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Month-long Kaamatan festival begins

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Yeo (sixth right) with contestants of the Unduk Ngadau

9th May, 2017

By MOHD IZHAM BIN HASHIM

KOTA KINABALU: As Sabah celebrates a month-long Kaamatan, the city‘s harvest festival celebration is set to be a joyous, vibrant and grand affair with numerous exciting cultural events for all to enjoy.

Mayor Datuk Yeo Boon Hai said the Kaamatan festive celebration will be held in the state capital from May 18-May 20, starting at the main venue at the Padang Merdeka which will host a galore of festivities beginning from 6pm until 11pm.

“This year’s city level Kaamatan will be celebrated with the theme ‘Kaamatan: The foundation for unity’, and will culminate with a grand ceremony by Huguon Siou (Paramount Leader) of the Kadazandusunmurut (KDM) community, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan,” he said.

In announcing the Kaamatan celebration at the press conference on Monday, Yeo said the opening ceremony will be followed by the hotly-awaited Lilundus Unduk Ngadau (beauty contest) as well as Sugandoi (singing competition), Magavau ritual and choir.

“There will also be other exciting events in store for everyone to enjoy, including a bicycle decoration gala, Unduk Ngadau Creative Traditional Dress competition, karaoke contests, as well as prize presentation for all the winners,“ said Yeo.

Furthermore, he noted the Kaamatan Cycling Challenge will also be held in conjunction of the Kaamatan which will witness 100 cyclists taking on the 22KM route starting from Padang Merdeka along Jalan Tun Abdul Rahman, Jalan Penampang until KDCA Cultural Village before returning to the starting point.

“The closing ceremony of the Kaamatan on May 20 will be officiated by federal Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Salleh Tun Said Keruak,” said Yeo, adding that the finale of the festival will culminate with the Unduk Ngadau finals for Kota Kinabalu and Likas, and state-level competitions which will be held at the KDCA Cultural Village.

The venue for the qualifying round and semi-finals of this the coveted Sugandoi crown is contributed by Oceanus Waterfront Mall. Kupi-kupi fm is the official radio station for the festival.

Meanwhile, the finalists for this year’s Sugandoi Kota Kinabalu include Chrispine Joseph, Michelle Kasianus, Brenda Folsera Jasli, Nurbilin Abdul Jalil and Rushdy Rapheal Mantui.

During the cheque presentation ceremony, Yeo also received a sum of RM50,000 from main sponsors YTL Communications for the Kaamatan, while other sponsors allocated a total of RM71,500 for the annual festive celebration.

Almacrest International College also allocated RM10,000 scholarship for this year’s champion of the Unduk Ngadau 2017, including second place winner to help them pursue diploma studies.

Among those who attended the press conference include YTL Communications Sdn Bhd assistant sales manager Kelvin Siew, Pembinaan Kekal Mewah Sdn Bhd operation manager Jikain Kadis and Almacrest International College CEO Stephanie Yen, among others.

   
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