TAWI-TAWI’S AGAL-AGAL FESTIVAL | The Philippines’ Only Seaweed Festival

The Province of Tawi-Tawi is considered as the biggest producer of Seaweed Powder in the country. Because of its significance to the livelihood of the people and the economy of the Province, one grand celebration is made every year as tribute to its great value. This is the Agal-agal Festival which is said to be the only Seaweed Festival in the country. It is derived from the word Agal-Agal which is the local term for seaweed in the Sulu Archipelago.

The staging of AGAL-AGAL FESTIVAL coincides with the Kamahardikaan Sin Tawi-Tawi or the Founding Anniversary of the Province which happens every 25th of September. This year, the celebration was held in the town of Languyan, one of the 11 towns of Tawi-Tawi.Agal-Agal Festival shows how the community value the importance of the seaweed industry which has been part of their living. Being a Province composed of island towns surrounded by vast seas, Tawi-Tawi is endowed with rich marine and aquatic resources. The celebration also reflects these rich bounties of the sea that Tawi-Tawi takes so much pride of.

The festival features the rich culture and traditions of the Sama, Badjau, Jama Mapun and Tausug who peacefully and harmoniously live in the Province – colourful cultures and admirable traditions that are still lived and practiced to this day.

In this year’s edition of Agal-Agal Festival, 9 out of the 11 municipalities of the province participated in the street dancing competition and showdown. Each contingent showcased their well-rehearsed and choreographed dances and performances in their most elegant traditional costumes, colourful props, and upbeat traditional music that reflect the rich culture of their town. Pangalay which is a traditional dance of the Sulu Archipelago is greatly incorporated in their graceful performances.

I have been to a number of festivals in the Philippines. In Mindanao, I have covered some of the most significant festivals that the Island boasts. And just when I thought I have seen enough, Agal-Agal Festival offered me a different festival experience – a different vibe incomparable to the other festivals I have witnessed in the country.

To be here in this southernmost part of the Philippines witnessing such spectacular festival is truly an honor. Given a chance, I shall come back and again relish another Agal-Agal Festival experience!

Shout out of thanks to the Department of Tourism – ARMM headed by Regional Secretary Ayesha M. Dilangalen for inviting The Travel Teller to witness this amusing festival of the country’s southernmost Province.

Wacth THE TRAVEL TELLER’s Video Blog of the Agal-Agal Festival HERE.

AGAL-AGAL FESTIVAL | Seaweed Festival of Tawi-Tawi Province (VIDEO BLOG)

The southernmost frontier of the Philippines, the Province of Tawi-Tawi just recently celebrated its 44th Founding Anniversary. The celebration is called Kamardikaan Sin Tawi-Tawi. One of the major highlights of the celebrated is the Agal-Agal Festival which is said to be the only seaweed festival in Mindanao and perhaps the entire country.

Tawi-Tawi is the country’s major producer of Agal-Agal, local term for seaweed, and this festival honors the significance of the seaweed industry in the Province. The festival also features the rich and colorful culture of the Sama, Badjao, Jama Mapun and Tausug, the people of Tawi-Tawi.

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

KADAYAWAN TRADITION CONTINUES AT THE APO VIEW HOTEL MANAGED BY EUROTEL

On the celebration of 30th Kadayawan Sa Dabaw, the Apo View Hotel, the city’s premier hotel joined the people of Davao in celebrating the city’s annual festival that celebrates the bountiful harvest of the land, rich and diverse culture of its people and its tranquility of living.

DCIM100GOPRONow managed by the Eurotel, Apo View Hotel’s celebration of Kadayawan Festival brought in all the colorful sights and lively sounds of the festivities inside the premises of the hotel. Hotel guests who stayed at the Apo View during this week-long celebration were treated with in-house festivities to feel the vibe and spirit of the festival.

Apo View Hotel Managed by EUROTEL (53)DCIM100GOPROApo View Hotel’s celebration of Kadayawan Festival is a tradition that has been made every year. In fact, hotel patrons and frequent guests look forward to witness such spectacular event every year. At one point, Apo View Hotel is renowned being the only hotel in Davao with such festive and most colorful event every Kadayawan Festival season.

DCIM100GOPROThis year, Apo View Hotel managed by Eurotel brought back the music and dances of the Kaagan Dance Theatre Collective Inc., a Mindanao finalist to the Pilipinas Got Talent, as they showcased the ritual and traditional dances of the different tribes of Davao and nearby provinces.

DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPROThe premises were adorned and filled by sights and sounds depicting the festive colors, cheerful sounds and jovial spirit of the celebration. Being Davao’s premier and the second oldest hotel in the Philippines, Apo View Hotel’s own version of the Kadayawan Festival embraces the city’s invaluable effort in honoring, preserving and promoting the artistry and rich culture not just the bustling City of Davao but of the Island Mindanao as whole.

Apo View Hotel Managed by EUROTEL (55) Apo View Hotel Managed by EUROTEL (57)Kudos to the Apo View Hotel for continuing this tradition of showcasing and promoting what is truly Dabawenyo and Mindanaoan. Indeed, something to look forward to every year.

Apo View Hotel Managed by EUROTEL (54)***I would like to thank Ms. Leah Adolfo for my Kadayawan sa Dabaw 2015 weekend experience at the Apo View Hotel.

TUNA FESTIVAL 2014: Pyestang Karagatan, Pyestang Lawihan sa Magandang Gensan

General Santos City was in a festive mood again as the city’s main thoroughfares were flooded by the vibrant festival colors of Tuna Festival, one of the city’s biggest events celebrated along with the City’s Charter Day which falls every 5th of September.

TunaFestivalThe annual celebration of Tuna Festival is the city’s tribute to the significance of the Tuna Industry to the City’s strong economy. It is also the city’s expression of celebrating the bounty of being the “Tuna Capital of the Philippines”.

Tuna Festival 2014The whole celebration is anchored with this year’s festival theme “Pyestang Karagatan, Pyestang Lawihan sa Magandang Gensan”. Thus in this week-long celebration of Tuna Festival 2014, different spectacular events were set to give colors and radiance to this festive occasion and to highlight the importance of the sea bounties which the city is known for.

Tuna Festival 2014 17Like most festivals celebrated in the country, the highlight of Tuna Festival is the street Mardi-Gras they called Lawihan Street Dancing Competition. Lawihan is the local term for Tuna or Tuna Fish Tail and the street dancing competition centered on the great significance of the Tuna Industry that helps shape General Santos City to become what it is now – one of the most progressive cities in the whole Mindanao.

SamalanCampsea 154There were 6 contingents vying for the most coveted prize and prestigious honor of the competition. Some of them come from its neighboring towns of South Cotabato and Sarangani. The magnificent colors of the Tuna Festival flooded the streets. All contingents came prepared elegantly wearing their fabulous costumes making everyone felt the festive spirit of Tuna Festival 2014.

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The Travel Teller is now a certified Festival Hopper!
The Travel Teller is now a certified Festival Hopper!
With the famous GEORGE TAPAN at Tuna Festival 2014
With the famous GEORGE TAPAN at Tuna Festival 2014

My heartfelt gratitude to LVA Travel Care and Antonio’s Apartelle for sponsoring our two nights accommodation in General Santos City. You may call Antonio’s Apartelle at 0998-155-1634. Special thank-you shout-out to Smart Communication for sponsoring our dinner and mobile internet connection.

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