Agusan del Sur Festivities..
Thirteen years ago when I first step and started to settle on this province the municipalities were not that populated, there was not much structural buildings constructed, and not much places to see except for the already existing nature that are a tourist spot and the yearly celebrated festivals. With that and among other things here are...
The important all-year round festivities such as the Kaamulan Festival which is held every September 23 and it showcases the authentic tribal performances and/or rituals by the tribal priests.
Another festival is the 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 miss naliyagan. These are all held at the government center of patin-ay, prosperidad
There is also a celebration of Kahimunan Festival during the first Sunday of January in Bayugan municipality and this is like a version of Sinulog in Cebu. The festival highlights street dancing portraying tribal life in Agusan Del Sur. Lastly is the Santikan Festival which is celebrated every June 12 to 15 annually in Trento municipality which offers various friendly competitions.
Another yearly celebrated festival is the Angot Festival on this province capital town, Prosperidad. This festivity is annually performed on 28th day of September during the town Fiesta in honor of St. Michael the Archangel, the Patron Saint of Prosperidad. Angot is characterized by a ritual called “bat-ad”. The ritual is usually performed by a babaylan, a well-respected faith-healing old man in the village. Bat-ad is an offering of food to Angot or Ompo, the god of abundant harvest, which includes a plate of rice, a boiled egg, broiled mudfish, a white wine and a mama. After the ritual, all villagers join together for a merry-making. Angot means “a thanksgiving ritual for the abundant harvest”.