The Province of Sarangani will once again celebrate MunaTo Festival, its cultural festival that was conceptualized in 2002 to celebrate the vibrant diversity of Sarangani Province.
MunaTo Festival is coined from two Blaan words that means “First People”. The anthropomorphic jars found in the caves of Maitum (Ayub, Pinol, and Sagel), give clues to Mindanao’s early history and of the Philippines as a whole. The carbon dated anthropomorphic jars depicts that Maitum was the home of early civilization dating back to the Metal age. The original jars are currently in the National Museum for safekeeping and exhibition. Based on the historical time line of the early history of the Philippines, after the Tabon Cave in Palawan, the next earliest pottery is found in Pinol Cave in Maitum. Thus the claim that in Mindanao, the First People or “Munah To”, possibly are from Maitum, Sarangani Province.
For this 2014, MunaTo festival is taking a new twist in making Sarangani more relevant, more fun, and interactive! The province of Sarangani is creating this new concept of the MunaTo Yesterland Themepark. This will allow the students, cultural enthusiasts, and the general public, learn and appreciate History, Social Science, Science, and Culture and Arts in an “experiential” kind of education. This year’s MunaTo Festival is slated on November 27-29, 2014 at the Sarangani Capitol in Alabel, Sarangani. We look forward to seeing you join us in this endeavor.
The Munato Yesterland Themepark is showcasing 12 Attractions.
Cave of the Ancient – This is a light and sound show regarding the anthropomorphic jars found in the caves of Maitum, Sarangani.
Tribal Village – This will showcase the Tboli, Blaan, and Tagakaolo tribes. There will be a show every hour about their music, dances, chants and stories. Also found here are products for sale made by the Indigenous peoples of Sarangani.
Sarangani Wildlife Museum – This is found at the ECPC, where one can see the different animals that are preserved for study. This museum shows the varied species found in Sarangani. Also at the 2nd floor auditorium will play Sarangani- made films from last year’s Salamindanaw’s entry.
Looms & Beads – Located at the Kasfala Hall, the Looms and Beads is an extensive, elaborate, and detailed exhibit featuring traditional arts and crafts in Mabal Tabih, Saul (bead works), and other artifacts. This is an exhibit of Heirloom designs and fabrics from our Indigenous Tribes in Sarangani.
MunaTo Fotoloco – This is the sculpture of Kublai found at the Sarangani Capitol depicting the first people. Here people can take their wacky and fun photos. A photobooth will be available to take photos for a fee!
Sarangani Street Arts – On the back street of the Capitol, several Sarangani artists will create a 3D street art of the different Sarangani tourist destination for those with tickets to take their chance for photo ops.
Glan 100 – Since Glan, Sarangani is celebrating their 100th year this 2014, we are giving a tribute the first settlers of Glan. We invite you to also try to be one of the Colonos!
Sarangani Historical Lane – Sarangani gives tribute to all the leaders that have served Sarangani Province since its creation since 1992.
Moro Cottages – The different tribes and Moro themed cottages will be on display with hourly cultural dance show. Here you will learn about the traditional practices for marriage, for childbirth, and the others. The Moro themed cottages will be a people’s choice competition. People gets to post a sticker vote for their favorite cottage!
Fabli Guni & Farmers Market – This will be the biggest gathering of Sarangani Produce and Products. Included here will be Organic Vegetables, Fruits, Sarangani Upland Rice varieties including ornamental plants, and potteries. Also for sale, will be Sarangani’s processed foods, Aquaculture
harvests, handicraft and furniture, fashion, and even Halal foods. This is one full market where you can buy and even deal with suppliers!
MunaTo Arcade – This is the section for food and novelty items. Here we will have traders selling snacks, meals, drinks, and other goods.
MunaTo Center Stage – Found at the center grounds of Sarangani Capitol. Here free shows and activities that can be viewed by all Themepark goers. This includes the daily parade and mascot appearances, the tribal sports and boxing competitions, magic shows, concerts and Pearl of Sarangani.
MunaTo Themepark Rules and Rates:
Everyone coming to the MunaTo Yesterland Themepark can enter for free.
However, each attraction will require a ticket to enter. One may purchase a discounted One Day Unlimited Ticket Pass worth P50 and present this ticket at each ticket gate to enter the attractions. So please do not lose your tickets because there will be no replacement for any loss. If you opt not to get the One Day Pass, one may proceed to the attraction of choice and buy a gate ticket for the rate of P10.00.
Sarangani residents, Sarangani students, Sarangani workers, and all senior citizens must bring their ID and present at the ticket booth to purchase the One Day Pass for a discounted rate of P30 per ID. No Sarangani ID or cedula or Senior Citizen ID, no discount.
You may book your MunaTo Yesterland tickets in the following outlets: Sarangani Tourism & Investment Promotion Center (STIPC) – (083) 5085230, Go Sarangani Travel (083) 5528015, or at our Ticket Booth in KCC/Veranza.