Sunggod Ta Kamanga Festival

Sunggod Ta Kamanga Festival celebrates the ethnic culture and tradition of indigenous Manobo people in the town of Quezon, Bukidnon, Philippines every third week of February. Its festive activities may stretch up to three days and feature, among other events, the rituals of the Manobos when preparing land for tilling and worshiping Magbabaya (God).

History of Sunggod Ta Kamanga Festival

Suggod Ta Kamanga Festival was an initiative of the municipal government of Quezon and began in March 30, 2009. (Some articles however indicate that 2019 was the tenth edition of the annual fest, possibly placing 2010 as the launching year.) A resolution was passed by the municipal legislative body that established the third week of February as the official schedule of the festival.

The fest’s name means “feeding the whetstone”. It was held as a thanksgiving celebration of the rich culture of the Manobos who are people belonging to ethnic groups who speak variants of Manobo language. Together with other indigenous groups in Mindanao, they are called lumad.

Believed to be descendants of the Austronesian settlers who migrated to the archipelago thousands of years ago, they have lived in Bukidnon and south central Mindanao way before before the coming of the Spaniards. As their lowland dwellings were occupied by other migrant settlers, they moved into mountainous hinterlands where they cleared lands for agriculture and put up their habitats.

They were the first settlers in the town of Quezon, which was formerly called Kiokong. They are referred to Pulangihon (inhabiting the floodplains of Pulangi river) and Matigsalog (those living in the uplands) Manobo tribes.

Sunggod Ta Kamanga Festival Activities

Suggod Ta Kamanga Festival was conducted to preserve, give recognition to, and gives space where Manobos can showcase their unique culture through performance, music, and rituals. It is an exhibition of their way of life. Activities are held in Doña Resing Park in Poblacion.

Among the many highlights are the beauty pageant called Laga Ta Kiokong, native sports, parade, street dance, and trade fair.

Padtungan ta Kasal Ritual

Padtungan ta Kasal Ritual is a traditional wedding ceremony. The courtship dance called Kudlong sa Saluray is performed. Spectators can also witness the tradition of pamamanhikan where the groom-to-be visits the home of the prospective bride to ask approval from family, the offering of dowry, and the wedding rite.

Panalabugta and Panpampulot

Panalabugta and Panpampulot are farming rituals where chicken is slaughtered and its blood is spilled. One is dedicated to preparing the lands before they are tilled and the other is the blessing of farm tools. These are conducted to ensure a good and bountiful harvest season.

Paratuan Ritual

Paratuan Ritual is the ceremony where a chieftain called Datu (male) or Bae (female) is chosen. The procedure of selecting the datu involves a consultative deliberation and the person considered to be in the running for the position is assessed on their contribution to the community. In 2013, the position of datu was conferred upon Department of Tourism-Northern Mindanao Director Catalino Chan III. The Katutuanan dance, a native dance of celebration, is performed.


The kick-off activity of the fest is the Patukaw. It is the traditional wake-up call at the crack of dawn. It is observed in order to seek permission and favors from Magbabaya to grant the festival peace, prosperity, and success. A breakfast called Ramag follows afterwards.

How to reach Quezon, Bukidnon

One can book a flight to Davao International Airport or Laguindingan International Airport in Cagayan de Oro. These are about four hours away from Bukidnon via land travel.


Sunggod Ta Kamanga Festival Summary

NameSunggod Ta Kamanga Festival
CelebrationCulture, Indigenous People
DateThird week of February
Duration3 days
Established2009 or 2010
Indigenous peopleManobo
LocationQuezon, Bukidnon
OrganizerMunicipal Government of Quezon