MunaTo Yesterland & MunaTo Music and Arts Festival 2016

NOTE: This is a Press Release from the organizers of MunaTo Yesterland & MunaTo Music and Arts Festival 2016.

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MunaTo Music and Arts Festival Schedule of Activities

The province of Sarangani is celebrating its 24nd founding anniversary and the 14th  MunaTo Festival. This festival commemorates the birth of Sarangani province with the celebration of its People, Culture, and Treasures.

Sarangani Province was born through the efforts of Congressman James L. Chiongbian in 1992, by the passing of Republic Act 7228.  Formerly the area was part of the 3rd District of South Cotabato. It became a separate province on May 19, 1992.

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.

Sarangani province is young province with a very long and rich history.
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View of Manila from Diamond Hotel

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Film lovers gather once a year in the Cultural Center of the Philippines to support their favorite Cinemalaya entries

Film lovers gather once a year in the Cultural Center of the Philippines to support their favorite Cinemalaya entries

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