Kuyamis Festival | Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental
Nowhere in the world is the humble coconut given so much celebration than in the Philippines. In fact, coconut-themed fiestas happen just about everywhere from north to south. And in Misamis Oriental they call it Kuyamis Festival.
It’s probably not a coincidence if the words “Misamis” & “kuyamis” rhyme. Many believe that Misamis got its name from this golden colored coconut called kuyamis that once abound along the coasts of northern Mindanao.
Kuyamis Festival: Let’s Go Coco-Loco!
Staged every 2nd week of January in Cagayan de Oro City, Kuyamis opens the long list colorful festivals in Region 10. And if you don’t know it, this side of the country is home to some of the country’s fantastic merrymakings!
Kuyamis Festival’s takes its reason for celebration from the coconut that its indigenous people sustained with during the hard olden times. Fast-forward to this day, Misamis Oriental’s coconut industry still drives the province’s export earnings.
So, it’s but fitting to rejoice it! As such, Kuyamis Festival today carries a whole new meaning of revelry — a thanksgiving of bounty, a cultural fete & just everything adorable about being Misamisnon.
The Province of Misamis Oriental fills its 1st half of January with 2 weeks of back-to-back activities. Various fringe events like dance competitions & horse shows usher the festivity. Then there’s the indigenous people’s skills contests as well as nightly cultural presentations.
Of course, the annual search for Miss Kuyamis is another crow-drawing event where its beauty queens win in national pageants. Moreover, concerts, art exhibits & parties happen all around the city too.
For one thing, Kuyamis Bazaar is another exciting activity to explore during this season. Here, each municipality sets up a booth showcasing the best from their town. Everything is on sale, from food to agri-products & from tourist attractions to handicrafts!
Albeit new, the street dancing competition is one of the anticipated events of Kuyamis Festival. Be in for surprises as participating towns dazzle you with their awesome presentations.
Although Kuyamis Festival is still on its 6th year, it is already making scenes in the festival circuit of northern Mindanao. All together, truly, it is another festival every traveler needs to put in his fiesta bucketlist.