TALAKAG - the etymology of which came from the Bisayan dialect LAKAG meaning "to go after” or
“follow in pursuit” and the prefix TA denoting “fondness in doing such”.
In other words, Talakag means “fondness in giving pursuit”.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Talakag Prepares for Kaamulan Festival 2010

At the Plaza this week, the drums are out and, after rigorous screening and elimination process, over a hundred selected participants have been dancing to the Talaandig beat. This grueling preparation will continue for the next 6 weeks under the keen eye of the Val Lozada who has choreographed Talakag to 2nd Place, twice in a row (2004 and 2007). 3rd time lucky? Let’s keep our fingers crossed for 1st Place this year when Talakag will again be a contingent for the Kaamulan Festival Ethnic Street Dancing Competition to be held on the 6th of March.

Kaamulan Festival is the annual gathering of the Seven (7) Hill Tribes of Bukidnon (the Bukidnon, Manobo, Matigsalug, Talaandig, Higaonon, Umayamnon, and Tiguahanon) in the capital Malaybalay City. For a complete Kaamulan Festival 2010 schedule of activities visit Bukidnon Online.

Come on let’s go to the Kaamulan Festival 2010 and give moral support to our fellow Talakagnons. If you’re looking for accommodation, contact Haus Malibu Guest House located at Bonifacio Drive, Malaybalay City, Telefax: (088) 221-2714 / 221-3318.

(Yours truly have taken this opportunity to join in the dance practice voluntarily for a very personal reason. When I was living in the UK, I’ve always been very proud to show off my traditional Bukidnon dress during Filipino Festivals (read about it here). So learning a traditional Bukidnon dance to go with the dress should complete the package.)

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