KAAMULAN FESTIVAL promotes indegenous heritage of Bukidnon
Bukidnon has occupied is occupying a wide area in the North Central Mindanao in the Philippines. It covers 10, 498.59 sq.km with a population of 1,415,226 indigenous and non-indigenous people. Bukidnon has 20 municipalities and 2 component cities. Bukidnon is progressive in agriculturall-based economy. These are: tomato,cassava,rice,corn,rubber, banana, pineapple and many more fruits and vegetables.
Every two years, people of Bukidnon celebrates KAAMULAN to showcase, promote and preserve their cultural heritage. KAAMULAN FESTIVAL is an indigenous festival of Bukidnon wherein the 7 tribes of bukidnon namely Higa-onon, Talaandig,Umayamnon,Manobo, Matigsalug, Bukidnon and Tigwahanon gather together in the center City of Bukidnon to celebrate this event.
KAAMULAN is derived from the word “Amul” which means “to gather”. Each tribe will present the the preservation of their cultural or indigenous heritage through streetdancing and performing in Malaybalay city ground (Center City of Bukidnon). These dances showcases their harvest Thanksgiving, Wedding ceremonies, hunting style, peace pacts, different kinds of rituals and the history of their tribe. They are also dressed according to their tribes and according to their rank. Their jewelries and the sign of their dress has also designated meanings.
People from different places in the Philippines or even in other countries come to Malaybalay City Bukidnon just to witness this extraordinary indigenous festival.
Therefore, the event is surely an effective way of promoting indigenous and cultural heritage of bukidnon.