Holidays & Festivals

JANUARY

1    -New Year’s Day
Filipinos usually welcome the New Year on the eve of January 1st or December 31 with a big bang.Lots of merrymaking and fireworks surround the whole country and abundance of delicious foods in every Filipino table.

6    -Feast of the Three Kings
Philippines has longest celebration of Christmas which lasts until the 1st Sunday of January. This date commemorates the visit of the three wise men to baby Jesus.

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9    -Feast of the Black Nazarene
Filipinos are known to be very religious people.On this day, they venerate the black statue of Christ at Quiapo church in Manila which they believed to be very miraculous.

9    -Biniray
Sto.Nino inspired revelry and parade in Romblon.

3rd week     -Sinulog
Biggest festival in Cebu city commemorating the Child Jesus or also known as Sto.Nino. A carnival parade of people in colorful costumes and decorated vehicles highlights the festival.

3rd week     -Ati-atihan
Celebration in honor of Child Jesus where revelers paint themselves black and wear colorful costumes while dancing to loud beats of drums and chanting “Hala Bira” on the streets of Kalibo, Aklan.

3rd week     -Dinagyang
A spectacular street merrymaking similar to the Ati-atihan but held in Iloilo.

FEBRUARY

2    -Feast of Our Lady of Candles
This is the biggest and most opulent religious fiesta in the Western Visayas region specifically held in Jaro, Iloilo city. The blessing of the candles and the yearly procession of the patroness, the Nuestra Señora de Candelaria is followed by the fiesta's queen and her court which highlights the fiesta at the town plaza.

11    -Tinagba
A harvest festival in Iriga city, Bicol.

19    -Babaylan Festival
held in Bago City, Negros Occidental. The public gets a rare view into the simulated rituals of mystics, ancient healers and priests in various ceremonies such as marriage, healing and harvest.

26    -Dia de Zamboanga
a festival with a unique combination of ethnic diversity.This is organized by and for Muslims and Christians in Zamboanga City. The activities during this event include cultural offerings, exhibits, and regattas as well as religious ceremonies whereby the old Muslim and Spanish traditions of the city are expressed.

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4th week of February    -Panagbenga
Baguio City’s famous flower festival. Floral street  dance and floral float parade adorn the city during this season.

MARCH

holyweekHoly Week -Holy Week or literally known as semana santa to the Filipinos is commemorated either in March or in April. It is also known as the Lenten season, a time for spiritual cleansing and remembering Christ’s death on the cross. During this season, most Filipinos practice not eating pork or any meat products as a way of sacrificing of mourning for Christ’s death. Holy Week begins on a Palm Sunday but the peak of the occasion are Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Black Saturday and ends on Easter Sunday.

3-7        -Kaamulan
Is an ethnic cultural festival held annually in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon which showcases dances, chants and ancient rituals.

5        -Guling-guling Festival
An exciting and calendrical rites in Paoay, Ilocos Norte where townsfolk and guests participate in street dancing and singing dressed in native costumes, held on Ash Wednesday.

7-10        -Arya Abra Festival
Abra's biggest festival highlights of which are "Karerakit" bamboo rafting along Calaba River and Tinguan Festival of the tribal natives of Abra. Specifically held in Bangued, Abra.

16        -Sandugo Re-enactment
Held in Tagbilaran, Bohol, celebrating the blood compact between Spain’s Miguel Lopez de Legaspi and Bohol’s Datu Sikatuna.

16-17        -Mt.Manunggal
Anniversary of the tragic death of the Philippine’s president Ramon Magsaysay, whose plane crashed in this mountain.

18-22        -Rodeo Masbateno
The Rodeo Masbateño Festival is annually held in Masbate City, Masbate. It was conceived in 1992 as a way of uplifting the local cattle industry. The highlight of the event is the rodeo competition itself where men and women dress up in cowboy outfits to perform stunts.

APRIL

morionesMoriones Festival -A week-long festival held in Marinduque featuring finely-carved masks worn by colorful warriors depicting the fierce Roman soldiers of Christ's time. It usually re-enacts Longinus, a Roman soldier whose sight was restored by Christ’s blood.

7    -Allaw Ta Apo Sandawa
Held in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato. This festival is a gathering of all highland tribes in honor of Mt. Apo as the country's highest peak and also considered as a sacred ground by most of the tribes.

9    -Bataan Day or Araw ng Kagitingan
Commemoration of the Fall of Bataan, the last province to surrender to the Japanese in World War II.

10-15    -Kalilang
A celebration of Muslim culture held in Lanao del Norte.

12-21    -Panaad sa Negros
A grand celebration bringing together all the 10 cities and 22 municipalities in a showcase of trade, tourism, commerce and industry, arts and culture. Held in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.

18    -Turumba
The largest religious activity consisting of 7 fiestas or lupi to commemorate the seven sorrows of Our Lady of Turumba in Pakil, Laguna.

21    -Bankarera
A boat-rowing race on the scenic and beautiful waters of Pinacanauan River in Penablanca, Cagayan.

27    -Kadaugan sa Mactan
Re-enactment of the Battle of Mactan in Mactan City, Cebu

4th Sunday         -Tanduyong
Harvest celebration in San Jose City, Bulacan

MAY

1-31    -Flores de Mayo/Santacruzan-Is a nationwide whole-month celebration wherein a parade of the town’s loveliest ladies depicting the search and discovery of Christ’s cross by Queen Helena and Constantine happens.

1-31    -Tapusan
A festival held in Alitagtag, Batangas honoring the Holy Cross.

1-31    -Bohol
A month-long celebration of the Boholanos.

1    -Labor Day
A celebration held nationwide in respect to the laborers.

1    -Pista’y Dayat
Held in Lingayen, Pangasinan celebrating the rich seafood harvest in the province.

3    -Carabao-Carroza Festival
Held in Pavia, Iloilo which features a parade of 18 colorfully decorated bamboo sleds and a race among carroza-pulling carabaos on a 400-meter course.

1st week    -Viva Vigan Festival of the Arts
A festival in a setting replete with history, heritage and cultural treasures held in Vigan, Ilocos Sur.

6-9    -Rodeo Pilipino Festival
A festival that honors cattle raising in Masbate.

11-15    -Mayohan sa Tayabas
A thanksgiving event held in Tayabas, Quezon Province marked with agro-trade fair and the famous agawan ng suman in honor of San Isidro Labrador, patron saint of farmers.

pahiyas11-15    -Pahiyas
A colorful annual celebration in Lucban, Quezon held to usher in a bountiful harvest. Homes are decorated with the town’s best agricultural products.

14    -Pulilan Carabao Festival
A thanksgiving fiesta in Pulilan, Bulacan that features oiled, perfumed carabaos paying homage to Pulilan's patron saint by kneeling in front of his statue.

17-19    -Obando Fertility Rites
Childless couples, praying that they bear children, do the "fertility dance" on the streets of Obando, Bulacan. The fiesta is observed in honor of Sta. Clara, San Pascual and Virgen de Salambao.

3rd Sunday    -Tabanog
Kite flying competition in Cagayan de Oro City.

Last week    -Subiran Regatta
Sailboat racing in Tacloban, Leyte.

JUNE

edsa12    -Philippine Independence Day
Nationwide celebration of Philippines’ Independence. Highlights are the ceremonies in Rizal Park, Manila and Kawit, Cavite.

15-24    -Pineapple Festival
A festival featuring the sweet, succulent pineapple thru art exhibits, trade fairs, cultural performances and sports events. Held in Camarines, Norte.

3rd week    -Pista Y Ang Kagueban
Held in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. Tree-planting and performances by the city’s ec-friendly artists are being held.

18-24    -Tabak Festival
A celebration of fun and pageantry highlighted by a street presentation which showcases the legend of Tabaco City, Albay.

22-24    -Kaliguan Festival
A fluvial celebration in Cagwait,Surigao that includes beach dancing and other fun-filled beach activities.

24    -St.John the Baptist
Celebrated in San Juan City.On this day, water throwing is tolerated in the city so prepare to get wet when you pass by the area.

24    -Parada ng Lechon
In Tagalog literally translates to “Parade of the Roasted Pigs.” This unique parade happens annually in Balayan, Batangas.

Last week    -Piat Sambali Festival
Cultural shows and street dancing are held to commemorate the Christianization of the Ytawes Region of Cagayan.

29    -Pintados Festival
A body-painting festival in honor of the courageous "pintados" (warrior ancestors). Held in Tacloban City, Leyte.

JULY

1-2    -Feast of Our Lady of Piat
Annual feast day of Our Lady of Piat in Piat, Cagayan. The event is highlighted by the procession of the Marian Image being venerated for centuries.

4    -Sagayan Festival
A culture based celebration with no religious connotation held during Araw ng Lanao del Norte. It features Maranao war dance depicting masculinity.

1st Sunday    -Pagoda
The Holy Cross is paraded on a specially built pagoda or river boat, accompanied by other vessels in a river procession along the Pasig River.

20    -Sandugo Festival
A festival commemorating the blood-sealed peace treaty between Rajah Sikatuna and Miguel Lopez de Legazpi marking the beginning of the Spanish colonization of the Philippines. Held in Tagbilaran City, Bohol.

AUGUST

kadayawan4-5    -Palo-palo Festival
A cultural celebration featuring the natural beauty and varied culture of Batanes, the country’s most secluded province in the north.

2nd week    -Cordova Dinagat Festival
A festival characterized by streetdancing and an interpretative dance competition based on the fishing rituals and culture of the Cordovanhons in Cordova, Cebu.

15    -Lubi-Lubi
Features the different uses of coconut and its by-products in Calubian, Leyte.

18-21    -Kadayawan sa Dabaw
A festival celebrating the city's bountiful harvest in a form of grand colorful parade of orchid-bedecked floats and tribal street dancing in Davao City, Davao.

SEPTEMBER

1-8    -Sarakiki Festival
This festival is held in Calbayog City, Samar wherein participants dance a funny, clunking chicken dance called sarakiki. The celebration is centered on cockfighting.

1-31    -Chefs on Parade
A month-long culinary competition between chefs from Southeast Asia.

3-5    -Tuna Festival
The festival held annually in General Santos City  is about revelry and gaiety giving back the glory to the ocean for the abundance and bounty of tuna.

3rd week    -Feast of Our Lady of Penafrancia
An impressive river parade in Naga City, Bicol honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary.

23    -Dumalundong Festival
Yearly convergence of all tribal leaders in the province higlighted with the performance of authentic tribal rituals by the tribal priests. Held in Salug, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur.

Last week    -Siargao International Surfing Cup
Pit your surfing skills against local and international surfers in this prestigious tournament.

masskaraOCTOBER

1-31    -Fiesta Kuliat
A month-long celebration of the twin fiestas of Angeles City, Pampanga, namely La Naval and Fiestang Apu.

6-12     -Ibalong Festival
A tribute to Bicol Region's epic tale of superheroes and villains with native songs and dances in a grand street presentation.

2nd Sunday    -La Naval
Celebrates the Spanish victory at sea against the British in 1646. Takes place in Sto.Domingo, Quezon City.

10-12    -Zamboanga Hermosa Festival
The "City of Flowers" celebrates its grand annual festival featuring the "vintas" (colorful native sailboats) in a fast- paced regatta, cultural and flower shows, art exhibits and trade fairs.

14-21    -Masskara Festival
A merrymaking held in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental where revelers wear colorful costumes and gaudily decorated masks.

22-24    -Catandungan
Held in Virac, Catanduanes to celebrate the founding of the province.

25    -Battle of Surigao Strait
Commemoration of the anniversary of the battle of Surigao Strait during World War II. Held in Surigao City, Surigao del Norte.

25-28    -Lanzones Festival
A street dancing extravaganza featuring Camiguin's favorite fruit - the Lanzones.

Last week    -Street dancing festival held in Balibago, Angeles City.

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NOVEMBER

1    -All Saints Day

2    -All Souls Day
Filipinos gather at cemeteries and memorial parks in remembrance of their departed loved ones.

3-5    -Pintaflores Festival
A three-day religious festivity honoring the patron saint of San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, St. Charles Borromeo.

5-13    -Kansilay Festival
festival named after a tree with purple pink flower and at the same time commemorating the peaceful revolution in Silay called cinco de Noviembre.

2nd week    -Helubong Festival
A colorful and truly traditional festival celebrated by two ethnic groups, T’boli and B’Laan held in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.

23    -Higantes Festival
Angono Rizal’s town fiesta honoring their patron saint where its images are brought down the river. One highlight is a fair of huge papier-mache effigies in traditional attires.

Last week    -Grand Cordillera Festival
Festival of the Cordillera regions’s traditional dances, music, arts and crafts, to introduce the tribes’ ancient traditions. These shows are mostly held in Baguio City’s Burham Park.

30    -Bonifacio Day
A nationwide holiday commemorating the heroic deeds of Andres bonifacio, the hero of first Philippine revolution during the Spanish regime.

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DECEMBER

5-11    -Pagayaya Festival
Five provinces of Isabela region gathers up for 1 week long showcase of their culture, crafts and cuisine. Held in Ilagan, Isabela.

8    -Feast of Our Lady of the Immaculate Concepcion
Feast of the patron held in various cities in the Philippines, namely: Roxas City in Panay, Manila and Malabon.

3rd week    -Shariff Kabunsuan Festival
Held in Cotabato City. This celebration commemorates the one who brought the islamic faith to Mindanao named Shariff Kabunsuan.

24    -San Fernando Giant Lantern festival
The highlight of this festival in San Fernando City, Pampanga, is the presentation of the giant Christmas lanterns made by participating communities. Giant multi-colored lanterns are paraded to the delight of the visitors.

25    -Christmas Day
The whole country celebrates the birth of Christ with midnight mass held on December 24, followed by the midnight supper or noche buena. Christmas day or Decmber 25 is the gathering of families and gift giving.

30    -Rizal Day
This day commemorates the execution of the Philippines’ National Hero, Dr.Jose Rizal in Bagumbayan (now Luneta) in 1896.