The Bagumbayan Festival in is held in the municipality of Bagumbayan in Sultan Kudarat. When the Christian settlers in Bagumbayan had already stabilized their farming status and begun reaping the fruits of their labor, foremost that came into their minds was the offering of thanks for such blessings from almighty God. They did this in the form of Harvest Festival starting with religious prayers and highlighted with merrymaking festivities where the cultures and traditions of their places of origin were practiced and observed. Year after year, such kind of festivity had evolved with enhancements because Muslims and indigenous communities were able to learn and accept each others’ beliefs and traditions. Continue reading
The Kaliga Festival is held annually at the People’s Grandstand in Gingoog City. This festival is held on the 23rd of July and is a colorful and joyous festival of abundance and prosperity, stems from the city’s Manobo and Higaonon roots, their culture and traditions through rituals and street dancing. Kaliga is a thanksgiving celebration of the Higaonon, meaning “to thank god” for all the blessings, bountiful harvest, successful hunting, expedition, installation of new chieftain, birth of a child and any recoveries from hardship and sickness. This Misamis Oriental event is held at the People’s Grandstand & Oval with schools participating in its festivities. The street dancing parade will commence at the Pahayahay area and will pass through the city’s major roads ending at the People’s Grandstand where the final tableau competition will take place. Continue reading
Mount Magdiwata is located in San Francisco, Agusan del Sur province and its mountain ranges span the Agusan Valley up to Compostela Valley in Compostela province. Mount Magdiwata rises 633 meters above sea level. Nature lovers, adventurers and Mountain enthusiast alike will certainly love Mt. Magdiwata. A lushfull virgin forest, with 14 series of water falls one can enjoy after another, the beautiful and endemic flora & fauna, the natural swimming holes and cold springs and also the biggest Bagrass tree can be found only here. . At almost sunset, Mt. Magdiwata has the semblance of a pregnant woman and during midnight looks like a crocodile eager to catch a prey. Mt. Magdiwata is sacred among the Manobo Tribes due to its legend and belief that the soul of Giant Magdiwata might punish those who cause destruction to its natural resources. The Continue reading
The Manobo are probably the most numerous of the ethnic groups of the Philippines in terms of the relationships and names of the various groups that belong to this family of languages. Mention has been made of the numerous subgroups that comprise the Manobo group. The total national population including the subgroups is 749,042 (NM 1994); occupying core areas from Sarangani island into the Mindanao mainland in the provinces of Agusan del Sur, Davao provinces, Bukidnon, and North and South Cotabato. The groups occupy such a wide area of distribution that localized groups have assumed the character of distinctiveness as a separate ethnic grouping such Continue reading
The Bagobo are a proud people with proto Malayan features and with a strong social structure enabled them, as a group, to integrate with the main body politic while retaining much of their indigenous customs, beliefs, and values. That said, most of the Bagóbo have suffered dislocation due to the loss of their ancestral lands and the effects of modern day insurgency. While many are in economically depressed circumstances, a considerable number have attained a substantial degree of self-sufficiency. For instance, they are renowned for their metal-craft skills, particularly in the production of brass articles by means of the ancient lost-wax process; weaponry best exemplify Bagóbo ornate traditions of metal-crafting. While still others of the Bagóbo specialize weaving Continue reading
Lemlunay, also known as the T’Boli Tribal Festival, is an annual celebration in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato province. Celebrated every third week of September. This thanksgiving festival stems from the belief of the T’boli in a golden age which they call Lem-lunay, a sort of Camelot or paradise which they would like to rebuild for themselves. Each festival is a venue to reenergize the people and renew their vow to work for this coveted state of life. Features the convengence of the 6 major tribes of South Cotabato (T´boli, Ubo, Manobo, Kalagan, Maguindanao, Tasaday) together with representatives from the different tribes in Davao (Tirurays, Mandaya, Surigao tribes, Langilan, Bilaan, Bagog, Mansaka).