Philippines is popular as one of the most preferred tourist destinations in the World. The natural beauty and unparallel hospitality are major factors, which have helped to increase the visitor traffic to this wonderful country. The Malaybalay city in the province of Bukidnon in Mindanao is celebrating a festival every year, which is pretty popular by the name of Kaamulan Festival.
Kaamulan Festival 2012 Schedule of Activities
Kaamulan Festival can be better defined as a big gathering of seven tribes in Bukidnon in order to celebrate their cultures and traditions. The seven tribes of Bukidnon are :
Kaamulan is derived from the word amul which is a Binukid word, meaning to gather. The purpose of the gathering is actually not one but many including showing harmony between the tribes to the World. Even amidst challenges like the destruction caused by the typhoon Sendong in Bukidnon, the people in the province still celebrate Kaamulan Festival this year, with the entire splendor. The Kaamulan Festival has been going on every year for decades now.
There are many foreign tourists who come every year just to celebrate this festival. The local tourism office in Bukidnon announced that the Kaamulan Festival this year will start on February 16 and there will also be a grand opening celebration on February 24th marking the official beginning of the festival.
Most visitors, who are interested to know the culture in some parts of the Philippines eagerly await one particular event in the whole cultural festival which is– The Street Dancing Parade. The street dancing contingents comes from various places in Bukidnon and include even school-going children. This year’s Kaamulan Street dance competition will be on March 3 according to the official schedule of activities. This year, however the tourism authorities are planning to make it grand with a few additional cultural events.
The most important activities in the 2012 Kaamulan festival include Street Dancing Competition, Ethnic athletic competition, Ethnic mass wedding, Grand convention of the seven tribes of Bukidnon and Governor Alex “Boy” Calingasan Chess Championship. Heres the complete list of activities for this years festival.
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|Feb 16||8:00am Capitol Grounds, Malaybalay City||Pamukalag ha pamuhat ta Kaamulan (soft opening ritual for the Kaamulan)|
|Feb 24||6:00am Malaybalay City||Kaamulan ha Pangampu (grand opening of the Kaamulan) with a motorcade and school band paradeFormal opening of the Kaamulan Garden Show, Food Fest, Agri-Fair, Bazaar and Livestock Show|
|8:00am Mangima Spring Resort, Manolo Fortich||Registration for the 4×4 Off-Road Competition|
|Feb 25||8:00am Tulugan Area, Capitol Grounds, Malaybalay City||Bukidnon Seven Ethnic Groups Convention|
|Kaamulan Grounds||2nd Kaamulan Moto-Trail|
|Feb 28||8:00am Tulugan Area, Capitol Grounds, Malaybalay City||A Tribal Wedding|
|Feb 29||8:00am Capitol Grounds, Malaybalay City||Tribal Olympics of the Seven Ethnic Groups|
|6:00pm Capitol Stage, Malaybalay City||A Night of Bukidnon Music, with Bukidnon Artists|
|Mar 01||8:00am Grandstand, Malaybalay City||Kaamulan Rodeo Opening|
|Mar 02||7:00pm Kaamulan Open Theater, Malaybalay City||Event: Piniliyapan Hu Bukidnon (A Glimpse of Bukidnon)|
|Mar 03||7:00am Along Fortich Street, starting at Pine Hills Hotel, Malaybalay City||2012 Kaamulan Festival Ethnic Street Dancing Competition|
|7:00pm Capitol Stage, Malaybalay City||Concert featuring Manila Artists Grand Fireworks Display|
|Mar 04||8:00am Capitol Grounds, Malaybalay City||Kaamulan Frisbee Tournament Kaamulan Festival Adventure Race|
|Mar 05||8:00am Grandstand, Malaybalay City||Kaamulan Motorcross Competition|
|Mar 06||7:00pm Kaamulan Open Theater, Malaybalay City||2012 Bb. Bukidnon (Laga ta Bukidnon) Talent Night|
|Mar 08||7:00pm Kaamulan Open Theater, Malaybalay City||2012 Bb. Bukidnon (Laga ta Bukidnon) Coronation Night|
|Mar 09||5:00am Kaamulan Grounds||Fun Run|
|7:00pm Bukidnon State University Gym||BSU Chorale Concert|
|Mar 10||8:00am Capitol Grounds, Malaybalay City||95th Foundation Day Program of the Province of Bukidnon|
The festival schedule of activities is courtesy of www.bukidnononline.com
The Fortich Street in the city of Malaybalay will be full of spectators at the time of the street dancing competition so be prepared for huge crowd. The Kaamulan Festival banners will be everywhere and watching the festival would definitely be one of the most memorable events in your visit in Bukidnon. Besides the street dance, there will be Agricultural exhibitions, Photo exhibitions and contests, Food festival, Garden shows, Mountain biking competitions, Livestock exhibitions and so on.
The Kaamulan Festival is quite incredible and amusing. Travelers will have a good time with a lot of entertainment and competitions which they can participate in. By the end of the festival, those who got to watch it would have a very good idea about the cultures and traditions of the tribes in Bukidnon and also realize that theres really so much fun in the Philippines.