Cultural festivities and celebrations are additional attractions provided by the multi-cultural diversity of the people in the area.
Other tourist attractions of Kiamba are cultural festivals like Timpuyog Festival, Pukot Festival and T-boli Trivial Festival.
Specifically, the Timpuyog Festival is the celebration of the town’s founding anniversary. Timpuyog is an Ilocano word for unity, and the festival includes tribal shows and carnaval.
Table 4. Cultural and Tourism Activities and Festivals, Kiamba, Sarangani Province
|Activity||Frequency of Activity||Duration of Activity|
|Timpuyog Festival||Yearly||1 week|
|Kun-d-Kedaw Festival||Yearly||1 week|
|Tinunganing Takoy||Yearly||1 week|
Museums and Cultural Activities
These highlights the culture-tradition of the local people, musicale instruments, royalty uniforms, ordinary costumes, dances and ritual, warrior equipment, other artifacts and old pictures including books and other write ups of the natives of Kiamba.
Some of the highlights of the culture of the municipality are manifested in weaving, T’nalak and basket weaving, and handicrafts making.
Handicrafts, Arts and Crafts Center
Native products and handicrafts – a locally produced crafts can be purchased as pasalubong in the local market. There are various association who are producing locally-made handicrafts showcasing the artistry of Muslim, Christian and Indigenous settlers.
Specifically, native handicrafts (baskets, tinagak), bead works, bamboo handicrafts and clay pottery can locally be bought as pasalubong.
Cuisines and Food
There are local eateries that offer variety of food in their stalls. The local cultural cuisines of the Cebuanos as well as halal cuisine are the usual food served in the food establishments. Around every street corner are restaurants and street stalls that serve a delectable selection of food to fuel every traveler.
Indigenous and Ethnic Cultures
The two distinct cultures that have potentials for ecotourism developments are the cultures of T’boli and Muslim.
T’bolis’ are hill people who subsist on hunting, fishing and farming. These Indigenous People in Maitum are usually scattered but settled by family clusters. Folk beliefs and sayings are central to T’boli life. The core of the folk literature and the foundation of their identity is the epic Todbulol. Their music and dances are sophisticated, taught by the elders to the young members of the community at an early age.
T’bolis are good in metal crafts intricately designing and manufacturing their adornments (bracelets, necklaces and anklets) and other metal crafts (figurines, bolo handles, betel nut containers and other armaments) using the lost wax process.
They are also noted for weaving their traditional cloth known as T’nalak which is made of abaca fiber. They also produce colorful beads and embroidered blouses and hats.
On the other hand, the original Muslim settlers in Maitum are the Maguindanaons “or people from the flood plains”. Traditional Maguindanaon houses are made of nipa and galvanized sheet roofing with bamboo floors and walls. Houses are well ventilated and spacious and are adorned with carved decorations (okir).
Maguindanaons have very sophisticated music and dances. Their musical instruments include the boat lute (kudyapi); bamboo flutes (suling); Jew’s harp (kubing); bamboo zithers, bamboo scapers and the kulintang ensemble.
There is also the kettle –shaped gong (agong) which is played by men. Aside from being used in music, the agong is also used to announce emergencies at any time of the day. Most important of these dances is the sagayan or warrior dance.
The traditional dress is marked by the colorful malong. Women also wear V-necked velvet blouse with three quarter length sleeves. Gold coins, buttons, earrings, rings and bracelets are the distinctive adornments. The traditional head gears are the turbans or tubao for men and kombong for women.