2011 Awesome Calendar of the Philippines
Best Time to Climb Mt. Pinatubo!
December 31 - January 2 | 3 Days Weekend!
1 NEW YEAR'S DAY | Saturday | Solemnity of Mary Mother of God | HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION
15 PASUNGAY FESTIVAL 2011 | Saturday | San Joaquin, Iloilo
One of the thrilling bull fighting festival as a culminating event of the Bayluhay Festival which celebrates the arrival of the 10 datus from Malay in the 13th century.
15-16 ATI-ATIHAN 2011 | Kalibo, Aklan
Commemorates the 13th century land deal between 10 migrating Bornean chieftains and the aboriginal Ati King Marikudo. It also honors the town patron, the infant Sto. Nino.
15-16 SINULOG 2011 | Cebu City
Cebu’s biggest and most popular festival in honor of the Holy Image of Senyor Sto. Niño
16 or 23 CARACOL 2011 | Makati City
This is Makati City's version of the Mardi Gras conceptualized in 1986
22-23 DINAGYANG FESTIVAL 2011 | Iloilo City
Street dancing characterized by frenetic stomping of feet and hypnotic drumbeating. It is a colorful whirl of thousands of people dressed in unique costumes dancing & chanting all day and night.
31 FEAST DAY OF ST. JOHN BOSCO
Celebration of the feast day of the Father and Teacher of Youth who founded the Salesian Society.
The Love Month!
2 FEAST OF NUESTRA SENORA DE LA CANDELARIA or "OUR LADY OF CANDLES." | Jaro, Iloilo
Western Visayas celebrates the Patroness of their region.
3 CHINESE NEW YEAR - THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT | Binondo, Manila
The Chinese community celebrates the Chinese New Year with pomp & color through a dragon dance.
14 HAPPY VALENTINES' DAY! | Monday
Filipino lover's most romantic event of the year!
February 25 - 27 | 3 Days Long Weekend (for schools only)!
26 PANAGBENGA - BAGUIO FLOWER FESTIVAL 2011 | Baguio City
Also known as the Baguio Flower Festival, it will be the 10th holding of this annual event which will showcase the City of Baguio as a City of Flowers.
Best Time to go watch and shoot the awesome Manila sunset!
Start of the Donsol Season in Bicol!
9 ASH WEDNESDAY | Philippines
The First Day of Lenten Season in the Philippines
26 EARTH HOUR 2011 | Philippines | 8.30pm-9.30pm
Cities and towns all over the world will switch off their lights for one hour—EARTH HOUR—sending a powerful global message that it is possible to take action on global warming.
The Peak Time in Boracay.
9 BATAAN DAY (ARAW NG KAGITINGAN) | Saturday
Araw ng Kagitingan
April 21-24 | 4 Days Weekend!
22 MORIONES FESTIVAL | Marinduque
Re-enact the story of Longinus, a Roman centurion who speared the crucified body of Jesus Christ.
22 EARTH DAY 2011 | Philippines
A day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment
22 Cutud Cruxificions | Pampanga
The old tradition of dramatizing the passion and death of Jesus Christ (called Via Crusis) was played out on the streets leading to the crucifixion site before the 1pm Crucifixion.
24 EASTER SUNDAY
Celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
National-wide celebration of Flores de Mayo / Santacruzan.
1 LABOR DAY | Sunday
National Labor Day!
1 FEAST OF THE DIVINE MERCY | Sunday | Plenary Indulgence for Divine Mercy Sunday
The soul that will go to confession and receive holy communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment!
7-8 CARAMOAN, FIESTA 2011 | Caramoan, Camarines Sur
Feast of St. Michael
8 HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! | Sunday
An annual celebration to pay tribute to all the awesome mothers!
15 PAHIYAS 2011 | Sunday | Lucban, Quezon
An annual celebration held to usher in a bountiful harvest and smashing good times.
Time to show your love for the Philippines by putting a flag on your home, car, and shirts.
12 PHILIPPINE'S INDEPENDENCE DAY | Sunday
Commemorates the Independence Day of the Philippines from the Spaniards
19 HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!
An annual celebration to pay tribute to all the awesome fathers!
19 150th Birth Anniversary of Jose Rizal!
(proposed legislation to declare a working holiday)
Start of the Rainy Season in the Philippines.
11 OFFICIAL DECLARATION OF NEW 7 WONDERS OF NATURE 11/11/11
23-24 BOHOL SANDUGO FESTIVAL 2011 | Tagbilaran, Bohol
This festival commemorates the treaty of friendship between Datu Sikatuna, a native chieftain and the Spanish conquistador, Miguel López de Legazpi, representing the king of Spain.
26 FEAST DAY OF SAINT ANNE
Celebration of the feast day of the Mother of Mama Mary
31 FEAST DAY OF ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA
Celebration of the feast day of the Father General of the Jesuits. A 30-day retreat follows the celebration.
The Best Time to go on a wild river ride.
14 UGU BIGYAN's BIRTHDAY SALE | Sunday | Tiaong, Quezon
48% Discount on Ugu Bigyan's Pottery (discount is equivalent to his age)
15 ASCENCION OF MOTHER MARY INTO HEAVEN | Monday
21 NINOY AQUINO DAY | Sunday
Commemorating the Death of Ninoy Aquino
August 27-29 | 3 Days Weekend!
29 NATIONAL HEROES' DAY | MONDAY
Commemorates the "Cry of Pugad Lawin" by Filipino revolutionaries called the Katipunan
29 OLD SWISS INN ANNUAL PRICE ROLL BACK | MONDAY
During Old Swiss inn's Anniversary, the prices are rolled back to the prices when it opened in 1940's. The best wasy to get a table during the anniversary is to collect 12 stamps from their Gruzi mileage Card.
31 EID'L FITR | WEDNESDAY
A Muslim holiday celebrating the end of Ramadan. (Calculated date for 2011 pending proclamation).
The Best Time to go to Divisoria for Christmas shopping and preparations.
8 MOTHER MARY'S BIRTHDAY | Thursday
11 HAPPY GRANDPARENT'S DAY!
An annual celebration to pay tribute to all the awesome grandparents!
28-Oct. 2 NEGROS TRADE FAIR!| Manila
The longest running trade fair of the best food, furniture, jewelries and products from the Negros region. Foodies should not miss this annual event :)
Surfing Season in the Philippines.
1 THE FEAST OF ST. THERESE OF CHILD JESUS
Feast of Saint Therese of the Little Flower.
15-16 MASKARA FESTIVAL 2011 | Bacolod
The festival that made Bacolod famous began as an event to inspire the locals to face the hard times with a smiling face, thus masks with smiling faces are worn by revelers who join the parade.
16 WORLD BREAD DAY
Celebration of the World Bread Day.
26-30 DIWALI FESTIVAL | The Festival of Lights
Indian New Year Festival
Oct. 29 - November 1 | 4 Days Weekend!
(October 31 is not a holiday so you have to file your Vacation Leave for this date)
1 ALL SAINT'S DAY | Tuesday
2 ALL SOUL'S DAY | Wednesday
6 EIDUL ADHA | Sunday
Muslim Holiday celebrating Abraham's obedience when he was willing to sacrifice his son Ishmael. (calculated date for 2011 pending proclamation)
12 45th Days with the Lord Anniversary Mass | Saturday Night
Dazers Mass celebration of the founding of the Days with the Lord. Basta Ikaw, Lord!
22-23 HIGANTES FESTIVAL 2011 | Tuesday-Wednesday | Angono, Rizal
Male devotees carry the image of San Clemente in a procession that features parehadoras, clad in colorful garb and wooden shoes, and carrying boat paddles and higantes (giants) 10 feet tall papier mache puppets.
23-27 8th MAHARLIKA SUNRISE FESTIVAL | Wednesday-Sunday | Roving Festival
The Sunrise Festival is a celebration of arts for service and blessedness held annually in the different regions of Maharlika (Philippines).
24 HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY!
30 BONIFACIO DAY | Wednesday
Christmas Season in the Philippines.
4 ANNUAL CULTURAL TOUR OF NEGROS | Saturday | Bacolod
Longest running cultural tour in the country by Ramon H. Hofileña.
8 IMMACULATE CONCEPTION | Tuesday | HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION
11 ANNUAL CULTURAL TOUR OF NEGROS | Saturday | Bacolod
Longest running cultural tour in the country by Ramon H. Hofileña.
16 SIMBANG GABI
Start of early morning vigil 9 days before Christmas
16 OBLATION RUN | Friday | University of the Philippines
The annual naked run of the full-pledge members of Alpha Phi Omega society is a tradition that started in 1977 to protest the banning of the movie, “Hubad na Bayani,” which depicted human rights abuses in the martial law era. The date honors their international founding day on December 16th, 1925.
25 CHRISTMAS DAY | Sunday | Holy Day of Obligation
Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Christ
December 30 - January 1 | 3 Days Weekend!
30 RIZAL DAY | Friday
Commemorating the Death of Jose Rizal
31 LAST DAY OF THE YEAR | Saturday
Live an Awesome Life,
P.S. Let me know if you want to put a festival schedule or a milestone event in the 2011 Awesome Calendar which will be published in the Awesome Life Planner, Thanks!
Originally posted on October 13, 2010.
October 14 Updates:
- Corrected May 1-3 long weekend to April 30 to May 2
- Corrected June 12-14 long weekend to June 11 to 13
- Corrected October 29 to November 2 weekend is not 6 days but 5 days weekend only.
- Removed Masbate Rodeo
- Removed the Ninoy Aquino 3-day weekend. Most likely it won't be a holiday.
- Dinagyang changed from 24-25 to January 22-23
- Updated Oblation Run on December 16
- Added Makati's Caracol Festival in January
October 16 Updates:
- Added the feast of Our Lady of Candles
- Added the longest running Trade Fair in the country
October 21 Updates:
- Added the Pasungay Festival
- Added the World Bread Day
- Added the Maharlika Sunrise Festival
October 27 Updates:
- Added the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola
- Added the feast day of St. John Bosco
- Added the feast day of St. Anne
- Added the lansones festival of Camiguin
November 3 Updates: December 30 Update:
November 3 Updates:
December 30 Update:
- Updated with Proclamation 84: DECLARING THE REGULAR HOLIDAYS, SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) DAYS, AND SPECIAL HOLIDAY (FOR ALL SCHOOLS) FOR THE YEAR 2011