T'nalak Festival. Source: southcotabato.gov.ph
The prestigious annual event, T'nalak Festival (Tinalak) is
a day of festivity to commemorate the foundation anniversary of South Cotabato. This is celebrated middle of July in the
provincial capital of Koronadal
The festival is named after the festival icon t'nalak, a
colorful abaca cloth created and woven by the women of the province's T'boli
tribe which is considered to symbolize the blending of culture, strength and
unity of the various ethnic groups living in the province.
It is a showcase of T'boli culture through the display of
their tribal arts and crafts and ethnic costumes, a street dancing parade,
trade fair and sports events. Usually, the celebration kicks off with the
Dayana Civic Parade highlighted by a float and cheer dance competition. It
closes with the T'nalak Parade or Madal Bel'. Dancers from around the province,
dressed in native costumes of B'laan, T'boli and other tribal groups in Mindanao, perform on the streets of the city.
The T’nalak is an intricately woven tapestry of intense and
striking colors. The hues of intertwined abaca fabric depict the vivid spirit
of the people whom this unique and artistic weaving has invariably come to
This symbol of woven dreams is a fundamental part of South Cotabato culture, a culture steeped in mystique.
The T’nalak Festival is an annual celebration that commemorates the Foundation
Anniversary of the dynamic South Cotabato
province amidst the dual presence of tradition and progress.
Much like the choreographed contrast of this unique
tapestry, the T’nalak Festival is a mix of varied events that likewise
characterize the South Cotabato people and their vibrant spirit, a people,
whose distinct culture and multi-ethnicity contribute to the image of this
emerging province – a province that is steadfast in weaving its wealth towards
advancement, and a province undoubtedly beyond compare. From colorful street
dancing, pulsating street parties and innovative trade expos the T’nalak
Festival has it all.
read more: T'nalak Festival - Koronadal City, South Cotabato