Bukidnon's Kaamulan opens February 18

The food fest, bazaars, agri fair, garden and livestock shows will open on said date.

The festival's grand opening, however, is on February 27, the tourism office said. 

This year’s Kaamulan carries the theme "Rekindling the spirit of Kaamulan through the 7 Hill tribes." 

A traditional opening ritual at the Kaamulan grounds, ribbon cutting for shows and fairs, the "panangkila" of the seven tribes, motorcade of sponsors, parades of school bands and mountain bikes are among the attractions for the grand opening.   

There will also be a school band competition on February 27.
The 8th Kaamulan Invitational Basketball Tournament will open on the same day at the Bukidnon State University gymnasium.

On March 1, the Kaamulan rodeo opens at the city grandstand.

The Laga Ta Bukidnon talent night will be held on March 3.
There will be a Bukidnon ethnic songwriting workshop on March 4 at the provincial planning and development office.   

The pageant night of the Laga Ta Bukidnon, a beauty contest, is on March 5 at the Kaamulan open theater. 

A motocross competition was scheduled also on March 4 to 6.

The ethnic street dancing competition, Kaamulan’s main attraction, is on March 7, followed with an ethnic dance clinic in the afternoon and fireworks display in the evening. 

Ethnic sports among the different tribes kick off on March 9.

The province will celebrate the 92nd Foundation Day on March 10.

Provincial administrator Romeo Cardoza said the provincial government has invited Senator Loren Legarda as guest of honor, but that her office has not confirmed her attendance as of press time.
Former Senate president Manuel Villar was the guest of honor last year.

The 403rd Brigade’s Peacemaker Band will start the nightly band performances on February 18.  Local bands and those based in other cities including Manila will also perform nightly throughout the festival. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)