Compostela Valley is a land of indigenous people with diverse cultures rich in tribal myths, legends, art and music. It is also a land of unique biodiversity, beautiful sceneries from its lakes, rivers, mountains and forests, hot and cold springs and rich deposits of gold and silver.
Compostela Valley celebrates its Bulawan or Gold Festival with Drumline, Drum and Bugle, Neo-Ethnic Dance Competitions, Indigenous People (IP), Muslim and Youth Day and Cookfest.
Comvaleños flocked to the drumline and drum and bugle competitions to cheer for their towns. Each presentation was welcomed with generous yells, chants and claps.
The different dances representing the tribes of Compostela Valley and the costumes worn really awed a lot of the audience and even made them dance along. It was a different way of making people realize and appreciate the beauty of the diverse cultures of each tribe.
Students who represented their schools in the cookfest also learned how to cook the traditional way without using matchsticks and cooking a native dish in bamboo poles.
For a glimpse of the fine craftsmanship of local artisans, you can look and buy gold and silver jewelry at the province’s capitol in Nabunturan.
Fine silver and gold jewelry, music, dance, food, culture… such is the Bulawan Festival in Compostela Valley.