Travel to the Land of the Highlanders and Get to Know the 7 Tribes of Bukidnon
Ida Damo | February 17, 2016
Bukidnon is a landlocked province encompassing 10,499 square kilometers of mountain ranges, pineapple plantations, cattle farms, rice and corn farms, waterfalls, rivers and lakes, and canyons that goes on and on as far as you can see.
Malaybalay, its capital city, is the venue for the annual gathering or “amul” of the seven hill tribes of the province. The gathering gave birth to what is now dubbes as the Kaamulan.
The Bukidnon, Higaonon, Talaandig, Manobo, Matigsalug, Tigwahanon and Umayamnon rich culture, folklore and traditions are showcased at the Kaamulan.
The coming together is also a venue to get to know Bukidnon and what it has to offer: rituals, garden shows, food festivals, rodeos, concerts, agri-fair, ethnic dance clinics, ethnic songwriting workshop, piniiyapan (bukidnon dances), pamuhat (traditional exercise), bazaar and the most-awaited “Ikat-ikat Ta Dadalanun” or streetdancing.
Here, the participants are the members of the tribes themselves and not representatives from schools or groups wearing their authentic and intricately woven costumes adorned with accessories such as earrings, necklaces, amulets, anklets and headdresses.
Dancing, chanting and performing rituals are very much a part of the highlanders’ way of life and the Kaamulan is as authentic as it can get.
Be a part of the Kaamulan in Bukidnon from March 1 to April 2, 2016.
How to get there:
Bukidnon can be reached by plane through Cagayan de Oro City or by land trip from Davao City.
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