Kaamulan 2014: 'Ikat-ikat Ta Dadalanun'

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Kaamulan 2014 Festival MALAYBALAY. One of the 22 contingents of the street dancing competition in the ongoing Kaamulan 2014 Festival in Malaybalay City. (Erwin M. Mascarinas)


MALAYBALAY CITY - Kaamulan is one of Mindanao's richest festivities showcasing the abundant and colorful tapestry of its people and the seven tribes of Bukidnon.

Uniquely, the event highlights the land's indigenous people and their tribal ways, one of the festivities most awaited activity is the street dancing competition.

This year the province of Bukidnon marked the centennial anniversary of its creation making the festivity even bigger and merrier.

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The Kaamulan Festival was then moved back to its original date celebration which is the month of August that also coincides with Bukidnon's 100th year celebration this year. For several years, Kaamulan was celebrated on the second half of February to March 10.

Highlighting this year’s festivity is the biggest and longest street dancing competition in Northern Mindanao’s history dubbed as "Ikat-ikat Ta Dadalanun."

Twenty-two teams representing the municipalities of Bukidnon and the seven different tribes of the land gave out their best in a street dance competition that merged original tribal costumes, steps and beat.

The teams have been divided into two groups: competition in two separate events. For two days, August 30 and 31 the teams battled it out in the streets of Malaybalay Bukidnon marching their way toward the Kaamulan Grounds at the Provincial Capitol site. There they amazed both local residents and guests alike with their unwavering tribal inspired choreography and precision performance both on the street and in the open field.

“In this celebration; I am very happy and captivated because I was expecting that it should be something like extraordinary or even more fun or more than the usual and what I get is more than what I expected when I saw their performances. It felt like they have been practicing for one year, the movements and choreography was so precise and beyond my expectation, it got me so emotional,” said Catalino Chan III, regional director, Department of Tourism region 10.

For Chan and the tourism office, the performance of the street dancers proved that if only everyone in Bukidnon would work hand in hand it would not be hard to promote the province as one of the best eco-tourism destination in the country.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 30, 2014.

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