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Sunday, 31 January 2016 12:44

Festivity in Maguindanao

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.

Published in Malapatan News

Malapatan, Sarangani –Tucked near the southern edge of Sarangani province is a small, sleepy town with a rich and colorful culture defined by a beautiful mix of well-preserved traditions and natural tourist destinations.

The town is named Malapatan, which means “mala” – pepper and “patan” place in B’laan.

Malapatan’s unique culture is mainly borne out of diversity. Three major tribes contribute to this diversity –the B’laans (first inhabitants), Maguindanaons (Muslim pilgrims) and the mostly Christian group of immigrants who first settled in the area during the land settlement years.

During its 45th foundation anniversary held June 21, the inhabitants of Malapatan showcased how these colorful cultural contributions have been interwoven into the unique festival called “Pakaradyan”.

“Pakaradyan means festivities,” said Mayor Alfonso Singcoy, Sr. “The five-day celebration features the richness of the culture of the town, highlighting efforts in its preservation in the light of pushing for grassroots-based development.”

One of the unique features of the Pakaradyan is the Guinakit Festival – a fluvial parade of colorful boats to commemorate the arrival of Shariff Kabungsuan in the 16th century, who established the first sultanate of Maguindanao and preached Islam in the Philippines.

Engr. Tita Suib, municipal planning and tourism officer, said they plan to expand the Guinakit parade so all barangays will have an entry.

Aside from the Guinakit, the festival will also hold a day of tribal celebration where each tribe is given a whole day to showcase their culture.

Vice Mayor Jimmy Bagit said they set three days to allow all the tribes to showcase their unique contribution to the culture of the town.

Published in Malapatan News

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.