Philippine Festival


Sinulog Festival
DATE: 3rd Sunday of January  
Location: Cebu City
People shouts "Viva Pit Señor". The Sinulog is Cebu City's most popular and grandest festival. It is celebrated every 3rd Sunday of January in honor of the Señor Sto. Niño. Foreign and local tourists flock to Cebu City for this celebration and join in the procession and the grand mardi gras. The Sinulog is a dance-prayer expressing devotion to the Holy Child. it is popular belief among Cebuanos that this dance-prayer is the most effective way of getting favors from the Sto. Niño. This festival is world-renowed and the most extravagant festival in Cebu. The Sinulog festival is celebrated in honour of the holy child Senior Santo Niño. The highlights in this festivities is the street dancing where merrymakers dance to the beat of the pit senor drums.
Ati-Atihan Festival
Date: January 16-22
Location: Kalibo, Aklan
Ati-Atihan Festival is a feast held annually in January in honor of the Santo Niño (Infant Jesus), concluding on the third Sunday, in the island and town of Kalibo, Aklan in the Philippines.The festival consists of tribal dance, music, accompanied by indigenous costumes and weapons, and parade along the street. Christians, and non-Christians observe this day with religious processions.

Black Nazarene
Date: January 9th 
Location: Quiapo, Manila
The Black Nazarene, known to devotees as Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno de Quiapo ("Our Father Jesus Nazarene of Quiapo"), is a life-sized, dark-coloured, wooden sculpture of Jesus Christ, held to be miraculous by many Filipino devotees. The Black Nazarene is currently enshrined in the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila, Philippines.
Date: Every fourth weekend of January 
Location: Iloilo CityIloilo
The Dinagyang is a religious and cultural festival in Iloilo City, Philippines held on the fourth Sunday of January, or right after the Sinulog In Cebu and the Ati-Atihan in Aklan. It is held both to honor the Santo Niño and to celebrate the arrival on Panay of Malay settlers and the subsequent selling of the island to them by the Atis.

Date: Every third Sunday of January 
Location: Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur
Zambulawan is a festival that displays Subanon tribe's rich cultural heritage by singing, dancing and exhibits of musical instruments. It is celebrated every third Sunday of January in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur.


Feast of Our Lady of Candles
Date: February 2 
Location: Jara, Iloilo City
Feast of Our Lady of Candles held in Jara, Iloilo City every 2nd day of February. Most abundant religious pageanty and the biggest in Western Visayas. The town blessing of candles and the yearly procession patroness, Nuestra Senora de Candelaria, is followed by the fiesta queen and her escort walking around the town.

Stations of the Cross (or Way of the Cross
Date: April 1 
Location: Cebu City
Stations of the Cross (or Way of the Cross; in Latin, Via Crucis; also called the Via Dolorosa or Way of Sorrows, or simply, The Way) refers to the depiction of the final hours (or Passion) of Jesus, and the devotion commemorating the Passion. The tradition as chapel devotion began with St. Francis of Assisi and extended throughout the Roman Catholic Church in the medieval period. It is commonly observed in Lutheran churches  but it is less often observed in the Anglican churches. It may be done at any time, but is most commonly done during the Season of Lent, especially on Good Friday and on Friday evenings during Lent.

Pak'kaat Kallo
Date: Holy Week 
Location: Magpet, Cotabato
Pak'kaat Kallo is an annual festival in celebration of a plenteous harvest of Manobo Tribe in Magpet, Cotabato every Lenten Season.

Date: Holy Week
Location: Boac, Magpoc, Marinduque
The Moriones is an annual festival held on Holy Week on the island of Marinduque, Philippines. The "Moriones" are men and women in costumes and masks replicating the garb of biblical Roman soldiers as interpreted by local folks. The Moriones or Moryonan tradition has inspired the creation of other festivals in the Philippines where cultural practices or folk history is turned into street festivals.

Ang Pagtaltal sa Guimara
Date: Good Friday 
Location: Jordan, Guimaras
Ang Pagtaltal sa Guimara is a procession of flagellants and devotees in biblical attire that ends in the Balaan Bukid Shrine. It is a reenactment of Jesus Christ sufferings on the way to the Calvary held every Good Friday at the municipal grounds in the Island province of Guimaras.

Lami-Lamihan Festival
Date: 2nd or 3rd Week of April 
Location: Lamitan, Basilan
Lami-Lamihan Festival is a yearly festival celebrated in Lamitan, Basilan during 2nd or 3rd Week of April, showcases the traditional Yakan customs and traditions, music and dances, and traditional crafts. Natives dressed in colorful attires participate in horse races, parades and a lot more.

Manaoag Pilgrimage
Date: 2nd Week of April 
Location: Pangasinan
Manaoag Pilgrimage is an annual crusade to the Shrine of Our Lady of Manaoag in Pangasinan and held every 2nd week of April. The main attraction is the Virgin of Manaoag image. Every Saturday, the pilgrims' veh


Flores de Mayo
Date: May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 
Location: Nationwide
Flores de Mayo (English: "Flowers of May") is a Catholic festival held in the Philippines in the month of May. Lasting for a month, it is held in honor of the Virgin Mary. The Santacruzan refers to the pageant on the last day of Flores de Mayo, held in honour of Reyna Elena and Constantine finding the True Cross in Jerusalem.

 Carabao Festival
Date: May 14 
Location: Angono, Rizal
The Carabao Festival is celebrated on the feast day of San Isidro Labrador (St. Isidore the Worker), the farmer's patron saint from May 15 to 16 as tribute to the water buffalos or carabaos in the farming town of San Isidro, Nueva Ecija, Pulilan, Bulacan, and Angono, Rizal. The carabao or (kalabaw) is the national animal of the Philippines.

Pahiyas sa Quezon
Date: May 15 
Location: Sariaya, Lucban, Tayabas, Quezon
Homes are decked with kiping (multi-colored paper thin, leaf-shaped rice kropeck) and harvested vegetables; trade fair; civic parades, procession and other activities.

The Obando Fertility Rites
Date: May 17 to 19 
Location: Obando, Bulacan
The Obando Fertility Rites is a Filipino dance ritual. Every year during the month of May, to the tune of musical instruments made out of bamboo materials, the men, women and children of Obando, Bulacan, Philippines wear traditional dance costumes to dance on the streets followed by the images of their patron saintsSan Pascual Baylon (St. Paschal), Santa Clara (St. Clare) and Nuestra Señora de Salambao (Our Lady of Salambao), while singing the song Santa Clara Pinung-Pino.

Tapusan sa Kawit
Date: May 30 
Location: Kawit, Cavite
Tapusan sa Kawit is held on May 30, this is a procession of brightly decorated floats leveled with flowers of Maytime honors the Blessed Virgin. There is also the participation of the most beautiful young ladies in the town. The young ladies symbolizes purity and innocence of the Blessed Mother.

Antipolo Pilgrimage
Date: May 
Location: Antipolo, Rizal
Antipolo Pilgrimage is a month-long celebration that brings devotees and pilgrims to venerate the "Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage" which is enshrined in Antipolo Church in Antipolo City. This is annually celebrated every month of May.


Independence Day
Date: June 12 
Location: Kawit, Cavite
Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United Statescommemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from theKingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is thenational day of the United States

 Pintados Festival
Date: June 29 
Location: Tacloban City
The Pintados Festival is a cultural-religious celebration in Tacloban based on the body-painting traditions of the ancient tattooed "pintados" warriors.  In 1986, the Pintados Foundation, Inc. was formed by the people of Tacloban to organized this festival in honor of Sr. Santo Niño. Years later, it was merged with the Kasadyaan Festival which is always held on JUNE 30.

Paaway sa Kabayo (Horsefight)
Date: July 25 and December 25 
Location: Tanjay, Negros Orriental
An exciting, thrilling and oftentimes bloody fight among studs for supremacy over a female horse. More than 100 horses have been trained solely for this twice a year event.