General Santos City’s Kalilangan Festival

It was said to be the highest recorded temperature recorded for the year at that time. It was a Sunday and it was barely 7 or 8 hours after I first set foot on Mindanao soil. I had my week-old camera slung around my neck. My jeans was stooping low on my hips I had to grab it by the waistband and repeatedly hike it up. I cursed myself for forgetting the belt I hung on the doorknob in my room back in Manila.

The street (or was it a highway?) was teeming with people – spectators, organizers, photographers, dancers. It was street dancing day for General Santos City’s less popular Kalilangan Festival. The more popular festival – Tuna Festival – is held in September where tourists diverge on the city in droves.

The festival isn’t as grand or as commercialized as the other festival that I have ever attended – Cebu’s Sinulog. It’s a good thing in my book. It’s not too crowded and no one shooed me away when I was practically in the middle of the street taking photos like a madman. I lost touch with Dong Ho, Lawstude, and Jonee when the activity commenced who I think were also busy taking photos and enjoying the sights and sounds of the Kalilangan Festival. We re-grouped a hour or two later when we had to leave and chase the falling sun in Gumasa.


Thanks to Sheng, who by the way is a wonderful host, and GenSan bloggers for the free food and travel tips. Thanks also to Donna for the free after-dinner meal at her Piyesta restaurant located at the Robinsan’s Mall in General Santos. Piyesta’s kurat sticks are delicious with a little bit of spice in it.

Kalilangan Festival Photos

Kalilangan Festival in Violet

The Hat

Star on a Hat

A Sea of Yellow

Dance! Dance! Dance!

Children of the Corn

Taking a Rest

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12 Responses to General Santos City’s Kalilangan Festival

  1. gillboard says:

    isa yan sa mga probinsya namin… but I've never been there.

  2. bariles says:

    aThe GenSan Bloggers who were with you were Bariles (, Festival Director Orman Manansala (www.gandaeversomuch, among others. We had lunch at Marasa Grill owned by Kring Macion, together with the Davao Bloggers, too. Hope you can make it back to the Tuna Festival, which by the way is from Sept 1-5 and not October! 🙂

  3. The Scud says:

    gillboard, mag-travel ka na!

  4. The Scud says:

    bariles, I remember you and orman. pati na rin sina kyawkyaw ang ria. btw, inedit ko na ung tune festival month. thanks for the heads up. appreciate it. 😀

  5. Jeez Scud, you do more in a few days than I do in a year. I want your life.

  6. the donG says:

    yihaa! saya nun kahit sobrang init pinagtiyagaan talaga.

  7. your photos are so festive! ang ganda talaga. i find gen san a pretty interesting place. glad you had fun!

  8. Andy says:

    I don't even remember when's the last time I've seen a street festival. Puro tambay kasi sa bahay at nood ng DVDs buhay ko. Nasobrahan yata. 😛

  9. Photo Cache says:

    ganoon naman pag time to take photos na kanya kanya nang diskarte. i'm sure you hooked up with the boys afterwards.

  10. Raft3r says:

    you're all over the place!astig!

  11. len says:

    Isa ka na pala sa mga nahihilig sa photography. Great shots! :p

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