Philippine Festivals

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Yes, we Filipinos just love celebrations and revelry.  It’s obvious, with the number  of  festivals in the country all year round.  Some of these are attracting a good volume of  foreign and  local  tourists every year, thus helping local tourism and giving the  economy a boost.

More tourists, more  business, more fun in the Philippines.

 

What’s your town’s festival?

January

  • Feast of the Black Nazarene (Jan. 9, Manila)
  • Sinulog Festival (Jan. 15 or every 2nd Sunday of Jan., Cebu City)
  • Ati-Atihan Festival (3rd week of Jan., Kalibo, Aklan)
  • Dinagyang Festival (4th week of Jan., Ilo-Ilo)

February

  • Paraw Regatta (every 3rd Sunday of Feb., Ilo-Ilo and Guimaras)
  • Taytay Hamaka Festival (Feb. 10-16, Taytay Rizal)
  • The Tinagba Festival (Feb. 11, Iriga City, Camarines Sur)
  • International Bamboo Organ Festival (Las Pinas)
  • Baguio Flower Festival / Panagbenga (Baguio City)
  • Ollalion Festival (Feb. 14, Tabuk, Kalinga)
  • Babaylanes Festival (Feb. 16, Bago City, Negros Occidental)
  • Kalilangan Festival (Feb. 20-27, General Santos City)
  • Kaamulan Festival (2nd week of Feb. up to March 10, Malaybalay, Bukidnon)

March

  • Island Garden City of Samal Festival (1st week of March, Samal Island)
  • Anibina Bulawanon Festival (culminates on March 8, Compostela Valley)
  • Holy Week (March-April, nationwide)
  • Moriones Festival (Holy Week, Marinduque)
  • Centurion Festival (Holy Week, Gen. Luna, Quezon)
  • Ang Pagtaltal (Good Friday, Jordan, Guimaras)
  • Pangalap Ritual (Good Friday, Nueva Valencia)
  • Witches Festival (Holy Week, Siquijor)

April

  • Moriones Festival
  • Centurion Festival
  • Turumba (Pakil, Laguna)
  • Lami-Lamihan Festival (April 14-16, Basilan)
  • Kadaugan sa Mactan (April 27, Cebu)

May

  • Flores de Mayo (entire month, Catholic-wide event)
  • Pasalamat Festival (May 1, La Carlota, Negros Occidental)
  • Magayon Festival (May 1, Albay Province)
  • Pista y Dayat Festival (May 1, Pangasinan)
  • Boa-Boahan (May 2, Nabua, Camarines Sur)
  • Carabo-Carozza Race Festival (May 3, Pavia, IloIlo)
  • Lanahan Ritual (May 1-3, Digos, Davao del Sur)
  • Balanghai Festival (Butuan)
  • Tapusan Festival (whole month, Alitagtag, Batangas)
  • Barangay Boat Festival (May 11, Aparri, Cagayan)
  • Carabao Festival (May 15, Pulilan, Bulacan)
  • Pahiyas Festival (Lucban and Sariaya, Quezon)
  • Obando Festival (May 17-19, Obando, Bulacan)
  • Pahoy-Pahoy Festival (May 19-25, Calbiga, Samar)

June

  • Naliyagan Festival (2nd week, Agusan del Norte)
  • Pagdayao festival (June 11-12, Tacloban Leyte)
  • Araw ng Cotabato (June 12-20, Cotabato)
  • Parada ng mga Lechone (June 24, Balayan, Batangas)
  • Hibok-Hibok Festival (June 24, Camiguin)
  • Daet Pineapple Festival (3rd week, Daet, Camarines Norte)
  • Tacloban Festival (last week, Tacloban, Leyte)
  • Piat Sambali Festival (last week, Piat, Cagayan)

July

  • Sagayan Festival, Tubod (1st week – Lanao del Norte)
  • Pagoda Festival (July 4-7 – Bocaue, Bulacan)
  • Sublian sa Batangas (July 23 – Batangas City)
  • Sinulog and Kinabayo Festival (July 24-25 – Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte)
  • Sinulog de Tanjay Festival (last week – Tanjay, Negros Oriental)
  • Kahimoan Abayan Festival (last week – Butuan City, Agusan del Norte)
  • Sandugo Festival (last week – Bohol)

August

  • Pangapog Festival (August 1-7 – Samal Island)
  • Palu-Palo Festival (Aug. 4-5 – Basco, Batanes)
  • Marang Festival (Aug. 5 – Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte)
  • Mercedes Fishtival (Aug. 6-11 – Mercedes, Camarines Norte)
  • Pangasinan Bamboo Festival (August 12 – Calasiao and Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan)
  • Pasaka Festival (Aug. 14 – Tanuan, Leyte)
  • Lubi-Lubi Festival (Aug. 15 – Calubian, Leyte)
  • Kalibongan Festival (Aug. 17-18 – Kidapawan, Cotabato)
  • Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival (3rd week – Davao  City)
  • Gigantes (Aug. 19 – Lucban, Quezon)
  • Buyongan Festival (Aug. 19 – Abuyog, Leyte)
  • Bankaton (Aug. 20 – Lavezares, Northern Samar)
  • Kagayhaan Festival (Aug. 26-28 – Cagayan de Oro City)

September

  • Aurora Festival (last Sunday of August to 1st week of September – Tanjay, Negros Oriental)
  • Hin-Ay Festival (Sept. 1-29 – Irosin, Sorsogon)
  • Bicol Food Festival (Sept. 1-30 – Naga City)
  • Sarakiki Festival (Sept. 1-8 – Calbayog City)
  • T’boli Tribal Festival (3rd week – South Cotabato)
  • Penafracia Fiesta (3rd Sunday – Naga City)
  • Dalit Festival (Sept. 25 – Tangub City)
  • Djanggo Festival (Sept. 28-29 – Nassiping, Gattaran, Cagayan
  • Banigan-Kawayan Festival (Sept. 29 -Basey, Samar)
  • Linapit Food  Sharing Festival (Sept. 30 – Gueday, Besno)

October

  • Halaran (1st week – Roxas City)
  • Universal Children’s Festival (1st week – Dapitan City)
  • Masskara Festival (2nd week – Bacolod City)
  • Ibalong Festival (2nd week – Legaspi City)
  • Zamboanga Hermoza Festival (Oct. 10-12 – Zamboanga City)
  • Kasanggayan Festival (Oct. 10-17 – Sorsogon, Sorsogon)
  • Feast of La Naval Manila (Oct. 11 –  Quezon City)
  • Inug-og Festival (Oct. 15 – Oroquieta, Misamis Occidental)
  • Calbayog Grand Karakol (Oct. 16 – Calbayog City)
  • Sagingan Festival (Oct. 16-17 – Tubod, Lanao del Norte)
  • Megayon Festival (3rd week – Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur)
  • Lanzones Festival (4th week – Mambajao, Camiguin Island)
  • Catadungan Festival (Oct. 24 – Virac, Catanduanes)

November

  • Pintaflores (Nov. 3-5 – San Carlos City)
  • Kalag-Kalag Festival (Nov. 13 – Cebu City)
  • Sanduguan Festival (Nov. 15 – Calapan, Oriental Mindoro)
  • Feast of San Clemente/Gigantes (Nov. 22-23 – Angono, Rizal)
  • P’yagsawitan Festival (3rd week, Maragusan, Davao Province)
  • Kawayanan Festival (3rd week, Pagadian)
  • Santa Ipon Festival (Nov. 25-Dec. 25 – Santa, Ilocos Sur)
  • Day-Ang Di Onga Festival (Nov. 30 – Baguio City)
  • Binabayani Festival (last week – Olongapo, Zambales)

December

  • Paskuhan sa Barangay (entire month – Parian, Cebu City)
  • San Fernando Giant Lantern Festival (entire month – San Fernando, Pampanga)
  • Kamundagan Festival (entire month – Naga City)
  • Subayan Keg Subanon (Dec. 1-8 – Ozamis City)
  • Pasko sa Tanjay Festival (Dec. 1-9 – Tanjay, Negros Oriental)
  • Fiesta de Agoo (Dec. 5-8 – Agoo Basilica)
  • Sinadya (Dec. 5-8 – Roxas City)
  • Hanging of the Green (2nd week – Zamboanga City)
  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8 – Puerto Princesa)
  • Pagdiwata (Dec. 8 – Palawan)
  • Dad-Iw Day-eng Chants (Dec. 8 – Bakod, Benguet)
  • Karisyohan Han Pasko Ha Palo (Dec. 10-Jan. 6 – Palo, Leyte)
  • Philippine International Lantern Parade (Dec. 14 – Roxas Blvd. and Quirino Grandstand)
  • Christmas Among the Tribes (Dec. 16 – Quirino)
  • Simballay Festival (3rd week – Nabunturan, Davao Province)
  • Shariff Kabunsuan (Dec. 15-19 – Cotabato City)
  • Pastores Bikol (Dec. 18 – Legaspi City)
  • Maytinis Festival (Dec. 24 – Kawit, Cavite)
  • Salubong (Dec. 29 – Plaridel, Bulacan)

Source:  http://www.ncca.gov.ph/about-culture-and-arts/culture-profile/culture-profile-list-of-festivals-01.php?i=1

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