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Festivals and Events in the Philippines

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Understand[edit]

The Philippines has over 7,107 Islands and in simple words a local couldn't explain how many festivals are held in the Philippines as there are hundreds of barangay, municipalities, towns and cities in 80 provinces and each barangay, municipality, town and city including provinces has their own festival either in honor of a Saint, a religious festival, seasonal change, harvest, or in honor of the place itself. The Filipinos are happy and joie de vivre type of people. They are satisfied with life and love to laugh and tend to love people with humor, which most festivals represent. Most of the festivals are vibrant and energetic and many are of Hispanic influence. Because of the uncountable number of festivals, the country is often dubbed as, "The Fiesta Islands". Among all festivals Christmas is the biggest, widest and longest celebrated in the Philippines, which starts from September and lasts till January perhaps the longest Christmas celebration in the world.

Get in[edit]

Inter-island and domestic flights are offered by local carriers such as Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Air Philippines, Zest Airways and Interisland Airlines.

Festivals[edit]

January[edit]

January is usually when most festivals in honor of Sto. Nino (Infant Jesus) usually occur as well as festivals commemorating the end of the Christmas in the Philippines.

Bulaklakan Festival

  • Where:(Muntinlupa City),
  • When: January 1
  • What: Bulaklaka(n) literally means flower in Tagalog. Parade of flowers and costumes are held.

Feast of Three Kings

  • Where:Gasan, Marinduque
  • When: First Sunday of January of the Year
  • What: The Feast of Three Kings or Epiphany, known as Araw ng tatlong hari in Tagalog, is a festival celebrated during the first Sunday of January, the Epiphany which commemorates the manifestation of the Lord Jesus Christ to the gentiles by the magi; Melchor who brought Gold, Gaspar who brought Frankincense, and Balthazar who brought myrrh as a gift to the infant Jesus. A folk play is en-acted in Gasan, Marinduque based on the story of the Epiphany. The festival also commemorates the end of Christmas in the Philippines.

Ati-Atihan Festival

  • Where:Kalibo, Aklan
  • When: Third Week of January
  • What: In honor of the Sto. Nino or the Infant Jesus, this festival is celebrated. It was first celebrated as a pagan festival in honor of Anitos or Pagan gods of the native people before the Spanish arrived. Today it is celebrated in honor of the Sto. Nino. People cover their bodies or faces with soots to look like Atis or Aetas (native people) and dance streetdances with a holy image of the Sto. Nino. Masses, Novenas and Rosary processions are done also.

Bailes De Luces

  • Where:La Castellana, Negros Occidental
  • When: January 5
  • What: Bailes De Luces or Dances of lights in Spanish. Luces or Light in Spanish symbolizes hope. The festival highlights the use of lights in festival presentations. Street dances are done to commemorate the festival, it is celebrated in thanking the past year's blessings and success as well as a hope for a better new year.


Feast of the Black Nazarene

  • Where:Quiapo, Manila
  • When: January 9
  • What: The festival is a day long feast, celebrated through a procession of the Black Nazarene in the streets of Metro Manila. The Black Nazarene is a wooden statue of Jesus of Nazarene, it is called Black Nazarene because of the statue's color which is black, the statue is over 400 years old and is stored in the Basilica of Black Nazarene or popularly known as Quiapo Church. Devotees flock to streets barefooted and push against each other to get to the statue in belief it would give blessings and miracles.

Lingayen Gulf Festival

  • Where:Lingayen, Pangasinan
  • When: January 9
  • What: Festival commemorating the liberation of Lingayen from the Japanese invasion by Gen. Douglas McCarthur of US Pacific command on January 9, 1945.

Araw ng Koronadal(Day of Koronadal)/Hinugyaw Festival

  • Where:Koronadal
  • When: January 10
  • What: A feast celebrating the diverse cultures of Koronadal for decades.

Binanog Festival

  • Where:Lambunao, Iloilo
  • When: January 10-16
  • What: Binanog Festival is celebrated in honor of the Infant Jesus, ethnic dances are done in the beat of drums to commemorate this feast.

Coconut Festival and fair

  • Where:San Pablo, Laguna
  • When: January 10-13
  • What: A grande Mardi-gras that San Pablo commemorates in honor of their crop; coconuts.

Sinulog Festival(Kabankalan)

  • Where:Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental
  • When: January 10-16
  • What: The Sinulog of Kabankalan is known to be lively and colorful, peple dress in colorful costumes and dance in streets in honor of Senor Sto. Nino.

Makato Sto. Nino Festival

  • Where: Makato, Aklan
  • When: January 15
  • What: The celebration dates back to the pre-Spanish times, celebrated in honor and for giving thanks to the Sto. Nino. It is similar to Kalibo's Ati-atihan festival.

Pasungay Festival

  • Where: San Joaquin, Iloilo
  • When: Third Saturday of January
  • What: Traditions date back in olden times when people witnessed two bulls fighting, it then became an attraction and an entertainment. Catch "Bull Derby", when the where the best bulls of the barangays compete against each other. Pasungay comes from the Hiligaynon word Sungay meaning horn, indicating the horns of the bulls.

Kahimunan Festival

  • Where: Libertad, Butuan City
  • When: January 16
  • What: See Butuan's local version of Cebu's Sinulog Festival. Just like Sinulog, spectacular and lively dances are held.

Pangisdaan Festival

  • Where: Barangay Tangos, Navotas
  • When: January 16
  • What: The People of Brgy. Tangos, celebrates this feast in honor of their fishing industry. Street dancing and float competitions are the main attractions of this festival. "Pangisidaan" literally means "Fishery" in Tagalog.

Kinaradto Festival

  • Where: Buenavista, Guimaras
  • When: January 16
  • What: Celebrate the rich culture of the oldest municipality of the province of Guimaras, the whole celebration is celebrated by songs, dances and musicals showcasing the cultures Buenavista has been influenced. The celebration is also celebrated in honor of the Sto. Nino. "Kinaradto" literally mean Going to.

Batan Ati-Ati Malakara Festival

  • Where: Batan, Aklan
  • When: January 16
  • What: Join in the thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest and a good new year as well as honoring the Sto. Nino in Batan. Paper Mache prepared costumes are worn by participants and street dances are performed, before the festival commences a Holy Mass is held.

Fireworks display and contest

  • Where: Arevalo, Iloilo City
  • When: January 16
  • What: Don't miss this festival when in Iloilo, the skies of the district of Arevalo light up with sparkling and spectacular fireworks.

Caracol Festival

  • Where: Makati City, Metro Manila
  • When: January 16
  • What: Caracol Festival displays the campaign for protecting and conserving our ecology, if you're an advocate for the environment don't miss this.

Bansudani Festival/Feast of the Divine Savior

  • Where: Bansud, Mindoro Oriental
  • When: January 17
  • What: A thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest, the festival features dances and cultural presentations.

Sad-Sad sa Kalye

  • Where: Janiuay, Iloilo City
  • When: January 19
  • What: "Sad-Sad sa Kalye" showcases the beliefs, dreams, views of the people of Janiuay based on their cultural heritage, historical experiences and traditions. "Sad-Sad" is a native word for Dance, while "Kalya"(Calle) is a Spanish word for Street, just as its title says; the festival is celebrated through street-dancing.

Sinulog Festival

  • Where: Cebu City
  • When: 3rd Sunday of January
  • What: One of the most important, biggest and popular festivals of the Philippines, it is celebrated in honor of Sto. Nino Senor. Processions of Sto. Ninos take place and dances are done along with constant beating of the drums.

Pandot sa Bacolod

  • Where: Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
  • When: January 20
  • What: The Bacoleños (people of Bacolod) celebrate this festival through dramatizing the life of a Catholic during the Spanish colonial times.

Binuligay Festival

  • Where: Jamindan, Capiz
  • When: January 20
  • What: Join in the cultural presentation of Capiz and go experience fiesta with their people. "Binuligay" literally means Helping each other.

Atlavas Sto. Nino Festival

  • Where: Atlavas, Aklan
  • When: January 21-22
  • What: This festival celebrates not only in the honor of the Sto. Nino but also the mark of the day when the Filipino-American war ended in Atlavas. It is also celebrated as an annual Thanksgiving festival.

Dinagyang Festival[1]

  • Where: Iloilo City
  • When: January 22-24
  • What: A spectacular festival in honor of the Sto. Nino, also one of the most popular festivals in the Philippines, streets are filled up with people as dancers dance and as music plays and as colors and sound of the festival brighten up the atmosphere.

Boracay International Fun Board Cup

  • Where: Boracay, Malay, Aklan
  • When: January 22-27
  • What: The country's biggest windsurfing event, a must catch when staying in Boracay. Peopl from around the world flock and compete in this event.

Feast of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage

  • Where: La Carlota City
  • When: January 24
  • What: In honor of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, this festival is celebrated, processions, cultural presentations and traditional games are held.

Ibajay Ati-Ati Municipal and Devotional Festival

  • Where: Ibajay, Aklan
  • When: January 24-25
  • What: Celebrated in honor of the Sto. Nino, features the transferring of the holy image of the patron of Ibajay from Ibajay Cathedral to St. Peter Parish Church where it was discovered.

Dinagsa Ati-Atihan Festival

  • Where: Cadiz City, Negros Occidental
  • When: Janaury 24-30
  • What: Rituals are performed by the black soot "Ati" in honor of the Sto. Nino. Procession of the holy image on a boat is held where it is brought to the sea and then back.

Sana-Aw Festival

  • Where: Jordan, Guimaras
  • When: January 28
  • What: A festival in honor of artisans and enduring workers which is done through dramatization through dance-drama.

Hinirugyaw Festival

  • Where: Calinog, Iloilo
  • When: January 30-February 6
  • What: A 9-day celebration in honor of the Sto. Nino, games, a food fest and competitions are held during this festival.

Sto. Nino Festivak

  • Where: Malolos, Bulacan
  • When: January 30
  • What: Featuring week longs exhibits and procession of a hundred caros of drivers Sto. Nino images, this festival is in honor of the Sto. Nino.

Balot sa Puti Festival

  • Where: Pateros
  • When: January 31
  • What: A town fiesta.

February[edit]

Salakyan Festival

  • Where: Miag-ao, Iloilo
  • When: February 1-6
  • What: A week long cultural presentation of Miag-ao shown throught street dances, ballroom dancing, food fairs, beauty pageants etc.

Pabirik Festival

Bicol Arts Festival

  • Where: Legazpi City
  • When: February 1- February 28

Festival of Hearts

  • Where: Tanjay City, Negros Oriental
  • When: February 1- February 14

Lavandero Festival

  • Where: Mandaluyong
  • When: February 1- February 6

Suroy sa Surigao

  • Where: Jaro, Iloilo
  • When: February 2

Pamulinawen

  • Where: Laoag City, Ilocos Norte
  • When: February 2-10

International Bamboo Organ Festival

  • Where: Las Piñas
  • When: February 3- February 11

Guling-Guling Festival

  • Where: Paoay, Ilocos Norte
  • When: February 5

Kali-Kalihan Harvest Festival

  • Where: Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental
  • When: February 6

Fiesta Tsinoy

  • Where: Legaspi City
  • When: February 6

Tinapay Festival

  • Where: Cuenca, Batangas
  • When: February 7- February 13

Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival

  • Where: Omni Aviation Complex, Clark Field, Pampanga
  • When: February 9-12

Fistahan

  • Where: Davao City
  • 'When: February 9- February 15

Chinese New Year

  • Where: Nationwide
  • When: Movable

Bulang-Bulang Festival

  • Where: San Enrique, Negros Occidental
  • When: February 9

Pabalhas sa Tablas

  • Where: Candoni, Negros Occidental
  • When: February 11

Tiburin Horse RaceTIBURIN HORSE RACE

  • Where: Libertad, Pasay City, Metro Manila
  • When: February 12

Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival[2]

  • Where: Puerto Galera
  • When: February 18 & 19, 2011
  • What:

A 2-day festival scheduled on February 18 & 19, 2011 (coinciding with the full moon!) will be held outdoors in a totally natural environment at the foot of Mount Malasimbo on the northern tip of the island of Mindoro, with a breath-taking view of Puerto Galera Bay, a member of the worldwide Club of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World.

The festival aims to blend traditional and contemporary arts and culture together with music performances while working towards the protection and sustainability of the natural environment.

March[edit]

1. KAAMULAN WHERE: Malaybalay, Bukidnon WHEN:March 3 - 7

Expect the Bukidnon to go tribal from the first to the second week of March, when the streets of Malaybalay take on that familiar fiesta theme. Banners, banderitas, and beer will be standard, as well as the sweet, haunting sound of native music. An early morning pamuhat ritual kicks off the festivities, to be followed by an ethnic food fest, trade fairs, and a lot of native dancing.

2. ARYA ABRA WHERE:Abra Province WHEN: March 7-10

Celebrates the founding of Abra Province with a variety of events, including raft and horse races.

3. SANDUGO WHERE: Tagbilaran, Bohol W22:14, 23 June 2010 (EDT)22:14, 23 June 2010 (EDT)~~HEN: Month-long (movable)

Highlighted every 16 March by re-enactment of the Blood Compact between Spain's Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Datu Sik|tuna, which helped forge friendly relations between the two countries.

4. ARAW NG DABAW March 10-16

The celebration of Davao's Foundation Day as a chartered city.

5. PINTADOS DE PASI March 14-16

Depicts the history of the Passi City and how it got its name.

6. HOMONHON LANDING Southeastern Samar March 16

A pageant by the seashore re-enacting the discovery of the Philippines by Ferdinand Magellan.

7. MT. MANUNGGAL Central Cebu March 16-17

A Mountain trek, which Darks the anniversary of the tragic death of President Ramon Magsaysay, whose plane crashed on the mountain.

8. SINIGAYAN Sagas, Negros Occidental March 19

Named after the native seashell (sigay). Shell craft art is featured during the festival.

9. FIRST MASS IN THE PHILIPPINES Limasawa Island, Southern Leyte March 31

Features a street pageant by the different municipalities.

EASTER

10. MORIONES Marinduque Easter Sunday

The island of Marinduque prides itself in being the "Lenten Capital of the Philippines", and it is easy to understand why. Come the seven days of Holy Week, the people of the island take part in the age-old ritual of the "Moriones". Colorful warrior costumes are worn topped with finely carved masks portraying the violent Roman soldiers of Christ's time. All these are done to show the story of the conversion of Longuinus, the centurion who stabbed Jesus' side - and his subsequent beheading.


11. LENTEN FESTIVAL OF HERBAL PREPARATION Easter Saturday

Secret rites of herbalists from the Visayas and Mindanao, who gather in San Antonio, Siquijor, for the ceremony know as Tang Alap, the combining of medicinal herbs.

12. SEMANA SANTA Iguig, Cagayan HoIy Week

Pilgrims flock to the 11 hectare Calvary Hills to meditate on the passion and death of Jesus christ.

13. AGOO SEMANA SANTA Agoo, La Union

Features a parade of carriages and a Penitential Procession of women, dressed in black.

14. SALUBONG Angono, Rizal

Celebrates the reunion of the Risen Christ with the Virgin Mary.

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

Roasted Pig Parade of Balayan, Batangas Birthday of Saint John the Baptist – June 24, various (including San Juan, Metro Manila, Calumpit, Bulacan, Lian and San Juan, Batangas) Pintados Festival of Leyte - June 29 (one of the best festival in the philippines recognizing the beloved Sr. Santo Nino..)

July[edit]

August[edit]

Kadayawan sa Davao, every 3rd week of August, Davao City

Kadayawan is the celebration of a bountiful harvest and also celebrates the existence of the indigenous people (IP) in the city. Activities include street dancing (Sayaw sa Da'n) and floral float parade (Pamulak sa Kadalanan), among others. Visit the festival website for more info. [3]

September[edit]

DAGUNDONG FESTIVAL

Date : September 7 Venue : Maragondon, Cavite


PARADA NG KAKANIN / FEAST OF NUESTRA SEÑORA DE ARANZAZU

Date : September 9 Venue : San Mateo, Rizal


SAYAW LAHI FESTIVAL

Date : September 10 Venue : Naujan, Oriental Mindoro

BINIRAY FIESTA in honor of San Nicholas de Tolentino

Date: September 10 Venue: Banton, Romblon

SARIAYA TOWN FIESTA

Date : September 13-14 Venue : Sariaya, Quezon


KAPAKYANAN FESTIVAL

Date : September 18 Venue : Victoria, Oriental Mindoro


BAÑAMOS FESTIVAL

Date : September 17-23 Venue : Los Banos, Laguna


BURDANG LUMBAN FESTIVAL

Date : September (no definite date) Venue : Lumban, Laguna


ANIHAN FESTIVAL

Date : September 27 Venue : Lobo, Batangas


BAKOOD FESTIVAL

Date : September 29 Venue : Bacoor, Cavite


MARILAG FESTIVAL

Date : September 29 Venue : Santa Maria, Laguna

October[edit]

FIESTA ZAMBOANGA LA HERMOSA

  • Donde: Ciudad Latina de Asia, Ciudad de Las Flores, Orgullo de Mindanao Zamboanga City
  • Cuando: October 12
  • Cosa: The Islamic influenced province of Zamboanga which is known because of its colorful vintas, exotic rare fruits and exotic beautiful flowers stands out its Christianization and their hispanic ways. Zamboanga City also known as the "City of Flowers" and "Asia's Latin City" rich culture influenced the lives of the people, but not as much as their devotion to Our Lady of Pilar, or the Nuestra Señora Virgen del Pilar de Zaragoza.

Zamboanga La Hermosa Festival or the popularly known as Fiesta Pilar, is held in honor of the miraculous image of Our Lady of the Pilar at the legendary Fort Pila. The people of Zamboanga fervently believe that the lady has served as their unifying cultural and historical symbol. In commemoration of her feast day, Zamboanga displays its devotion and enthusiasm with a nine-night procession, fireworks, an ethnic parade, a cultural show, a regatta, and the Miss Zamboanga parade. This festival runs from October 1 to 12.

All roads in Mindanao lead to Zamboanga, as the "City of Flowers" celebrates its grand, annual Hermosa Festival. The vintas, those colorful native sea boats, once again make their appearance in a fast-paced, race-till-you-drop regatta. There's also a wealth of cultural and flower shows, art exhibits, and trade fairs. It's an all-out celebration of life - Latino Zamboangueño Style!

History and Legends

The Zamboanga La Hermosa Festival embedded in Zamboanga’s rich history of devotion to the Nuestra Señora del Pilar that is supplemented by rich legends about the virgin.

In the Spanish Era, Zamboanga was an integral part of Spanish Colonization. In 1635, the Spaniards built a fort in Zamboanga named Real Fuerza de San Jose to secure them against the attacks of the moro warriors. Spaniards held the city as a seat of government and became the cultural center of the south, and was deeply seated in Hispanic heritage and tradition.

In 1734, The Lady's was brought to the fort as a frontpiece for the main entrance. The western side of the fort was converted into a shrine for The Lady when the fort was rebuild in 1860 and the fort was renamed Real Fuerza de Nuestra Señora Virgen del Pilar de Zaragoza.

The city’s devotion to the Lady of Pilar was legendary, because of the wealth of stories, miracles, and apparitions surrounding the virgin.

Devotees Dancing for Devotion

Devotees to the virgin are seen at the Fort to venerate the sacred bas-relief image of the Lady of Pilar. But at the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival, dancers pay tribute to the virgin through their movements. Each year, the dancers from Zamboanga City High School perform praise dance to the virgin. The dancers dance to the tune of lyres and drums that create a jovial atmosphere and fluidity, the dancers’ fluid body movement, coupled with intricate footwork and hand motions signify adoration to God for the intercession of the Nuestra Señora del Pilar as an instrument of Peace. The dancers pay tribute to the Lady dressed in colorful costumes, floral arches and body movements, also symbolizing Zamboanga as a melting pot of cultures that blend harmoniously in the spirit of unity and diversity.

Fiesta Pilar is considered to the biggest, Grandest and Widely Festival Celebration in the City of Zamboanga. and the Celebration which is started from October 1 to 12 and the Whole Month of October.

  • Trivia: Fiesta Pilar is also being celebrated in Zaragosa, Spain. thus, Nuestra Senora La Virgen del Pilar de Zaragosa is not only the Patron Saint for the Latino Zamboangueño People/Ethnolinguistic Group living in and out of the City of Zamboanga but also the City of Zaragosa in Spain and the whole Hispanic Communitty as they call it "La Patrona de Hispanidad". 12th of October is also known as the "Dia de la Hispanidad" around the world.

November[edit]

CAVE ECO-ADVENTURE November 01-03 / Compostela Valley (1 hour 45 minutes from Manila to Davao City by air; 2 hours from Davao City to Compostela Valley by land) Spelunking activities in four of the grand caves of the province coupled with lectures on cave preservation.

BEST OF SOUTHERN MINDANAO (REGION XI) IN INTRAMUROS November 01-16 / Manila A showcase of the best of the best of Southern Mindanao (music, dances, fiestas, culinary delights, street parties, arts and crafts). It aims to give a glimpse of what happens in the various provinces, and provides a venue for the region to sell their tour packages, products and open their doors to business opportunities.

NORTH PHILIPPINES MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL November 02-03 / Venue TBA Showcases the best of the Northern Philippines' music and arts.

PINTAFLORES FESTIVAL November 03-05 / San Carlos City, Negros Occidental (1 hour 10 minutes from Manila to Bacolod City by air; 3 hours 30 minutes from Bacolod City to San Carlos City by land) A three-day religious festivity honoring the patron saint of San Carlos City, St. Charles Borromeo.

7th NATIONAL DANCESPORT CHAMPIONSHIP November 05-07 / Philsports Multi-Purpose Arena, Pasig City, Metro Manila (20 minutes from Manila) A dancesport competition featuring local competitors.

FRUIT AND FLOWER FESTIVAL November 05-09 / Nabunturan, Compostela Valley (1 hour 45 minutes from Manila to Davao City by air; 2 hours from Davao City to Nabunturan by land) A festival showcasing the abundance of the province's produce.

EL CINCO DE NOVIEMBRE/KANSILAY FESTIVAL November 05-13 / Bago City, Negros Occidental (1 hour 10 minutes from Manila to Bacolod City by air; 30 minutes from Bacolod City to Bago City by land) November 5, 1898 will be remembered by the Negrenses as a day of bloodless revolts against the Spanish colonizers. This patriotic event is celebrated with an annual cultural festival.

ANGONO ARTS FESTIVAL November 05-25 / Angono, Rizal (2 hours 30 minutes from Manila by land) Rich culture and traditions of Angono will be presented and showcased through actual presentations of figurative sense of communication such as the arts.

22nd ILGA WORLD CONFERENCE ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND SEXUAL MINORITIES November 07-14 / Venue TBA

IDSF OPEN STANDARD & LATIN CHAMPIONSHIP November 08-10 / Philsports Multi-Purpose Arena, Pasig City, Metro Manila (20 minutes from Manila) A dancesport competition featuring competitors from different countries.

CONCERT NIGHT AT THE OLD WALLS Every Saturday of November / NCCA Auditorium, Intramuros, Manila November 08 - OPM November 15 - La Salle Pops Orchestra November 22 - Ateneo Glee Club November 29 - Mandaluyong Children's Choir

PUTONG POLO FESTIVAL 2nd Sunday of November / Polo, Valenzuela, Metro Manila (1 hour from Manila) A festival which aims to promote a deeper cultural awareness about Valenzuela through its famous native delicacy called Putong Polo.

HELOBONG FESTIVAL November 09-11 / Lake Sebu, South Cotabato (1 hour 45 minutes from Manila to General Santos City by air; 2 hours from General Santos City to Lake Sebu by land) See the T'Boli culture in its colorful best through the natives' traditional songs, dances and crafts.

WORLD TRAVEL MART November 10-13 / London Held annually at the Earl's Court in London, WTM has been considered the global travel event for the industry. Approximately 5,000 of the world's leading travel and tourism companies from 172 countries are expected to attend the WTM. The fair is open to both trade and consumer.

13th INTERNATIONAL WATER ASSOCIATION - ASIA PACIFIC REGIONAL CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION November 12-16 / Cebu International Convention Center , Cebu City (1 hour 15 minutes from Manila by air)

STREET PARTY November 14 / Baluarte Plano Luneta de Sta. Isabel A monthly activity that capitalizes as well as highlights the musicality of Filipinos and their love for fiestas and merry making.

6th WOMEN PLAYWRIGHTS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE November 14-19 / Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila

NATIONAL THEATER FESTIVAL (IKATLONG TAGPO) November 14-21 / Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila A quadrennial event which will gather together theater artists and cultural workers to showcase the works of various theater groups across the country.

QUEEN CITY INTERNATIONAL RUN 3rd Sunday of November / Cebu City / Mandaue & Lapu-Lapu, Cebu (1 hour 15 minutes from Manila by air) 13.4 km. leisure-oriented finishers' run.

PASKUHAN SA DUMAGUETE WITH KUMBIRA November 16-December 31 / Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental (1 hour 15 minutes from Manila by air) Establishments are enjoined to light up and decorate their respective places using "sinamay" as the main material or accent. Other activities include sports events, garden shows, art shows and food festivals.

BEST OF WESTERN MINDANAO (REGION IX) AND CARAGA (REGION XIII) IN INTRAMUROS November 17-30 / Manila A showcase of the best of the best of Western Mindanao and Caraga (music, dances, fiestas, culinary delights, street parties, arts and crafts). It aims to give a glimpse of what happens in the various provinces, and provides a venue for the region to sell their tour packages, products and open their doors to business opportunities.

BAGUIO ARTS FESTIVAL November 18 / Baguio City (50 minutes from Manila by air) An exhibition of the different artworks and art pieces of Cordillera artists using different art media.

P' YAGSAWITAN FESTIVAL November 18-25 / Maragusan, Compostela Valley (1 hour 45 minutes from Manila to Davao City by air; 3 hours from Davao City to Maragusan by land) A celebration highlighting the town's ecotourism potential.

18TH ADVERTISING CONGRESS November 19-24 / CAP Convention Center, Camp John Hay, Baguio City (50 minutes from Manila by air)

KALIMUDAN FESTIVAL November 21 / Isulan, Sultan Kudarat (1 hour 30 minutes from Manila to Cotabato City by air; 1 hour 15 minutes from Cotabato City to Isulan by land) A tribal fiesta in Mindanao with every major ethnic group joining in the fun.

ASIAN ETHNIC FOOD FEST November 21-23 / World Trade Center, Manila An annual specialized trade fair organized by CITEM for the international market. Product profile includes fresh and processed food and organic and natural products.

PHILIPPINE TRAVEL MART November 21-23 / Megatrade Exhibition Hall, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City (1 hour from Manila by land) An annual market encounter between buyers and sellers of tourist destinations, services and products in the regions.

HIGANTES FESTIVAL November 23 / Angono, Rizal (2 hours 30 minutes from Manila by land) A fiesta of "gigantic" proportions highlighted by a grand procession of 10-feet high papier mache puppets, surrounded by a crowd of drenched, water-fighting revelers.

ADVENTURE TRIATHLON November 23-29 / Sibulan, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur (1 hour 45 minutes from Manila to Davao City by air; 40 minutes from Davao City to Sta. Cruz by land) A sports activity-tubing the rapids of Sibulan River, uphill running and bancathon.

3rd INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION ON TOXICOLOGY November 24-26 / Subic Bay (30 minutes from Manila by air / 2 hours and 30 minutes from Manila by land)

2nd MARAGUSAN MOUNTAIN BIKING COMPETITION November 24-26 / Maragusan, Compostela Valley (1 hour 45 minutes from Manila to Davao City by air; 3 hours from Davao City to Maragusan by land) A rugged mountain bike climb in several exciting categories of competition.

2003 NAMCYA (National Music Competition for Young Artists) FESTIVAL Last week of November / Venue TBA

FIL-AM INTERNATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT Last week of November - 1st week of December / Club John Hay/Baguio Country Club, Baguio City (50 minutes from Manila by air) The biggest amateur golf tournament in the world covering 2 golf courses, Club John Hay and Baguio Country Club.

DECEMBER FIESTA 2003 November 29-30 / Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex Boardwalk, Manila CCP's holiday performances at the outdoor venues. Drum and lyre bands, choir, folkdance groups and community theater groups become the centerpiece for an artists' fair at the CCP Complex Boardwalk.

5th MT. PINATUBO TREK (A March to Peace and Tranquility) November 30 / Sta. Juliana,Capas, Tarlac (2 hours from Manila by land) An annual trek meant to promote Mt. Pinatubo as a major ecotourism destination and bring economic opportunities for the host community of Sta. Juliana.

KUNSIERTO SA CIUDAD November 30 / Kidapawan City, North Cotabato (1 hour 30 minutes from Manila to Cotabato City by air; 2 hours 15 minutes from Cotabato City to Kidapawan City by land) Live band competition featuring local and regional artists.

2nd GLOBAL FILIPINO NETWORKING CONVENTION November 30 - December 02 / Philippine International Convention Center, Manila

PHILIPPINE TOURISM CUP November / Venue TBA A monthly golf tournament, held on a regional level, which aims to promote the country as "Asia's Golf Capital".

INTERNATIONAL FOLKLORIC FESTIVAL November / Venue TBA A dance festival that will feature the cultural diversity of each country. A mixture of entertainment and education with emphasis on historical importance.

INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL (With Provincial/Regional/National Competitions) November / Venue TBA A music festival showcasing the talent and musicality of Filipinos and re-enforcing Philippines' claim as the "Music Capital of Asia".

HARANA SA MAKATI November / Makati City, Metro Manila (30 minutes from Manila by land) A romantic project wherein the boys will serenade their school belles in traditional and contemporary styles with an aim to preserve, conserve, promote and practice our customs and traditions.

15th FEDERATION OF ASIAN AND OCEANIC PEST MANAGERS ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE November / Venue TBA

JATA CONGRESS & TRADE SHOW November / Tokyo, Japan The biggest travel trade event in Japan in terms of number of participating countries and exhibitors.

CHINA INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL MART (CITM) November / Kunming, PROC A major travel show in China held inter-changeably in Shanghair and Kunming. The fair offers the best opportunity for participants to get to know both China's inbound and outbound markets and provides more chances for traders who operate travel business in China. CITM offers exhibitors the chance to meet nearly 1,000 quality buyers worldwide.

TAIPEI INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL FAIR (TITF) November / Taipei, Taiwan A trade and consumer fair and the only major annual travel event in Taiwan. About 80,000 visitors attend the event; it has become one of the largest and most effective tourism and travel event in Taiwan.

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF TRAVEL AGENTS (ASTA) WORLD CONGRESS November / Miami, Florida Biggest association of American travel agents. It holds its annual congress and trade show outside of the United States every other two years.

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