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Festivity in Maguindanao Featured

Published in Malapatan News
Written by  The Philippine Star 31 January 2016
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MANILA, Philippines - Gaily-decorated ancient Moro boats called ginakit paraded at Sarangani Bay in Malapatan, Sarangani as part of the town’s 10th Pakaradyan Festival, which also celebrates the municipality’s 46th founding anniversary recently.

Pakaradyan is a Maguindanaon word literally meaning festivity and often held with a kanduli or thanksgiving and a celebratory pagana or banquet feast.

With the theme “Embracing History, Culture and Resources in Shaping Development,” the festival showcases community development, social empowerment and the peaceful coexistence of the B’laan, Moros and Lumulupyo settlers, the tri-people of Sarangani. The festival also included a street dancing contest and a land float competition depicting the theme. 

Malapatan is also famous for exquisite inaul hand-woven fabric which has found its way around the world as an elegant ethnic fiber, and the tinagtag sweet delicacy, a staple of the Maguindanaoan people.

About Malapatan

Malapatan is a first class municipality in the province of Sarangani, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 72,386 people. As of 2010, it has a total voting population of 35,569 voters.

Malapatan is bounded on the west by Sarangani Bay, on the east by Davao del Sur, on the north by Alabel, and on the south by Glan.