T’Nalak Festival: The Prime Representation Of South Cotabato

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T’Nalak Festival: The Prime Representation Of South Cotabato

For the past few years, people are scared to go to Cotabato. This is because the name of the place is associated with a lot of terrorist attacks and war, that is why it makes the people feel unsafe and uncomfortable. But a lot of things changed in these past few years with the help of the national and local government, that is why the locals are new free to celebrate festivals and one of them is the famous T’nalak Festival that started in 1999. South Cotabato has been a province for decades, they did not have the reason to come up with an event to celebrate the actual founding anniversary of the province. It was in the year 1989 when the locals of Cotabato found an amazing reason to celebrate, they intertwined it with the award given to late Lang Dulay, a local of Lake Sebu, as a National Living Treasure due to her work as a T’nalak weaver. Through this awarding event, the big and extravagant festival was born, the T’nalak Festival. The current festival T’nalak has two primary objectives. First, is t celebrate the founding anniversary of the province and second, is to honor the rich cultural heritage of T’nalak.

Here's a map of Fort Santiago for your reference:

The T’Nalak Festival Schedule

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Day 7


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