T’nalak Festival 2014, Koronadal City, Province of South Cotabato

August 28, 2014

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T’nalak Festival 2014, Koronadal City, Province of South Cotabato

 “One Extraordinary City, One Vibrant Province, One Treasured Experience.”

tnalak1tnalak2 What was once a best-kept secret in Mindanao is now beginning to edge its way to become one Philippine’s extraordinary holiday destination – a great option for one relaxing escape.

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T’nalak Festival is an annual celebration in Koronadal City that commemorates the Foundation Anniversary of the dynamic Province of South Cotabato. The festival demonstrates the importance of T’nalak cloth as the cultural image of the Province.

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The variety of activities of the festival imitates the T’nalak cloth, being a piece of cloth weaved to varied designs. The festival activities are characterized by its focus on people and development anchored on tourism, history and culture and Arts.

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Celebrated every July, this festival is named after a woven cloth created and woven by the women of the province’s T’boli tribe. T’nalak is an indigenous term for a colorful way of weaving the abaca cloth. The abaca cloth is chosen as the festival icon and it symbolizes the blending of culture, strength and unity of the various ethnic groups living in the provinces.

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This celebration highlighted by a colorful street dancing competition, which offers unique entertainment. Dances from around the province, dressed in native costumes of B’laan, T’boli and other tribal groups in Mindanao, are performing on the streets of the city.

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The Festival provides what it has promised and more: a truly inimitable escape. The travelers’ tales about this southern sanctuary hold true. Really a “One Extraordinary City, One Vibrant Province, One Treasured Experience.”

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A journey to Koronadal City, Province of South Cotabato infused me with a variety of unique and extraordinary experiences; from cultures of vibrant colors, positive beliefs and the mystery of variable traditions to awe-inspiring landscapes and verdant panorama. Been blessed with so much and we have only really begun to discover how much so.

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