South Cotabato: T'nalak Festival 2011 Schedule

Experience the grandest showcase of rich cultural fabrics of Southern Mindanao with the upcoming T'nalak Festival 2011 this July 12 - 18, 2011.
T'boli Women wearing t'nalak
I've seen the festival twice, the solo trips I made during 2008 and 2010 made me love my province even more. It was truly a fascinating experience being immersed in the rich living heritage and colorful spectrum of Philippine culture, cuisine and crafts.

For those who will be going to the festival, expect to see interesting exhibits (feast your eyes with amazing crafts, indigenous plants and beadworks and make sure you bring home souvenir pieces), the food (get ready to savor on the local's freshest produce especially the infamous durian) and all those nights of parties, competitions and pageantries that makes the week long celebration uniquely Mindanaoan in spirit.
T'nalak Fabrics
Get ready to experience festival that brings locals and tourists together. 

tentative schedule (source)
July 12:
Ceremonial Opening (Regional Trade Expo 2011,South Cotabato Agro Industrial Fair 2011 and Battle of the Band/Beerfest) 

July 13:
Opening Parade
Kasadyahan sa Kapatagan Street Dancing Competition
T'nalak Festival Opening Program (Field Mass Dance Competition, Kasadyahan sa Kapatagan Street Dancing Showdown)
Cheerdance Competition

July 14:
Photographer's Day (Workshop, Photo Competition and Exhibit)
South Cotabato Calvacade of Songs and Dance

July 15:
Indoor and Outdoor Sports Events

July 16:
Mutya ng South Cotabato

July 17:
Dayon sa South Cotabato - A Night with the Governor (Balikbayan Night)

July 18:
T'nalak Festival Parade: (Madal Be' Lan, Kasagayan A Lalan)
T'nalak Festival Anniversary Program: (Street Dancing Competition)
Hip Hop Competition
Disco sa Kalye (Sinadya sa Dalan)
Luces in the Sky

continuing events:
July 12-18 Hip Hop Competition
July 4-18 South Cotabato Regional Trade Expo
July 13-16 Seket Kuda (Horse Fighting)
July 14-18 Bahay Kubo Competitions
July 15-17 Marbel Practical Shooting Association
July 12-18 Battle of the Bands/Beerfest
July 12-18 Indoor and Outdoor Sports Event

View last year's event: T'nalak Festival 2010 Photos and Video

So if you think as if no time is ever right to visit Mindanao, I say forget the nightly news, book a flight down south and come enjoy the T'nalak Festival. 


  1. wow...amazing! sana my murang flights, but I doubt kase mejo malapet na. =( will take note of this feats for nxt yr, thnks for sharing.

  2. ako nga rin, gusto ko sanang bumalik this July especially may Kubo Competition ulit and also to meet with relatives. I guess mas marami ng bloggers ang pupunta this time, that's good news to South Cotabato :)

  3. First time to hear about this festival from your blog. Sana marami makapunta lalo na mga travel bloggers para lalo pang mapromote yung festival.

  4. T'nalak Festival is relatively new (about 10 years ago lang ata nagstart). Wala pa ngang masyadong nagbblog about the festival but hopefully mas maraming makakapuntang tourists din this time. To learn more about South Cotabato you may check out this video -

  5. weeee tnalak festival na ulit... haha di ako nakapunta last year, kahit 10kms lang to mula sa bahay haha.

  6. Wait, hapon ang street dance competition? Ano yung sa umaga, parade lang? Kala ko sabay sya like in Sinulog or Dinagyang? Medyo wineweigh ko pa options ko kasi gusto ko sana magstay.

  7. @ berniemack: for detailed schedule i suggest you visit this site -

    The above (last) photo I took last year were taken during the morning parade. Sa pagkakaalam ko, yun talaga ang highlight ng buong festival :)

  8. Polomolok Andrewcycle Team in T'nalak Festival Motocross Competition 2011...

  9. ds s my first tym to see d nice tnalak festival and im not dissapointed kc sulit nmn


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