weekend of January - Cebu City, Cebu
In January 15, 2006, the Sinulog Festival will culminate with enchanting floats, towering higantes, comical puppeteers and the incredible sounds of the beat of the drums. Festival queens will dazzle you with exotic beauties. Participants will dance in the parades in honor of Sto. Niño. Much like the Ati-atihan,
the Sinulog Festival is marked by frenzied reverly to the chant of "Pit
(Baguio Flower Festival)
This activity showcases the vibrant culture and landscape of the summer capital of the Philippines, Baguio City through displaying their crafts and products. It promises to entice the people to enjoy gardening even in a fully-built-up area.
Holy Week - Boac,Magpoc, Marinduque
One of the most famous of Philippine festivals. Colorfully garbed and
masked as Roman soldiers and centurions, locals reenact the life of
Longinus culminating in his beheading. The entire towns of Boac, Morpog
and Gasan are virtually converted into huge stages as the story as Longinus
May - During the month of May, processions, popularly known as Santa Cruz de Mayo, are held in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Today, the Santacruzan is a corss between a beauty pageant and a religious procession.
May 14 and 15 - Pulilan, Bulacan; San Isidro, Nueva Ecija; Angono, Rizal
The Carabao (kalabaw in Tagalog), is considered a national symbol of the Philippines. The Carabao Festival often features a colorful parade of 20 decorated bamboo sleds and a race among carroza-pulling carabaos on a 400-meter course. It is celebrated in honor of San Isidro, the farmer's patron saint.
- Sariaya, Lucban, Tayabas, Quezon
Homes are decked with kiping (multi-colored paper thin, leaf-shaped
rice kropeck) and harvested vegetables; trade fair; civic parades, procession
and other activities.
OBANDO FERTILITY RITES
May 17 to 19 - Obando, Bulacan
What makes the Obando fiesta unique among Philippine festivals? Childless wives perform the dance in the streets in their desire to share the fulfillment and happiness of motherhood! This is to honor Santa Clara, the patron saint of the childless, among others.
June 24 - Balayan, Batangas
The Parada ng Lechon, "parade of roasted pigs", is celebrated annually on the Feast of St. John the Baptist. Another practice of the villagers of this province, is to drench the paraders to signify the baptism of Jesus. This signifies a religious and spiritual purifying rite to the people of Batangas.
June 29 - Tacloban City, Leyte
Pintados is a derivation of the word "tattoos", that signify courage, rank and strength. The most anticipated aspect of the Pintados Festival is the parade of festive dancers painted from head to toe with designs that use astounding arrays of colors.
October 19 - Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
The biggest annual event that reflects the Bacoleños love for
fun and gaiety. Coinciding with Bacolod City's charter day celebration,
the festival features sports competitions, cultural programs, carnivals,
beauty contest and a long Mardi gras style costumed and masked street
The Philippines is the only Asian country that is predominantly Christian. Majority of its people are Roman Catholic. The Philippine Christmas celebration is said to be the longest and merriest celebration in the world. Misa de gallo, dawn masses celebrated with the first peal of church bells, are traditionally held starting December 16. Stories tell that in the 17th century, a priest combined Catholic rites with the farmers’ native thanksgiving to harvest gods before they start their day. This is followed by a hearty breakfast.
The most popular symbol of Philippine Christmas is the parol (lantern). It represents the star of Bethlehem which symbolically guided the Messiah to the manger. The Paskuhan Village, Asia’s Star Attraction, is a tribute to Filipino craftsmen as expressed by the star-shaped pavilion at the center of the village.
January - Kalibo, Aklan
One of the most popular of the Philippine festivals, the Ati-atihan
is a celebration in honor of the Sto. Niño. Revelers don colorful
costumes and paint their bodies black and dance to the distictive beat
of "Hala bira!" around the town.
Links to other Festival activities across the Philippines:
View list of Fiestas from January to December