The provincial government of North Cotabato has vowed to celebrate its 97th founding anniversary starting from August 26 to September 1, 2011 to be more festive and bombastic, with its new and old festival name, KALIVUNGAN FESTIVAL.

Kalivungan, a Menuvu term for “gathering” and connotes festivity, has been used by the province during the term of Governor Carlos B. Cajelo in 1974 with the term spelled as “Kalibongan” instead of Kalivungan.

According to prominent leaders and members of the cultural communities ho were part of the group who pioneered the celebration and had been actively participating every conduct of the festival, that because of the Filipinism entry by our Christian brothers, the phoneme “V” and “U” were substituted with “B” and “O” thus the word Kalibongan was used.

The first Kalibongan Tribal Festival was held on May 8, 1974 at the capital town of Kidapawan but was last held in 1984 due to lack of funds. It was revived in 1996 under the defunct Office of the Southern Cultural Communities but was again stopped after the last presentation in 1997.

This was however changed to Hinugyaw, a Hiligaynon term which means boisterous merrymaking on celebrating the province’s birth since 1999.

            It was through  Board Member and former Makilala mayor Onofre L. Respicio, Chairman of the Committee on Education, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, who authored Resolution 171 using Kalivungan as the province’s official festival name again.

            The changing of the name is the provincial leadership’s way of paying tribute to North Cotabato’s early settlers, the Manobos, who tilled the province’s land and helped the province become one of the leading agricultural provinces in Central Mindanao in particular and in the country in general.

            Governor Emmylou “Lala” J. Taliño-Mendoza said more sports games that will be held in different municipalities and other equally-exciting events await for this year’s celebration.

            “We are inviting everybody to come and visit our place as we celebrate our Kalivungan festival,” Mendoza said.

Kalivungan Festival will kick off with an Inter-LGU Sports Olympics and Inter-LGU SK Olympics both on August 25-27 at the provincial gym and field in Amas. Other events include the Mindanao Open Chess on Aug. 25-30 at provincial conference room in Amas, Extreme Team Trail Run on Aug. 26 from Kidapawan, Magpet to Makilala; Lumba-anay sa Salbabida Rapid Water Tubing on Aug. 27 in Alamada; first Gov. Lala Talino-Mendoza Mountain Bike Challenge on Aug. 27 in Amas and Aug. 28 in Pres. Roxas; Ultimate Frisbee Tournament on Aug. 27-28 in Amas; 1st Gov. Lala Talino-Mendoza Air Soft Tournament on Aug. 27-28 in Kidapawan; 1st. Gov. Lala Talino—Mendoza Table Tennis Cup on Aug. 27-28 in Kidapawan; 1st Gov. Lala Talino-Mendoza Open Bowling on Aug. 27-30 at Doverlanes; Mini Motocross on Aug. 29 in Arakan; Inter-agency Basketball Finals on Aug. 30 in Amas; Gov. Talino-Mendoza Open Darts Cup on Aug. 30-31 in Midsayap; and the Lumba sa Pulangi Banca Race on Aug. 31 in Carmen.

            “We hope that through sports we can also unite the province and promote camaraderie and peace,” Mendoza said.

The provincial government has also lined up cultural and agri-business activities including the hosting of the 7th National Palm Oil Congress on Aug. 25-26 at the JC Complex in Kidapawan City. It is in coordination with the Philippine Palm Oil Development Council Inc. headed by its president Erwin Garcia and vice-president C.K. Chang.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Anthony, this is a very interesting article to read. I have read about Kalibongan just recently, and I knew it was a festival but I have not ready anything about it’s history until today. I have searched online to find a litlte bit more about this festival and maybe I was looking at the wrong places.

    Your blog gave the light of what many of us needs about Kalibongan festival. Thank you!


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