Philippines

Festivals & Events

 
 
Philippines is celebrating many festivals all year round. Every region, provinces and Cities has different kinds of festivities, events and schedule. On any given day, there is sure to be a festival in a town or city somewhere in the Philippines. People celebrate every festival with excitement, enthusiasm and high spirits. Filipinos enjoys every moment when celebrating the festival. The event or fiesta is characterized by the community to express the warm welcome of the harvest, express religious fervor, or commemorate a historic event. It is among the ties that blind, showing and strengthening the shared history, values, and experiences of a specific group of people.
 
Major Events and Festivals in the Philippines
 
1. Feast of the Black Nazarene.
People go to Quiapo Church, Manila to honor the miraculous wooden black statue of Jesus Christ carried by male devotees during the procession. The Black Nazarene, a life-sized statue of Christ is carried through town by barefooted men yelling, "Viva Señor, while huge crowd tries to touch the statue.
 
2. ATI-ATIHAN
The Ati-Atihan Festival honors the 13th century land deal between 10 migrating Bornean chieftains and the indigenous Ati King Marikudo. It also honors the town patron, the infant Sto. Niño. The constant, rhythmic pounding of drums get to you, and before you know it you are on the street, shuffling your feet, shaking your head, waving your hands - and joining thousands of soot-blacked, gaily-costumed revelers in an ancient ritual of mindless happiness. A familiar battle cry reaches your ears, and amidst all this bewilderment you remember where you are: Kalibo, Aklan. "Viva, Sto. Niño!" The Ati-Atihan celebration is boomed in many parts of the country.
 
3. SINULOG
Cebu City's fiesta of fiestas. Distinguished by its unusual two-steps-forward-and-one-step-backward shuffle, thus simulating the Holy Child of the shores, the Sinulog is a century-old tradition observed in the part of Visayas region. The prayer-dance is harmonized to the beat of drums and shouts of "Pit Señor! Viva Sto. Niño!” Feel free to dance with the best of them, enjoying all the way to the grand final presentation at the Cebu City Sports Center.
 
4. DINAGYANG
The Iloilo Dinagyang Festival is a showcase of the rich heritage, colorful history, passionate devotion, and fun-loving spirit of the Ilonggo people. The festival traces its roots as a thanksgiving celebration in honor of Senyor Santo Niño, the child Jesus. Today, it has grown to be one of the Philippines’ most spectacular religious and cultural festivals.
 
5. HOT AIR BALLOON
The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is the longest-running sports aviation event in Asia, gathering aviators and spectators from around the world for four days of non-stop flying action .From hot air balloons to aerobatic exhibitions, formation flying to radio-controlled aircraft, paragliding, skydiving, and dozens of on-ground activities, visitors are always guaranteed to have an unforgettable weekend!
 
6. PANAGBENGA
Panagbënga Festival (Blooming Flowers Festival) is a month-long annual flower festival occurring in Baguio. The term is of Malayo-Polynesian origin, meaning “season of blooming”. The festival held during the month of February was created as a tribute to the city’s flowers and as a way to rise up from the devastation of the 1990 Luzon earthquake. Some of the nice to thing to see in the festival includes floats that are covered mostly with flowers; street dancing with dancers clad in flower-inspired costumes that is inspired by the Bendian an Ibaloi dance of celebration that came from the Cordillera region.
 
7. ARAW NG DABAW
Araw ng Davao is a vibrant feast, which means celebrating oneness of our multi-cultural city. Davao celebrates its birthday in a grand gala fashion befitting the largest city in Mindanao. The Araw ng Dabaw festivities come complete with a jam-packed, seven-day schedule of trade fairs and cultural presentations. There is also a colorful civic-military parade and a citywide beauty pageant, featuring the smartest, most charming ladies this side of the islands.
 
8. PAHIYAS
The Pahiyas Festival, originally known as the Feast of San Isidro, showcases houses decorated with colorful "kiping" accented with farm produce such as rice, fruits, plants and vegetables as a way of thanksgiving for the bountiful harvests. Officialy, it is known as the Lucban San Isidro Pahiyas Festival and celebrated only for a day, every May 15 of each year.
 
9. KADAYAWAN SA DABAW
It is a celebration of Good Harvest! This globally famous festival is a weeklong celebration and thanksgiving for nature’s bountiful harvest. Kadayawan Festival is being celebrated every 3rd Week of August. A celebration of the plentiful harvests of fruits and orchids during the season. Kadayawan is derived from the prehistoric word “madayaw,” a warm and friendly greeting also used to explain a thing that is valuable, superior, beautiful, good, or profitable, “Kadayawan” in Mandaya means anything that brings fortune, a celebration of life, a thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, the bounties of harvest and serenity of living. Ethnic tribes around Mt. Apo usually gathered during the harvest-time when they had a bountiful harvest to give thanks to their gods particularly the all-powerful Bathala (supreme God). According to legend, the occasion is noticeable by happiness, singing, and dancing, as well as offerings to their divine protectors.
 
10. PEÑAFRANCIA VIVA LA VIRGEN
The Peñafrancia Festival is an annual Bicol Festival celebrated in Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines. It is a celebration of the Bicolanos’ devotion to Our Lady of Peñafrancia (Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia), attended by thousands of devotees from all over the country and overseas.
 
11. MASSKARA FESTIVAL
The Masskara Festival through the years gives the people of Negros, as well as local and foreign visitors, a chance to drink and be merry for 20 days. Originally designed to show the hardships of the people of Negros, the Masskara Festival has become a tool of escapism and a way to generate revenues for big business. It has indeed come a long way, and it is clear that the path turn away from the progressive goal.