The City of Tagum was again filled with songs and music as the Musikahan Festival 2015 surged with musical spectacle that truly proved the city’s claim as the “Music Capital of Mindanao”.
What was once a minor musical celebration is now considered as one of the country’s biggest music festival. It started as an annual venue to showcase Tagumeños talents in music but has morphed through the years into a musical event that celebrates the musical ingenuity not only of the Tagumeños but of Mindanao and the Filipino people as a whole.
Since 1999, Musikahan Festival has been the City’s signature festival aimed at showcasing the country’s love for music and the Filipino’s excellence in musical composition, performance and production. Since the creation of this well-loved music festival, it has attracted not only spectators from around the region but even guests and participating groups coming far from the Visayas and Luzon. It even went international when Tagum City was chosen to host the 3rd International Rondalla Festival in 2011 participated by different groups coming from Asia, Europe and the Americas.
Today, Tagum City Musikahan Festival is considered as one of the country’s premiere music festivals showcasing musical events from amateur to professional vocal competitions, rondalla to brass bands, show bands to classical music, choral performances to music theater, and other music related activities.
This year’s celebration is no exemption. Coinciding with 17th Araw ng Tagum and Tagumenyos Bisag Asa also known as the “Trio Celebration”, Musikahan Festival 2015 highlighted the musical talents of the Tagumeños as showcased through different activities participated even in the grassroots level like the annual Barangay Musikahan.
Despite different challenges, the City Government of Tagum wielded commendable efforts to continue this unique musical and cultural event in the hope to maintain its claim as the Music Capital of the South. And like the previous years, Musikahan Festival is a great boost for local tourism in the city.
Compared from last year, this years’ Musikahan Festival is much bigger because of various lined-up events that took place simultaneously. Among the musical activities highlighted in the festival were the Avenida Musika Brass Band Competition, Kasikas sa Dalan DBC competition, Himig Handog Chorale Competition, Rondal-Awit, Kantahan sa Tagum, Tunog Tagum Songwriting Competition, Battle of the Bands and Musikahan sa Barangay.
MUSIKAHAN FESTIVAL 2015 IN THE EYES OF THE PHOTOGRAPHERS
A Photo Competition Spearheaded by the Tagum City Information Office
This year’s Musikahan Festival is organized by the City Government of Tagum through the Tagum City Tourism Council and sponsored by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR). The Tagum City Musikahan Festival 2015 was celebrated from February 23, 2015 through March 7, 2015.