Kaamulan Festival is the only ethnic festival in the Philippines. The ethnic social celebration is held every year in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon from the second week of February to the end of March, which is the commemoration date of the establishment of Bukidnon as a province in 1917. It is held to praise the way of life and custom of the seven ethnic tribal gatherings — the Bukidnon, Higaonon, Talaandig, Manobo, Matigsalug, Tigwahanon and Umayamnon — that initially inhabit the province.
Graced by social gatherings whose ways have stayed unaltered consistently, the Kaamulan is characterized by the legitimate customs with genuine indigenous people groups. First is the Pangampo or the worship , the Tagulambong hu Datu – it is a custom for the establishment of a Chieftain, the Panumanod – a spiriting function, the Panlisig – a ceremony to head out malevolence spirits, and the Pamalas – a sin expiation custom.
In the year of 2002, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo graced the festival, where a few local ladies dressed on her in an ethnic outfit. The first Kaamulan Off-Road Challenge and First Kaamulan Invitational Shoot Fest were added to the exercises of the celebration.
Furthermore, the present Kaamulan has advanced consistently and does highlight Bukidnon’s ethnic gatherings as well as the items and neighborhood foundations that abound in the province. These are shown in the Garden Show, Food Fest, Kaamulan Bazaar, Agriculture Fair, and Livestock Show. It also caters some exciting events like Motocross, Off-street Competition, Rodeo, Amateur Boxing, Basketball Tournament, Adventure Races, and Fireworks display.
To get to Malaybalay City, the closest airport is the Laguindingan Airport in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. From Laguindingan Airport you can take a van going to Agora Bus Terminal (fare is around 199 pesos), then take a bus going to Valencia City/Maramag/Davao City or any bus going to the province of Bukidnon (fare is around 90-150 pesos) and the travel time is around 2 hours. The only way to get around in Malaybalay City is by riding motorcycle. You can ask the driver to take you to Capitol Ground and/or the Plaza for the displays. For a more fun experience, we encourage you to just explore the city by foot since the Plaza and Capitol ground is just a few steps away from the main bus stops.