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


The Palm City of the Philippines officially welcomed the Yuletide Season as they lighted the city’s Giant Holiday Tree which is considered as the tallest in the whole Davao Region. The ceremonial lighting of this giant steel structure is an annual event has become symbolic to every Tagumeño all over the world. And like the previous years, I felt so honored to witness yet another glistening affair.

Tagum City Giant Christmas Tree 2015 (146)As early as the first week of August, the City Electrical Office of Tagum City started the construction of this gigantic steel structure. For 10 years now, this Giant Holiday Tree which is conveniently situated at the City’s Freedom Park has attracted thousands of visitors and tourists to come to the City to feel its Yuletide Spirit. It has become a landmark that Tagumeños and visiting guests look forward to every Holiday Season. Thus, the City Engineer’s Office is tasked to come up new plans and fresh designs to make the Holiday Tree more appealing and inviting every year.

Tagum City Giant Christmas Tree 2015 (32) Tagum City Giant Christmas Tree 2015 (41) Tagum City Giant Christmas Tree 2015 (53) Tagum City Giant Christmas Tree 2015 (99)This year’s Holiday Tree measures about 105 feet (32 meters) in height and adorned by more than 4,000 bulbs and lighting accessories in different decorative abstract shapes that symbolize the Christmas Season. It is packed with decorative frames from angels to doves, small stars to snowflakes and flowers to birds that seemed to come alive as multi-colored glistening lights were lighted. Among those interesting symbols, it is the Main Star on the very top of the Holiday Tree that stood out as the main highlight.

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The ceremonial lighting of the city’s holiday tree is also a traditional event to look forward to. Year after year, Tagumeños and visitors would converge to the Freedom Park to witness the grand lighting of this steel tree. Tagum City is home to the famed Musikahan Festival, an annual cultural event that celebrates the Filipino excellence in musical composition, performance and production, thus, the ceremonial lighting was filled with spectacular performances depicting the musical ingenuity of Tagumeños. I must admit, for four years now covering such event, I always get thrilled to see as the steel tree comes to life when the lights are switched on – always a spectacular sight to behold.

Tagum City Giant Christmas Tree 2015 (151)Now up and fully illuminated, the holiday landmark of Davao Del Norte’s capital is expected to attract not only the many Tagumeños but even those visiting guests. With such dazzling appeal, this grand holiday tree is definitely a perfect place come together to celebrate and immensely feel the spirit of yuletide season – whether you are a Tagumeños or not.