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Dinagyang Festival

January 23-26 / (Manila) 4th WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES
Christians from all over the world come together to celebrate the family and its ever-changing role and significance in modern society.

January 24-26 / Cebu Trade Hall, SM City Cebu, Cebu City (1 hour 15 minutes from Manila by air) VISAYAS TRAVEL AND TOUR FAIR
A festive capsulized presentation of the different tourism attractions, destinations and facilities, tour activities in the region showcasing its unique historical and cultural assets.

January 25-26 / Iloilo City (1 hour 5 minutes from Manila by air) DINAGYANG FESTIVAL
A spectacular street merrymaking in honor of the Holy Child Jesus.

January 25-February 02 / Chinese Garden, Rizal Park, Manila CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL/ FIESTA TSINOY
A grand celebration to welcome the new Chinese Lunar Year that will feature a Chinese Lauriat with complete show of Chinese performers to be capped by fireworks/pyrotechnic display.


February 02-11 / Laoag City, Ilocos Norte (9 hours from Manila by land) PAMULINAWEN
A feast honoring Saint William the Hermit, the festival aims to pay tribute to the city's hardworking residents, offering them a weeklong schedule of pure fun and play.

February 11 / Iriga City, Camarines Sur (40 minutes from Manila to Naga City by air; 1 hour from Naga City to Iriga City by land) TINAGBA FESTIVAL
A lively, folksy procession wherein carabao carts are brought out and decorated with all kinds of fruits and vegetables. An Iriganon way of giving thanks for a bountiful season.

February 23-March 03 / Baguio City (50 minutes from Manila by air) PANAGBENGA - BAGUIO FLOWER FESTIVAL
Biggest Baguio festival of Cordillera flowers on parade, with garden shows, exhibits, lectures and competitions.

February / Las Piņas City, Metro Manila (45 minutes from Manila ) INTERNATIONAL BAMBOO FESTIVAL
Highlights include exhibits at St. Joseph's Parish, an international bamboo musical competition and trade fair on bamboo crafts.

Panagbenga Flower Festival



Moriones Festival

March / Iloilo City (1 hour 5 minutes from Manila by air) ILOILO-GUIMARAS PARAW REGATTA
An exciting race among outriggers in the strait between Guimaras and Iloilo City.

March 06-10 / Pagsanjan, Laguna (2 hours from Manila by land) BANGKERO FESTIVAL
Boat parade in Pagsanjan River.

2nd week of March / Davao City (1 hour 45 minutes from Manila by air) SUGBAHAN 2003
A culinary festival that features Davao's grilled specialties such as tuna.

March 18-19 / Baco, Mindoro Oriental (2 hours 30 minutes from Manila to Batangas City by land; 2 hours from Batangas City to Calapan/Baco by ferryland) BANANA FESTIVAL
A celebration of abundance of banana, other activities include banana cook fest, banana inspired street dancing competition and beauty pageant.


April 09 / Mt. Samat, Bataan (2 hours from Manila by land) ARAW NG KAGITINGAN
Commemoration of the Fall of Bataan, the last province to surrender to the Japanese in World War II.

April 13-20 (Holy Week) / Marinduque (45 minutes from Manila by air) MORIONES FESTIVAL
A week-long festival featuring finely-carved masks worn by colorful warriors depicting the fierce Roman soldiers of Christ's time.

April 21-27 / Calapan, Mindoro Oriental (2 hours 30 minutes from Manila to Batangas City by land; 1 hour from Batangas City to Calapan by ferry) SANDUGUAN FESTIVAL
A weeklong festivity which features agro-trade fair, historical parade, re-enactment of the barter trading and a street dancing competition.

Araw ng Kagitingan


Flores de Mayo

May 11-15 / Lucban, Quezon ( 3 hours from Manila by land) PAHIYAS
An annual celebration to usher in a bountiful harvest; where homes are decorated with the town's best agricultural products.

May 14 / Pulilan, Bulacan (1 hour 30 minutes from Manila by land) PULILAN CARABAO FESTIVAL
A thanksgiving fiesta that features oiled, perfumed carabaos paying homage to Pulilan's patron saint by kneeling in front of his statue.

May 17-19 / Obando, Bulacan (1 hour 30 minutes from Manila by land) OBANDO FERTILITY RITES
Childless couples, praying that they bear children, do the "fertility dance" on the streets of Obando. The fiesta is observed in honor of Sta. Clara, San Pascual and Virgen de Salambao.

A parade of the town's loveliest ladies depicting the search and discovery of Christ's Cross by Queen Helena and Constantine.


June 12 / Nationwide (highlights are the ceremonies in Rizal Park, Manila and Kawit, Cavite) PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

June 17-23 / Provincial Capitol Compound, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan (1 hour 15 minutes from Manila by air) BARAGATAN SA PALAWAN
A commemoration of the city's foundation day anniversary with a colorful parade, trade fairs and food fests.

June 24 / Balayan, Batangas (2 hours 30 minutes from Manila by land) PARADA NG LECHON
A grand parade of succulent roasted pigs.

June 29 / Tacloban City, Leyte (1 hour 15 minutes from Manila by air) PINTADOS FESTIVAL
A body-painting festival in honor of the courageous "pintados" (warrior ancestors).

Araw ng Kalayaan


Sublian Festival

July 01-20 / Tagbilaran City, Bohol (2 hours from Manila by air) SANDUGO FESTIVAL
A festival commemorating the blood-sealed peace treaty between Rajah Sikatuna and Miguel Lopez de Legazpi marking the beginning of the Spanish colonization of the Philippines.

July 06-30 / Metro Manila SANGANDAAN 2003
A cultural festival that highlights the use of the arts and media by Filipinos, Americans and Filipino-Americans in the dynamic relations between the Philippines and the United States from 1898 to 2002.

July 23 / Batangas City, Batangas (2 hours 30 minutes from Manila by land) SUBLIAN FESTIVAL
An annual celebration to pay homage to the Holy Cross for a bountiful harvest.

July 24 / Tanjay, Negros Oriental (1 hour 15 minutes from Manila to Dumaguete City by air; 45 minutes from Dumaguete City to Tanjay by land) SINULOG DE TANJAY FESTIVAL
Street dancing with mock battles between Moros and Christians followed by reconciliation through the intercession of the patron Seņor Santiago.


2nd week of August / Cordova, Cebu (1 hour 15 minutes from Manila by air) CORDOVA DINAGAT FESTIVAL
A festival characterized by streetdancing and an interpretative dance competition based on the fishing rituals and culture of the Cordovanhons.

August 15 / Kidapawan City, North Cotabato (1 hour 30 minutes from Manila to Cotabato City by air; 2 hours 15 minutes from Cotabato City to Kidapawan City by land) KALIBONGAN FESTIVAL
The natives' own version of "party" with a traditional horsefight, a "blood compact" peace ceremony, etc.

August 18-24 / Kidapawan City, South Cotabato
Kidapawan takes its fruit-growing industry to the streets - literally - as the city celebrates its annual fruit festival. There are cultural shows, a parade of local fruit products, a bevy of exhibits, and selected lectures on fruit preparation processes.

August 20-24 / Davao City (1 hour 45 minutes from Manila by air) KADAYAWAN SA DABAW
A festival celebrating the city's bountiful harvest in a form of grand colorful parade of orchid-bedecked floats and tribal street dancing.

Kidapawan Fruit Festival


Siargao International Surfing Cup

September 20 / Camarines Sur (40 minutes from Manila by air) PEŅAFRANCIA FESTIVAL
Bicol's biggest celebration, culminating in a fluvial parade surrounded by a sea of glowing candles.

September 28 / Balangiga, Eastern Samar (1 hour 15 minutes from Manila to Tacloban City by air; 1 hour 30 minutes from Tacloban City to Balangiga by land) BALANGIGA ANNIVERSARY
Commemorates the Balangiga Massacre, an event that drove a wedge between Filipino-American relations. Today, it now serves as a celebration of peace between the two nations.

Last week of September / Gen. Luna, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte (2 hours 10 minutes from Manila to Surigao City by air; 2 hours from Surigao City to Siargao Island by boat) SIARGAO INTERNATIONAL SURFING CUP
Pit your surfing skills against local and international surfers in this prestigious tournament.


Whole Month of October - OKTOBERFEST (Nationwide)
There's a big, nationwide beer bash this month organized of course, by the makers of San Miguel Beer. Patterned after Germany's famous Oktoberfest, ours isn't just about malt and barley for the big boys: there's also a packed scheduled of concerts, club tours and foodfests for everybody.

October 14-21 / Bacolod City (1 hour 10 minutes from Manila by air) MASSKARA FESTIVAL
Merrymaking in Sugarlandia where revelers wear colorful costumes and gaudily-decorated masks.

October 25-28 / Camiguin (1 hour 30 minutes from Manila to Cagayan de Oro City by air; 2 hours 15 minutes from Cagayan de Oro City to Camiguin City by land/ferry) LANZONES FESTIVAL
A street dancing extravaganza featuring Camiguin's favorite fruit - the Lanzones.

Lanzones Festival


Higantes Festival

November 05-09 / Nabunturan, Compostela Valley (1 hour 45 minutes from Manila to Davao City by air; 2 hours from Davao City to Nabunturan by land) FRUIT AND FLOWER FESTIVAL
A festival showcasing the abundance of the province's produce.

November 18 / Baguio City (50 minutes from Manila by air) BAGUIO ARTS FESTIVAL
An exhibition of the different artworks and art pieces of Cordillera artists using different art media.

November 23 / Angono, Rizal (2 hours 30 minutes from Manila by land) HIGANTES FESTIVAL
A fiesta of "gigantic" proportions highlighted by a grand procession of 10-feet high papier mache puppets, surrounded by a crowd of drenched, water-fighting revelers.


December 15-January 6 / Nationwide (but most fun in Pampanga) CHRISTMAS LANTERN/LIGHTS/MUSICAL FESTIVALS

December 16-24 / Nationwide MISA DE GALLO
Misa de Gallo is a Filipino yuletide tradition that starts on the 16th of December and culminates in a midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Roman Catholics attend the daily mass at three or four in the morning. Upon exiting the church, the hungry is enticed by the sight and smell of puto bumbong and bibingka (native delicacies made of sticky and glutinous rice sold nearby).

December 16-31 / San Fernando, Pampanga (1 hour from Manila by land) GIANT LANTERNS OF REGION III AND WINNING LANTERNS OF THE ASIAN LANTERN FESTIVAL
An annual competition and parade of the biggest, most spectacular lanterns, around 40 feet in diameter and bearing thousands of light bulbs per piece.

December 30 / Olongapo City (2 hours 30 minutes from Manila by land) MARDI GRAS

Simbang Gabi
Giant Lantern Festival

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