We, Filipinos, just love celebrations and revelry, it’s embedded in our culture.  With the number of  festivals in the country all year round, one doesn’t run out of reasons to explore and get a taste of the diverse magnificence that the Philippines has to offer.  These Philippine Festivals are attracting a good volume of foreign and  local  tourists every year, thus helping local tourism and giving the economy a big boost.

More tourists, more  business, more fun in the Philippines!

What’s your town’s festival?

January

  • Feast of the Black Nazarene (Jan. 9, Manila)
  • Sinulog Festival (Jan. 15 or every 2nd Sunday of Jan., Cebu City)
  • Ati-Atihan Festival (3rd week of Jan., Kalibo, Aklan)
  • Dinagyang Festival (4th week of Jan., Ilo-Ilo)

Sinulog Festival, Cebu
Photo Credits: ABS CBN

February

  • Paraw Regatta (every 3rd Sunday of Feb., Ilo-Ilo and Guimaras)
  • Taytay Hamaka Festival (Feb. 10-16, Taytay Rizal)
  • The Tinagba Festival (Feb. 11, Iriga City, Camarines Sur)
  • International Bamboo Organ Festival (Las Pinas)
  • Baguio Flower Festival / Panagbenga (Baguio City)
  • Ollalion Festival (Feb. 14, Tabuk, Kalinga)
  • Babaylanes Festival (Feb. 16, Bago City, Negros Occidental)
  • Kalilangan Festival (Feb. 20-27, General Santos City)
  • Kaamulan Festival (2nd week of Feb. up to March 10, Malaybalay, Bukidnon)
  • Panagbenga Festival, Baguio
    Photo Credits: Inquirer News Info

March

  • Island Garden City of Samal Festival (1st week of March, Samal Island)
  • Anibina Bulawanon Festival (culminates on March 8, Compostela Valley)
  • Holy Week (March-April, nationwide)
  • Moriones Festival (Holy Week, Marinduque)
  • Centurion Festival (Holy Week, Gen. Luna, Quezon)
  • Ang Pagtaltal (Good Friday, Jordan, Guimaras)
  • Pangalap Ritual (Good Friday, Nueva Valencia)
  • Witches Festival (Holy Week, Siquijor)

April

  • Moriones Festival
  • Centurion Festival
  • Turumba (Pakil, Laguna)
  • Lami-Lamihan Festival (April 14-16, Basilan)
  • Kadaugan sa Mactan (April 27, Cebu)

May

  • Flores de Mayo (entire month, Catholic-wide event)
  • Pasalamat Festival (May 1, La Carlota, Negros Occidental)
  • Magayon Festival (May 1, Albay Province)
  • Pista y Dayat Festival (May 1, Pangasinan)
  • Boa-Boahan (May 2, Nabua, Camarines Sur)
  • Carabo-Carozza Race Festival (May 3, Pavia, IloIlo)
  • Lanahan Ritual (May 1-3, Digos, Davao del Sur)
  • Balanghai Festival (Butuan)
  • Tapusan Festival (whole month, Alitagtag, Batangas)
  • Barangay Boat Festival (May 11, Aparri, Cagayan)
  • Carabao Festival (May 15, Pulilan, Bulacan)
  • Pahiyas Festival (Lucban and Sariaya, Quezon)
  • Obando Festival (May 17-19, Obando, Bulacan)
  • Pahoy-Pahoy Festival (May 19-25, Calbiga, Samar)

June

  • Naliyagan Festival (2nd week, Agusan del Norte)
  • Pagdayao festival (June 11-12, Tacloban Leyte)
  • Araw ng Cotabato (June 12-20, Cotabato)
  • Parada ng mga Lechone (June 24, Balayan, Batangas)
  • Hibok-Hibok Festival (June 24, Camiguin)
  • Daet Pineapple Festival (3rd week, Daet, Camarines Norte)
  • Tacloban Festival (last week, Tacloban, Leyte)
  • Piat Sambali Festival (last week, Piat, Cagayan)

July

  • Sagayan Festival, Tubod (1st week – Lanao del Norte)
  • Pagoda Festival (July 4-7 – Bocaue, Bulacan)
  • Sublian sa Batangas (July 23 – Batangas City)
  • Sinulog and Kinabayo Festival (July 24-25 – Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte)
  • Sinulog de Tanjay Festival (last week – Tanjay, Negros Oriental)
  • Kahimoan Abayan Festival (last week – Butuan City, Agusan del Norte)
  • Sandugo Festival (last week – Bohol)

August

  • Pangapog Festival (August 1-7 – Samal Island)
  • Palu-Palo Festival (Aug. 4-5 – Basco, Batanes)
  • Marang Festival (Aug. 5 – Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte)
  • Mercedes Fishtival (Aug. 6-11 – Mercedes, Camarines Norte)
  • Pangasinan Bamboo Festival (August 12 – Calasiao and Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan)
  • Pasaka Festival (Aug. 14 – Tanuan, Leyte)
  • Lubi-Lubi Festival (Aug. 15 – Calubian, Leyte)
  • Kalibongan Festival (Aug. 17-18 – Kidapawan, Cotabato)
  • Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival (3rd week – Davao  City)
  • Gigantes (Aug. 19 – Lucban, Quezon)
  • Buyongan Festival (Aug. 19 – Abuyog, Leyte)
  • Bankaton (Aug. 20 – Lavezares, Northern Samar)
  • Kagayhaan Festival (Aug. 26-28 – Cagayan de Oro City)

Kadayawan sa Dabaw’s Indak-indak sa Kadalanan, Davao City
Photo Credits: Mindanews

September

  • Aurora Festival (last Sunday of August to 1st week of September – Tanjay, Negros Oriental)
  • Hin-Ay Festival (Sept. 1-29 – Irosin, Sorsogon)
  • Bicol Food Festival (Sept. 1-30 – Naga City)
  • Sarakiki Festival (Sept. 1-8 – Calbayog City)
  • T’boli Tribal Festival (3rd week – South Cotabato)
  • Penafracia Fiesta (3rd Sunday – Naga City)
  • Dalit Festival (Sept. 25 – Tangub City)
  • Djanggo Festival (Sept. 28-29 – Nassiping, Gattaran, Cagayan
  • Banigan-Kawayan Festival (Sept. 29 -Basey, Samar)
  • Linapit Food  Sharing Festival (Sept. 30 – Gueday, Besno)

October

  • Halaran (1st week – Roxas City)
  • Universal Children’s Festival (1st week – Dapitan City)
  • Masskara Festival (2nd week – Bacolod City)
  • Ibalong Festival (2nd week – Legaspi City)
  • Zamboanga Hermoza Festival (Oct. 10-12 – Zamboanga City)
  • Kasanggayan Festival (Oct. 10-17 – Sorsogon, Sorsogon)
  • Feast of La Naval Manila (Oct. 11 –  Quezon City)
  • Inug-og Festival (Oct. 15 – Oroquieta, Misamis Occidental)
  • Calbayog Grand Karakol (Oct. 16 – Calbayog City)
  • Sagingan Festival (Oct. 16-17 – Tubod, Lanao del Norte)
  • Megayon Festival (3rd week – Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur)
  • Lanzones Festival (4th week – Mambajao, Camiguin Island)
  • Catadungan Festival (Oct. 24 – Virac, Catanduanes)
  • Lanzones Festival, Camiguin
    Photo Credits: ABS CBN

November

  • Pintaflores (Nov. 3-5 – San Carlos City)
  • Kalag-Kalag Festival (Nov. 13 – Cebu City)
  • Sanduguan Festival (Nov. 15 – Calapan, Oriental Mindoro)
  • Feast of San Clemente/Gigantes (Nov. 22-23 – Angono, Rizal)
  • P’yagsawitan Festival (3rd week, Maragusan, Davao Province)
  • Kawayanan Festival (3rd week, Pagadian)
  • Santa Ipon Festival (Nov. 25-Dec. 25 – Santa, Ilocos Sur)
  • Day-Ang Di Onga Festival (Nov. 30 – Baguio City)
  • Binabayani Festival (last week – Olongapo, Zambales)

December

  • Paskuhan sa Barangay (entire month – Parian, Cebu City)
  • San Fernando Giant Lantern Festival (entire month – San Fernando, Pampanga)
  • Kamundagan Festival (entire month – Naga City)
  • Subayan Keg Subanon (Dec. 1-8 – Ozamis City)
  • Pasko sa Tanjay Festival (Dec. 1-9 – Tanjay, Negros Oriental)
  • Fiesta de Agoo (Dec. 5-8 – Agoo Basilica)
  • Sinadya (Dec. 5-8 – Roxas City)
  • Hanging of the Green (2nd week – Zamboanga City)
  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8 – Puerto Princesa)
  • Pagdiwata (Dec. 8 – Palawan)
  • Dad-Iw Day-eng Chants (Dec. 8 – Bakod, Benguet)
  • Karisyohan Han Pasko Ha Palo (Dec. 10-Jan. 6 – Palo, Leyte)
  • Philippine International Lantern Parade (Dec. 14 – Roxas Blvd. and Quirino Grandstand)
  • Christmas Among the Tribes (Dec. 16 – Quirino)
  • Simballay Festival (3rd week – Nabunturan, Davao Province)
  • Shariff Kabunsuan (Dec. 15-19 – Cotabato City)
  • Pastores Bikol (Dec. 18 – Legaspi City)
  • Maytinis Festival (Dec. 24 – Kawit, Cavite)
  • Salubong (Dec. 29 – Plaridel, Bulacan)

Which Philippine Festival have you gone to?

3 thoughts on “Philippine Festivals

  1. Wow, this is a great help Ms. Shelly to anyone who wants to travel and explore the Philippines and its festivals. Pang bucket lists xia. Thank you for this…

    Love,

    Mhelymar BA

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