Friday, April 28, 2017


Because of the Spaniards, the Philippines has lots of fiestas or festivals to celebrate each year. Almost all regions offer unique festivities that Filipinos, including foreign tourists, can enjoy and experience. So, if you are looking to have some fun in the Philippine Islands, there are various interesting festivals you can go to. Here are the top 12 awesome Philippine festivals you can check out in the country:


1. Sinulog Festival. Celebrated in Cebu City every 3rd Sunday of January, the Sinulog Festival is one of the best Philippine festivals you can ever witness. Why, because this is a feast-making activity in honor of Senor Santo Nino. His original image was brought from Spain through the Spaniards when they colonized the country. More festivals in January.

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2. Panagbenga Festival. Panagbenga means season of blooming. This festival showcases beautiful flowers in Baguio City. However, the main reason why this is celebrated is to show people the resiliency of Filipinos to stand up again after the 1990 earthquake that severely damaged the city. More festivals in February.

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3. Kaamulan Festival. This festivity gathers Bukidnon tribespeople to celebrate datuship ritual, wedding ceremony, thanksgiving, and other activities. You can experience this in Malaybalay City every 2nd half of February until 10th of March. More festivals in March.


4. Moriones Festival. If you want to spend your holy week in Marinduque, you will have the chance to witness the popular Moriones Festival. The costume penitents (Moriones) reenact the hunt for Saint Longinus because of his conversion to Christianity. More festivals in April.

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5. Pahiyas Festival. Every 11th to 15th of May, Pahiyas Festival is celebrated in Lucban, Quezon. This is a way of thanksgiving for the year’s bountiful harvest. You will see beautiful agricultural products decorated in their homes with fresh vegetables and fruits available everywhere. More festivals in May.

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6. Pintados Festival. If you’re planning to visit Tacloban City in Leyte, Pintados Festival is what you’ll see. This is celebrated every 29th of June, but the whole festival is done month long. The Pintados Ritual Dance Presentation is a sight to behold. They dance and honor Senor Santo Nino de Leyte with dancers painted and tattooed. More festivals in June.

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7. T’nalak Festival. This festival is a way of celebrating the anniversary of South Cotabato every July. The name was inspired by the colorful woven cloth made by T’boli women. Tinalak means abaca clothing that is produced by the locals. More festivals in July.

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8. Kadayawan sa Dabaw. Obviously in Davao, the Kadayawan Festival is another great experience to have. The celebration is to give thanks to the blessings and good harvest for the year. More festivals in August.


9. Peñafrancia Festival. Every 3rd Sunday of September, the people of Naga City are busy celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Penafrancia. According to records, each year gathers over 6 million devotees in the Bicol region just to witness the Penafrancia Festival. More festivals in September.

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10. MassKara Festival. The dancers at MassKara Festival wear masks to showcase “Festival of Smiles”. Since 1980, this is celebrated in Bacolod City every 3rd week of October to remember the economic crisis that the city has overcome along with the sunken MV Don Juan that killed many Negrenses. More festivals in October.

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11. Higantes Festival. The feast of San Clemente or Higantes Festival is celebrated every 23rd of November in Angono. You will experience fluvial procession and pahadores or the paper mache images of the devotees. More festivals in November.

12. San Fernando Giant Lantern Festival. If you love the beautiful lantern lights, you should visit San Fernando, Pampanga for their Giant Lantern Festival. The lights showcased in this festivity brings hope to the people especially those in San Fernando city. More festivals in December.

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Philippines has hundreds of festivals and most towns have their own celebrations in addition to the popular festivals we are familiar with. Lasting anywhere between a day to an entire month, Philippine Festivals are mostly religious and cultural celebrations that attract thousands of local and foreign tourists because of its fun and colorful vibe. 


Here's a list of Festivals in the Philippines in December:

San Fernando Giant Lantern Festival
Where: San Fernando, Pampanga
When: 2nd/3rd week of December
What is it all about?
San Fernando Giant Lantern Festival is one of the most colorful festivals in the Philippines. It is an annual event held in San Fernando, Pampanga. Spectators will be delighted with giant lanterns in multicolored designs and patterns.

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Kasadyaan Festival - Dumaguete
Where: Dumaguete City
When: 3rd week of December
What is it all about?
Kasadyaan Festival - Dumaguete is the longest established festival in Negros Oriental. It is held annually in the 3rd week of December. The festival features beauty pageant, field presentation, and Kasadyaan mardi gras.

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Shariff Kabunsuan Festival
Where: Cotabato City
When: December 15-19
What is it all about?
Shariff Kabunsuan Festival is a grand festival in Cotabato City commemorating the arrival of Shariff Kabunsuan, an Arab Malay missionary from Johore, Malay Peninsula to bring Islam in Mainland Mindanao.

Christmas Symbols Festival
Where: Tangub City
When: December to early January
What is it all about?
Christmas Symbols Festival is an annual display of different indigenous Christmas symbols; a most spectacular display of Christmas lights and decors with different themes every year.

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Did we miss something out? Do you know of any major Festivals in the Philippines not included in the list celebrated in January? Please let us know in the comment below. If you are from the local tourism office and you would like your Festival included in this list, please email me with the name of the festival and short description. Thank you!

Philippines has hundreds of festivals and most towns have their own celebrations in addition to the popular festivals we are familiar with. Lasting anywhere between a day to an entire month, Philippine Festivals are mostly religious and cultural celebrations that attract thousands of local and foreign tourists because of its fun and colorful vibe. 


Here's a list of Festivals in the Philippines in November:

Higantes Festival
Where: Angono, Rizal
When: November 23
What is it all about?
Higantes Festival, also known as the Feast of San Clemente, is an annual event held every November 23 in the town of Angono, Rizal. The festival pays tribute to San Clemente, the patron saint of fishermen. It features devotees wearing colorful costumes and paper-mâché giants.


Pintaflores Festival
Where: San Carlos City
When: November 5
What is it all about?
Pintaflores Festival is an annual festivity in San Carlos City featuring the traditional fiesta celebration in honor of its patron Saint San Carlos Borromeo. It showcases street dancing by "tribes" dressed in colorful ethnic-inspired costumes, their bodies painted with flower designs reminiscent of the tattoed Visayans of the Pre Spanish Negros

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Did we miss something out? Do you know of any major Festivals in the Philippines not included in the list celebrated in November? Please let us know in the comment below. If you are from the local tourism office and you would like your Festival included in this list, please email me with the name of the festival and short description. Thank you! 

Philippines has hundreds of festivals and most towns have their own celebrations in addition to the popular festivals we are familiar with. Lasting anywhere between a day to an entire month, Philippine Festivals are mostly religious and cultural celebrations that attract thousands of local and foreign tourists because of its fun and colorful vibe. 


Here's a list of Festivals in the Philippines in October:

MassKara Festival
Where: Bacolod City
When: 3rd week of October
What is it all about?
The MassKara Festival in Bacolod City is one of the largest festivals in the Philippines. Coinciding with the city’s Charter Day celebration, the event features carnivals, fairs and a mardi-gras style by costumed and masked street dancers. This is also a celebration of the founding anniversary of Bacolod City. 

Zamboanga Hermosa Festival
Where: Zamboanga City
When: October
What is it all about?
The Zamboanga Hermosa Festival also known as Fiesta Pilar is a month-long festival of Zamboanga City held every October. The festival is celebrated in honor of the miraculous image of Our Lady of the Pillar at the legendary Fort Pilar. The festival features street dancing, exhibits, trade fairs, regatta, Mascota de Zamboanga.


Lanzones Festival
Where: Camiguin
When: 3rd week of October
What is it all about?
Lanzones Festival is an annual showcase of Camiguin Island's most famous fruit, “Lanzones” through street dancing parade and tableau competition usually participated by schools , civic organizations , LGU’s and private sector.
Did we miss something out? Do you know of any major Festivals in the Philippines not included in the list celebrated in October? Please let us know in the comment below. If you are from the local tourism office and you would like your Festival included in this list, please email me with the name of the festival and short description. Thank you!

Philippines has hundreds of festivals and most towns have their own celebrations in addition to the popular festivals we are familiar with. Lasting anywhere between a day to an entire month, Philippine Festivals are mostly religious and cultural celebrations that attract thousands of local and foreign tourists because of its fun and colorful vibe. 


Here's a list of Festivals in the Philippines in September:

Peñafrancia Festival
Where: Naga City
When: 3rd Sunday of September
What is it all about?
Every 3rd Sunday of September, the people of Naga City are busy celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Penafrancia. According to records, each year gathers over 6 million devotees in the Bicol region just to witness the Peñafrancia Festival.


Diyandi Festival
Where: Iligan CIty
When: September
What is it all about?
Diyandi Festival is Iligan City's annual thanksgiving celebration. It features ceremonial dance offering of the union of the Maranao men and Higa-onon women in marriage as well as the offering of their union and harvest to the patron saint. The term Diyandi is an Iliganon word which means merriment or celebration.



Tuna Festival
Where: General Santos CIty
When: Septermber 5
What is it all about?
General Santos City's Tuna Festival commemorates the city's Charter Anniversary. It is an annual event held every fifth of September. It takes its pride to the fishing industry as the major economic activity of the city. Tuna parade and other activities featuring the different tuna products and the sumptuous Sashimi Night made up the festivities.

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Bonok-Bonok Festival
Where: Surigao City
When: September 10
What is it all about?
The Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival in an annual event held in Surigao City to honor Señor San Nicholas de Tolentino, the city's patron saint. It is a day long event marked by street dancing festivities. It's a Surigaonon’s way of thanksgiving for the bountiful blessings.

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Talakudong Festival
Where: Tacurong City
When: September 18
What is it all about?
Talakudong Festival is Tacurong City's annual event held held every 18th of September. Talakudong is derived from an Ilonggo word "kudong" which means head covering. The week long festival features a float parade and agro-industrial fair showcasing Tacurong’s best agricultural and industrial products.

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Dalit Festival
Where: Tangub City
When: September 29
What is it all about?
Dalit Festival, held every September 29 is celebrated in honor of Tangub City’s patron saint, St. Michael the Archangel. Dalit means offering, the people’s offering of thanksgiving for the blessings the people received from the Almighty through the years. It is Tangubanon's simple way of saying “Mabuhay and Welcome to Tangub” that shows the extraordinary way of fostering, friendship, unity, and love of all Tangubanons to their visitors. Rituals and dances that portrays the Filipino way of life are some of the various activities and presentations.


Did we miss something out? Do you know of any major Festivals in the Philippines not included in the list celebrated in September? Please let us know in the comment below. If you are from the local tourism office and you would like your Festival included in this list, please email me with the name of the festival and short description. Thank you!

Philippines has hundreds of festivals and most towns have their own celebrations in addition to the popular festivals we are familiar with. Lasting anywhere between a day to an entire month, Philippine Festivals are mostly religious and cultural celebrations that attract thousands of local and foreign tourists because of its fun and colorful vibe. 


Here's a list of Festivals in the Philippines in August:

Kadayawan sa Dabaw
Where: Davao City
When: 3rd week of August
What is it all about?
Kadayawan sa Dabaw is one of the major festivals in the Philippines. It its an annual event held every third week of August in Davao City. It features street dancing, floral float parade, and a lot more. It highlights the 11 tribes of Davao City.

Higalaay Festival
Where: Cagayan de Oro City
When: 4th week of August
What is it all about?
Higalaay Festival is Cagayan de Oro's annual week-long fiesta held in the last week of August. It is filled with a series of colorful and fun-filled activities that culminates on the 28th of August, the feast of St. Augustine.


Buyogan Festival
Where: Abuyog, Leyte
When: August
What is it all about?
Buyogan Festival is Abuyog's annual festivity held in the month of August. The locally known "buyog" (bees), where the town's name originatyed from, are the highlights of this celebration. 

Manaragat Festival
Where: Catbalogan, Samar
When: August 23
What is it all about?
Manaragat Festival is an annual celebration in Catbalogan to honor St. Bartholomew as the miraculous Saint who maintained the richness of Maqueda Bay as a major fishing ground of the province of Samar. Manaragat is a local term for fishermen.


Did we miss something out? Do you know of any major Festivals in the Philippines not included in the list celebrated in August? Please let us know in the comment below. If you are from the local tourism office and you would like your Festival included in this list, please email me with the name of the festival and short description. Thank you!

Philippines has hundreds of festivals and most towns have their own celebrations in addition to the popular festivals we are familiar with. Lasting anywhere between a day to an entire month, Philippine Festivals are mostly religious and cultural celebrations that attract thousands of local and foreign tourists because of its fun and colorful vibe. 


Here's a list of Festivals in the Philippines in July:

T'nalak Festival
Where: Koronadal, South Cotabato
When: Second week of July
What is it all about?
The T’nalak Festival is an annual festivity that commemorates the Foundation Anniversary of the province of South Cotabato. It is celebrates every second week of July in Koronadal City, the capital of South Cotabato. It features street dancing, beauty pageants, street parties and trade expos.

Kinabayo Festival
Where: Dapitan City
When: July 25
What is it all about?
Kinabayo Festival which is celebrated every July 25 in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte It showcases a mysterious and colorful pageant re-enacting the Spanish-Moorish wars, mainly the Battle of Covadonga where the Spanish forces under General Pelagio took their last stand against Saracan. 

Sandugo Festival
Where: Tagbilaran City, Bohol
When: 3rd/4th Sunday of July
What is it all about?
The Sandugo Festival is an annual celebration in Tagbilaran City, Bohol. It commemorates the Treaty of Friendship between Datu Sikatuna, a chieftain in Bohol, and Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi, which took place in 1565. It's a month-long event that features the tradition, history, and culture of the Boholanos. 

Did we miss something out? Do you know of any major Festivals in the Philippines not included in the list celebrated in July? Please let us know in the comment below. If you are from the local tourism office and you would like your Festival included in this list, please email me with the name of the festival and short description. Thank you!