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”.

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Kaamulan 2010 Update: Third Time Unlucky for Talakag

Last January, I wrote about Talakag’s preparations for the Kaamulan Festival 2010. As you may already know, Talakag has already placed 2nd twice in previous Kaamulan Ethnic Street Dancing competitions. Well last Saturday, we were in Malaybalay to watch them compete again. Sadly they’ve been unlucky in their third attempt. The competition was really tough and no matter how hard the Talakagnons tried, their best was just not enough (this time) from the judges’ perspective anyway.

However, let us not lose sight of what Kaamulan really stands for; the opportunity to “gather (and feast) with the seven hill tribes of Bukidnon”. After all, it’s the participation that counts and winning is just a bonus. Kaamulan 2010 has come and gone. So Talakagnons, don't despair. “Live to fight another day” and better luck next time.

I have posted some photos here to document all the preparations and VERY HARD WORK that the people behind the scenes and participants alike have gone through just to make it right on the Big Day.

Costume making with Mrs Flora dela Torre

Jewelry making and baskets

Making the spears and shields

Decorating the totem poles and float

Testing the drums and bamboo musical instruments


Street Dancing
Dancing at the Capitol Grounds

Mayor Nestor Macapayag receives a plaque of appreciation

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