Municipality of Maasin, Iloilo and the Tultugan Festival
Let’s Hangout in Maasin, Iloilo
The Municipality of Maasin is located at the west central part of the Province of Iloilo, bounded on the northeastern part by the Municipality of Janiuay, on the east the Municipality of Cabatuan, on the south by the Municipality of Alimodian and on the northwestern by the mountain ranges of the Province of Antique. The town is 30 kilometers from the Iloilo City.
Maasin got its name from the salt springs at Sitio Pait of Brgy. Magsaysay, more or less a kilometer south of the town proper. As revealed by our forebears, the early settlers used to go to the spring for the needed supply of salt.
In 1775, Maasin acquired the status of town with the appointment of Don Agustin Gancias its first captain. When the American came, the town was made an arrabal of Cabatuan on April 4,1903, as it was observed that it could not stand by itself financially. However the town leaders worked untiringly for the separation of Maasin. Don Vicente Malaga represented the Municipal District to the council in Cabatuan. maasin regained its old status as an independent municipality when the late Gov. Gen. Frnacis Burton harrison eventually appointed Don Vicente Malaga as the first Municipal President on July 25,1981.
Tourist and pilgrim alike find pleasure in visiting certains spots in the town like the Dam Site and Mahogany Park in Barangay Daja, the Sedimentation Basin in Brgy. Buntalan, the Salt Spring and Grotto or our Lady of Lourdes at Brgy. Magsaysay, the Station of the Cross and huge image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus at Gines Hill overlooking the panoramic view of the town, and the Roman Catholic Church with the newly constructed Parish Belfry and Adoration Chapel. There is also an inland resort where you can hold gatherings on Delgado Street.
Like other places, Maasin is popularly known in its Tultugan Festival, a one day festivity held every 29th od December one day before the town fiesta. It aims to promote the towns leading bamboo industry and to project Maasinanons creativity with the worlds biggest grass and to showcase the various uses of the bamboo in the social , cultural, and economic life of the people of Maasin.
Showcasing Maasin’s bamboo industry
Set one day before the town fiesta, Tultugan Festival will feature competition of tribes and street dancing with participants wearing native costumes made of bamboo as dominant material and dancing to the live beats of bamboo instruments.
Tultug is an action verbalizing the act of playing sound on bamboo. Usually this is rendered through a bamboo stick striking it against the body of the bamboo, thus becoming a rhythmic instrument called Tultugan. This is classified in ethnomusicological term as idiophone because the source of sound is the body of the instrument being used as percussion in contrast to the membranophone where a membrane or animal skin is being struck as a drum.
The culture of playing the Tultugan is not static, in fact its dynamicity is manifested in the makin of more bamboo-based instruments. Every year, the Tultugan Festival features the newly created one, a proof of the people’s ingenuity and creativity.
The challenge is taken increasingly by more people of Maasin to think of improving the musical instruments and consider how aesthetics ad function can contribute, particularly to dance. This is a culture that evolves. To this day, the Tultugan Festival of Maasin continues to be the host of communal participation and creative inputs.
(arcticle sources: The News Today and byahilo.com )
Hangout in Iloilo and join us in the celebration of Ilonggos and Maasinanons’ pride: The Tultugan Festival!!