Saturday, February 19, 2011

Kaamulan Festival 2011 | "Pamuhat" or Ritual [ Soft Opening ] and the 2011 Schedule of Activities

The Tribal Datus and Baes gathered in the newly built Tulugan in the Capitol Ground
Pamukalag ha pamuhat ta Kaamulan |  February 18, 2011, Malaybalay City Capitol Ground, the usual schedule is the soft opening and started with the "Pamukalag Ha Pamuhat ta Kaamulan" In my own understanding with this "Pamukalag Ha Pamuhat ta Kaamulan, from the word kalag, that means, Spirit or the Spirit of the Ancestors of the 7 tribes. Bae Inatlawan, the spiritualist and the ritualist, officiated the "Pamukalag ha pamuhat ta Kaamulan", gave an offerings to the spirits of the 7 tribes ancestors asking permission and to bless the said gatherings that it will have a peaceful celebration throughout the whole  duration of the event until its culmination day, the Bukidnon Province Day on March 10, 2011. This was mentioned during the speech of one of their leaders.
The offerings laid on the table before the start of the "Pamukalag Ha Pamuhat ta Kaamulan"

During the speech of one of the Tribal Leaders in their own native tongue

Bae Manginlaw of Impasug-ong, Bukidnon

That's Bae Inatlawan preparing the offerings - "Bae means the equivalent of Datus for Women Leaders"

Maricar Unabia, the Provincial Tourism Officer with Mrs. Peralta

The Offerings

The 3 Baes - Women Leaders

The " Tulugan" at the Capitol Ground - building in-progress
The "Tulugan" was purposely constructed in the Capitol Ground as their common meeting place during the whole duration of Kaamulan Festival.
"Para dili sila magkatibula-ag"- Dinhi sila manag-tigom, according to their leader who gave the inspirational speech in their native tongue. So that they will not be in dispersed.
The Tribal Elders and Leaders, Datus and Baes who officiated the "Pamukalag Ha Pamuhat ta Kaamulan"
Several tribal folks representing these seven hill tribes of Bukidnon gather in unity with the local dwellers in town, wearing their intricately woven costumes studded with trinkets, anklets, earrings, necklaces, leglets, headdresses and amulets. They dance together, chant, perform ancient rituals, and compete in indigenous sports.(Bukidnon Provincial Website).
Listening to Bae Manginlaw - at the background, W. Balane of Mindanews (Photo credits, Earl of Suroy Pilipinas)

Pose with the 3 Baes - Photo Credits, Earl Bolivar of Suroy Pilipinas

Listening to their Story, their origin, their quest of something in the modern world. (Photo Credits, Earl Bolivar of Suroy Pilipinas

The Con Tour Blog | A Philippine Photo-Travel-Blog and My Bukidnon Photo Blog Owner (Me)

with Journalist, W. Balane of Mindanews - photo credits, Earl Bolivar-of Suroy Pilipinas


As an ethnic festival, the Kaamulan celebrates the customs and traditions of the seven tribal groups that originally inhabited the Bukidnon region, namely, the Bukidnon, Higaonon, Talaandig, Manobo, Matigsalug, Tigwahanon and Umayamnon. So, Bukidnon must not be tagged as "Mountain People" as other bloggers, media men or other journalists, have previously written in their articles, since Bukidnon is one of the 7 tribes in this province. Probably if they will tagged us here, it would be appropriate that they will tag us as "The Highland People".




Below is the schedule of the 2011 Kaamulan Festival.

February 18 SOFT OPENING

Pamukalag ha pamuhat ta Kaamulan
Buk. Mountaineering Clean and Climb
Garden Show, Food Fest, Agri-Fair, Kaamulan Bazaar, Livestock Show

8am                 Capitol Grounds
7pm                 Peace Maker Band – Capitol Stage

February 19

8am                 Garden Show, Food Fest, Agri-Fair, Kaamulan Bazaar, Livestock Show
7pm                 Malaybalay Water District Band

February 20

8am                 Garden Show, Food Fest, Agri-Fair, Kaamulan Bazaar, Livestock Show – Capitol Grounds
7pm                 Azura Band – Capitol Stage

February 21

8am                 Garden Show, Food Fest, Agri-Fair, Kaamulan Bazaar, Livestock Show     Capitol Grounds
7pm                 Malaybalay City Band – Capitol Stage

February 22
8am                 Bukidnon Seven Ethnic Groups Convention Kaamulan Open Theater
Garden Show, Food Fest, Agri-Fair, Kaamulan Bazaar, Livestock Show-Capitol Grounds
7pm                 Kaamulan Jam Capitol Stage

February 23

8am                 Bukidnon Seven Ethnic Groups Convention Kaamulan Open Theater
Garden Show, Food Fest, Agri-Fair, Kaamulan Bazaar, Livestock Show – Capitol Grounds
7pm                 Kaamulan Jam Capitol Stage

February 24

8am                 Bukidnon Seven Ethnic Groups Convention Kaamulan Open Theater
Garden Show, Food Fest, Agri-Fair, Kaamulan Bazaar, Livestock Show – Capitol Grounds
7pm                 Kaamulan Jam Capitol Stage

February 25

6am                 GRAND OPENING
Opening Ritual – Kaamulan Grounds
Motorcade (sponsors) Fortich Street
School Band Parade
HTB Mountain Bike Parade
8am                 Garden Show, Food Fest, Agri-Fair, Kaamulan Bazaar, Livestock Show – Capitol Grounds
10am               Ribbon Cutting
School Band Competition

February 26

8am                 Garden Show, Food Fest, Agri-Fair, Kaamulan Bazaar, Livestock Show     Capitol Grounds
1pm                 Opening Kaamulan InvitationalBasketball Tournament         BSU Gym
Off-road Challenge     Mangima


February 27

8am                 Garden Show, Food Fest, Agri-Fair, Kaamulan Bazaar, Livestock Show     Capitol Grounds

HTB Mountain Bike Competition      Kaamulan Grounds
3rd BIRA Kaamulan Badminton Tournament           Badminton Center
1st Kitanglad International Rugged Mountain Race  Mt. Kitanglad

February 28

8am                 Garden Show, Food Fest, Agri-Fair, Kaamulan Bazaar, Livestock Show     Capitol Grounds
Provincial Indigenous People’s Thanks Giving Day  Kaamulan Open Theater
HTB Mountain Bike Competition      Kaamulan Grounds

March 01

8am                 Garden Show, Food Fest, Agri-Fair, Kaamulan Bazaar, Livestock Show     Capitol Grounds
HTB Mountain Bike Competition      Kaamulan Grounds
Bukidon Ethnic Song Writing and Workshop
7pm                 Laga ta Bukidnon 2011 (Talent Night)          Kaamulan Open Theater

March 02

8am                 Garden Show, Food Fest, Agri-Fair, Kaamulan Bazaar, Livestock Show     Capitol Grounds
Opening Motocross     Grand Stand
Tribal Olympics of the Seven Ethnic Groups Capitol Grounds

9am                 4th Bukidnon Chess Cup Kaamula Tournament        BSU
1pm                 10th Kaamulan Basketball Invitational Tournament  BSU Gym
6pm                 A Night of Bukidnon Music   Capitol Stage

March 03

8am                 Garden Show, Food Fest, Agri-Fair, Kaamulan Bazaar, Livestock Show     Capitol Grounds
Opening Kaamulan Rodeo     Grand Stand
Tribal Olympics of the Seven Ethnic Groups Capitol Grounds
Women’s Day Parade/Program           Kaamulan Open Theater
7pm                 Laga ta Bukidnon 2011 (Coronation Night)  Kaamulan Open Theater

March 04

8am                 Garden Show, Food Fest, Agri-Fair, Kaamulan Bazaar, Livestock Show     Capitol Grounds
Tribal Olympics of the Seven Ethnic Groups Capitol Grounds
Kaamulan Rodeo (continuation)         Grand Stand
6pm                 Piniliyapan Hu Bukidnon       Kaamulan Open Theater
7pm                 Rodeo Night   Grand Stand

March 05

4am                 Pamuhat          Pine Hills Hotel / Capitol Grounds
7am                 ETHNIC STREET DANCING         Fortich Street to Kaamulan Grounds
8am                 Kaamulan Airsoft Tournament           Valencia City
Garden Show, Food Fest, Agri-Fair, Kaamulan Bazaar, Livestock Show     Capitol Grounds
1pm                 Ethnic Dance Clinic    Back of Capitol Stage
7pm                 Manila Bands/Artists    Capitol Stage
9pm                 FIREWORKS!           Capitol Grounds

March 06

8am                 Garden Show, Food Fest, Agri-Fair, Kaamulan Bazaar, Livestock Show     Capitol Grounds

March 07

8am                 Garden Show, Food Fest, Agri-Fair, Kaamulan Bazaar, Livestock Show     Capitol Grounds
9am                 3rd Kaamulan Adventure Race          Kaamulan Grounds
1pm                 10th Kaamulan Basketball Invitational Tournament  Valencia City
7pm                 Sponsor Night Capitol Stage

March 08

8am                 Garden Show, Food Fest, Agri-Fair, Kaamulan Bazaar, Livestock Show     Capitol Grounds
Kaamulan Airsoft Tournament (cont.)            Valencia City
Ethnic Sports  Capitol Grounds
7pm                 Sponsor Night Capitol Stage

March 09

8am                 Garden Show, Food Fest, Agri-Fair, Kaamulan Bazaar, Livestock Show     Capitol Grounds
1pm                 10th Kaamulan Basketball Invitational Tournament (Championship)            Valencia City
7pm                 Sponsor Night Capitol Stage

March 10

7am                 94th Foundation Day  Capitol Grounds

Parade/Program
Laga ta Bukidnon Parade       Fortich Street

8am                 Garden Show, Food Fest, Agri-Fair, Kaamulan Bazaar, Livestock Show     Capitol Grounds
7pm                 Sponsor Night Capitol Stage
 


So, to all visitors, we Welcome you to the 2011 Bukidnon Kaamulan Festival. "Laga ta Bukidnon" - Visit us here in Bukidnon.

Special Thanks to Ding Aban of  My Personal Travel and Tours Blog Around Philippines|CDO GUIDE,  for the schedule of activities. Courtesy also of the Explore Bukidnon.




10 Con Tour Passers by:

  1. sir, what do those offerings signify? meron ba?

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  2. @chyng. There are lots of interpretation with regards significance on offerings. These represent on what we have on earth. Like Food (from earth), Wine (liquid or water), Cigarettes (fire and wind), Coins (Wealth on Earth) and offered to the spirits who are still on earth (according to some interpretations). So, in this post, I chose not to disclose the significance so as not to misrepresents them because of so many interpretations. Thanks on this query chyng, I'll try to ask again the closest significance on this offerings from a friend Datu.:-).

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  3. I was just about to ask you if you've met Earl here coz I remember reading his post about this as well. It looks like Bukidnon has been getting a lot of exposure lately, good thing not just about zip lining :)

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  4. @claire [lakwatsera de primera].

    Hello claire, we went together to cover the pamuhat at the Capitol Ground in Malaybalay City, W. Balane of Mindanews. I've just have a separate snaps on this activity and better have to post also the schedule of activities.

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  5. me ganito pala sa Bukidnon? pati sa mga tribes tribes na yan. gives me the feeling na sa ibang dimension. same feeling that I get when I go to Baguio or sagada.

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  6. @anton. soft opening yan nung Feb. 18, 2011. May ritual pang ginanap and entitled it as soft opening. One of the authentic tribes in the Philippines. Ganda ng date niyo ng Misis mo, Anawangin.

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  7. wow! first to see it here. this is the type of place and event that i want to visit. might consider it next year.

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  8. @don ho. just inform us ahead so we will grace you here.:-). See to it that you go along with gael and chyng, hehehe.

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  9. Whats the difference between the Subanin festival and the Kaamulan festival? because they are really somewhat the same i guess.

    Cagayan de Oro News

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  10. Hello Akiko.

    I do not know about the Subanin Culture. Maybe they are of the same practice.:-).

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