The Kamahardikaan Festival in Bongao

Kamahardikaan Festival Bongao Tawi-Tawi Calendar Date Schedule Celebration Autonomous Region In Muslim Mindanao Armm Budjang Agal Parade Float Costume Activities Fluvial Parade Trade Fair Scubasuero The Kamahardikaan Festival is celebrated annually in Bongao in Tawi-Tawi Province. The Kamahardikaan Festival brings out the cultural richness of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The highlight of the festival is the showcase of talents for search of Budjang Tawi-Tawi and is the most anticipated event is the Agal-Agal, where different municipalities compete for the best parade float and best costumes. Other activities include the fluvial parade, trade fair, scubasurero and sports competition. The Kamahardikaan Festival is usually held in September on the streets of the provincial capital, Bongao. Kamahardikaan means “to honor” in Sinama, which is the vernacular of the Sama—the collective name of the people of Tawi-Tawi. The event will project the cultures of the Jama Mapun, Tausug, Sama and Badjao in songs, dances, live music, fashion shows and a fluvial parade.

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