Mindanao FESTIVALS Reviews
MINDANAO at its BEST!!! May 22, 2008
Mindanao is Philippine's LAND of PROMISE - because of the many wonderful things the land can offer with beautiful nature spots - many of which are not commercially developed yet and are still very natural. There's also the warmth, diversities and uniqueness of the TRI-PEOPLE: Christians, Lumads and Muslims.
Sad to say tho, that Mindanao is usually 'described in negatives' by the media...
Yep, there may be events of violence in some parts of the area BUT usually, many of them are exaggerated and may not necessarily depict the reality of the entire island.
Well, maybe these things make travelling to Mindanao a more rewarding experience :)
SO, to help plan your trip.. I have compiled here a list of the festivals in Mindanao where the towns and cities are most alive and at their best:
HUDYAKA ZANORTE (Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte - end of May to 1st week of June)
MEGAYON FESTIVAL (Zamboanga del Sur every September showcasing the arts and crafts of the Subanens, Muslims and Christians)
SIBUG-SIBUG Festival (Zamboanga Sibugay every February)
HERMOSA FESTIVAL or FIESTA PILAR (Zamboanga City - the city of flowers, every October showcasing flower parades)
KAAMULAN FESTIVAL (Bukidnon every last week of February to 1st week of March highlighting the historic beginnings of Bukidnon with rodeo and horse shows, tribal presentations, street dancing and more)
LANZONES FESTIVAL (Camiguin every October as thanksgiving for a fruitful harvest of lanzones - a major source of livelihood for the island)
LUBI-LUBI FESTIVAL (Lanao del Norte every January to celebrate the tree of life - coconut)
KAGAYHAAN FESTIVAL (Cagayan de Oro City every August 28 showcasing different ethnic and tribal dances)
KADAYAWAN FESTIVAL (Davao City every 3rd week of August as celebration of good harvest - one, if not Mindanao's biggest festivals)
SHARIF KABUNSUAN FESTIVAL (Cotabato City every December as a celebration of Islam displaying Muslim religion and culture)
TUNA FESTIVAL (General Santos City every September showcasing Tuna revolution and the boat race ending with a full seafood breakfast thanksgiving)
BALANGAY FESTIVAL (Butuan City every May - my hometown, rediscovering the ancient kingdom of Butuan, proven by the discovery of nine balangai boats said to be used by Spaniards in the 15th century)
BONOK-BONOK FESTIVAL (Surigao City every September 9 showing the natives' gratitude to their animistic gods for a bountiful harvest and good health)
There are still sooo many festivals celebrated in the entire island - what I've listed here so far are just the highlights and the major ones.
MINDANAO is a beautiful island- full of surprises and festivites.
Come.. visit the land of promise..
(Note: some of the photos are from www.thelandofpromise.com)
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