Friday, March 11, 2011

The 94th Foundation Day of Bukidnon

The Province of Bukidnon celebrated its 94th Foundation Day yesterday, March 10, 2011.  The celebration kicked off with a civic parade participated by all Local Government Units of the province and various government and private offices, agencies and corporations. 

 The welcome arch in Sumpong, Malaybalay City

The Bukidnon Day parade, which started at 7:00 AM, passed through the main thoroughfare of Malaybalay City and ended at the Capitol Ground. 

 The long line of the Bukidnon Day parade

Being a government employee, I was among those who joined the parade. From Pine Hills Hotel up to the Capitol Grounds, it was a long walk under the heat of the sun. I had a great time though, taking photos of my officemates and other participants along the way.

 Participants used fans as partial protection from the heat of the sun.

The band majorettes:

Vice President Jejomar Binay was the invited speaker for the foundation day program. However, from I've heard, he did not make it to the ceremony and sent a proxy instead.

The main stage of the Capitol Ground:

Young ethnic faces:

The celebration of Bukidnon Foundation Day also marks the end of the 3-week long Kaamulan Festival.

The meeting of the tribes


Another view of the Capitol Ground:

A vendor walking in the middle of the ground:

After we reached the Capitol Grounds, we proceeded to Sir Edwards Seafoods and Chicken Ati-Atihan for an eat-all-you can feast. A fitting reward after a long morning walk!

A brief political history of the Province of Bukidnon (from

Before the Spaniards colonized Misamis, settlers from the Visayas had already established themselves there. As the migrants kept coming, the tribes who originally inhabited the area were driven inland toward the rugged and mountainous territory. They were eventually called Bukidnons, meaning "people of the mountains," from which the place derived its name.

The Americans under the influence of Dean C. Worcester, then Secretary of Interior and a member of the Philippine Commission, proposed the separation from Misamis Province that part inhabited mostly by Bukidnons. In August 20, 1907, Philippine Commission Act 1693 was enacted which created the province of Agusan with Bukidnon as a sub-province. Bukidnon became a regular province on September 1, 1914 by virtue of the creation of the Department of Mindano and Sulu. Finally, on March 10, 1917, under Act 2711 the province was officially created and called the Province of Bukidnon. 

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