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Fiestas & Events
Get up to date info with fiestas, events and festivals happening all over Mindanao. This is a partial list of festivals in Mindanao, known as “fiestas”. The origin of most early fiestas are rooted in Christianity, dating back to the Spanish colonial period.
Naliyagan Festival which is celebrated every June 12 to 17 in Prosperidad, this festival depicts Agusanon culture and heritage with natives showing off their tribal dances and rituals.
A trade fair also takes place during the festival. During the week of Naliyagan celebration there are motocross racing show, banca race, rock band competition, fireworks during the night and beauty contest for the year’s search for Miss Maliyagan beauty contest. These are all held at the Government Center of Patin-ay, Prosperidad
On the dawn of 24th Araw ng Trento when the first festival was launched the word “santikan” emerged as a very significant label of the celebration.
Derived from the word “santik” which means “strike” , “santikan” for the Manobos means the clash of two hard objects that cause friction or fire. In the historic days of Trento, this word was often used by the natives as an invitation to a contest – usually a competition between two Manobo warriors or the ostensible “baganis”.
While the Municipality of Trento was on its younger age of then 24, it needed for the most appropriate word that will identify the celebration of its founding day. Luckily, a young mind from the old tribe came to the scene and conceptualized “santikan” as a festival, not because of its literal meaning but because of an optimistic vision to generate collaborated efforts of the people who aim for the betterment of Trento.
In the onset of the 20th century, “santikan” acquired its modern connotation. The town folks of Trento twisted the term’s adverse impact into a favorable benchmark. Now, Santikan Festival carries with it a contemporary meaning as a festival of contests that challenges everyone to strive restlessly in the quest for a more peaceful and progressive Trento.
This is the reason why competitions like the Search for the Best Farmer of Trento, Agro-industrial Fair, Socio-Cultural Showcases, Sporting Events, Indigenous Games, Barangayan, and many others are lined up to highlight the weeklong celebration. These events are anticipated to carve Santikan Festival of Trento as a remarkable annual spectacular.
The Santikan Festival is celebrated every June 12 to 15 annually in Trento municipality which offers various friendly competitions.