Kaamulan Festival is the annual gathering of the Province of Bukidnon's 7 hill tribes. A former Tourism Secretary called it the only authentic ethnic festival in the Philippines and I must say, there's nothing like it! It's colorful, vibrant, loud, warm, heartwarming and just full of energy, culture and tradition.
This year, the Kaamulan Festival 2023 is happening! The Bukidnon festival was suspended for 2 years during the pandemic. The Kaamulan Festival 2022 happened but it was toned down to just a few events. Hopefully, this Kaamulan 2023, the festivities will be back in full force and everyone can really feel the vibrancy of this amazing ethnic festival.
The Kaamulan Festival is a yearly gathering of the Talaandig, Tigwahanun, Higaonon, Manolo, Matigsalug, Umayamnun and Bukidno...
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...
The Kaamulan Festival has truly evolved. From being a simple celebration whereby representatives from Bukidnon's 7 hill tribes would all gather in Malaybalay City, the capital of Bukidnon, the annual festival has now turned into quite a spectacle. Despite the many changes, however, I'm glad that there are still events that allowed our indigenous brothers and sisters to showcase their rich, unique and truly colorful culture and tradition.
One of these events was the Kaamulan Festival Ethnic Tribal Olympics or Kaamulan Ethnic Sports Competition. In Binukid language, ethnic sports is called "Alu-Alu."
Representatives from the Bukidnon, Higaonon, Manobo, Matigsalug, Talaandig, Tigwahanon, and Umayamnon tribes challenged each other in at least 18 ethnic sports at the Capitol Grounds i...
As I am writing this, the yearly Kaamulan Festival is currently ongoing in the Province of Bukidnon, Philippines. The Kaamulan Festival 2018 celebration will last until March 24, 2018, on which day the main highlight, the Ethnic Street Dancing Competition, will be held in Malaybalay City, the capital of Bukidnon. If you're heading there, you may want to check one of my other blogs, the longest-standing one about the province, Bukidnon Online. You can also find the Kaamulan 2018 schedule of activities there.
Anyway, full disclosure --- I am still here in New York, USA (legally, if I may add) and obviously, I'm thousands of miles away from Bukidnon. Fortunately, I have an awesome brother, Ben, and an awesome cousin, Daniel, and they're both covering the events for my blogs! Yes, I'm very ...
The yearly festival in the Province of Bukidnon, the Kaamulan Festival, will be a month-long celebration again this year. Kaamulan Festival 2018 will be held the entire month of March. An annual gathering of the 7 hill tribes of Bukidnon, the Kaamulan Festival derived its name from the Binukid word "amul," which means "to gather." Hence, Kaamulan is a gathering for a purpose - be it an indigenous wedding ceremony, ethnic sports competition, rituals etc.
The Bukidnon 7 hill tribes, by the way, are: Talaandig, Tigwahanun, Matigsalug, Higaonon, Bukidnon, Manobo and Umayamnun. A former Tourism Secretary even called it the only authentic ethnic festival in the Philippines. The Kaamulan Festival activities will be held in Malaybalay City, the capital of Bukidnon.
READ: How to get to Malaybal...
The largest festival in the Province of Bukidnon will be held from February 1 to March 25, 2017. Here's the Kaamulan Festival 2017 schedule of activities. This annual Bukidnon festival, recognized by a former Tourism Secretary as the only authentic ethnic festival in the Philippines, is an event that gathers the 7 hill tribes of the Province of Bukidnon.
The Bukidnon ethnic hill tribes are Talaandig, Manobo, Matigsalug, Tigwahanun, Higaonon, Umayamnun and Bukidnon.
Meanwhile, Kaamulan is an indigenous Bukidnon term for “gathering” for any purpose. It can mean a datuship ritual, a wedding ceremony, a thanksgiving festival during harvest time, a peace pact, or all of these together.
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I went to Malaybalay City, Bukidnon a few days ago to see the preparations being done in time for the Kaamulan Festival 2015. The Kaamulan is a yearly gathering of Bukidnon's 7 hill tribes and the said festival is the biggest and most-awaited in the province.
Now, I've been an observer of the Kaamulan Festival for several years now. In fact, there were many instances when I was tasked to handle and cover big, important events. So you could just imagine my disappointment when I saw for myself this year's preparations. The biggest change? The transfer of the bulk of the activities from the Capitol Grounds to the Grandstand area in Malaybalay. For those unfamiliar with the area - the Grandstand is located in an inner location. The soil at that area gets really soft and muddy when it rains....
The Kaamulan Festival 2015 schedule of activities is finally out. Kaamulan Festival, a yearly festival that aims to gather Bukidnon’s 7 hill tribes, is usually held every March but in 2014, the Kaamulan Festival was held in August so that it would coincide with the Bukidnon Centennial Celebration. This 2015, the Bukidnon government decided to move it to October.
The Kaamulan 2015 festival schedule of activities can be found below but please do “like” the Kaamulan Festival Facebook Page to be constantly updated.
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OCTOBER 1 - GRAND OPENING
6 AM - Opening Ritual (Pamukalag), Grandstand Malaybalay
– Motorcade (to be participated by festival sponsors)
– School Band parade
- Food Fest, Agri Fair, Indigenous Ba...
Took these photos of Vice Ganda during the 2014 Kaamulan Festival slash 100th Founding Anniversary of Bukidnon. Just like the print on Vice Ganda's shirt, "Sorry I'm bad" because I only shared these now :D Anyway, Vice performed right after Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla (KathNiel loveteam). I also have photos of the KathNiel loveteam HERE.
The show happened last September 1, 2014 at the Capitol Grounds, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. Aside from Vice Ganda, Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo, host and club owner Tim Yap was also there.
I was granted VIP access so was able to take these shots. Thank you to Tim, Direk Javi and to Senator Migs Zubiri!
* Used my trusty Nikon D40 DSLR with 18-200mm lens. Yes, I know, I need a new cam!
If ABS CBN brought in Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla for Kaamulan Festival 2014 (Bukidnon's yearly gathering of 7 hill tribes), GMA 7 brought in 4 of their celebrities. During the Kapuso Night held last August 30, 2014 at the Capitol Grounds in Malaybalay City, Yasmien Kurdi, JC Tiuseco, Enzo Pineda and Jeric Gonzales performed before a crowd composed of tens of thousands.
Congratulations to GMA 7 for the successful event! And thank you very much for the VIP access :)
For other Kaamulan Festival 2014 updates and photos, like the Kaamulan Festival page
See how happy this fellow is? :)
The Province of Bukidnon just finished celebrating its 100th founding anniversary last September 1, 2014. The province capped the celebration with a pyromusical display and a special concert featuring popular comedian Vice Ganda and top loveteam KathNiel - Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla. An estimated 300,000 strong crowd gathered at the Capitol Grounds in Malaybalay City.
This Mindanao blogger got lucky to have had VIP access, much thanks to Tim Yap and Direk Javi Martinez. Thank you so much!
Here are just some of the photos I took that night:
More photos of KathNiel in Bukidnon
KAAMULAN FESTIVAL 2014 - The Kaamulan Festival 2014 street dancing and float competition is one of the major highlights of Bukidnon's yearly gathering of its 7 hill tribes. This year, the much-awaited event was held for two days - August 30 and 31, 2014 - at Malaybalay City. All Bukidnon cities and municipalities were asked to join the competition this Kaamulan Festival 2014 in line with the province's 100th founding anniversary (Bukidnon Centennial). In previous years, only between 7 and 10 contingents join the competition due to budget constraints.
Sharing with you some of the photos taken by Mindanaoan's Kaamulan 2014 team during the Kaamulan Festival 2014 ethnic street dancing and float competition:
Not many know this but the Province of Bukidnon is home to the Philippines' finest cowboys. In the municipality of Impasugong alone, a lot of Bukidnon cowboys (and cowgirls!) live the cowboy lifestyle ala Marlboro Country. The rolling hills, vast landscape and several ranches make it possible for these cowboys to live this kind of lifestyle in Bukidnon. And every year, the public gets to see these Bukidnon cowboys showcase their skills via the yearly Kaamulan Festival Rodeo.
The Kaamulan Festival 2014 rodeo is no different. This year, the Bukidnon cowboys got to show the public how cattle wrestling is done. Locally called "Karambola," cattle wrestling is where a bovine is released from the pen and then the cowboys try to subdue or lord over these bulls.
The Kaamulan Festival 2014 rod...
Visiting the Province of Bukidnon for the Kaamulan Festival and for its 100th founding anniversary? Here's more reason for you to come!
The provincial government of Bukidnon is bringing in popular comedian Vice Ganda and today's hottest loveteam KathNiel - Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla as well as TV host Tim Yap for the Bukidnon Centennial concert on September 1, 2014, 7 PM at the Capitol Grounds, Malaybalay City.
FREE admission. Expect thousands of other spectators so better come early! There will also be a fireworks display.
See you all there! Follow Mindanaoan on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates and photos :) My username in all those social networking sites - @mindanaoan
The updated Kaamulan Festival 2014 schedule of activities
A Filipino-American beauty bagged the Laga Ta Bukidnon 2014 crown last night, August 17, 2014 during the Miss Bukidnon Centennial coronation night held at the Kaamulan Open Theater in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.
Miss Malaybalay 2014 Marah Smith won the Laga Ta Bukidnon 2014 title. Smith, a student of Central Mindanao University and who also won the Miss CMU Palaro crown, is half-Filipino, half-American. Her mother is from Malaybalay City while her father is African-American.
During the talent night, she sang. Here are photos taken during the Laga Ta Bukidnon talent night.
The other winners of Miss Bukidnon 2014:
1st Runner Up - Miss Talakag
2nd Runner Up - Miss Libona
3rd Runner Up - Miss Manolo Fortich
4th Runner Up - Miss Malitbog
GMA 7 Kapuso star Benjamin Alves also se...
UPDATE: This is the final and official Kaamulan Festival 2013 Bukidnon schedule of activities! :)
Bukidnon's yearly grand ethnic cultural festival and gathering of the 7 hill tribes is finally here! The Kaamulan Festival 2013 is the gathering of Bukidnon's 7 hill tribes namely Bukidnon, Umayamnon, Manobo, Talaandig, Matigsalug, Higaonon and Tigwahanon tribes. The Kaamulan Festival 2013 is inarguably Bukidnon's grandest festival.
The term Kaamulan, derived from the word "amul" which means "to gather," can mean many things - a datuship ritual, a thanksgiving festival, a peace pact or a wedding ceremony. This year, the Bukidnon Kaamulan Festival 2013 is all of these :)
The Kaamulan 2013 theme is: "Sustaining Culture and Unity Towards Progress and Development"
The Kaamulan Fest...
It's that time of year again! The Kaamulan Festival in Bukidnon, once called by former Tourism Secretary Ace Durano as the only authentic ethnic festival left in the Philippines today, will soon take place.
The 2012 Kaamulan Festival will start on February 16, 2012 and will end on March 10, 2012, the very same day the Province of Bukidnon celebrates its 95th Foundation Day.
The Kaamulan Festival 2012 schedule of activities can be found below.
The Kaamulan Festival is the annual gathering of Bukidnon's 7 hill tribes namely Bukidnon, Talaandig, Manobo, Higaonon, Matigsalug, Tiguahanon and Umayamnon.
Among the highlights of the 2012 Kaamulan Festival in Bukidnon are:
Kaamulan Festival Bukidnon 2012:
February 16, 2012 - soft opening of Kaamulan Festival 2012 at Malaybalay Cit...
Early this week, my cousins, some friends and I went to the Dahilayan Adventure Park in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. Just in case you still do not know, Dahilayan Adventure Park is home to Asia's longest dual cable zipline --- all 840 meters of it! The Bukidnon zipline adventure park is also 4,500 meters above sea level so the climate there's pretty cold :)
Anyways, I'll tell you more about my recent trip to this Bukidnon tourist spot in another post. If you want to see what went down during my first visit to Dahilayan Bukidnon zipline, though, you might want to read THIS.
What I want to share now are some of the photos this Mindanao photographer took during a stopover at the Municipality of Impasugong, Bukidnon. Impasugong is about an hour and a half away from Manolo Fortich. It's a fi...
Want to attend the Mindanao festival that was once called by then Department of Tourism Secretary Ace Durano as the "only authentic ethnic festival in the Philippines"?
Kaamulan Festival is the annual gathering of Bukidnon's 7 hill tribes namely Matigsalug, Bukidnon, Manobo, Talaandig, Higaonon, Umayamnon and Tiguahanon.
Bukidnon is a landlocked province in Mindanao, Philippines. It is located on the southern part of Mindanao and is largely considered as the food basket of the Philippines. Here's more information About Bukidnon.
Among the highlights of the Kaamulan Festival 2011 are:
February 18, 2011 - soft opening of Kaamulan Festival 2011, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. A "pamuhat" or Pamukalag ha pamuhat ta Kaamulan will be held at the Capitol Grounds at 8 am.
February 22, 2...
KAAMULAN FESTIVAL 2010 | 2010 KAAMULAN | KAAMULAN 2010 | FESTIVAL IN BUKIDNON | KAAMULAN FESTIVAL BUKIDNON 2010 SCHEDULE - So it's that time of year once again! The much-awaited Kaamulan Festival in the Province of Bukidnon is set to happen in a few weeks. For those of you who want to experience what Department of Tourism Secretary Ace Durano dubbed as the country's only authentic ethnic festival, here's the tentative schedule of Kaamulan Festival 2010 activities. Please note that there may be changes to the schedule so please check this Bukidnon blog as often as possible.
Should you want to use this Kaamulan 2010 schedule of activities, please feel free to share this page and please don't forget to credit www.Mindanaoan.com as your source of information. Thank you very much for your ...
I must admit, I'm kilig to the bones. Although I know by heart every single word Piolo Pascual said in this video greeting that he did (I should because I wrote the words LOL), I still cannot help but feel giddy. Piolo is Piolo! And he has always been very nice to me...so I have nothing but respect and admiration for the man. The last time I spoke to him was when I watched the ASAP show live at ABS-CBN Manila late last year. And I tell you, he really is one charmer! :D
Check out the video greeting he did for his "fellow Bukidnons" (he, along with "Love Me Again - Land Down Under" co-star Angel Locsin, is an adopted child of the Province of Bukidnon) in time for the Kaamulan 2009. Piolo's looking dapper in that video, don't you think?
Thank you very much to Miss Mariole and Miss Lulu ...
The photos are out! I'd like to share with you some of the photos I took during the grand finals of the Kaamulan Jam 2009 Lock and Load Battle of the Bands which was held last February 28, 2009 at the Capitol Stage, Capitol Grounds, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.
The finals night was a successful one - hundreds of people came despite the rain and very chilly weather. A total of five bands performed that night (elimination nights were held from Monday to Friday that week and the winning band had the chance to compete in the finals) and the band called "The Jam" nabbed the top prize of P25,000 cash.
By the way, apart from being one of the official photographers of the event, I (well, technically, the agency I own and manage) was also a sponsor and part of the coordinating committee :)
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