Festivals and Events in the Philippines
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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.
Inter-island and domestic flights are offered by local carriers such as Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Air Philippines, Zest Airways and Interisland Airlines.
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.
Feast of Three Kings
Bailes De Luces
Lingayen Gulf Festival
Araw ng Koronadal(Day of Koronadal)/Hinugyaw Festival
Coconut Festival and fair
Makato Sto. Nino Festival
Batan Ati-Ati Malakara Festival
Fireworks display and contest
Bansudani Festival/Feast of the Divine Savior
Sad-Sad sa Kalye
Pandot sa Bacolod
Atlavas Sto. Nino Festival
Boracay International Fun Board Cup
Feast of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage
Ibajay Ati-Ati Municipal and Devotional Festival
Dinagsa Ati-Atihan Festival
Sto. Nino Festivak
Balot sa Puti Festival
Bicol Arts Festival
Festival of Hearts
Suroy sa Surigao
International Bamboo Organ Festival
Kali-Kalihan Harvest Festival
Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival
Chinese New Year
Pabalhas sa Tablas
Tiburin Horse RaceTIBURIN HORSE RACE
Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..)
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. 
Date : September 7 Venue : Maragondon, Cavite
Date : September 9 Venue : San Mateo, Rizal
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
Date : September 18 Venue : Victoria, Oriental Mindoro
Date : September 17-23 Venue : Los Banos, Laguna
Date : September (no definite date) Venue : Lumban, Laguna
Date : September 27 Venue : Lobo, Batangas
Date : September 29 Venue : Iligan City, Lanao del Norte
Date : September 29 Venue : Bacoor, Cavite
Date : September 29 Venue : Santa Maria, Laguna
FIESTA ZAMBOANGA LA HERMOSA
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.
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.