Lemlunay (T'Boli Tribal Festival) - Lake Sebu
16 - 18 Sept 2012
Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, Philippines
The annual authentic T'boli tribal festival staged at Lake Sebu features tribal rituals that starts at early dawn amidst sounds of gongs and native music, culminating at the town plaza where cultural dances and ethic sports like horsefights are held.
Celebrated every third week of September, this thanksgiving festival stems from the belief of the T'boli in a golden age which they call Lem-lunay. It is a sort of Camelot or paradise which they would like to rebuild for themselves. Each festival is a venue to reenergize the people and renew their vows to work for this coveted state of life. It features the convergence of the 6 major tribes of South Cotabato (T'boli, Ubo, Manobo, Kalagan, Maguindanao, Tasaday) together with representatives from the different tribes in Davao (Tirurays, Mandaya, Surigao tribes, Langilan, Bilaan, Bagog, Mansaka). The festival was originally just a small town fiesta celebrating the feast day of Sta Cruz.