3rd Agten Tufi Festival: Truly Beautiful, Truly Bountiful

September 11 is approaching once again! Guess what awaited festival shall I be sharing to you today?

None other than the beautiful and bountiful festival of my beloved hometown, Tupi, South Cotabato!

Agten Tufi: Truly Beautiful, Truly Bountiful Festival

About Agten Tufi Festival

Agten Tufi Festival, a thanksgiving celebration of Beauty and Bounty, is a convergence of various ethnic and cultural dances featuring Tupi as the province’s flower, fruit and vegetable basket and a place where various cultures abode. Held every September 11 in celebration of the town’s foundation anniversary.

For more than a decade, the Municipality of Tupi had been holding” Kasadyahan Festival” as a celebration of its foundation anniversary. Usual to the celebration were replications of the practices of other festivals that it loses its real essence as to creating its own identity, reflective of the aspirations of the Municipality of Tupi as a people. The festival name Kasadyahan is generic to fiestas in the Visayan regions –its literal meaning, ‘merriment’, had been misconceived as a reason for escapism from the stark realities of life and governance because as a whole concept, there is no relevant, more so, pertinent reason for celebration but just that, to celebrate in grandiose pomp and pageantry.

The proposal to rename Tupi’s festival is one executive effort to redirect the visions of governance towards more meaningful celebration of its foundation anniversary. The creation of a concept based on social realities such as cultural heritage and its cultural assets could well define what direction the Municipality takes as it identifies the reason why it has to celebrate – a festival that gives weight to the programs of government, the aspirations of its people, the history of its constituents that creates a holistic showcase of the tri-partite relationship between social/cultural, political and economic institutions as pillars of development.

Why Agten Tufi?

Beautiful Tupi

Agten Tufi is from Blaan etymology meaning “beautiful or bountiful Tupi”. Considering its cultural history, Tupi (tufi), along with Koronadal (kolon datal), Polomolok (flom molok) and Tampakan (tamfaken) derived its name from Blaan origins – making its tribal roots a significant part and parcel of its social history. As such, the tourism and economic potential of its culture is high – if only realized and anchored to programs of the government.

Most Philippine festivals anchored in Culture are most successful. Sinulog of Cebu, Dinagyang of Ilo-ilo, Ati-atihan of Aklan, Pintados of Leyte and South Cotabato’s Tnalak festival to name a few! These festivals had taken off from the usual merriment – instead, these particular festivals became venues for image making and packaging that speak of the existence and aspirations of their respective people, manifested by a strong political will, creating vast opportunities in business and investments. To top all these, their festival names are unique and their respective people had established a sense of ownership that concretized their directions for growth and development.

Agten Tufi attempts to establish the same direction. As a name with holistic meaning, the Municipality of Tupi drives into the very same holistic programs making it one of its vehicles for establishing identity. It becomes the true mirror of all its institutions combined in positive efforts to respect the cultural past that made Tupi what it is now and what it will be in the future. The new leadership’s visions cater to change  – the most imperative change could be the renaming of its reasons to celebrate (the festival) because festivals in the political, economic and social mainstreams are true reflections of a stable governance and a strong political will that establishes a community with right visions and positive directions. In totality, it becomes the main reason to celebrate the goodness and the bounty of the Municipality of Tupi!

Agten Tufi Festival Schedule of Activities

Below is the schedule of activities for the 3rd Agten Tufi Festival.

Agten Festival Schedule of Activities

See you there!

TDL Reblog: If you don’t do THIS – your dreams are at risk!

Hello everyone!

Today I’d like to share to you a post that I’m subscribed in from the Daily Love. Hopefully this will inspire you (as I had been inspired) to live your dreams not bonded to societal rules, nor to someone else’s approval. So without further ad due, here it is. Enjoy!


 “Only the truth of who you are, if realized, will set you free.”

 Eckhart Tolle, best-selling author & speaker.

“Someone who takes the time to understand their relationship with source, who actively seeks alignment with their broader perspective, who deliberately seeks and finds alignment with who-they-really-are, is more charismatic, more attractive, more effective, and more powerful than a group of millions who have not achieved this alignment.”

– Esther Hicks
, best-selling author & speaker.

“It is finally when you let go of what people expect you to be and people’s perceptions of you that you’re able to be the version of yourself that you’re supposed to be – like in God’s eyes. It doesn’t matter if you’re half crazy, or eccentric, or whatever it is – that you have to be true to who you were born to be.”

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Kadayawan Festival 2012: Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan


Prepare yourself for a parade of colors as energetic street dancers dressed in vibrant traditional garb of the indigenous peoples of Mindanao flooded the narrow streets of Davao City as it celebrated the 27th Kadayawan Festival during the weekend, August 17 to 19.

Kadayawan, dubbed “the festival of festivals” and “the king of festivals” in the country, is a thanksgiving celebration of the 10 Moro and Lumad tribes in the region for the year’s bountiful harvest. Kadayawan is derived from the Mandaya word “madayaw,” which means “good, valuable, superior, or beautiful.” The festival is structured as “the celebration of life, a thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, the bounties of harvest and serenity of living.”

Kadayawan is a must see every 3rd week of the month of August yet, another year of good harvest and a treasure for all the tribes in Davao and so, it’s also a time to spend in thanking God for all the bountiful blessings for this year.

Themed “Ten Tribes One Vibe,” this year’s festival showcased the diverse color, culture, and unity of the 10 tribes that inhabit the city: Tausug, Matigsalog, Obu Manuvu, Maguindanaon, Bagobo Tagabawa, Sama, Bagobo Klata, Maranao, Ata and Kagan.

Let’s unveil the most awaited schedule for this year!

Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan

Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan is a people’s celebration and merriment through choreographed and theatrical street and dance-narrative competition anchored on indigenous tradition of festival celebration and continuously performed in major streets of Davao City. It is an open group competition of various groups, organizations, institutions or communities in Davao and Mindanao.

This year 20 contingents will compete + 1 non competing group will perform in the morning for the street dancing and in the afternoon during the grand ritual presentation;

Here’s the list of contingents for the street dancing competition:

1. Tribu Mapawa of Maragusan compostela Valey
2. Bolton elementarySchool
3. Naluponan, Tagugpo, Lupon davao Oriental
4. Sixto Babao elementary School
5. Talaingod Bobongan Dance Arts
6. Vicente Hizon Sr. elementary School
7. Bambad National high School
8. Atremio Loyola sinagtala Dance Ensemble
9, Notre Dame of Santo Nino
10. Tribu Kalibugan of Fatima elementary School
11. Indak Kabataan Performing Arts Guild of Digo, Davao del Sur
12. Jesus Soriano National High School
13 Mangudadatu Cultural Street Dancers
14. San Isidro elementary School of Buhangin
15. Mabuyok sa Mainit Cultural Troupeo Mainit Surigao del Norte
16. Teatro Catalunians
17. Kutawato Institute of Technology foundation
18 Santa Ana Performing Arts Guild
19 Lake Sebu
20 Cesario Villa-Abrille elementarySchool
21 Tribu Hamtong- SeniorCitizens Association of Agdao district (Non competing)

Kadayawan Festival 2012 Street Dancing Winners

Jesus Soriano High School of Davao’s Catalunan Grande and Bambad National High School in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat were declared champions in the competition’s city-based and open categories, respectively. Each won a half-million prize.

Here now is the full list of winners of the Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan (streetdancing)competition for Kadayawan Festival 2012 of Davao City.

Open Category

4th Runner-up - P100,000
 Entry #5 - Talaingod Bobongan Dance Arts of Talaingod, Davao del Norte
3rd Runner-up - P200,000
 Entry#15 - Mabuyok sa Mainit Cultural Troupe from Mainit, Surigao del Norte
2nd Runner-up - P300,000
 Entry#17 - Kutawato Institute of Technology Foundation of Cotabato City
1st Runner-up - P400,000
 Entry #9 - Notre Dame of Sto. Niño of Sto. Niño, South Cotabato (Cheers for my fellow South Cotabatenos!)

Champion – P500,000
Entry #7 – Bambad National High School of Isulan, Sultan Kudarat Province (They also joined in South Cotabato’s T’nalak Festival and placed second after Sto. Nino bagged first place for the T’nalak Festival Kadsagayan A Lalan)

Davao-based Category

4th Runner-up - P100,000
Entry #14: San Isidro Elementary School of Buhangin

3rd Runner-up - P200,000
Entry #6: Vicente Hizon, Sr. Elementary School

2nd Runner-up - P300,000
Entry #10: Tribu Kalibugan of Fatima Elementary School

1st Runner-up - P400,000
Entry #18: Sta. Ana National High School

Champion - P500,000
Entry #20: Jesus Soriano National High School

Madayaw Dabaw!

Untitled Epilogue of Kadayawan 2012

Rambled Ramblings

Oh travel bug in me, awake me as I succumb to this atrocious animosity inside.

Tomorrow is but another major festival that I long to venture, I wish to ravel in the parade of colors, the distinct aura of this promise city.

Oh how I wish to chronicle every step of the way, every beat of the drum, on every click of my cam.

If only it is easier said than done.

Sharing the mystic beauty of this land is more than just a sour, unthought,  ramblings of this traveler in me.

I wish to tell you EVERYTHING.

All that there is about my beloved paradise, my second home, my Davao.

Oh how I love your city scrapers, the daily walks and talks, the buzzes and fuzzes, the tangled night life from almost all corners, the sweet smell of your bountiful harvest, the unforgettable scent of Durian, to hear the happy feets stomping on highway streets, amidst the populous joyous crowd.

Oh how I long to see every activity of yours. Document every bit and piece of it. If only I’ve started early, then there might be more to tell.

But hey, words are just words, it’s the experience that counts. And hey, I won’t be gone. You and me, we still have a long way to go. More chances for me to shout out your wonders for every wander.

So let me stop this rambling, need to doze of this sleepy head. Tomorrow is yet another day.

Oh Davao, happy to be here now.


This is Kadayawan 2012!

Davao Kadayawan Festival 2012 Activities

What to do in Siargao: Suggested Siargao Budget Itinerary

Below is the sample itinerary from our last trip to Siargao, for fellow adventurers who someday would like to visit the place. Hope it helps!


Day & Time Activity Est. Expenses
Fri 03 Aug Cebu to Siargao
09:15H-10:05H Mactan Cebu International Airport – Sayak Airport 200
Transpo from Sayak (airport) to General Luna 150 per head
Check in at Ocean 101 (600×3 nights)/2 persons 900
Island Tour SNORKELING & Island Hopping (Guyam, Daku and Naked Islands)
Get a boat for 1,500 Php (max 6 people) if you head down to General Luna pier 750
Lunch (Bread & Water) 30
Dinner at Ronaldo’s: 50
Sat 04 Aug
Surfing Lessons in Cloud 9 (P500 for surfing instructor + surfing board per hour) 2Hrs 1000
Sohoton Tour: Location: Socorro (Bucas Grande Island)
Rent pumpboat from General Luna to Sohoton – P4,000 (whole boat) island hopping tour of Bucas Grande P 4,000 / 5 = 800/head

PADDLE BOAT P500 per boat / group

TOUR GUIDE P330 per boat / group



6 php each
Points of Interest: Sohoton Cave, Lagoons & Jellyfish
Explore Sohoton Cave and learn about its biodiversity
Explore Lagoons – Free time for swimming
Jellyfish interaction
Bucas Grande Tour – Crystal cave, Buletas cave, Tiktikan lake
Dinner  at Ronaldo’s 75
OTHER OPTION Option A(Stay in Sohoton for overnight stay)Option B (Travel to Socorro to stay overnight)Boat for Siargao in next day is in Socorro so I think it’s convenient to head out there.

overnight stay in Socorro

Socorro Town Proper – Municipal Training Center (dorm type with shared room and bath for as low as 200 per night per pax)

Sea travel to Siargao Island ( P150 – P200 in 3 hrs )

Ready for early trip to Siargao the next day!

 Aug Countryside Tour: Inland Sights and Wonders 400
Sunday Mass at Del Carmen Church 6:30 am
Visit the plaza and municipal hall.
Hire a habal-habal for the Tour 800/2 = 400 per person
Magpopongko Natural lagoon, Taktak falls, Pansukian Resort and mangrove forest, and Tuason Pt.
Take a glance at Del Carmen’s more than 4,000 hectares of mangrove.
Rolling tour to San Benito and Santa Monica
Quick visit to Danjug Cave and a dip to Tak-tak Falls 15 entrance fee
Visit Pacifico Beach of San Isidro
Quick stop to Magpupungko of Pilar
Whole afternoon free time for activities: swim, relax, surf & sail
Dinner 50
Mon 06 Aug
Transpo from General Luna to Del Carmen (airport) 150
Airport terminal fee 10php
10:25 AM Depart Siargao Sayak Airport
11:15 AM Arrival at Mactan Cebu International Airport
TOTAL EXPENSES: 4,986php per person

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The above blog post is part of my surfing adventure series of posts in the Island of Siargao, the Philippines’ Surfing Capital that happened last August 2-6, 2012. | Wow! Siargao (Shar-gow): Three Islands HoppingSurfing at the Philippine’s Surfing Capital: Siargao IslandSiargao’s Enchanting Bucas Grande Sohoton Cave | Siargao Countryside Tour: Inland Sights and Wonders | What to do in Siargao: Suggested Siargao Budget Itinerary

Siargao Countryside Tour: Inland Sights and Wonders

Whole day of Rolling Siargao Island Countryside Tour aboard a rented habal-habal. You will get to know the local people, history, products, culture and their vernacular. Rolling tour in General Luna, Dapa, San Benito,Burgos, and Santa Monica. Stop at Del Carmen – one of the oldest settlements founded by the Spaniards in the cluster of islands in the Pacific Ocean. Take a glance at Del Carmen’s more than 4,000 hectares of mangrove. Visit Pacifico Beach of San Isidro and a quick stop to Magpupungko of Pilar. Quick visit to Danjug Cave and a dip to Tak-tak Falls.

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Siargao’s Enchanting Bucas Grande Sohoton Cave

After the surfing lessons we’ve prepared for our next adventure. This time we’ll be exploring the Enchanting Sohoton Cave!

Luckily we’ve meet new friends in Ocean 101 – Jay R, Michael and their African friend Jin. If not for them we probably won’t afford the P4,000 price of the boat ride going to Sohoton. Thank you Lord. 🙂

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Surfing at the Philippine’s Surfing Capital: Siargao Island

It’s my second day at Siargao, if you haven’t read the first part you could still visit here.

Photo from Philippine-travel-guide.com

The day started early. Wake up time is at 6am. By 7am we were already on the path towards my most awaited adventure here – my first ever SURFING EXPERIENCE.

Cloud 9 Boardwalk

Flicker Photo By asyzoom

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Wow! Siargao (Shar-gow): Three Islands Hopping

I was born in the sign of water
And it’s there that I feel my best
The albatross and the whales they are my brothers
It’s kind of a special feeling
When you’re out on the sea alone
Starin’ at the full moon like a lover
Time for a cool change…

– Goes one of my favorite songs…

One’s adventure is never enough until one reaches her favourite place. And for Adventuroj, that is none other than the ocean.  I’ve always been a beach  lover long before I could remember, swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, and even sunrise and sunsets by the beach, these are just some of my favorite past times to relieve the stress of day to day daily routine.

That’s why I just couldn’t express my longingness for this next adventure of mine – Adventuroj Siargao experience!

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Dolefil’s Kapit Bisig Para sa Kabataan now on its 6th Year of Nourishing Kids in South Cotabato!

One of the major challenges that constantly faces our beloved Philippines is the present nutritional situation of the country. Being a nurse myself I couldn’t help but shed a tear whenever I come face to face with this reality, from images in television of children dying in hunger from various parts of the country, news articles depicting increases prevalence rate of malnutrition, and even from day to day experiences of seeing these little ones beg for food on streets.

A 4-YEAR-OLD boy eats rice in Sultan Kudarat. JEOFFREY MAITEM, INQUIRER MINDANAO

That is why I really felt grateful whenever I read about programs from various organizations that seeks to improve this reality. One of this is Doleful’s Kapit Bisig Para sa Kabataan (KBPK) in South Cotabato.

An all-time high of 89% over-all improvement rate was achieved in Dolefil’s Kapit Bisig Para sa Kabataan’s (KBPK) Phase V (2011-2012). In 2011 alone, over 5,000 children, ages 0-8,now have better nutritional status, the program’s ultimate goal. Following this success is the launching of KBPK’s 6th year (Phase VI), which aims to rehabilitate more than 5,000 kids from 10 municipalities and one city of the South Cotabato province from 2012-2013.

The launch of KBPK’s 6th year was spontaneous with the Province’s culmination event for the Nutrition Month (July) in Koronadal City on July 27, 2012. Graduates of KBPK Phase V, along with their parents, were also present to celebrate their newfound health and agility. Likewise, winners of the “Gulayan sa Barangay” Contest (part of the program’s food security initiative) were announced during the event. Winning barangays received gardening tools as prize, which will help them improve and expand their backyard gardens.

The Provincial Gov’t of South Cotabato, Dolefil and Mahintana Foundation, Inc., along with numerous business partners and sponsors, are hand-in-hand (hence, “kapit-bisig”) in addressing undernutrition in the province.

“I am grateful to Dolefil & Mahintana for their partnership with the Province of South Cotabato, in programs covering health, education, environment & basic social services,” South Cotabato Governor Arthur Y. Pingoy Jr. stated.

For its 6th year, the project components (health education, deworming, micro-nutrient supplementation, livelihood programs, backyard gardening, etc.) are focused on sustainability and capacitate families to address the nutritional needs of their children. To date, almost 15,000 undernourished children have been improved nutritional status through the KBPK Program of Dolefil.

It is my hope that more organizations will follow the steps of Dolefil until our country will no longer witness hungry beggars on streets or hear about incidences of malnutrition.

Way to go Dolefil!