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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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