Kalilangan comes from the Maguindanaoan word “Kalilang” which means festival, festivity or jubilee. So to call it Kalilangan festival is a redundancy. But still, the merrymaking and the revelry is surely a celebration of General Santos City’s culture and history.
This year’s Kadsagayan or Streetdancing contingents focused on the welcome given by the tri-people (Maguindanao, B’laan and Christian) of Dadiangas (former name of General Santos City) to General Paulino Santos when he reached the area.
The tri-peoples culture was presented in their dance, colorful costumes, music coming from live percussion bands, and the festivity that these tribes afforded to General Paulino Santos.
So the next time you want to take in the culture of the Generals, visit General Santos City in February and join the Kalilangan.
WHAT TO EXPECT AND BRING:
General Santos City is sizzling hot in the afternoons during the Kadsagayan or Streetdancing. Lather on sunblock or sunscreen and wear comfortable clothes. Bring an umbrella or wear a cap/hat.
Hydrate at all times so bring your own bottled water.