TABUK CITY, Kalinga – The grand celebration of the Matagoan Festival will resume this June 2022 after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are a lot of changes from the pre-pandemic line-up of events, but this comeback nevertheless promises to deliver a spectacular experience to Tabukeños.
The festival will formally start with the grand opening ceremony on June 22 dubbed as ‘cultural day’ which will be led by Mayor Darwin Estrañero and other officials, and will feature cultural performances.
The Matagoan call or ‘ayag’ precedes the opening ceremony, and is followed by the ‘Matagoan run,’ in which participants will race while dressed in traditional Kalinga clothes. The cultural day will conclude with an indigenous music concert on the City Hall grounds.
The ‘agri-vet and cooperative day,’ on June 23, will include a dog walk, a pig-catching competition, a trade fair, ‘agri-lympics,’ and a skills and employment fair.
Due to time constraints, the street dance competition and the Miss Tabuk pageant will not be staged this year. The latter will be replaced by an equally fun showcase of beauty and culture the Matagoan Fashion show on the eve of June 23.
The most important day of the festival – the fifteenth anniversary of Tabuk City’s founding on June 24 – will be celebrated with a motorcade and float parade in the morning followed by the anniversary program which is expected to be graced by high-profile guests, a fellowship lunch, and a fellowship night with celebrity guests. The anniversary day will end with a fireworks display.
Apart from the festival week, the public can look forward to several pre-events including a bike fest on June 18, a trade fair and food bazaar from June 21 to June 30, and mobile PRC licensing activity on June 21.
The Matagoan Festival was first celebrated in June 2002. Matagoan is a reference to Tabuk City’s role as a ‘zone of life’ in the context of the ‘bodong’ (peace pact) system.