The Province of Bukidnon is historically recognized as ancestral home to seven indigenous hill tribes, namely: Bukidnon, Higaonon, Manobo, Talaandig, Matigsalug, Tigwahanon and Umayamnon. From the dialect “amul” (to gather), comes a special gathering of ceremonies for tribal communities (wedding, harvest, thanksgiving, peace rites, etc.), and it was named Kaamulan.
Held annually as a major celebration in the region of Northern Mindanao, the Kaamulan Festival is one of the most authentic ethnic festivals I have witnessed by far. It is held in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon from February (2nd half) to March 10, culminating in the founding anniversary of Bukidnon as a province in 1917.
Kaamulan Festival celebrates the diversity in culture and long steeped tradition of the seven tribes that settled in the province. It is a showcase of colorful artistry, talents, peaceful coexistence and exotic heritage set in a province blessed with rolling hills, cool climate, verdant forest, lakes and vast plantations.
(excerpt from Jojie Alcantara's published article, "Bukidnon's Kaamulan Festival 2012")
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