Kaamulan Festival: Celebrating Bukidnon’s Indigenous Culture
The Kaamulan Festival is an authentic ethnic festival that celebrates the indigenous culture of the Bukidnon tribespeople in the Philippines. This ethnic cultural festival is held annually in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, from the second half of February to March 10, the anniversary date of the foundation of Bukidnon as a province in 1917.
The word “Kaamulan” is derived from the Binukid word “amul” which means “to gather.” It is a gathering of Bukidnon tribespeople for a purpose, such as a datuship ritual, a wedding ceremony, a thanksgiving festival during harvest time, a peace pact, or all of these put together. The festival is a showcase of the Bukidnon people’s rich traditions and culture, and it is a significant event that draws crowds from all over the Philippines and beyond.
The Kaamulan Festival is a unique opportunity to experience the indigenous culture of the Bukidnon tribespeople. Visitors can witness traditional dances, music, and rituals, taste local delicacies, and learn about the Bukidnon people’s way of life. The festival is an excellent way to immerse oneself in the local culture and gain a deeper appreciation for the diversity of the Philippines.
Origins and Significance
Kaamulan Festival is an ethnic, cultural festival celebrating the cultures and diversity of seven indigenous groups: Bukidnon, Higaonon, Manobo, Matigsalug, Talaandig, Tigwahanon, and Umayamnon. “Kaamulan” comes from the word “amul,” which means to gather. These ethnic groups once made settlements on the plains of the province. The festival was first celebrated on September 16, 1977, in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, and has been an annual event since then.
The festival’s significance lies in its celebration of the indigenous tribes’ culture and traditions, passed down from generation to generation. It also highlights the importance of preserving and promoting these cultures, especially in the face of modernization and globalization.
In 2008, the Kaamulan Festival was included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List, recognizing its role in preserving and promoting the indigenous cultures of Bukidnon. The inclusion of the festival in the list has helped increase its visibility and…