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Lemlunay or also known as T'Boli Tribal Festival is an annual celebration staged at Lake Sebu, South Cotabato in Philippines. It is celebrated every third week of September that features tribal rituals that start at early down amidst sounds of gongs and native music, culminating at the town plaza where cultural dances and ethic sports like horsefight are held.

Young T'boli women garbed in traditional and colorful costumes participate in the festival along the Guma mountain range.

Majority of province's tribes gather together in the celebration. Lem-lunay features the convergence of six major tribes of South Cotabato, namely T'boli, Ubo, Manobo, Kalagan, Maguindanao, and Tasaday, joined with ethnic group representatives from Davao namely, Tirurays, Mandaya, Surigao tribes, Langilan, Bilaan, Bagog, and Mansaka.

The festival started  with just  a small town fiesta in the celebration of the Sta. Cruz feast day. Yet, came the era of the 70s, this religious feast merged with the features of the thanksgiving rituals of the T'bolis known as the Mo-inum. In the final day of the three-day festival, a commemorative mass is held that features a unique combination of Catholicism and the ethnicity of the T'bolis.

This festival was from the belief of the T'Boli in a golden age that they called Lemlunay which means "the good place one goes to in the afterlife". The word "Lemlunay" is a sort of Camelot or paradise that they would like to make for their tribe. It is when the people there reenergize and renew their vow to work for this coveted state of life.

The T'boli are one of the indigenous peoples of Southern Mindanao. From the body of ethnographic and linguistic literature on Mindanao they are variously known as Tboli, T'boli, Tböli, Tiboli, Tibole, Tagabili, Tagabeli, and Tagabulu. They term themselves Tboli or T'boli. Their whereabouts and identity is to some extend confused in the literature; some publications present the Tboli and the Tagabili as distinct peoples; some locate the Tbolis to the vicinity of the Lake Buluan in the Cotabato Basin or in Agusan del Norte.

The T'bolis, then, reside on the mountain slopes on either side of the upper Alah Valley and the coastal area of Maitum, Maasim and Kiamba. In former times, the Tbolis also inhabited the upper Alah Valley floor. After World War Two, i.e., since the arrival of settlers originating from other parts of the Philippines, they have been gradually pushed onto the mountain slopes. As of now, they are almost expelled from the fertile valley floor.

Like their immediate tribal neighbors, the Úbûs, Blàan, Blit, Tàú-Segél and, for those who have serious doubts in the hoax argumentation, the Tasaday, they have been variously termed hill tribes, pagans, animists, etc., as opposed to the indigenous Muslim peoples or the Christian settlers. In political contexts, however, the termLumad groups (derived from the Cebuano term for native people) has become popular as a generic term for the various indigenous peoples of Mindanao.

Rajah Baguinda Festival

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The Feast of the Rajah Baguinda (or Rajah Baguinda Festival) is a celebration to commemorate the important contribution of Rajah Baguinda in history. He led the spread of the religion of Islam and the adoption of the Sulu Sultanate government. The festival lasts three days to celebrate every second week of August in Jolo, Sulu, by several cultural performances.

The advent of Islam around 1138 saw the exodus of Arabs, Persians, and other Muslims into Mindanao; it paved the way for the arrival of religious missionaries, traders, scholars and travelers to Sulu. In 1380, Karim-ul-Mahkdum, an Arab religious missionary and learned judge, reinforced the Islamic foundation of Rajah Baguinda's polity (1390-1460) and that of the Sultanate of Sayid Abubakar, princely scholar from Arabia who married Paramisuli, the daughter of Rajah Baguinda. Sayid Abubakar eventually inherited the rule of Rajah Baguinda, established the Sultanate and became the first Sultan of Sulu.

To consolidate his rule, Sayid Abubakar united the local political units under the umbrella of the Sultanate. He brought Sulu, Zamboanga Peninsula, Palawan and Basilan under its aegis. Later in 1704, Sabah was added to the constellation as a quid pro quo for the Sultan's help in quelling the Brunei civil war which had been raging for decades.

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erik-santos-greatest-theme-songs.jpgErik Santos may be known as Prince of Pop but he sure deserves the title Theme Song King as well, considering how he has been responsible for around 30 movie and TV theme songs, such as "May Bukas Pa", "Now That I Have You", "Miss You Like Crazy", "If You Asked Me To", "Lupa", "It Might Be You", "Maging Sino Ka Man", "Say You'll Never Go", and "I'll Never Go". In fact, he has been singing a lot of theme songs that he's now having a concert featuring--what else--theme songs.



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Continuing its long-standing tradition of celebrating exemplary culinary traditions from all over the world, The Peninsula Manila joins the Embassy of Switzerland in "Swissness: More Fun in the Philippines," a 10-day festival where The Peninsula Manila's very own Swiss Chef Samuel Linder of Old Manila takes over the hotel's kitchens and showcases the very best in Swiss food and wine from August 2-11, 2012.

This food festival is doubly meaningful as the year 2012 also marks the 150th anniversary of the friendship between the Philippines & Switzerland. The Swiss Embassy in Manila opened in 1862, the first time that the federal republic consisting of 26 cantons was represented in any Asian country. Under the direction of Peter Jenny, Switzerland's first consul in the Philippines, official relations between the two countries was launched and, today, the Swiss community in the Philippines is the second largest in Asia and Switzerland is one of the Philippines' top 10 investors.




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YOU, What Are You Made For? Photo Contest

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E_YOU-photo-contest1.jpgYabang Pinoy believes in the power of the Philippine Peso. One way of improving our country is by supporting Filipino brands that support local, natural and human resources- Filipino products made with 100% Filipino love and pride. Sino ang maniniwala at magmamahal sa ating mga produkto kung tayo mismong mga Pilipino ay hindi nangungunang humanga at bumili ng gawang Filipino?

We hope that these choices are not simply done today, but repeated over time developing into a lifestyle of choosing quality, Filipino made products. This demand will enliven our local industries, increasing and improving the good quality Filipino brands available today.

Which Filipino made products and brands do you buy? Why do you choose to support Filipino made products? How do they complement your everyday life? Let us know!



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Takbo Lung @ Iriga City

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E_Takbo-Lung-Poster.jpgThe Santa Maria Josefa Foundation Hospital, Inc. Is celebrating the LUNG celebration Month this coming August 05, 2012. It is an Annual Event of the Hospital, Running for a cause for all the LUNG and TB patient in whole RINCONADA, and feeding programs by the Sister's of SERVANT of jesus in different barangay's here in IRIGA CITY. CAM.SUR



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Kitchie & Barbie Rocks Rizal!

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E_kitchie-and-barbie-rocks-rizal.jpgKitchie Nadal and Barbie Almalbis will perform live at San Juan Gym, Taytay, Rizal on August 10, 2012, 8pm.


Front Acts: Persephone, Kissbone, Parola, Absolute Play



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Dance 4 Life: A Dance Marathon for a Cause

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E_dance4life.jpgThis event is similar to a fun run but then you don't run, you dance for 3 hours instead! All proceeds of Dance 4 Life go to the initiatives of Lifeline Foundation Support Team, Inc.



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