I’m a bit late for this week’s Tuesday Travels but I don’t wanna miss it so here’s my Octoberfest entry. Our hometown visit as we witnessed the Kaamulan Festival 2011 which was held last March at my birthplace in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.
I really miss watching this kind of festival here in our hometown. I miss my grandmother who used to be one of the active dancer and participant of the street dancing competition which is the highlight of the festival.
We call it Kaamulan from the Binukid word amul which means to gather. It is a gathering of Bukidnon tribal people for a purpose. It means a datuship ritual, a wedding ceremony, a thanksgiving festival during harvest time, a peace pact, or all of these put together.
Showcasing the unique indigenous culture of Bukidnon, Kaamulan is held annually in the province of Bukidnon, particularly in my beloved hometown in Malaybalay City. It is usually held every 1st week of the month of March.
Kaamulan has become an avenue for the recognition and appreciation of Bukidnon’s unraveled cultural legacy carefully preserved by the traditional population.
Me, My Mom and my daughter
Kaamulan is indeed an interesting ground for the unification of the people of Bukidnon. The one that converges the past and the present, celebrates its rich culture and inspires its people.