For the second time around, I was invited to sit as one of the judges of the most celebrated festival of hats in the Philippines, the colorful and action-packed TALAKUDONG FESTIVAL. This is one of my personal favorite festivals in MINDANAO. Since I got to witness it in 2014, I never stop to come back to the City of Goodwill to experience it over and over again. And this year is another amazing for Talakudong Festival.
A neo-ethnic festival, Talakudong Festival is TACURONG CITY’s tribute to the most prized symbol of the city’s history – the kudong, a head covering worn by early settlers of this city. Talakudong which comes from the word kudong refers to something that covers the head against the sun and rain. It is said that the early people of Tacurong gave the Sultan of Buluan, now Buluan town in Maguindanao, a golden kudong as a special gift for his enduring efforts in instituting peace and progress in the area. Hence kudong becomes symbolic to the city and its people. In fact, the name Tacurong is derived from this emblematic Talakudong.
Coined as the festival of hats, Talakudong Festival has become a historical and cultural spectacle in South Central Mindanao that draws attention from nearby provinces and region. It is highlighted by street-dancing and field demonstrations with well-decorated talakudong accompanied by the lively sound of bamboos and drums. The dances and performances showcase the history of Tacurong from being a barrio of Buluan into a multi-cultural town of Sultan Kudarat and eventually into a bustling city.
CONGRATULATIONS to the people of the CITY OF GOODWILL!