October is a happy month in the City of Mati in Davao Oriental as the Matinians commend their most beautiful and much anticipated Sambuokan Festival. It is seven days in length festivity of the general population of Mati in thanksgiving for the year's favors of abundant harvests and in recognition of the establishing commemoration of the City each 29th of October.Sambuokan is a Mandaya word taken from the term buok which signifies "one" which means solidarity and unity among the general population of Mati. Mandaya is an indigenous clan in Mindanao that occupies generally the hinterlands of Davao Oriental.
The Festival gladly exhibits Mati's unity and amicability for a typical decent regardless of its ious culture and ethnic customs, divisions, monetary status, and way of life by including seven days in length fun of daily shows and occasions, and exciting exercises, for example, road moving rivalries called "Indak sa Sambuokan," one of the Festival's features that unites the best contingents from rudimentary, auxiliary, and tertiary members from Mati City and a few sections in Mindanao and present an astounding showcase of their unmistakable hues, societies, and conventional moves beginning from the ER Supermall, to Rizal Extension and primary lanes of downtown region, to the Mati Park and Baywalk as conclusive region for standoff.
Sambuokan Festival was established in 2001 by the late Edith Nakpil Rabat, a delegated belle of the ball Ms. Philippines 1956, a previous assemblywoman, and spouse of the late Francisco G. Rabat, previous Vice Governor 1972-1975 and Governor 1978-1985 of Davao Oriental, and previous Mayor of Mati City 2001-2007. Their girl, Michelle Rabat, is the officeholder Mayor of Mati.