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Sinulog Festival (Kabankalan, Negros Occidental)

Date 2013: Sunday, 20 January
Locals of Kabankalan, Negros Occidental come together in unique mostly handmade costumes while their bodies are painted in black. They are celebrating the feast of El Señor Sto. Niño.

Sinulog Festival (Cebu City)

The Sinulog is an annual festival held on the third Sunday of January in Cebu City and Maasin City, Southern Leyte, Philippines. The festival commemorates the Bisayan people’s pagan origin, and their acceptance of Roman Catholicism.

The main feature is a street parade with participants in bright colored costumes dancing to the rhythm of drums, trumpets, and native gongs. Smaller versions of the festival are held in various parts of the province, also to celebrate and honor the Santo Niño. There is also a “Sinulog sa Kabataan” performed by the youths of Cebu a week before the parade. Recently, the festival has been promoted as a tourist attraction, with a contest featuring contingents from various parts of the country. The Sinulog Contest is usually held at the Cebu City Sports Complex. (Wikipedia)

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Bailes de Luces (La Castellana, Negros Occidental) (December -January)

Bailes De Luces which is a celebration of Charter Day. This event is a festival of thanksgiving and the highlight of this celebration, held on the 5th January, in Negros Occidental is the use of lights or “luces” as props and adornment and its nocturnal festivities and street dancing

Dinagsa Festival (Cadiz City, Negros Occidental)

The Cadiz City Ati-Atihan Festival began in the year 1972. It was the brainchild of some of the members of the Samaria House Council of Cadiz City, a lay religious organization of the Catholic Church. The festival was a product of exigency, as some of the members of the Council were alarmed with the popular habit of the local residents to gamble in cockfights rather than offering homage to the City’s Patron, during the Feast of the Santo Niño. As if stricken by a flash of genius, the founding fathers of Cadiz Ati-Atihan thought of a way by which the feast of their Patron may be truly celebrated by acts of gratitude and praises, rather than by cockfights. These founding fathers, led by Msgr. Vicente Salgado, the then Parish Priest of the Sto. Niño Parish made history. It was then that the Cadiz City Ati-Atihan Festival came into being.

Ati-Atihan Festival (Aklan)

Date 2013: Sunday, 20 January
One of the grandest street parties in the Philippines, this feast celebrates the Sto. Niño. It is held on every third week of January in Aklan and is more popularly known around the world as Ati-Atihan. During this event, the locals of Aklan and tourists put marks on their faces similar to masks. They are supposed to resemble Negritos who are dancing to vibrant ethnic music produced mostly by drums and other local instruments.

Phot credtis to WikiMedia Commons by George Parrilla [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Photo credits  to WikiMedia Commons by George Parrilla [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Sinulog Festival, Cebu City

Dinagyang Festival (Iloilo City)

Date 2013: Sunday, 27 January
Occasion: Dinagyang is a religious and cultural festival held in the city of Iloilo. Anyone attending the Dinagyang Festival must shout the words “Hala Bira” as they dance to the vivacious music along the populated streets. Just like most of the festivals in the Philippines, Dinagyang Festival   is also very colorful and joyful.

Araw ng Koronadal “Hinugyaw Festival” (Koronadal, Mindanao)

Date 2013: Thursday, 10 January
Occasion: During this feast, people of Koronadal City in Mindanao celebrate various cultural facades that have settled in the city over the years.

Sto. Niño Festival (Bulacan)

Date 2013: Tuesday, 1 January (27 January in Bulacan)
Occasion: This festival is held on different days in different provinces of Philippines. In Bulacan, this festival is held during the last Sunday of January. In some other provinces, it’s held during the first Sunday of January. The festivities are somehow different in some regions but basically the local and foreign tourists have an opportunity to see very well-made Catholic images and statues of the Child Jesus, known locally as the Sto. Niño in various manifestations.

Pista ng Tatlong Hari (Feast of the Three Kings) 

Date 2013: Sunday, 6 January
Occasion: During the feast of the Three Kings, also known as the Epiphany, in Philippines people usually pray and prepare gifts for Melchor, Gaspar, and Balthazar. This feast usually marks the official end of the liturgical Christmas in the Philippines.

Pista ng Mahal na Nazareno (Feast of the Black Nazarene)

Date 2013: Wednesday, 9 January
Occasion: Catholics and devotees of the Black Nazarene come together in what has always been an all-day intense procession carrying the huge cart where the Black Nazarene lies. Every year thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to Philippines (Manila) to be a part of the procession of the Black Nazarene.


Date 2013: Sunday, 20 January
Occasion: During this feast, people of Koronadal City in Mindanao celebrate various cultural facades that have settled in the city over the years.

Pasungay Festival in San Joaquin (Bull Fighting Festival)-San Joaquin, Iloilo 

Date 2013: Every 21st day of January
Pasungay is an annual festival held in the town of San Joaquin, Iloilo. Local people say that the Pasungay begun when two furious bulls were set loose by the cow keepers and the fighting bulls in the hillside was witnessed by the resting farmers. During this festival, spectators cheer as they watch bulls from the town and nearby areas fight. There’s also another annual festival held in the town of San Joaquin on the same day. It’s called Pahibag – the annual horse fight festival.

Sinulog sa Kabankalan

Sinulog sa Kabankalan


Feast of the Three Kings – 2, Gasan, Marinduque

Lingayen Gulf Landing Anniversary – 9, Lingayen, Pangasinan

Biniray Festival – 9, Romblon

Hinugyaw Festival (Araw ng Koronadal) – 10, Koronadal City

Binanog Festival – 10-16, Lambunao, Iloilo

Coconut “Coco” Festival – 15 (week long), San Pablo City, Laguna

Makato Santo Niño Festival – 15, Makato, Aklan

Pasungay Festival – 15, San Joaquin, Iloilo

Batingaw Festival – 16, Cabuyao City

Kahimunan Festival – 16, Butuan City

Pangisdaan Festival – 16, Navotas City

Kinaradto Festival – 16, Buenavista, Guimaras

Batan Ati-Ati Malakara Festival – 16, Batan, Aklan

Fire Works Display and Contest – 16, Iloilo City

Caracol Festival – 16, Makati City

Bansudani Festival (Feast of The Divine Savior) – 17, Bansud, Oriental Mindoro

Sadsad sa Kalye – 19, Janiuay, Iloilo

Binuligay Festival – 20, Jamindan, Capiz

Feast of the Santo Niño – 3rd Sunday, Nationwide

Sto Niño de Malolos Festival – 30, Malolos City

Pintauo Festival – 21, Ibarra, Maasin City

Altavas Santo Niño Festival – 21-22, Altavas, Aklan

Feast of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage – 24, La Carlota City

Ibajay Ati-Ati Municipal and Devotional Fiesta – 24-25, Ibajay, Aklan

Sana-aw Festival – 28, Jordan, Guimaras

Hinirugyaw Festival – 30-February 6, Calinog, Iloilo

Balot sa Puti Festival – 31, Pateros

Boling-Boling Festival – 28 Catanauan, Quezon

I am sure that there still more Festivals held every January which is not  included here. Please feel free to leave your comments and information here. Have a Happy Fiesta!


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