Musikahan Festival 2016: Honoring Tagumenyos’ TAGUMpay in Music

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.

RONDALAWITMusikahan 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.

MARCHING BRASS BAND2Since 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.

SYMPHONIC SERENATA2In 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.

SYMPHONIC SERENATA3With 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.

DRUM AND BUGLE CORPS BARANGAY MUSIKAHAN1 BARANGAY MUSIKAHAN2 BATTLE OF THE BANDS MARCHING BRASS BAND SYMPHONIC SERENATA 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.

HIMIG HANDOGThis year’s Musikahan Festival is organized by the City Government of Tagum through the Tagum City Tourism Council and sponsored by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCAA).

Photo Credits:
City Information Office of Tagum
Edwin B. Lasquite – OIC

TAGUM CITY MUSIKAHAN FESTIVAL 2015: A Celebration of Filipino’s Ingenuity in Music

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”.

Musikahan Sa Tagum 2015 - CoverWhat 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.

_MG_0464Since 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.

_MG_0350Today, 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.

_MG_0401This 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.

_MG_0373Despite 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.

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3rd International Rondalla Festival in 2011

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.

_DSC0095With city’s effort to continue this celebration of music and musical ingenuity of the Filipinos, there is no doubt that Tagum City is indeed the Music Capital of Mindanao.

MUSIKAHAN FESTIVAL 2015 IN THE EYES OF THE PHOTOGRAPHERS
A Photo Competition Spearheaded by the Tagum City Information Office

First Prize - DARYL TAPUT
First Prize – DARYL TAPUT
Second Prize - RANDOLPH VAL A. SISON JR.
Second Prize – RANDOLPH VAL A. SISON JR.
Third Prize - JOEL B. OWANO
Third Prize – JOEL B. OWANO
Consolation Best Photo 1 - JULES ALBERT S. SONGCUYA
Consolation Best Photo 1 – JULES ALBERT S. SONGCUYA
Consolation Best Photo 2 - PAMELA GAY B. PERALES
Consolation Best Photo 2 – PAMELA GAY B. PERALES
Consolation Best Photo 3 - JOEL B. OWANO
Consolation Best Photo 3 – JOEL B. OWANO
Consolation Best Photo 4 - RANDOLPH VAL A. SISON JR.
Consolation Best Photo 4 – RANDOLPH VAL A. SISON JR.
consolation Best Photo 5 - EDEN JHAN LICAYAN
Consolation Best Photo 5 – EDEN JHAN LICAYAN

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.