Kaamulan Festival 2020 na! After missing this annual Bukidnon festival for a few years, I am finally going to witness it again. The Kaamulan Festival is the annual gathering of the 7 Bukidnon hill tribes namely Tigwahanun, Talaandig, Matigsalug, Higaonon, Bukidnon, Manobo and Umayamnun.
The Kaamulan Festival is also considered as the only authentic ethnic festival left in the Philippines.
By virtue of a provincial resolution authored by Bukidnon District 2 Board Member Atty. Jun Beltran, the Kaamulan Festival in Bukidnon is held from March 23 to April 23 every year. The dates are fixed. However, the sitting Bukidnon governor will have the option to change them provided there’s a viable reason to do so.
Ergo, this year’s Kaamulan Festival 2020 will be on March 23 to April 23. Please note, however, that due to the Holy Week, there will be limited Kaamulan Festival 2020 activities on April 5 to 11, 2020. Please plan accordingly. The festivities will be held in Malaybalay City, the capital of Bukidnon.
READ: How to get to Malaybalay City
Fun fact: Kaamulan is an indigenous Bukidnon term that means “gathering” for any purpose.
The full Kaamulan Festival 2020 schedule of activities will be released this week so please stay tuned. Please don’t forget to join me on Facebook! Click to follow the Mindanaoan FB page. You can also check my Kaamulan Festival archives or go to my sister site Bukidnon Online!
The biggest crowd drawer is undoubtedly the Ethnic Street Dancing Competition. If you plan to witness that, best to already book your accommodations early since Malaybalay doesn’t have enough lodging places yet. You can search for discounted hotel rooms below.
Bukidnon Kaamulan Festival 2020 Schedule of Activities
February 7, April 17 and 18 – Ethnic Rituals (6 AM, Capitol Grounds, Malaybalay City)
March 21 – Kaamulan Basketball Tournament (1 PM, Valencia Gym — Note: Championship Game to be held on April 19)
March 21 – Danztrack Modern Dance Interschool Competition (2 PM, Bukidnon State University)
March 23 – Drum and Lyre Competition (8 AM, Capitol Grounds)
March 23 – Kaamulan Ethno Cultural Music Festival (Capitol Grounds)
March 23 – Fireworks Display (8 PM, Capitol Grounds)
March 23 to April 23 – Garden Show, Agri-Fair and Trade Fair, Culture and Arts Exhibit (Capitol Grounds)
March 28 and 29 – Kaamulan 2020 Horse Show (Grandstand Malaybalay)
March 27, 28 and 29 – Kaamulan Softball Tournament (Capitol Grounds) and Kaamulan Endurance Adven Tour
March 28 – Kaamulan Fun Run
March 28 – Kaamulan Tattoo Fest (8 AM, Kaamulan Open Theater)
March 28 and 29 – Dart Tournament (Barangay 6 Covered Court)
March 28 – Comedy Show (Capitol Grounds)
March 28 and 29 – Chess Tournament (8 AM, Bukidnon State University)
April 1 – Laga Ta Bukidnon 2020 pageant (7 PM, Open Theater)
April 3 and 4 – Rodeo (Saluba Ta Kaamulan – 8 AM, Grandstand)
April 3 and 4 – San Miguel Night (7 PM, Capitol Grounds)
April 3 to 6 – Ethnic Sports, IP Olympics, Tribal Mass Wedding (8 AM, Capitol Grounds)
April 4 and 5 – Overland Expedition Ride for Peace
April 5 – Boxing (1 PM, Barangay 9 Gym)
April 11 and 12 – Katribu Flag Football Tournament
April 12 – Mountain Bike Challenge (6 AM, Kaamulan Park)
April 16 and 17 – Motocross (8 AM, Grandstand)
April 17 – Piniliyapan Hu Bukidnon (7 PM, Kaamulan Open Theater)
April 17 and 18 – DOTA Tournament
April 18 – Kaamulan 2020 Ethnic Street Dancing and Ground Presentation (Sumpong to Capitol Grounds — scroll below for hotel options that will allow you to have easy access to the street dancing route)
April 18 and 19 – Kaamulan Tennis Tournament (8 AM, Freedom Park)
April 16/April 19 – Globe Night and/or Coca Cola Night (Capitol Grounds)
April 18 – Kaamulan 2020 Ethnic Street Dancing and Ground Presentation
The full schedule will be posted this week so please stay tuned!
BOOK DISCOUNTED ROOMS IN MALAYBALAY HERE or start your search below
Loiza’s Suites – A bit more expensive than other choices but they’re the go-to places for special occasions. They have a pool and a bar.
Bukidnon Business Hotel – Very central location. Along Fortich Street, the same main thoroughfare where the street dancers will also pass through. Just a few steps away from Gaisano Malaybalay and Chowking.
1st Avenue Apartelle – This one offers value for money. It’s in the inner part of the city but you can always take the local
Waterpool Micro Hotel
Pitcher Plant Farm – Located at the outskirts of the city (about 15 minutes away). It could be an interesting choice for fans of flora and fauna and for those who prefer solitude and to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
If the above hotels are fully booked, try AirBnB (we’re giving out FREE Php 2,150 in travel credits for you to use when you book THROUGH THIS LINK) or you can look in neighboring city, Valencia
Double M Hotel – One of the newer hotels in the area. Has a bar and a restaurant.
UNO Business Hotel
R and R Private Homes
While you’re in Bukidnon, why don’t you try visiting Dahilayan Adventure Park? Click below for discounted rates. You can also avail of a private van service, tickets to Seven Seas Waterpark and Great White Water Rafting packages:
Don’t forget to “like” the Kaamulan Festival Facebook page for updates!