessed the activity as special guest, lauded both the organizers and the participants for making the festival a success despite security threats brought about by the recent attack of the New People’s Army at Del Monte and Dole plantations in nearby Manolo Fortich and Impasug-ong towns last February 19.

Ejercito said he had been very supportive of the tourism activities in the country, particularly the world-renown Kaamulan Festival which had already become part of the superhighway activities of the Department of Tourism (DOT).


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