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Bukidnon Tagoloanons lead annual ‘Panengdan ta Tagoloan’ pilgrimage

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MALAYBALAY CITY (BukidnonNews.Net/02 May 2021) The Descendants of Apu Mampaalong and Apu Mansikiabo of the Bukidnon Tagoloanon held the annual rituals in the “Sabangan ta Tagoloan” from April 30 to May 1, 2021 in Sabangan, Canayan, Malaybalay City.

The pilgrimage has been sacredly exercised by the seven tribes of Bukidnon “since time immemorial” Datu Manhan-ayan Atty Burt M. Estrada said.  Estrada chairs the Council of elders of the Bukidnon Tagoloanon Tribe Ancestral Domain.   

Estrada said the council of elders with its economic arm the Buktamaco or Bukidnon Tagoloanon Mulahay Ha Kabukalagan Agriculture Cooperative will usher in for the realization of the annual pilgrimage in adherence to the government’s directive on safety protocols regarding COVID-19 pandemic.

The site, considered head waters of the Tagoloan River, is one, if not the most sacred ground not just for the Bukidnon Tagoloanons but for the other tribes of Bukidnon as well. Through oral tradition, it is said that the site is the bedrock of civilization of Bukidnon and the source of governance and culture and law or the Batasan.

Annual pilgrimage is a gathering of not only the descendants of the Bukidnon Tagoloanon tribe but of all the seven tribes of Bukidnon. The indigenous tribes are united in the recognition of the site as a sacred ground and the source of law and governance. The gathering is centered in a ritual of Panalawahig, which is traditional worship of the people to give thanks to Magbabaya and Bulalakaw for the river that has supported the life of the tribes.   

According to a post on Estrada’s FB account, it is the hope of the the present generation of Bukidnon Tagolwanons that they may continue to preserve and develop their indigenous culture.

“By faithfully keeping the traditions and moral codes passed down by their ancestors, the Bukidnon Tagoloanon strives to remain truly natives who are people of the land, one with nature and cognizant of the natural laws and enshrined in the Bungkatol ha Bulawan daw nangkatasa ha lana – Kilalaha hu Batasan (mutual recognition and respect), Sayuda hu Batasan (mutual sharing of information or transparency or honesty) Buliga hu Batasan (mutual help) Pabatonbatona (complimentary( and Pauyaguyaga (to uplift each other). (Text based on inputs from Atty. Burt Estrada. Photos courtesy of Lorielinda Rago’s FB account)

IN PHOTO: Tribal elders gather around the tu-us or marker at the heart of the sacred grounds erected to honor the ancestors of the tribe.  


Participants seek refuge under the shade of a tree during one of the rituals in the pilgrimage.

Participants seek refuge under the shade of a tree during one of the rituals in the pilgrimage.

Datu Migketay Victorino Saway of the Talaandigs in Songco, Lantapan, Bukidnon lead a ritual during the two-day pilgrimage.

Datu Migketay Victorino Saway of the Talaandigs in Songco, Lantapan, Bukidnon lead a ritual during the two-day pilgrimage.

Flag of the tribe rises above the marker in the sacred grounds subject of the pilgrimage.

Flag of the tribe rises above the marker in the sacred grounds subject of the pilgrimage.

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