In observance of one of the city’s annual celebrations, this year’s Kaimunan Festival featured a lot of firsts in its line-up of events that surely served its purpose in recognizing and promoting the rich culture and tradition of this city’s indigenous peoples’ community.
This year marks the 16th edition of the Kaimunan Festival, which officially commenced last October 3, 2018 with a symbolic opening and a first Inter-Barangay IP Games, both held at the Energy Park, Tagum City.
The celebration also featured the Panagtigi nang Katigaman sang Pag-indo (Pag-indo Quiz Bowl) last October 5 where IP representatives from the different barangays of Tagum converged at the City Mall to battle their brains out in the test of culture, traditions, dialects, and other facts pertaining to the indigenous peoples’ way of life. Barangay Mankilam reigned supreme and bested other barangays in the said quiz bowl.
Other events in the Festival include the Pag-atag ng Dalipanug (Bloodletting) which took place at the City Hall Atrium last October 9, and the Information Education Campaign on the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act which were participated by Sangguniang Kabataan Officials at the City Hall AVR last October 8.
The Kaimunan Festival 2018 closed with a Kaimunan Grand Celebration dubbed as Pagkaimun last October 10, which became an avenue for the Thanksgiving Ritual and Blessing of the Indigenous Political Structure and Indigenous Knowledge, System and Practices of the three major tribes in Tagum namely the Mandaya, Mansaka and Kagan tribes. Unveiling and Launching of the said IPS and IKSP Document was conducted afterwards.
The compilation and production of these documents safeguard the facts and data of each of the tribes’ political structure, knowledge, systems and practices for the preservation of such and to serve as references in the researches of our IPs’ cultural heritage.
On the other hand, the celebration of the Pakaradjan Festival dedicated to our Muslim Tagumenyo fellows is slated on October 29-31, 2018.
Such festivals organized by the City Cultural Communities Affairs Division played a significant part in the success granted to the Division in the 2018 Civil Service Commission Pagasa Awards from President Rodrigo Duterte for the efforts exerted by the office to preserve the cultural heritage and tradition of the city’s cultural communities. Drex Rafols/CIO Tagum
The Kaimunan Grand Celebration becomes an avenue for the launching of the Indigenous Political Structure and Indigenous Knowledge, System and Practices of the three major tribes in Tagum namely the Mandaya, Mansaka and Kagan tribes. Carlo Abellana/CIO Tagum
Kaimunan Festival 2018 closes with a Kaimunan Grand Celebration dubbed as Pagkaimun last October 10. Carlo Abellana/CIO Tagum