MALAYBALAY City – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Provincial Board) of Bukidnon has recognized the celebration of SunggodTeKamanga, an annual festival in the municipality of Quezon, which located south of the province.
During its regular session Tuesday, the provincial lawmakers unanimously approved a resolution that seeks to support, preserve, recognize and promote SunggodTeKamanga–a thanksgiving festival of the tribes living in Quezon town.
“The two-day SunggodTeKamanga is being held every 3rd Monday and Tuesday of February annually,” said Provincial Board Member Benito Baguio, the resolution's principal author.
“SunggodTeKamanga is a traditional ethnic celebration showcasing their simple and primitive way of life focusing mainly on pre- and post-farming activities and survival skills of the dominant ethnic groups such as Manobo-Pulangihon who live near Pulangi river, and Manobo-Matigsalug that inhabit the highland areas,” Baguio explained.
Baguio said the festival is celebrated through tribal rituals, songs, dances and the popular ethnic sports of the tribes commonly seen during their merry-making and tribal gatherings.
He said that since its existence in 2009, SunggodTeKamanga has been continuously attracting and drawing tourists.
Baguio said the festival's recognition was necessary so that it can be incorporated into the list of provincial and regional festivals in Northern Mindanao.
Quezon is a 1st class municipality composed of 31 barangays. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 104,116 people. (PNA)