LIST OF FESTIVALS IN THE PHILIPPINES
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The Philippines is known to have a long list of festivals. With these, it is a fact that the Filipinos enjoy the celebration and having to get together. Philippine festivals are very vast and all depict the culture and tradition of each of the places. Some festivals take place within a day or a week, but some last an entire month. A lot of tourists have been attracted to these celebrations as it gives a colorful and energetic environment. Philippines’ celebration of festivals is mostly religious in nature as this was because of the influence of the Spanish colonization. However, some festivals are a celebration to depict a significant event in the place’s history or to give thanks for an abundant harvest.
Starting at the beginning of the year, the first famous festival that is taking place is the Black Nazarene Procession of Quiapo (every 9th of January). Thousands of devotees are taking part on the celebration by joining the largest procession in the country which is usually called as the “translacion” or the transferring of the Black Nazarene from Intramuros to the Quiapo church.
Next one is the Ati-atihan festival of Kalibo, Aklan (3rd week of January). The focus of the festival is Sto. Niño. The street parade is characterized by the participants’ face painting and tribal dances with indigenous weapons and costumes. The Sinulog Festival of Cebu City also takes place in the 3rd week of January as Sto. Niño is also the focus of it. Sinulog is said to be the most visited festivals in the country, not only by the Filipinos but also by the foreigners. Still honoring Sto Niño, the Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo City takes place in the 4th week of January. On this festival, one can witness a big party on the streets – with bands and overflowing foods and drinks.
Meanwhile, in February, there is the Panagbenga Festival of Baguio City. The parade of this festival is very charming due to its floral floats and people dressed as flora and fauna.
In the province of Quezon, particularly in Lucban, the very colorful Pahiyas Festival is celebrated every 15th of May. Vegetables from the “Bahay Kubo” song can be widely seen in the house’s decorations and visitors can just pick them for free. Also on the month of May, childless women come to Obando, Bulacan to dance on the street to honor and request the patron saints of the city to let them have a child. On the 3rd week of August, there is the Kadayawan Festival of Davao City. It is the biggest festival on the island and is characterized by flowers and fruits. Additionally, Bacolod City’s MassKara Festival happens every October and every visitor will be overwhelmed by the sweet smiles and colorful masks in the street dancing competition.
On the other hand, there is also a festival that is unique and not very festive, this is the Moriones Festival of Marinduque and is taking place every Holy Week. It is a re-enactment of the story of St. Longinus and Jesus Christ. Participants of the act wear big wooden soldier masks and Roman soldiers’ costumes.
LIST OF POPULAR FESTIVALS IN THE PHILIPPINES
To know more of the various festivals in the country, we have listed below series of articles about the popular festivals in the country arrange per month.
PHILIPPINE FESTIVAL – JANUARY
SINULOG FESTIVAL | CEBU CITY
Sinulog Festival in Cebu City is a celebration held every January in honor of Senior Santo Nino is one of the biggest festival in the country today. Read more about Sinulog Festival | Travel Guide
DINAGYANG FESTIVAL | ILOILO CITY
Iloilo City’s Dinagyang Festival is one of the biggest festivals held every January, also in honor of the Sto. Nino. Read more about Dinagyang Festival | Travel Guide
SINULOG SA KABANKALAN | KABANKALAN CITY
Kabankalan City’s version of the Ati-atihan Festival. Also held every January in honor of the Sto. Nino.
Read more about Sinulog sa Kabankalan | Travel Guide
ATI-ATIHAN FESTIVAL | KALIBO
Read more about Kalibo Ati-Atihan
DINAGSA FESTIVAL | CADIZ CITY, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL
Read more about Dinagsa sa Cadiz
PHILIPPINE FESTIVAL – FEBRUARY
BACOLAODIAT FESTIVAL | BACOLOD CITY
Bacolaodiat festival is Bacolod City’s celebration of the Chinese New Year. Marked by a street dance competition, cultural presentations, chopstick food alley, giant lantern parade and much more.
Read more about Bacolaodiat Festival | Travel Guide
PANAGBENGA FESTIVAL | BAGUIO CITY
Read more about Panagbenga Festival | Travel Guide
BABAYLAN FESTIVAL | BAGO CITY
Read more about Babaylan Festival | Travel Guide
PHILIPPINE FESTIVAL – MARCH
KAAMULAN FESTIVAL | BACOLOD CITY
Claimed to be one of the most authentic ethnic festivals in the country. The festival is a celebration of the culture and tradition of the 7 tribal ethnic groups who are the original inhabitants in the Province of Bukidnon, namely: Manobo, Higaonon, Talaandig, Umayamnon, Matigsalug, Tigwahanon, and Bukidnon.
Read more about Kaamulan Festival |Travel Guide
PINTADOS DE PASI | PASSI CITY, ILOILO
Read more about Pintados de Pasi | Travel Guide
PHILIPPINE FESTIVAL – APRIL
PASALAMAT FESTIVAL | LA CARLOTA CITY
Read more about Pasalamat Festival | Travel Guide
PANAAD SA NEGROS FESTIVAL | NEGROS OCCIDENTAL
Read more about Panaad sa Negros Festival | Travel Guide
PHILIPPINE FESTIVAL – MAY
MANGGAHAN FESTIVAL | GUIMARAS
Read more about the Manggahan Festival
PAHIYAS FESTIVAL | LUCBAN
Read more about Pahiyas Festival | Travel Guide
PHILIPPINE FESTIVAL – JUNE
MUDPACK FESTIVAL | MAMBUKAL RESORT, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL
Read more about Mudpack Festival | Travel Guide
PHILIPPINE FESTIVAL – JULY
T’NALAK FESTIVAL | SOUTH COTABATO
Read more about T’nalak Festival | Travel Guide
PHILIPPINE FESTIVAL – AUGUST
KADAYAWAN SA BABAW | DAVAO CITY
Read more about Kadayawan sa Dabaw | Travel Guide
PHILIPPINE FESTIVAL – SEPTEMBER
SANDUROT FESTIVAL | DUMAGUETE CITY
Read more about Sandurot Festival | Travel Guide
MINULUAN FESTIVAL | TALISAY CITY, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL
Read more about Minuluan Festival | Travel Guide
PHILIPPINE FESTIVAL – OCTOBER
MASSKARA FESTIVAL | BACOLOD CITY
Read more about Masskara Festival | Travel Guide
LANZONES FESTIVAL | CAMIGUIN
Read more about Lanzones Festival | Travel Guide