3 Must-experience September Festivals in Mindanao

Ida Damo
Ida Damo | Sep 06, 2016
3 Must-experience September Festivals in Mindanao

Mindanao’s vast land area of 97,530 square kilometers is inhabited by 18 tribal Filipino groups, composed mostly of Christians and Muslims.  It has 27 provinces and 33 cities celebrating a variety of festivals each month.

This September, Polomolok, South Cotabato observe the Flomlok Festival, Iliganons commemorate the Dyandi and Tacurong, Sultan Kudarat marks their Talakudong Festival.


Flomlok is a B’laan word which means “hunting grounds”.  Today, what used to be the hunting grounds of the B’laan tribe is a vast pineapple plantation.  The festival is celebrated for people to look back on the town’s humble beginnings, its present bountiful harvest and its founding anniversary.

READ: Polomolok Paraglide: How to Experience a Different High 

This September 6 to 10, check out the events below that you can enjoy with the locals.


Dyandi, which means “celebrate” is a ritual dance by female members of the “Dumagats (Christians), Maranos (Muslims) and the Higaonons (Lumads) during the “Pagpakanaug” before every novena and before the start of the Komedya (Comedia de San Miguel).  It is paying homage to the patron saint of Iligan, St. Michael and lasts the whole month of September.


Talakudong or "kudong" means headgear that natives and early settlers of Sultan Kudarat used to wear. Each year during the festival, colorful, intricate and differently designed kudongs take centerstage in the dances performed by school kids of Tacurong.

Highlights of the festival will be on September 16-18.  Here is the schedule of events for the Talakudong:


How to get there:

To get to Polomolok:

Major airlines fly daily to general Santos City from Manila and Cebu.  Take the bus or van to Polomolok which is just 30 minutes away.

To get to Iligan:

Major airlines fly daily to Cagayan de Oro from Manila and Cebu.  Take a bus or van to Iligan City which is 2 hours and 15 minutes land trip.

To get to Tacurong:

Tacurong City is 4 hours land trip from Davao City and 2 hours from General Santos City.

PAL and other major airlines fly daily to Davao City and General Santos City.

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