LGU Tagum holds its first Kasalan ng Tipanud

Tagum City – In celebration of Tagum’s #LOVEfestival, the first-ever Kasalan ng Tipanud transpired last February 22, 2022 held at the City Hall Atrium. This tribal wedding signifies the sharing of vows of the 11 couples from the Indigenous Cultural Communities in Tagum.

Withstanding cultural diversities, the City Cultural Communities Affairs Division and the City Registrar’s Office initiated the said ceremony for the Indigenous People (IP) Communities that still practice traditional wedding rites despite today’s modern era. These IP communities are from Kagan, Mandaya, and Ata-Manobo Tribes.

Displaying dignity to their culture, the couples were proud and honored to exemplify such traditional ceremony with respect and humility. Kawan in Mandaya and Kagan languages, and Patuk in Ata-Manobo are the said wedding rites that they still continue to practice up-to-date.

Six couples from the Kagan, four couples from the Mandaya, and one couple from the Ata-Manobo tied the knot and shared their love to each other. Respective leaders of each tribe solemnized the marriage ceremonial namely, Bia Lilia Magkidong-Lagunsad of the Mandaya, assisted by Balyan Jose Penang, Datu Danny Lapana of the Kagan, and Bae Hermenia Maitem of the Ata-Manobo.

Vice Mayor Eva Lorraine Estabillo, also known as Bia Digabunan to the Cultural Communities in Tagum, graced the event with her inspirational message to the newlywed couples as well as to their families. Kylyn Carpio/CIO Tagum


One of the six couples who tied the knot during the Kawan rite of the Mandaya is being solemnized by Bia Lilia Magkidong-Lagunsad during the Kasalan ng Tipanud at the New City Hall Atrium. CIO Tagum


One of the couples from the Kagan Tribe during Kawan, their traditional wedding, is being solemnized by Datu Danny Lapana during the Kasalan ng Tipanud at the New City Hall Atrium. CIO Tagum


A couple from the Ata-Manobo Tribe shares their love for each other during the Patuk rite solemnized by Bae Hermenia Maitem during the Kasalan ng Tipanud at the New City Hall Atrium. CIO Tagum


To grace the marriage ceremonial with luck and fortune, all 11 couples from the IP Communities in Tagum gracefully dance during the most awaited Prosperity Dance where their ninongs and ninangs were invited to pin money to the newlyweds’ traditional garbs. CIO Tagum