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The fiesta is part and bundle of Filipino culture.
Through good times and bad times, the fiesta must go
on. Each city and barrio has at least one local festival
of its own, usually on the feast of its patron saint, so
that there is always a fiesta going on somewhere in
the country. But the major and most elaborate festival
of all is Christmas, a season celebrated with all the
display and show the fun-loving Filipino can handle.

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Selective Month of
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January February March
January

Feast Of The Black Nazarene
Biniray
Lingayen Gulf Landing
Ati-atihan
Daro Sinulog
Sinulog
Caracol Sa Makati
Vigan Town Fiesta
Apribada
Dinagyang

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Quiapo Church, Manila
January 9
People go to Quiapo Church,
Manila to honor the
miraculous wooden black
statue of Jesus Christ carried
by male devotees during the
procession.

Feast of the
Black
Nazarene
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Romblon
January 9
A festival parade in the sea followed by a celebration in Romblon
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Biniray
Lingayen, Pangasinan
January 9
Held in Lingayen Pangasinan, it commemorates the landing of General MacArthurs Allied Forces
in Luzon in 1945.
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Lingayen Gulf Landing
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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. Nio.
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.
Nio!" The Ati-Atihan celebration is boomed in
many parts of the country.

Ati-atihan
Kalibo, Aklan
Third Week
Daro
Sinulog
Dumaguete Negros
Third Week

A moving pageantry
depicting Holy Childs
conversation of pagan
tribes.
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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
Seor! Viva Sto. Nio!. Feel free to dance with the best of them, enjoying all
the way to the grand final presentation at the Cebu City Sports Center.
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Cebu City
third sunday of January
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Makati City,
Manila
Last Sunday in
January
Groups dress as
endangered flora
and fauna to express
the need to preserve
and conserve our
natural heritage.
Caracol is a Spanish
term for snail.
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Caracol sa Makati
Fourth Week
The highlight of the week long celebration is the procession in honor of
Vigans patron saint, St. Paul the Apostle.

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Donsol, Sorsogon
A celebration
welcoming the whale
shark (butanding)
season and the
blessing it will bring.

Apribada
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Iloilo City
Fourth Weekend
Merry mayhem breaks loose in
Iloilo City during this weekend, when Ilonggos
leave everything behind to join in the fiesta of
the year. All shyness are dropped: boring
everyday clothes are exchanged for "Ati"
warrior costumes and black body paint.
Shields and "weapons" are held amidst the
pounding rhythm of drums, the costumed
Ilonggos put their best feet forward in
celebration of Dinagyang!

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February
Hot Air Ballon
Feast Of Our Lady Of Candles
Festival Of Hearts
Laoag City And Province (Pamulinawen)
San Fernando, La Union
Tinagba
International Bamboo Organ
Tawo Tawo
Dia De Zamboanga
Panagbenga
Santiago City Arts Month
Sambalilo
Suman Festival
Kalilangan
Itik-itik
Sibug-sibug Festival
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Clark Special Economic Zone
Early February
An annual tournament of balloonist from various countries. Features aerosport
shows, kite flying, games, live bands and exhibitions.
Hot air balloon
Jaro, Ilo-ilo
The largest and the most wealthy religious pageantry in Western Visayas.
Feast of our Lady of Candles
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Festival Of Hearts

Tanjay City
month long
Major festival of romance to highlight Valentines Day.
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Laoag City and
Province(Pamulinawen)


Laoag City
February 7 to 10
Features a colorful floral
parade and celebrates the
Feast of William, the toems
patron saint.

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La Union
Februray 7 to 10
Musical extravaganzas, trade fairs and pageants featuring show business and
celebrity personalities.
San Fernando, La Union
Bicol
February 11
A harvest festival in which coincides
with the feast day of Our Lady of
Lourdes. Main feature is a parade of
colorful and grandiosely decorated bull
carabao carts
Tinagba
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Las Pias
A 10 day cultural event which
features international classical
performers and utilizes the
ancient bamboo organ of St.
Josephs Parish Church, Las
Pias.

International
Bamboo Organ
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Tawo-tawo

Bayawan City
February 17
Giant, paper mache scarecrows highlight their roles as guardians of Bayawan City crops.
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Dia De
Zamboanga

February26
A celebration of cultural and religious
harmony between Christians and
Muslims in this most cosmopolitan of
Philippine cities. Marks the date when
Zamboanga became a city.
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Baguio City
Fourth Week

It's flower season in the city of Pines -
perfect timing for an all-out fiesta in
the streets. The Baguio folk take a
break on these days to revel in the
cool climate and the unique culture
of the city. Multi-hued costumes are
worn, mimicking the various blooms
of the highland region (or any of its 11
ethnic tribes). These are flowerbeds -
masked, of course, as the
Panagbenga parade floats.
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Santiago City
February 1 28
Folk traditions in music, dance and play and a painting
contest featuring home grown talents.
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Santiago City Arts Month
Sambalilo

Paranaque City and Metro
Manila
February 1 28

Paraaque and Metro
Manila celebrates cityhood
with dance contests.


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Sambalilo
Suman Festival

Town of Baler in Aurora Province
Third Week
The festival highlights the varied rice cake delicacies.
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General Santos City
Fourth Week
A celebration of the harmonious co-existence of
numerous cultural and religious communities.
Pasig City
last Sunday
Celebrates the native duck (itik).
Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay
February 17 to 26
Sibug Sibug Festival is celebrated during their foundation day on the province of Sibugay
on February 26, with colorful Ethnic Street dancing with rituals illustrating good harvest,
wedding and healing rituals. During the festival, it endorses its number one product which is
the oyster or talaba in tagalong which has been known to be the biggest, juiciest, and meatiest
oysters in the country.
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March

Kaamulan
Arya Abra
Sandugo
Araw Ng Dabaw
Pintados De Pasi
Homonhon Landing
Mt. Manunggal
Sinigayan
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Kaaluman
Malaybalay, Bukidnon
March 3 - 7
Expect the Bukidnon to go tribal from
the first to the second week of March,
when the streets of Malaybalay take on
that familiar fiesta theme. Banners,
banderitas, and beer will be standard, as
well as the sweet, haunting sound of
native music. An early morning pamuhat
ritual kicks off the festivities, to be
followed by an ethnic food fest, trade
fairs, and a lot of native dancing.
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Arya Abra
Abra Province
March 7-10
Celebrates the founding of Abra Province with a variety of events, including raft and
horse races.
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Sandugo
Tagbilaran, Bohol
Month-long (movable)
Highlighted every 16 March by re-
enactment of the Blood Compact
between Spain's Miguel Lopez de
Legazpi and Datu Sik|tuna,
which helped forge friendly
relations between the two
countries.
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Araw ng Dabaw
March 10-16
The celebration of Davao's Foundation Day as
a chartered city.
Pintados De Pasi
March 14-16
Depicts the history of the Passi City and how it got its
name.
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Homonhon Landing
Southeastern Samar
March 16
A pageant by the seashore re-enacting the discovery of the
Philippines by Ferdinand Magellan.
Mt. Manunggal
Central Cebu
March 16-17
A Mountain trek, which Darks the anniversary of the tragic
death of President Ramon Magsaysay, whose plane crashed on
the mountain.
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Sinigayan
Sagas, Negros Occidental
March 19
Named after the native seashell (sigay).
Shell craft art is featured during the
festival.
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Limasawa Island, Southern Leyte
March 31
Features a street pageant by the different municipalities.
Sinigayan
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Agoo Semana Santa
Agoo, La Union

Features a parade of carriages and
a Penitential Procession of
women, dressed in black.

Salubong
Angono, Rizal

Celebrates the reunion of the
Risen Christ with the Virgin
Mary.

Lenten Festival Of Herbal
Preparation
Easter Saturday

Secret rites of herbalists from the
Visayas and Mindanao, who gather in
San Antonio, Siquijor, for the ceremony
know as Tang Alap, the combining of
medicinal herbs.
Semana Santa
Iguig, Cagayan
HoIy Week

Pilgrims flock to the 11 hectare
Calvary Hills to meditate on the
passion and death of Jesus christ.
Moriones
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Moriones
Marinduque
Easter Sunday
The island of Marinduque prides itself in being
the "Lenten Capital of the Philippines", and it is
easy to understand why. Come the seven days of
Holy Week, the people of the island take part in
the age-old ritual of the "Moriones". Colorful
warrior costumes are worn topped with finely
carved masks portraying the violent Roman
soldiers of Christ's time. All these are done to show
the story of the conversion of Longuinus, the
centurion who stabbed Jesus' side - and his
subsequent beheading.
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