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Kaamulan Festival 2019, the colors and fun of summer.

Talakag Street Dancers
MALAYBALAY CITY- Summer is colorful and vibrant as ever in Bukidnon, even the weather is cold, its City the Malaybalay is called the summer capital of Northern Mindanao, on our first day a hard pouring rain welcome us. 
Kitao-Tao Entry
It is my first time witness and experience Kaamulan Festival, it started almost 30 years ago as a simple gathering of 7 lumad tribes of the Province of Bukidnon, since its inception as a festival it is one of the most celebrated event in the northern Mindanao and was called the authentic ethnic festival in the Philippines as well.
Maramag Street Dancers
Why authentic? Like in the some festival, Kaamulan practice the very traditional way of doing the celebration, from the native dances and rituals are accompany by the elders of the tribes, you will see them perform in the streets to show support and blessings for their entry.
Kadilingan Street Dancers
This year’s festival is highlighted by the much anticipated street dancing competition that is usually participated by its 20 municipalities and 2 cities, this year’s contingent is only eight that battle in three categories, the street dancing competition, the open ground competition and the best float contest.
Malaybalay City Street Dancers
As early as 6 in the morning of April 13, people already gathered in the Sayre highway of Malaybalay City to witness this momentous event, each contingent has a story to tell that usually depicts the lives of their ancestors, the way of living then, the nature and its kind animals, and some traditions and rituals that molds Bukidnon now.
Kitao-Tao Muse
What’s unique with Kaamulan is the combination of whole tribe in their performances, even elderlies to younger generations, or tribe council members are active in performing thru the spirit of unity that signify the word Kaamulan that literally means to gather, proving it as legit ethnic cultural festival. From the bukid word Amul meaning to gather, is the origin word of Kaamulan.
Malitbog Street Dancers

The dances usually show the lives and traditions of different tribes, their way of living, the monkeys they use to play, the birds and of course the beautiful nature they have, they believe in spirits that surrounds them, some of them are good and some are bad.
Kitao-tao entry
From the 8 entries my two favorites the most are the contingent from Manolo Fortich and the Kitao-tao, for me the Kitao-Tao has the most cute and charming monkey dance but they didn't get any award at tall, of course we respect the judges decision. 
Fortich winning float
For the Float competition, Malitbog group take home the second prize award, while Malaybalay City got the first prize, and grand champion is declare for Manolo Fortich group.
Malitbog Float
Street Dancing winner is Malaybalay City, followed by Talakag while Malitbog group got the second spot, for the ground competition, Malitbog is the grand champion, 1st place goes to Malaybalay City and Talakag is on the second spot. Grand champion take home P250,000 cash prize.
Malitbog Street Dancers
During its program proper at the Provincial Capitol Grounds of Bukidnon, own beloved son of the province Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri announce some progress coming in for Bukidnon that will make Kaamulan a bigger festival thru his efforts in the senate, this is the construction of P1billion worth airport and terminal building, this will make not only Malaybalay City a gateway of Bukidnon, but the whole province as well.
Malaybalay Muse and Escort
Kaamulan Festival dates are changing, sometimes it was June and mostly it was every March to April of the year. 
Kitao-Tao Street Dancers
The whole Kaamulan Festival is such a great experience, the people of Bukidnon are all nice and accomodating, even though you don't speak Bisaya, they will still entertain and help you in many ways. Until the next Kaamulan Festival. 

Special thanks to Tourism Promotion Board of the Department of Tourism. 

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