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Bukidnon sets Kaamulan 2022 minus big crowd events

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MALAYBALAY CITY (BukidnonNews.Net/12 February 2022) The Provincial Government of Bukidnon is holding the Kaamulan 2022 from March 23 to April 23, without crowd drawer events, it said in a statement in its Facebook account on February 10, 2022.

The press release showed photos of the Kaamulan 2022 Committee holding a meeting at the Kaamulan Folk Arts Theatre. Gov. Jose Ma. R. Zubiri Jr, reportedly issued Memorandum Order No. 428 s. 2022 on February 3, 2022.

In a letter inviting the committee members, Gov. Zubiri described the COVID 19 lockdown to have “thrown a wrench in the celebration of the Kaamulan”.

He said this does not mean a stop in celebration “even if we cannot celebrate it in the traditional manner”.

“The province finds new ways to rekindle old celebration through means in order to be able to enjoy during this pandemic while ensuring healthy choices, which does not compromise one’s health,” he added.

Atty. Paul Vincent G. Villegas, OIC-provincial administrator and provincial legal officer, led the February 10, 2022 meeting where events allowed to be held where presented.  The events to be held were not mentioned in the press release, but that the organizers opted to hold events that require only minimal participants.

Mr. Butch Melendez, Provincial Tourism Officer, told RMN-Malaybalay on February 11 the festival events will include Laga Ta Bukidnon, Art Exhibit, Ritual, Marathon, Dart Tournament, Lone Tennis and Piniliyapan cultural presentations.

Melendez was also quoted by RMN Malaybalay as saying the events does not include street dancing and opening of booths in the Capitol Grounds.

The drafting of guidelines in the conduct of the festival, according to LGU Bukidnon FB, is ongoing. It added that it will strictly anchor and will observe minimum public health protocols set by the Department of Health, through the National IATF.

In February 2020, the provincial government cancelled the Kaamulan 2020 scheduled on the same period, as fixed by a 2018 ordinance. The order came after Gov. Zubiri received a memo from Health Secretary Francisco Duque III urging the public not to attend concerts and public gatherings due to the coronavirus. (BukidnonNews.Net)  

IN PHOTO: The Kaamulan 2022 Committee meets on February 10, 2022 at the Folk Arts Theatre in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, Philippines. Courtesy of LGU Bukidnon-PAIA FB

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