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Bukidnon Breeze Seafood Restaurant & Events Venue (design☀)

If you happen to be in Malaybalay City please do drop by at one of the new restaurants in town: Bukidnon Breeze Seafood Restaurant & Events Venue. My husband and I established it last May 8, 2015 at Brgy. Sumpong, Malaybalay City, near Villa Mercedes Inns.

The opportunity to open a restaurant was presented to my ex-boyfriend Arnel and I (coz he’s my husband now, haha! We got married on July 2015 👰) last October 2014 when my mom’s lessee opted not to renew their contract for 2015. That leaves my mom’s building vacant for 2015 so Arnel and I decided to open a restaurant. He loves to cook, we’re great foodies, (our vital statistics says it all, ha! 😂) and it would complement my mom’s cottages and pads plus we can cater at our existing events hall. Life Essential Spa is nearby too. That would make our area an all-in-one place.

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We decided to name our restaurant Bukidnon Breeze because it’s cool here most of the time. Lower estates surround the lot so we can feel the uninterrupted cool Bukidnon mountain breeze.

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Since our trade name bears the name of the province Bukidnon we opted to showcase bits of Bukidnon culture around.

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Do the photos on the wall look familiar? They’re from my Kaamulan Street Dancing 2013 photo shoot. I had them printed on canvas at J-Tech Printing Services. Our original idea was to purchase paintings but they cost an arm and a leg. It’s art after all. But for a starting out restaurant we thought that it’s not so smart to invest in those yet so I searched for an alternative and this is what I came up with. And it turned out well.

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Gawang Kamay Foundation made the wooden bicycle above from San Fernando, Bukidnon. They make lamps and other handicrafts out of bamboo.

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See those decorative bamboo dividers? My mom ordered it in bulk last year from the municipality of Lantapan and had them made into movable dividers.

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Since Bukidnon is known for its vast forests we added some wood designs like what we did on our counter (this is not the final look yet). If you look outside (please refer to first photo) we had our concrete veranda shaped like lumber in keeping with the wood theme.

As for our specialties, we are the only restaurant in Malaybalay City that serves authentic crocodile dishes directly from Palawan. My next post will be reviews about our food so stay tuned. 😉

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Please use this map as reference if you want to drop by at Bukidnon Breeze Seafood Restaurant & Events Venue and are unsure how to get here. We are looking forward to serving you. 😊

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xoxo,

-iamprincesssalvia

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Kaamulan Festival Street Dancing 2013

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Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would venture into photography….ever.

But then it’s Kaamulan season here in Bukidnon and letting a colorful and culture-rich event like the Kaamulan Festival pass is definitely a no-no.

So I prepared my Nikon D5100 and 2 lenses the night before March 2, 2013 with the hopes of getting beautiful snapshots. I didn’t get much sleep that night because I was so darn excited to watch the Kaamulan Street Dancing for the first time!  Yes folks, I’ve here in Malaybalay since April 2007 and I wasn’t able to watch the street dancing since. The reason: work. Unthinkable, I know. 😦

It’s a good thing folks with DSLRs are allowed to roam in the street where the dancers are. Otherwise I would never have the chance to watch the street dancing up close and take these pictures:

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(Following info gathered from the Official Website of the Province of Bukidnon www.bukidnon.gov.ph)

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“Kaamulan” is from the Binukid word “amul” which means “to gather”. It is a gathering of Bukidnon tribespeople for a purpose. It can mean a datuship ritual, a wedding ceremony, a thanksgiving festival during harvest time, a peace pact, or all of these put together.

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Showcasing the unique indigenous culture of Bukidnon, the Kaamulan is held annually in the province, particularly in Malaybalay City, the provincial capital, from the second half of February to March 10, which latter date marks the anniversary of the creation of Bukidnon as a province in 1917.

 

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As an ethnic festival, the Kaamulan celebrates the customs and traditions of the seven tribal groups that originally inhabited the Bukidnon region, namely, the Bukidnon, Higaonon, Talaandig, Manobo, Matigsalug, Tigwahanon and Umayamnon. Several tribal folks representing these seven hill tribes of Bukidnon gather in unity with the local dwellers in town, wearing their intricately woven costumes studded with trinkets, anklets, earrings, necklaces, leglets, headdresses and amulets. They dance together, chant, perform ancient rituals, and compete in indigenous sports.

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Graced by cultural groups whose ways have remained unchanged throughout the centuries, the Kaamulan is characterized by the authentic rituals with real indigenous peoples. There is the Pangampo (general worship), the Tagulambong hu Datu (ritual for the installation of a Chieftain), the Panumanod (a spiriting ceremony), the Panlisig (rite to drive away evil spirits), and the Pamalas (sin atonement ritual) among others.

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More snapshots from the event:

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Watching the street dancing event up close is simply breathtaking. I was having such a good time taking these photos that I didn’t even feel tired. It is simply Bukidnon’s ethnic culture at it’s best.

I hope you enjoyed my photos. They’re taken by a first-timer but I gotta say, not bad. (.^_^.)

Please join us next year so you can witness the Kaamulan Festival yourself. It’s worth the travel and effort.

– iamprincesssalvia

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