Mindanao Culture is both rich and varied – A true mirror of the people of which it is the expression.
Ethnic dances are a part of this culture. They show not only the Artistic Ingenuity of the natives, but also their beliefs, traditions, and life are reflected in them. These ethnic dances have for long survived. But unfortunately, only a few people had the chance to see and appreciate them.
Inspired by the thrusts and objectives of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Prof. Christian T.N. Aguado, a cultural anthropologist headed as founder and organizer of the MSU-IIT Kalimulan Cultural Dance Troupe. As a resident cultural dance troupe of the Institute, it was formally launched by a group of young talented college students and faculty members from the College of Arts and Social Sciences on June 13, 1988.
The objectives of the troupe are:
This word is taken from Kalilang and Kaamulan. Kalilang is a social gathering of the Mindanao Muslim and Kaamulan is a Bukidnon term for social gatherings among the Lumads of the Non-Muslim community groups in Mindanao, thus Kalimulan word was coined from these two famous social gatherings of Mindanao community groups. This is also the main reason why the troupe concentrates on promoting Mindanao Ethnic dances.