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The biggest cultural celebration is coming again, don’t miss the Sabah Fest Extravaganza 2010 fiesta with this year’s theme legend, Arung Salimah.

SABAH FEST 2009 – Cultural Extravaganza
Date : 1st May – 2nd May 2010
Venue : Magella Sutera Harbour Resort, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Handicraft + Food Showcase : 10:00 am – 22:00 pm
Cultural Extravaganza show : 07:00 pm

What to expect: Cultural performance, cultural song and traditional dances, local music, traditional fashion, local food and product display, local handicrafts, local artist product, sumandaks..

The 10th Pesta Gambus Sabah 2009 was held last 26th July 2009 at the Papar Municipal Hall, Papar which organized by the Persatuan Masyarakat Brunei Sabah and this year I had the chance to come + see the Gambus competition.. yeayy!


‘Lute’ or verbally called by the locals as ‘Gambus’ is one of the oldest musical instruments in Sabah and been practically made + played by the Brunei community in Sabah.


Outside of the Papar Municipal Hall, there are local foods + products exhibitions.


Mostly the products are hand-made by the villagers nearby Papar district.


One of the Brunei’s favourite, Ambuyat a.k.a Sagu


They even got a mini concert, performances by the Kumpulan Gambus Madani from Bongawan, Sabah.


Aik! pun ada jual belon.


Backdrop for the main stage..


A typical costume for the Brunei community in Sabah.


The festival was launched by YB Datuk Masidi Manjun and he is representing the Chief Minister of Sabah, Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Musa bin Haji Aman that didn’t manage to come, also present was Datuk Karim Bujang, the President of the Association of Bruneian Community of Sabah, and Datuk Haji Abdul Rahim bin Ismail ADUN of N22, Pantai Manis as the Patron of Persatuan Masyarakat Brunei Sabah.


Momento presentation to YB Datuk Masidi Manjun.


Performances by the group from Kg. Warisan representing Kota Kinabalu district.



Group from Kg Binsuluk representing Membakut.




Group from Menumbok, representing Beaufort district.




Group from Kg. Weston,  Kimanis representing the Bongawan district.




Actually I don’t really enjoyed the show as what I’ve first expected..


Poor stage lighting + not so stunning dance performace = boring!


Even the famous Fauziah Gambus forgot to bring her Gambus..


But I must say the performances by well known gambus musician Farid Ali + guitarist Roger Wang save the day.


I was stunning by the sounds of gambus vs acoustic guitar.


Prize ceremony.. hmm maybe I need an ‘Ultra Wide Lenses’ for this angle..


Consolation prize of RM1000. – Kg. Warisan from Kota Kinabalu and Kg. Weston of Kimanis
3rd place of RM2000 – Kg. Buang Sayang from Papar
2nd place of RM3000 – Menumbok
Champion of RM5000 – Kg. Binsuluk from Membakut

See more prize presentation ceremony photos here!

below are pics more like after party punya happening..




With 11 participating countries, the 4th Sabah International Folkdance Competition 2009 which was held at the Sabah Cultural Centre, Penampang, has been again end up last Tuesday as a successful cultural dance competition.

Stay put for more international dance photos + event coverage..

Following by the celebration of  the Sabah Fest 2009 – Cultural Extravaganza show at Magellan Sutera recently, Sabah Museum continues the cultural celebration of Sabah Fest at Heritage Village (4 – 11 May), where there were live displays of authentic age-old rituals and diverse ethnic cultural practices and also traditional dance by several ethnic groups of Sabah.


Those who again missed the annual Sabah multi culture show, you may enjoy some of the photos I took during that panas day..


The Heritage Village is open everyday from 9am – 5pm, but only during the harvest festival in May you have the chance to witness various number of cultural show here.


Lotud house


The Dusun Lotud



Bisaya house


Chinese house




There also Tidong mock traditional weddings displayed at Suluk House.


Matod, a traditional wedding ceremony of the Dusun Lotud.


The Kadazandusun of Papar perform their ritual Thanksgiving ceremony called, Adat Babadai.




Beside the cultural ritual and dance show, there are some live demo of  the exotic and rich Sabah hand-made handicrafts.





The high priestess of the Kadazandusun


There are actually more traditional houses inside the Heritage Village like Brunei, Rungus, Bajau which I didn’t have enough time to visit that day, hope kamurang enjoy the photos la 😉

Next on MadeinSabah :


Unduk Ngadau 2009 KK Selection!! Jengg .. jen.. jenggg


Sabah Museum – The Heritage Village
Situated about 5 minutes from the Kota Kinabalu city centre, the Heritage Village is located at the Sabah Museum Complex along the Jalan Bukit Istana Lama, Kota Kinabalu. The Sabah Museum Heritage Village was officiated by His Excellency the Head of State Tun Said Keruak on 15th July 1990 during the 25th anniversary celebration of the Sabah Museum.

The Heritage Village displays traditional replica houses which are mostly made out from bamboo and wood, there are the houses of the Lotud, Bisaya, Brunei, Rungus, Bajau, Brunei, Chinese, Suluk and Iranun tribe from various ethnic group in Sabah. Sits at the surrounding of The Heritage Village compound are the ethnological gardens that consist of green natural plants and small lake which covers an area of 16.96 hectors of lush green planted jungle. Opens Daily from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.


Traditional Mock Wedding Display
Date : Every Saturday of the month of November 2008
Venue : Monsopiad Cultural Village, Kg. Kuai
Time : 10.00am

Be mesmerize with the traditional wedding display from various types of ethnic community in Sabah. For more info, please contact : +6088 761336

On the third night, I arrived late only after half the carnival has started, I missed the performance of the ‘Unduk Ngadau’ legend, a show telling people of how the Unduk Ngadau originally started. Lucky that night was just nice, a night without no rain not like the previous two nights. After all everything turn out well as I managed to took few of nice shots..

Finally, here are the final seven that go through from the first round of 12 contestant last thursday.

Ms. Viola G. Julasim

Ms. Kimberly Fay Cathrinus Sham

Ms. Alvira Cora M. Jipinis

Ms. Andrea Peter

Ms. Jizeresta Jimmy

Ms. Noemi Halima Dingle Ligunjang

Ms. Flina Runtum

Before the final results came in, crowds are entertain by the performance of the Sugandoi champion..

Finally, the heat begun when the final three contestant been announce..

When Ms. Andre Peter has been announced to grab the third place, all crowds has already shout who will be the winner.

The final two.. Treng! Teng! Ten! Tenggg!!

Finally.. it was everybody’s favourite, Ms. Jizeresta Jimmy for Kota Kinabalu District level Kaamatan Champion 2008..

1st Place – Ms. Jizeresta Jimmy, 2nd Place – Ms. Flina Runtum (left) and 3rd Place – Ms. Andrea Peter (right)

Ms. Jizeresta Jimmy will be representing Kota Kinabalu district while the second and thrid place will be representing Likas and Tanjung Aru district in the Grand Finale this 30th and 31st May 2008.

until their journey continues at KDCA Penampang for the Grand Finale of Sabah Unduk Ngadau 2008 this weekend.

rest of the results winners :

4th Place – Ms. Alvira Cora M. Jipinis
5th Place – Ms. Noemi Halima Dingle Ligunjang
6th Place – Ms. Kimberly Fay Cathrinus Sham
7th Place – Ms. Viola G. Julasim

for more detail results + info about the carnival, please click here

It’s the 20th Sabah Fest 2008 festival extravaganza celebration which has been launched on last Saturday, 3rd May 2008 at Magellan Sutera Harbour Resort, Kota Kinabalu. … and I was there!! not to work but to join the fun!! Yeay!!!

Kids with traditional costume.. wait till you see how they perform.

Tourist are among that present to enjoyed the show.

The show started with an introduction of cultural wedding presentation of the Bajau group.

One of the Bajau’s wedding tradition.

Colourful patterns of backdrop for the wedding.

Later the Sabah Fest 2008 has been officially launched by the Sabah’s Head of State Tun Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Ahmadshah bin Abdullah and wife.

together with the Chief Minister of Sabah Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman.

Then the cultural dance performance start..

Dance of Kudapasu

Dance of Igal Tabawan

Dance of Umang Ting Ting

Dance of Medtemu of the Dusun Ranau.. (sumandak-sumandak Ranau cun-cun oohh!)

Dance of Kudapasu

I love zoom lenses.. (haaa!! sumandak ini pun cun jugak!! workh!! koff!! koff!!)

I admire all these kids, macnificent performances!!

Dance of Magunatip..

The locals use to call them the Sabahan Warriors.

By the end of the event, all cultural dances came out to the stage and gather around and it’s time for a group singing, conducted by a local singer.

A Kompang playing by the Brunei group.

Backup vocal..

It’s the end of the show, everybody was enjoying the moment!! I must say that only this particular night you have the opportunity to see all Sabahan unique culture become unite + harmonious with colours and patterns.. and I’ve enjoyed the most.. proud to be true Sabahan!

More photos are coming.. stay tune! meantime, for full detail info about that night show.. kindly go HERE!