18th Kalindugan Festival showcases rich Mandaya culture

Replete with songs and dances showcasing the Madaya culture, the Kalindugan Festival aims to preserve the tribe’s customs, traditions and beliefs by instilling these to the community especially to the young generation.

Replete with songs and dances showcasing the Madaya culture, the Kalindugan Festival aims to preserve the tribe’s customs, traditions and beliefs by instilling these to the community especially to the young generation.

DAVAO ORIENTAL – The Mandaya community of Sitio Sangab in the remote mountain village ofPichon in Caraga town has marked its 18th Kalindugan Festival on October 28-29, 2016, showcasing vibrant and authentic Mandaya culture and traditions.

Replete with songs and dances showcasing the Madaya culture, the celebration has brought the Mandayas here a sense of pride and identity over their deep-rooted cultural heritage.

This annual festival aims to preserve the tribe’s customs, traditions and beliefs by instilling these to the community especially to the young generation.

During the festival, different local schools presented performances portraying their daily lives in the community, history and traditions in the form of dances and songs. Indigenous games and culinary contest featuring authentic Mandaya cuisines, among others were showcased during the celebration.

Aside from showcasing its rich culture and traditions, the Kalindugan Festival which means unity is a celebration of brotherhood among the Mandaya tribe here who are known for their strong bond, their drive for maintaining unity and in building strong connection within the tribe.

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Governor Dayanghirang, in a message conveyed by Provincial Tourism Officer Miguel Trocio, extended his congratulations to the Mandaya community in the celebration of their festival. He urged them, especially the youth, to continue protecting and conserving their culture, adding that the Provincial Government will continue to pour down support to community through the implementation of more development projects.

Last week, Governor Dayanghirang during the Family Day and Medical Mission conducted in the area has announced several developments that the government is pouring down to Sitio Sangab and other nearby sitios, such as the turn-over of some initial 100 housing units to typhoon victims from the National Housing Authority. Boosting the area’s agricultural potential, Gov. Dayanghirang is set to recommend to the Department of Agriculture a P100 million road concreting project to Sangab. He said this investment would definitely make a difference in the socio-economic development and in the lives of the people here.

Present during the event was Caraga Mayor Alicia Mori. She encouraged the members of the community to continue fostering peace and unity. “We can achieve more development if we stay united,” she said, urging the Mandaya people here to help maintain peace in their community.

Meanwhile, considering Davao Oriental’s rich history and culture, the province will launch next year a new festival in Davao Oriental dubbed as Kabilin or Heritage Festival, in which the Sangab Mandaya community will play a huge part of. The cultural festival is touted to become a veritable platform to promote peace and unity and encourage the preservation of Davao Oriental’s rich and diverse culture. The National Economic Development Authority, which thrusts in cultural development, is among the province’s partners in the national government towards cultural promotion and development. By PIO

 

 

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