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Published On: Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010

It’s Talakudong Festival Again!

2009 Talakudong festival competition

2009 Talakudong festival competition

Its my third year witnessing Talakudong Festival street dancing and I am still amazed at the level of competition for this contest. Obviously, the prize is an attractive offer (75K for the grand prize) but I think what the participating groups is more attuned to is the pride of being called the “champion”. I mean the months of practice, the elaborate costumes, the massive number of participants and the dance moves, I don’t think the prize money could even pay for half the efforts of the participating group.

Started  in 2001 and then celebrated every year there after, Talakudong Festival field dance tells a story of how Tacurong City probably got its name. “Kudong” refers to a “headgear” worn by natives and early settlers of this part of Mindanao. It was then thought that the early christian settlers of Tacurong gave the Sultan of Buluan a gift of golden Kudong as a way of thanking the Datu for the peace and prosperity in the area. Depicted in a dance, and sprinkled with entertaining storytelling, the current “reenactment’ is as spectacular as the festival itself.

This year I was lucky enough to get a place on the front of the demo field, thus these “nice” photos.  Here are some of those pictures taken using my 2.1 MP point and shoot camera!

Talakudong festival fighters

Talakudong festival fighters

Hope next year, I can better shots with a better camera.

About the Author

- I’m a traveler. I work fulltime as a medical professional. I go to different places most of the time I’m off my day job. I shoot photos for fun, hack computers for even more fun and play badminton as my exercise. And yes, I’m not rich.

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