Looking for how to experience the Philippines as a local? Experience how Filipinos throw a real celebration with vibrant colors, extravagant costumes, and many entertaining festivities!
|NAME OF EVENT
|Feast of the Black Nazarene
|January 9Quiapo, Manila
|Celebrated at the heart of Manila- Quiapo, devotees come from all over the metropolis to participate in this annual event honoring the hundred-year-old statue of the Black Nazarene.
|January 15 or second SundayCebu City
|An annual festival held in Cebu, which commences nine days before the third Sunday of January.
|Ati – Atihan Festival
|3rd SundayKalibo, Aklan
|A celebration in honor of the Infant Jesus, the town’s patron. Ati-Atihan, observed in honor of the Child Jesus. Ati-atihan means ‘making like Atis,’ that is, pretending to be like the aboriginal natives that once inhabited Aklan. This involves smearing oneself with soot to darken the skin and dressing up in tribal finery. The start of the procession is signaled by drums and whistles, and later punctuated by shouts of “Hala Bira!”
|The Dinagyang Festival
|Dinagyang is a Hiligaynon word extrapolated from dagyang meaning “merrymaking” It celebrates the feast of the Infant Jesus and the pact between the Datus and the locals.
|Third SundayStrait between Iloilo City and Guimaras Island
|This festivity features racing events between local outriggers in the strait between Iloilo City and Guimaras Island.
|Taytay Hamaka Festival
|February 10 to 16Taytay, Rizal
|This is a seven-day event showcasing the artistry, craftsmanship and various talents of the people of Taytay.
|The Tinagba Festival
|February 11Iriga City, Camarines Sur
|This is a harvest-offering affair for Our Lady of Lourdes. Farmers parade in carabao-drawn carts filled with the best of local produce while Agtas come down from the mountain to dance.
|International Bamboo Organ Festival
|This is a ten-day series of cultural events with a focus on the unique bamboo-made organ, made by Fray Diego de la Cera, and found only in Las Piñas.
|Panagbenga(Baguio Flower Festival)
|Month-long celebration of flowers in the country’s summer capital. Similar to the Rose Bowl Parade of the U.S., this festival is highlighted by a parade of floats made entirely of fresh blossoms from local horticulturists. The highlight is in the 4th week of February.
|February 14Tabuk, Kalinga
|The festival celebrates the Kalinga culture through its sports, crafts, and indigenous food.
|February 19Bago City, Negros Occidental
|This highlights the culture of the first settlers of Bago City before the Spanish colonizers arrived. As defined by Negros historians, the babaylan is a doctor, herbalist, artist, adviser, herbalist, seer, diviner and agriculturist.
|February 20 to 27General Santos City, South Cotabato
|This features cultural shows, a civic/military, agro-industrial fair, sports competition, and a beauty pageant.
|2nd week of February up to March 10Malaybalay, Bukidnon
|A three-day gathering of Bukidnon’s various ethnolinguistic groups in Pines View Park. It includes a performance of traditional rituals.
|March 10-12Puerto Galera
|Malasimbo Festival has four pillars: music, arts, indigenous people, and environment. The festival is well known for bringing some of the most versatile musicians. In the event, the Malasimbo grounds is decorated with world-class artwork by various talented Filipino and visual artists, also showcasing indigenous peoples’ work.
|UNESCO-ITI World Theater Week
|March 21 – 27
|World Theatre Week is an occasion for theatre artists of varied disciplines in performance and media arts to celebrate the power of Theatre to bring people together and an opportunity to share with audiences the wealth of each country’s heritage, history, habitat, theatrical traditions and expertise modeling cultural caregiving for marginalized sectors and disadvantaged youth exemplified in the Philippine program of the Earthsavers Dreams Ensemble honored as UNESCO Artists for Peace;
|Island Garden City of Samal Festival
|A week-long celebration of Samal’s founding anniversary held every first week of March.
|Anibina Bulawanun Festival
|March 8Compostela Valley Province
|An eight-day multi-themed annual festival that culminates on the province’s foundation day, March 8. It is a colorful and joyful celebration of the province’s rich agricultural harvests, abundant mineral resources, governance’s feats, trade and tourism fair, and a showcasing of the people’s culture and traditions. The Al-law Ng Kalomonan (Tribal Day) falls on the 7th day of Anibina.
|A week-long event honoring Jesus Christ’s death on the Cross; The Palm Sunday is held on the fifth Sunday of Lent where churchgoers bring palm and leaves to re-enact the arrival of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem; Holy Thursday is held with a Visitaa Iglesia where Catholics visit at least 7 churches. A “Pasyon” or narration of Christ’s life through singing is held; On Good Friday, believers re-enact the sufferings and death of Christ on the Cross. Easter Sunday is highlighted by “Salubong” or dawn processions held in various parts of the country.
|A week-long celebration participated in by male penitents in costumes who parade around town. On Good Friday, they reenact the story of Longinus, a centurion, blind in one eye, who speared Jesus’ side. Christ’s blood fell on his blind eye, miraculously restoring it, leading to his conversion.
|Holy WeekGeneral Luna, Quezon
|This is believed to be the origin of Marinduque’s Moriones Festival and is as colorful.
|Good FridayJordan, Guimaras
|This is a procession of flagellants and devotees in biblical attire that ends in the Balaan Bukid Shrine.
|Good FridayNueva Valencia
|This is a ritual where believers crawl through the Catilaran cave chanting prayers in the hope of gaining supernatural powers to ward off evil spirits.
|Siquijor is popularly known throughout the country for “witchcraft”. A “Witches Festival” is held at Crocodile Hill overlooking the Bay of Lazi and the Mindanao Sea. When the moon is full, the sorcerers, called magbabarang gather herbs, roots and live insects, throw these into a giant cauldron filled with boiling water, then sit in a circle around it while mumbling incantations. This is followed by dancing and ends in an exclusive ritual in a secluded cave at dawn.
|A seven-day feast in honor of our lady of sorrows highlighted by a procession and a dance (to the beat of a turumba song).
|April 14 to 16Basilan
|Began in 1983 by former mayor Wilfrido Furigay, the festival showcases the rich Yakan traditions. This is highlighted by a parade and a horse race.
|Kadaugan sa Mactan
|This is mainly the re-enactment of the Battle of Mactan along the islands’ beach.
|Flores de Mayo
|Whole MonthCatholic-wide event
|Literally translated, it means “Flowers of May” and highlights a procession honoring Virgin Mary. Coinciding with it is the Santacruzan, re-enacting the search of Queen Elena for the cross upon which Jesus Christ was crucified. The town or city’s loveliest ladies grace the occasion.
|May 1La Carlota, Negros Occidental
|A labor and thanksgiving festival marked by street dancing and a parade of farm products.
|May 1Albay Province
|A showcase of Albay’s culture and arts marked by exhibits, parades, shows, and sports.
|Pista y Dayat Festival
|A seaside festival and a thanksgiving day by local fishermen for a bountiful year.
|May 2Nabua, Camarines Sur
|A re-enactment of the 13th-century rite of offering chains of coconut embryos called boa to deities. They believe that doing so would mean a prosperous year.
|Carabao-Carozza Race Festival
|May 3Pavia, Iloilo
|An event where carabaos (water buffaloes) pull decorated bamboo carts in a 400-meter course race.
|May 1-3Balabag, Digos, Davao del Sur
|A ritual performed by the Bagobos involving the making of medicinal oil (lana) after their pilgrimage to Mount Apo.
|This commemorates the coming of the early migrants from Borneo and Celebes. It is said that they came to Agusan in balanghai or wooden boats.
|A month-long celebration honoring the Holy Cross.
|Barangay Boat Festival
|May 11Aparri, Cagayan
|A fluvial festival held annually in honor of Saint Peter Thelmo, the town’s patron saint.
|May 15Pulilan, Bulacan
|An event honoring. San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers. Carabaos are paraded and blessed by the town priest.
|Lucban and Sariaya, Quezon
|A thanksgiving festival to San Isidro Labrador for the past year’s bountiful harvest. The event is popular for the elaborate edible decorations that cover entire houses like fruits and vegetables, most prominent of which are the brightly colored rice wafers known as; The image of the patron saint is also paraded around town assuring the farmers of a bountiful harvest in the years to come.
|May 17 to 19Obando, Bulacan
|This festival involves the different dance rituals held for three consecutive days honoring three patron saints: May 17 for St. Paschal (for couples who want a male child), May 18 for St. Claire (for couples who want a female child) and May 19 for the Our Lady of Salambaw (patroness of fishermen).
|May 19 to 25Calbiga, Samar
|Every May, the quaint little town of Calbiga abounds with giant pahoy-pahoy (scarecrows) made of indigenous materials dancing about its streets. Musical instruments made up of bamboos, cans and stones create the sounds that scare the local maya birds.
|2nd weekAgusan del Sur
|This is a province-wide festivity which coincides with Agusan del Sur’s Foundation Anniversary in June 17. Incepted in 1993 during the incumbency of the late Gov. Democrito O. Plaza, the festival is a recognition of the Manobo people’s loyalty to their tribal leader, Datu Lipus Makapandong.Literally meaning “the chosen one” the weeklong celebration showcases the indigenous people’s culture through music and dance, native products, ethnic games, and a host of sporting tournaments and special events.The festival depicts the Agusanon culture and heritage. Natives from far-flung places of the province usually come down and display skills through tribal dances and rituals. A trade fair displaying the province’s cottage industries also takes place in Naliyagan Cultural Center Grounds at the Gov. D. O. Plaza Government Center, Prosperidad.
|June 11 -12Tacloban, Leyte, Masbate
|A two-day affair, which serves as a thanksgiving feast in honor of the Lord.
|Araw ng Cotabato
|June 12 – 20Cotabato
|The city of Cotabato in Mindanao celebrates its founding with special events as the layang-layang or giant kite festival, fluvial parades, banca race and sports competition.
|Parada ng mga Lechon (Parade of Roast Pigs)
|June 24Balayan, Batangas
|Crisp, golden-brown roast pigs are paraded through the streets. As soon as the best decorated roasted pig is announced, the eating commences.
|June 24Camiguin Island
|The event is held in honor of St. John the Baptist and is marked with fluvial processions, parades and water sports.
|Daet Pineapple Festival
|3rd WeekDaet, Camarines Norte
|A festival showcasing the famous and sweetest of all pineapples- the Formosa variety- abundantly growing in Daet. The week-long celebration features sports events, talent and skills competition, an investment forum, cultural shows and concerts, a food fair, an agro-industrial and trade fair, search for Bicolandia Queen, and street dancing contests.
|Last WeekTacloban, Leyte
|The festival consists of three major activities: (1) Subiran Regatta – a sailboat race held at the eastern entrance of San Juanico Strait, (2) Balyuan – a pageant reenacting the historic exchange of images between Basey, Samar and Tacloban City, and (3) Pintados Festival where participants paint their bodies and dance to the rhythm of bamboo sticks.
|Piat Sambali Festival
|Last WeekPiat, Cagayan
|In Piat, Cagayan, the colorful celebration is highlighted by street dancing, cultural shows and a beauty pageant. This festival commemorates the Christianization of the Ytawes region of Cagayan.
|Sagayan Festival Tubod
|1st weekLanao del Norte
|A festival with a Maranao war dance as a main event. The dance is performed during the Araw ng Lanao del Norte and is participated by all the municipalities in the province. The war dance is complemented by a fan dance performed by Maranao maidens wearing colorful dresses.
|July 4 – 7Bocaue, Bulacan
|In Bocaue, Bulacan, a feast is held in honor of the Holy Cross of Wawa found in the Bocaue River. The main attraction of the affair is the fluvial parade of the pagoda or decorated barge and colorful small boats.
|Sublian sa Batangas
|July 23Batangas City
|This coincides with the Foundation Day of Batangas City. It revives the tradition of dancing the subli, which is indigenous to the province.
|Sinulog and Kinabayo Festival
|July 24 – 25Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte
|The event honors Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte’s patron saint St. James.
|Sinulog de Tanjay Festival
|Last weekTanjay, Negros Oriental
|The celebration of the residents of Tanjay, Negros Oriental of this 10-day fiesta features the origin of the old sinulog culture. A parade is held showcasing the clothes locals wear, while the horsefighting presentation re-enacts the battle between the Spaniards and the Muslims.
|Kahimoan Abayan Festival
|Last weekButuan City, Agusan del Norte
|In Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, the feast is held in honor of Santa Ana (St. Anne), known to protect the residents along the Agusan River from man-eating crocodiles. The celebration includes the holding of a prayer on boats for safe passage and prosperity.
|Celebrated in Bohol, this festival commemorates the blood compact between Spaniard Legaspi and Filipino Sikatuna. It includes an agro-industrial exhibit, a trade fair, a beauty contest, street dancing and a re-enactment of the blood compact.
|August 1 – 7Samal Island, Davao
|A thanksgiving festival for a bountiful harvest highlighting the culture of the Sama, the indigenous people of Samal, as shown in the indigenous sports, and other culture-based competitions.
|Pangasinan Bamboo Festival
|August 14Calasiao and Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan
|Pangasinan Bamboo Festival August 12 This is a festival showcasing bamboo products and includes bamboo planting and film exhibitions. Venue: Calasiao and Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan
|August 6-11Mercedes, Camarines Norte
|A thanksgiving festival by local fisherfolk for blessings received during seafaring, and fish-farming.
|August 5Basco, Batanes
|Locals celebrate the bountiful harvest of the fruit Marang.
|August 4-5Basco, Batanes
|This is highlighted by a cultural presentation showing the life and times of the Ivatans.
|August 14Tanuan, Leyte
|“Pasaka,” the native word for Assumption, is a street spectacle in honor of Our Lady of Assumption.
|August 15Calubian, Leyte
|A dance festival extolling the many uses of the coconut in homage to Our Lady of Fatima and St. Roque.
|August 17 – 18Kidapawan, Cotabato
|A gathering of Mindanao ethnolinguistic groups like the Bagobos and Manobos. This is highlighted by a horse fight and a Manobo wedding.
|Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival
|3rd weekDavao City
|Dabaweños celebrate the annual Kadayawan – a colorful occassion that lasts for five days – as a thanksgiving festival and a tribute to its indigenous peoples. Kadayawan is a native expression in Dabawnon tongue, which means “anything excellent that brings great fortune” from “dayaw” (good), describing a thing that is valuable and superior.
|August 19Lucban, Quezon
|On August 19, in the town of Lucban, Quezon, townsfolk trot out their beloved gigantes or giants. Measuring about 14 feet tall, the giants come in pairs, the mag-asawa or couple, a giant man dressed in the peasant’s camisa chino or undershirt, and his wife clad in the native patadyong and kimona, a loose skirt topped with a flimsy blouse. Made from papier mache, the giants are borne on shoulders by those who have made a panata (oath) made in return for a favor received. This festivity is shared by Lucban with the town of Angono, Rizal, which holds it in November.
|August 19Abuyog, Leyte
|Buyogan focuses on the bee locally known as “buyog” from which the town’s name originated.
|August 20Lavezares, Northern Samar
|An annual boat racing contest celebrating the feast of Nuestra Señora de Salvacion, the town’s Patroness.
|August 26-28Cagayan de Oro City
|This festival is highlighted by streetdancing participated in by contingents from schools and civic organizations.
|Last Sunday of August to 1st week of SeptemberTanjay, Negros Oriental
|The festival features evening novenas participated in by more than 40 clans, which culminate in a nocturnal fluvial procession at the Tanjay River.
|September 1-29Irosin, Sorsogon
|This features a cultural show, trade fair, and a street dance depicting the archangels’ victory over the “Black” Angels.
|Bicol Food Festival
|September 1-30Naga City
|A festival of Bicol cuisine: pinangat and laing, bicol Express, inolokan or tilmak, pecadillo and cocido.
|September 1-8Calbayog City
|The festival features street dancers dressed as cocks swaying to the beat of ancient Samareño instruments.
|T’boli Tribal Festival
|3rd weekSouth Cotabato
|A gathering of the major ethnolinguistic groups in the province together with representatives from Davao.
|Peñafrancia Fiesta Festival
|3rd SundayNaga City, Camarines Sur
|A religious festival honoring Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia, the patroness of the Bicol Region River.
|September 25Tangub City
|This showcases local rituals, dances, and way of life.
|Linapit Food Sharing Festival
|September 30Gueday, Besno
|A festival with a delightful pre-planting feast at its core where natives share their food with everyone.
|September 28-29Nassiping, Gattaran, Cagayan
|This commemorates centuries-old religious and cultural tradition based on the life of St. Michael.
|September 29Basey, Samar
|This celebrates the banig and the kawayan crafts industry flourishing in Basey.
|1st weekRoxas City
|This festival highlights the performance of the history and culture of Capiz during pre-Hispanic times.
|Universal Children’s Festival
|1st weekDapitan City
|The festival involves children of locals, dressed in costumes of UN member countries, parading around the city.
|A grand Bacole celebration marked by carnivals, fairs and masked street dancers.
|2nd weekLegaspi City
|This festival is based on Ibalong, a Bicol epic showcasing legendary superheroes Handiong and Baltog.
|Zamboanga Hermosa Festival
|October 10-12Zamboanga City
|The festival features a regatta, colorful vintas, banconan flower show, and fireworks honoring the Nuestra Señora del Pilar Zaragosa.
|The festival is itself the foundation anniversary of Sorsogon. The festival’s name means “prosperity and happiness.”
|Feast of La Naval Manila
|October 11Quezon City
|The image of the Virgin is paraded around town in a colorfully-decorated carriage, which resembles a ship. The image is believed to be miraculous and ensures safe voyage to anyone who prays to it.
|October 15Oroquieta, Misamis Occidental
|This is held in honor of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary
|Calbayog Grand Karakol
|October 16Calbayog City
|A religious celebration of thanksgiving and joyous pageantry of dancing devotees of San Rafael.
|October 16-17Tubod, Lanao del Norte
|The feast is in honor of San Isidro Labrador with street dancers dressed up in various banana-like costumes.
|3rd weekTigbao, Zamboanga del Sur
|A colorful harvest festival participated in by the Subanean indigenous group.
|4th weekMambajao, Camiguin Island
|The festival is held to celebrate the abundance of lanzones fruit in the island with a streetdancing competition involving the youth all dressed up in lanzones leaves or fruits. The lanzones is one of the island’s most important crops.
|October 24Virac, Catanduanes
|This festival commemorates the province’s independence from Albay.
|November 3-5San Carlos City
|This festival is marked by a streetdancing involving the pintados or dancers with tattoos or flowers on their body.
|November 13Cebu City
|This restages the Filipino tradition of visiting relatives to lovingly remember departed loved ones.
|November 15Calapan, Oriental Mindoro
|This festival reenacts the first contact between the natives of Mindoro and traders from China.
|Feast of San Clemente/ Gigantes
|November 22-23Angono, Rizal
|This celebration is marked by giant Papier-mâché effigies, natives in wooden shoes and costumes joining the procession of the statue of San Clemente around town.
|3rd weekMaragusan, Davao Province
|This involves performances by indigenous groups of the area, and harvest-related thanksgiving rituals.
|3rd weekCapitol Complex, Pagadian, Zamboanga del Sur
|This celebrates the versatility of the Bamboo plant and its importance in the area.
|Santa Ipon Festival
|November 25 – December 25Santa, Ilocos Sur
|A thanksgiving celebration highlighted by the catching of the ipon, a small but mysterious fish.
|Day-ang Di Onga Festival
|November 30Baguio City
|This is one of the region’s major events featuring young Cordillerans in a day-long event to “celebrate life.”
|Last weekOlongapo, Zambales
|This festival re-enacts the war between the Aetas and the Christians through dance.
|Paskuhan sa Barangay
|Parian, Cebu City
|This is highlighted by nightly cultural presentations from the different universities in Cebu City.
|San Fernando Giant Lantern Festival
|Philippine Christmas Village, San Fernando, Pampanga
|This is a month-long lantern showcase where lanterns measuring 14 to 18 feet in diameter delight spectators with their kaleidoscope patterns
|This month-long festival features “Kiti-Kiti,” “Pastoras,” Bikol Song Festival, and other cultural events.
|Subayan Keg Subanon
|December 1- 8Ozamiz City
|This involves a trade fair, a street theater performance, and songs and dances depicting the rich Subanon cultural heritage.
|Pasko sa Tanjay Festival
|December 1 to 9Tanjay, Negros Oriental
|A month-long Christmas festivity featuring cultural presentations and contests.
|Fiesta de Agoo
|December 5-8Agoo Civic Center, Agoo Basilica
|This features a Lantern festival, the coronation of Miss Agoo, the awarding of Bannuar ti and Dakilang Datu Awards.
|December 5-8Roxas City
|This features a fireworks display, a grand parade, a food festival, and the Capiz dance festival.
|Hanging of the Green
|2nd weekZamboanga City
|Children join in the “hanging of the green” signifying the start of the Christmas season.
|Feast of the Immaculate Concepcion
|December 8Puerto Princesa City
|A grand celebration in honor of the city’s patroness and is highlighted by a parade of several images of Virgin Mary.
|The Tagbanuas’ feast of thanksgiving for a bountiful rice harvest along with food offerings to deities and departed kin. The rite involves men and partaking of rice wine with the spirits. After the harvest, the Tagbanuas gather in the house of the babaylan or the priestess whom the spirits speak to.
|Dad-Iw Day-eng Chants
|December 8Bakod, Benguet
|This features the Ibaloi, Kankana-ey tribal songs and dance presentations.
|Karisyohan Han Pasko Ha Palo
|December 10 to January 6Palo, Leyte
|This features a Misa de gallo, a cultura show and a Christmas eve choral concert at Palo Cathedral.
|Philippine International Lantern Parade
|December 14Asia World Complex Roxas Blvd., and Quirino Grandstand
|A grand colorful parade featuring lanterns from different countries along with local bands, indigenous groups, vintage cars, and calesas.
|Christmas Among the Tribes
|December 16Cabarroquis, Quirino
|This involves house visitations for Christmas gifts undertaken by the indigenous groups in Quirino.
|3rd weekNabunturan, Davao Province
|A week-long festival highlighted by Mansaka dances, neo-ethnic shows, street dancing and a grand parade.
|December 15-19Cotabato City
|A celebration to commemorate the arrival of Shariff Kabunsuan and Islam to Mindanao.
|December 18Legaspi City
|This involves boys and girls in costumes playing the roles of shepherds who rejoice at the birth of Jesus.
|December 24Kawit, Cavite
|A town-wide re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for a room on the eve of Christ’s birth.
|December 29Plaridel, Bulacan
|This is procession of dancing women, horses and calesas to fetch the Santiago Maria Moros from Barangay Sipet.
This list of festivals shared by the Tourism Promotions Board will be updated continuously as many of the dates and details can change every year.
Connect with our travel experts to plan your upcoming festival attendance!