KIDAPAWAN CITY, Cotabato - The weeklong Kalivungan Festival of North Cotabato kicked off last August 28, 2017 at the Provincial Capitol grounds in Amas, Kidapawan City. The annual festival celebrated by the Cotabateňos started with a street parade within the grounds of the Provincial Capitol attended by various LGU contingents, line agencies, government and non-government organizations. This was followed by the opening of the exhibit booths near the national highway which was graced by Sen. Cynthia Villar as the guest speaker.
The term “kalivungan” was coined from the indigenous Manobo word which means “gathering”, either for thanksgiving or inter-tribal dialogues. This year’s festival showcased once again the province’s diverse ethnicities, natural heritage and agro-industrial products.
ATI-XII based in Tantangan, South Cotabato and with two satellite Centers in Kabacan and Midsayap, both located in North Cotabato, participated by occupying a booth where it showcased the Center’s extension activities through the printed tarpaulin displays and non-stop video showing of what ATI is all about and its extension activities in the region highlighting its accredited Learning Sites (LS), School for Practical Agriculture (SPA), and Farm Tourism sites.
Sen. Cynthia Villar herself paid a visit to ATI-XII’s booth along with Hon. Governor “Lala” Taliňo-Mendoza and other dignitaries. Sen. Villar even collected several copies of various reading materials on display. The Center distributed thousands of leaflets, brochures and other IEC materials during the festivity which lasted until September 1, 2017.