(Tīboli Tribal Festival)
Celebrated every third week of September. This
thanksgiving festival stems from the belief of the Tīboli in a golden age which they call
Lem-lunay, a sort of Camelot or paradise which they would like to rebuild for themselves.
Each festival is a venue to reenergize the people and renew their vow to work for this
coveted state of life. Features the convergence of the 6 major tribes of South Cotabato
(Tīboli, Ubo, Manobo, Kalagan, Maguindanao, Tasaday) together with representatives from
the different tribes in Davao (Tirurays, Mandaya, Surigao tribes, Langilan, Bilaan, Bagog,
Mansaka). The festival was originally just a small town fiesta celebrating the feast day
of Sta Cruz.
However, starting in the 70īs, the religious feast has incorporated the features of the
Mo-inum or thanksgiving ritual of the Tībolis. The commemorative mass held during the
final day features a unique blend of Catholic ritual and ethnic color. Horse fights,
traditional dances and games add more spectacle to this breathtaking and awe-inspiring
festival. Here is one festival which one really has to see to believe.
Sources: Festivals of the World: Philippines, http://www.pinoyfarmer.com/dti/people_tboli.html