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Sinulog Festival

Every third Sunday of January, Cebu City celebrates Santo Nio with Sinulog Festival.
During the highlight of the festival, the streets are filled with energetic street dancers
performing the traditional Sinulog dance wearing an intricate and colorful costumes.

Kadayawan Festival

Kadayawan Street Dancers


Kadayawan takes place in Davao and is a celebrated during the month of August with
various events including ethnic dance demonstrations and competitions as well as a
trade fair and exhibit. Its a harvest celebration and is one of the most cheerful festivals
in the Philippines.
Ati-Atihan Festival

Another January festival, Ati-Atihan is the annual tribute to the baby Jesus in Kalibo,
Aklan. A celebratory display of costumes, weapons, music, and dance is meant
to celebrate the Santo Nio. The festival has inspired many other Philippine Festivals
including the Sinulog Festival of Cebu and Dinagyang of Iloilo, both adaptations of the
Kalibo Ati-Atihan Festival.

Dinagyang Festival

Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo City

On the fourth Sunday every January in Iloilo City, Dinagyang Festival is another
celebration of Jesus that includes a huge feast and a mascot called Dagoy who
represents the traditional Aetapeople of the islands. The Dinagyang is divided into three
Major events: Ati-Ati Street Dancing, Kasadyahan Street Dancing and Miss Dinagyang.
Panagbenga Festival

Also known as the Flower Festival, this beautiful and celebratory event embodies many
of the best things about the Philippines. Celebrating people dressed in beautiful,
colorful, elaborate flower themed costumes. Baguio City turns into one big party during
February each year for Panagbenga Festival.

Higantes Festival

Higantes Festival (by IvanLakwatsero.com)

In Angono in Rizal, the Higantes Festival is another incredible example of the devotion
and dedication that Filipinos put into their festivals. The Higantes, or giants, are huge
paper mache people that can be as tall as 12 feet high and about five feet in diameter.
Its held on November 23rd and celebrates the patron saint of fishermen, San
Clemente.

Ati-Atihan Festival
3rd weekend of January | Kalibo, Aklan
This Sto. Nio festival started it all. One of the oldest religious celebrations in
the country, Ati-Atihan is characterized by a parade filled with face-painted
celebrants, indigenous costumes and weapons, tribal dances, and loud
drumbeats.

Sinulog Festival

Sinulog Festival, Pit Seor! is a phrase you will hear a lot. It means
Panangpit sa Seor, a Cebuano phrase that means to plead to the Seor
Santo Nio.
It is one of the most attended festivals in the Philippines, attracting millions of
locals and tourists from all over the world. In 2013, it was reported that the
number of participants reached a whopping four million.
Dinagyang Festival

Once a year, Iloilo City transforms into one big street party streets closed,
bands in all corners, overflowing food and drinks, and towering boom boxes.
To cap it all off, tribes representing different barangays and high schools
perform in one very competitive street dancing contest.

Aliwan Fiesta

Aliwan Fiesta is more of a competition than it is a festival. However, it has


undeniably added great value to the growing interest in Philippine festivals.
Although it just started in the early 2000s, it has already gained a strong fan-
base nationwide with more than 5,000 young men and women from all over
the country joining the competition.
Panagbenga Festival
The word Panagbenga comes from the Kankanaey term that means season of
blooming. With the numerous parades of floral floats and children dressed as flora
and fauna, it definitely lives up to its name, making Baguio the perfect destination
for those who still have a hangover from the huge festivals in January.
Moriones Festival
Holy Week | Boac, Gasan, and Mogpog, Marinduque
This week-long celebration of the life of St. Longinus is what makes
Marinduque one of the top destinations during Holy Week in the Philippines.
Morion is the helmet worn by the centurions while Moriones refers to the
costumed penitents reenacting the search for St. Longinus, hunted by his
fellow centurions for converting to Christianity.