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Kaamulan Festival is an ethnic festival held in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon Province in the Northern Mindanao Region. The word “Kaamulan” is from the Binukid term “amul” meaning “to gather”. Kaamulan is the assembly of Bukidnon tribesmen for various purposes. The purpose varies from a datuship ceremony, a wedding ritual, a celebration of a great harvest, a peace settlement, etc.

The Kaamulan is such a unique festival which highlights the indigenous culture of the Bukidnons. Kaamulan Festival is a form of honoring the custom and traditions of the 7 original tribal groups that occupies Bukidnon. These 7 tribal groups include the Bukidnon, Higaonon, Talaandig, Manobo, Matigsalug, Tigwahanon and Umayamnon.
During the festivities, guests and tourists will see various tribesmen coming from these seven hill tribes of Bukidnon come in unity with other locals and visitors of the place. These tribesmen wear their traditional costumes and fully decorated with their classic jewelry such as earrings, necklaces, anklets, leaflets, headdresses as well as their amulets.
Just like in any other festival, one of the highlights of Kaamulan Festival is the ethnic street and arena dance competition.

Visit Malybalay, Bukidnon and witness this distinctively unique ethnic celebration. Listed below are the list of activities lined during the festival.


February 1 to March 25, 2017

8 AM –Indigenous Bazaar, Garden Show, Kaamulan Bazaar, Food Fest, Agri-Fair, Cultural Arts Exhibit at Capitol Grounds, Malaybalay

February 1 to 4, 2017

7 PM – Local Bands Performances at Capitol Stage

February 3 and March 25, 2017

Ethnic/Tribal Rituals at Kaamulan Grounds, Malaybalay City and at the vicinity of Pine Hills/Sumpong

February 3, 2017

Drum and Bugle/Lyre Contest at Capitol Grounds

February 28, 2017

8 AM – ICT Forum at Kaamulan Open Theater

March 5, 2017

8 AM – Fish and Tarantula Show at Capitol Grounds

March 10 to 13, 2017

8 AM – Ethnic /Tribal Sports, Tribal Wedding at Capitol Grounds

March 11 to 12, 2017

8 AM – Chess Tournament at Bukidnon State University

March 14, 2017

7 PM – Talent Night of Laga Ta Bukidnon 2017 (Miss Bukidnon 2017) at Kaamulan Open Theater

March 17, 2017

7 PM – Coronation of Laga Ta Bukidnon 2017 (Miss Bukidnon 2017)

March 18, 2017

5 AM – Kaamulan Fun Run at Malaybalay City proper

March 18, 2017

7 PM – Sponsored Show by Globe Telecom at the Capitol Stage

March 18 to 19, 2017

8 AM – Kaamulan Dart Tournament at Malaybalay Freedom Park, Barangay 4

March 19 to 20, 2017

7 PM – Sponsored Show by San Miguel Beer at the Capitol Stage

March 21, 2017

8 AM – Motocross at the Grandstand

March 22 to 23, 2017

8 AM – Rodeo

March 24, 2017

7 PM – Piniliyapan Hu Bukidnon (A Glimpse of Bukidnon) at Kaamulan Open Theater

March 25, 2017

6 AM – Kaamulan Festival Ethnic Street Dance Competition
9 PM – Fireworks Display
10 PM – Show by Manila artists

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The nearest airport to Bukidnon is the Laguindingan Airport in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. Upon reaching the airport, you can take a bus to Bukidnon at around 104 kilometers. Travel time is around 1 and half hour. Other public transportation such as public utility jeepneys and vans for hire are also available. Just make sure to agree on the price prior to your engagement.

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Default Comments (7)


  1. Hi,my name is Cristy and I live in Chicago.Do they have the same date next year for the Kaamulan Festival.My husband and I are planning to visit and experience the celebration.Thanks in advance for your reply.

  2. Waren Kim Badilla

    What a Nice presentations street dancing . very hot very crowded too many people . for the 1st time I met kolas pamahaw special in Capitol ground .wow best day ever.

  3. Kaamulan Dart Tournament on March 18-19 will be held at the Barangay 9 Covered Court, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.

  4. Lumbia Airport has stopped its operation 2-3 years ago. The operation has been transferred to Laguindingan Airport which is located western part of CDO at Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental.

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