DAVAO DEL NORTE, 12 Oct (PIA)— Attuned with the Indigenous People’s Month celebration in October, the Kapihan sa Kapitolyo this afternoon cracks two segments discussing the Kalibulungan Festival of the Manobos in Talaingod, Davao del Norte and Sambuokan Festival in the City of Mati, Davao Oriental.
Falling on the last week of October, both festivals connote gathering, oneness and unity.
Sitio Mesolong tribal leader Datu Lumansad Sibogan and Ata- Manobo tribal youth leader Reagan Libayao Lagman discussed the essence of Kalibulungan Festival which they said means a traditional coming-together to give thanks for a bountiful harvest.
They also talked about tribal customs and traditions, games, dances and the meaning of the colors of their headdresses.
Other than activities of merriment to highlight the festival, the gathering of tribal leaders to discuss pressing issues and concerns of the Manobo tribe will form a significant part of the Kalibulungan Festival this year.
On the other hand, Sambuokan Festival Director Tanya Rabat-Tan of the City Mayor’s Office of Mati and Mati Tourism Officer Arlene Llamada along with other heads of offices of the City of Mati went their way to Tagum City for a scheduled guesting at the Kapihan sa Kapitolyo.
Rabat said Sambuokan puts a spotlight on tribal unity of the Mandayas of Mati and the Muslims (the Kalagan tribe) together with the settlers.
Sambuokan schedule of festivities on October 27 and October 28 give prior importance to Tribe’s Village days of the Mandaya and the Muslim, respectively.
Rabat assured interested visitors that their three-hour ride from Davao City or their two-hour ride from Tagum City would become a refreshing trip once they see the seascapes and the blue seas along their way to the city proper. The city of Mati lies 185 kilometers from Davao City and 115 kilometers from Tagum City.
Llamada revealed a soaring figure of tourist arrivals registered in the city of Mati. She said Mati tourist arrival was pegged at 35,993 only at the start of the administration of City of Mati Mayor Carlo Luis Rabat but the figure went up to 103,482 per monitoring done just recently.
There’s a noted brisk in resort development in the city especially along Dahican area but Rabat said the city is open to other investments such as construction of hotels and malls and other businesses.
Both Rabat and Llamada assured tourists and visitors of their security as the City Police Office has developed a network with communities to heighten public awareness on crime and even on terrorism.
“We have resort police and the Philippine Coast Guard is active,” she said.
The Kapihan sa Kapitolyo this afternoon was aired “live” over DXDN Radio Ukay Tagum. The Provincial Information Office (PIO) will have it aired in a delayed telecast over Davao del Norte Community Channel over the weekend. The Kapihan sa Kapitolyo has been running for 13 years now since 2004. (PIA 11, Jeanevive Duron Abangan)