Aldaw Ta Kitanglad

Aldaw Ta Kitanglad is an annual event celebrated by the Mt. Kitanglad Protected Area Management Board (PAMB). Said annual celebration aims to recognize the valuable contribution in the protection and preservation of Mount Kitanglad Range Natural Park undertaken by the three (3) tribal groups coming from the seven (7) municipalities and one (1) city surrounding the park.

Around 800 to 1000 individual participants compose of indigenous peoples, representatives from local government units, non-government organizations, academe, and other dignitaries participated in the celebration. Such activity is formally opened through a "Pamuhat or Pangampo" (ritual), a customary practice among the indigenous communities in Bukidnon during social gatherings and festivities called officiated by a by the elders of Mt. Kitanglad. Several heads of pigs and chickens, a meter of red and white clothe, coins of various denominations and wine served as the ritual materials. After the Pangampo, the Panampulot or partaking of the food laid on an improvised ritual table by those attending the ritual followed.

Highlights of the celebration include the conduct of Kitanglad Guard Volunteers (KGV) Congress, Competition for "Matatao ha Lumad" or IPs Got Talent, Tree Planting, and Medical Mission. The spirit of sportsmanship, skills and cooperation is manifested during the different indigenous sports competitions.

Furthermore, competition for the Pituk hu Laga ta Kitanglad (Search for Miss Kitanglad), Environmental Dance Drama competition followed by the "Arage Ha Bayle" (disco) with the presence of a live band followed.

The third day of celebration is the culmination program. Participants from different municipalities, dignitaries from different agencies and even local folks of the host place or barangay attend the program. Among the culmination activities include Presentation of Kitanglad Updates to be delivered by the PAMB Mayors, Awarding of Plaque of Appreciation, and Ceremonial Turn-over as next year's host municipality. (See history of Aldaw Ta Kitanglad Celebration)

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Province of Bukidnon
City of Malaybalay
DENR Philippines
National Greening Program
ASEAN Centre
Eagle's nest at CFR Barangay Kaatu-an, Lantapan, Bukidnon. Video captured by Forester Edgar G. Agbayani.
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