NORTH COTABATO is celebrating the longtime harmonious relations and strong unions that bind the indigenous people and Muslim inhabitants and the Christian settlers in the province.
Unknown to many, Kalivungan Festival is considered the mother of Davao City’s grand festival, Kadayawan. It was first held in Kidapawan City on May 8, 1974. The yearly celebration was suspended in 1984 because of lack of funds and was only restaged 12 years after.
Kalivungan Festival underlines the peaceful and harmonious relationships of the people of North Cotabato, said North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Mendoza.
“It will also give prominence to the continuing growth and development of the province as well as the achievements of the Cotabateños in many fields,” she said.
Kalivungan, a manobo term that means ‘gathering’, culminates on September 1 as the province also celebrates its 101st founding anniversary.
“It is every Cotabateño’s dream to live in peace and co-exist harmoniously with one another despite having different culture, tradition, belief and religion,” Mendoza said.