Tagum City once again proved that indeed it is the Music Capital of the South as this year’s Musikahan Festival concluded with flying colors showcasing the musical artistry of the Tagumenyos. Year after year, the City of Palms is converted into a huge venue showcasing the musical ingenuity of the Filipinos in the different fields of music.
Musikahan was once a minor musical festivity that started as an annual event to showcase Tagumenyos talents in music. As it progresses, it morphed into an exceptional music festival that celebrates and honors the musical ingenuity not only of the Tagumenyos but the Filipino people as a whole. Today, it is considered as one of the country’s biggest music festivals earning Tagum City the title as the Music Capital of the South.
Since 1999, Musikahan Festival has been the City’s banner festival. It primarily aims to honor and showcase the country’s love for music and the Filipino’s excellence in musical composition, performance and production. Through the years, Musikahan Fest has attracted not only spectators from around the region but even guests and participating groups coming as far from the Visayas and Luzon. One of the most unforgettable events in line with Musikahan was when the city hosted the 3rd International Rondalla Festival in 2011. It was participated by different groups coming from Asia, Europe and the Americas.
In this year’s grand celebration, Musikahan Festival amplified the musical artistry and ingenuity of the country’s national artists. Lined up events during the weeklong celebration including musical performances and productions were done to pay tribute to the greatest contribution of some national artists in the field of music and the like.
With its theme “Musika ng Tagumpay”, this years’ Musikahan Festival was made even more relevant. Different competitions were lined up to showcase the extraordinary skills of music geniuses. Songwriters were provided the avenue to showcase their song-writing skills in the Songwriting Competition. Musical talents of the Tagumenyos in the grassroots level were put into limelight through Barangay Musikahan. Amateur and premier chorale groups coming from the different parts of the country converged in the city for the annual Himig Handog Choral Competition. It was among the most watched events of the Festival. Drum and Bugle, Lyre Corps Competition, Drum Battle Competition, Symphonic Serenata Competition, Marching Brass Band Competition, and Brass Band Showdown highlighted the celebration as participants’ creativity, uniqueness and ingenuity in musical performance regaled the audience. Bass Bands based in Tagum and other parts of the country entertained the audience with their jaw-dropping performances.
With city’s continued effort of honing and honoring Tagumenyos’ innate talent and love for music, there is no doubt that Tagum City is indeed the Music Capital of Mindanao. And Musikahan Festival is something to look forward to every year.
City Information Office of Tagum
Edwin B. Lasquite – OIC