2012 Awesome Calendar of the Philippines (updated with Proclamation 295)
Best Time to Climb Mt. Pinatubo!
1 NEW YEAR'S DAY | Sunday (Every 1st of January) | PhilippinesRegular Holiday. Solemnity of Mary Mother of God HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION
14 PASUNGAY FESTIVAL 2012 | 3rd 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 Borneo in the 13th century.
15 ATI-ATIHAN 2012 | 3rd Sunday |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 SINULOG 2012 | 3rd Sunday | Cebu City
Cebu’s biggest and most popular festival in honor of the Holy Image of Senyor Sto. Niño
22 DINAGYANG FESTIVAL 2012 | 4th Sunday | 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.
23 CHINESE NEW YEAR - THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON | Monday | Binondo, Manila
The Chinese community celebrates the Chinese New Year with pomp & color through a dragon dance.
March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation
31 FEAST DAY OF ST. JOHN BOSCO | Tuesday (Every 31st of Jan)
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." | Tuesday (Every 2nd of Feb) | Jaro, Iloilo
Western Visayas celebrates the Patroness of their region.
11 FEAST DAY OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES | Saturday (Every 11th of February)
Celebration of the Our Lady of Lourdes' Apparitions to Saint Bernadette Soubirous in Lourdes, France
14 HAPPY VALENTINES' DAY! | Tuesday (Every 14th of Feb) | Philippines
Filipino lover's most romantic event of the year!
22 ASH WEDNESDAY | Philippines
The First Day of Lenten Season in the Philippines
26 PANAGBENGA - BAGUIO FLOWER FESTIVAL 2012 |Sunday | Baguio City
Also known as the Baguio Flower Festival which showcases the City of Baguio as a City of Flowers.
29 LEAP DAY | Wednesday (every 4 years) | Philippines
2012 is a leap year and February 29 occurs every four years.
Best Time to go watch and shoot the awesome Manila sunset!
Start of the Donsol Season in Bicol!
3-4 Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival 2012 | Saturday and Sunday | Puerto Galera
The festival is held outdoors in a natural amphitheater at the foot of Mount Malasimbo overlooking Puerto Galera Bay, a member of the "Most Beautiful Bays in the World" club.
31 EARTH HOUR 2012 | Saturday 8.30pm-9.30pm | Philippines
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.
25 FEAST OF THE ANNUNCIATION | Sunday (Every 25th of March)
Feast commemorating the announcement of Angel Gabriel to Virgin Mary that she would conceive and become the mother of Jesus the Son of God. This is celebrated 9 full months before Christmas.
The Peak Time in Boracay.
*** April 5-9 | 5 Days Long Weekend! ***
5 MAUNDY THURSDAY | Thursday | Philippines
Regular Holiday. Commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles.
6 GOOD FRIDAY | Friday | Philippines
Regular Holiday. Commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus at Calvary.
6 CUTUD CRUXIFIXIONS | Friday | 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.
7 FEAST DAY OF ST. JOHN BAPTIST DE LA SALLE | Saturday (Every 7th of April)
Celebration of the feast day of the Patron Saint of Teachers and Founder of Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.
9 BATAAN DAY (ARAW NG KAGITINGAN) | Monday (Every 9th of April)
Regular Holiday. Araw ng Kagitingan
15 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!
National-wide celebration of Flores de Mayo / Santacruzan.
*** April 28 - May 1 | Possible 3-4 Days Long Weekend! ***
13 HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! | 2nd Sunday of May | Philippines
An annual celebration to pay tribute to all the awesome mothers!
15 PAHIYAS 2012 | Tuesday (Every 15th of May) | Lucban, Quezon
An annual celebration held to usher in a bountiful harvest and smashing good times.
17-19 OBANDO FERTILITY RITES 2012 | Thursday-Saturday (Every 17th for St. Paschal, 18th for St. Clare, 19th of May for the Our Lady of Salambao) | Obando, Bulacan
Massive numbers of men and women dance towards the town church praying for a wife, husband or a child.
28 NATIONAL FLAG DAY | Monday (Every 28th of May) | Manila
Start of the designated flag days where all government offices, business establishments, and private homes are also encouraged to display the flag.
Time to show your love for the Philippines by putting a flag on your home, car, and shirts.
*** June 9-12 | Possible 4 Days Long Weekend! ***
17 HAPPY FATHER'S DAY! | 3rd Sunday of June | Philippines
An annual celebration to pay tribute to all the awesome fathers!
24 FEAST DAY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST | Sunday (Every 24th of June) | San Juan
Feast of St. John the Baptist where it is celebrated with showering people with water
24 PARADA NG LECHON FESTIVAL | Sunday (Every 24th of June) | Balayan, Batangas
A Lechon Parade celebrating the Feast of St. John the Baptist in Balayan Batangas
29 PINTADOS/ KASADYAAN FESTIVAL 2012 | Friday (Every 29th of June) |Tacloban
Feast of the Señor Santo Niño de Leyte
Start of the Rainy Season in the Philippines.
11 FEAST DAY OF ST. BENEDICT | Wednesday (Every 11th day of July)
Celebration of the feast day of the Patron Saint of Europe and the Students, and the Father of Western Monasticism.
22 BOHOL SANDUGO FESTIVAL 2012 | 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 | Thursday (Every 26th of July)
Celebration of the feast day of the Mother of Mama Mary
31 FEAST DAY OF ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA | Friday (Every 31st of July)
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 | Tuesday (Every 14th of August) | Tiaong, Quezon
49% Discount on Ugu Bigyan's Pottery (discount is equivalent to his age)
15 ASCENCION OF MOTHER MARY INTO HEAVEN | Wednesday (Every 15th of August)
*** August 18-21 | Possible 3-4 Days Long Weekend! ***
19 EID'L FITR | Sunday
A Muslim holiday celebrating the end of Ramadan.
(Calculated date for 2012 pending proclamation).
21 NINOY AQUINO DAY | Tuesday (Every 21st of August)
Regular Holiday. Commemorating the Death of Ninoy Aquino
*** August 25-27 | 3 Days Long Weekend! ***
27 NATIONAL HEROES' DAY | Last Monday of August
Regular Holiday. Commemorates the "Cry of Pugad Lawin" by Filipino revolutionaries called the Katipunan
29 KAGAY-AN FESTIVAL - FEAST DAY OF ST. AUGUSTINE | Saturday (Every 28th of August) | Cagayan de Oro City
Feast of St. Augustine in Cagayan de Oro City
The Best Time to go to Divisoria for Christmas shopping and preparations.
8 MOTHER MARY'S BIRTHDAY | Saturday (Every 8th of September)
9 HAPPY GRANDPARENT'S DAY! | Sunday (Every 2nd Sunday of September)
An annual celebration to pay tribute to all the awesome grandparents!
14 FEAST OF THE TRIUMPH OF THE HOLY CROSS | Friday (Every 14th of September)
Public exposition and Veneration of the RELIC OF THE TRUE CROSS OF CHRIST at the Servants of the Risen Christ Monastery in Tarlac.
15 PENAFRANCIA VIVA LA VIRGEN 2012 | Saturday (Every 3rd Saturday of September) | Naga City
Bicol Region's biggest celebration is highlighted by a fluvial parade of Lady of Penafrancia carried through the river aglow with floating candles.
23 FEAST DAY OF PADRE PIO | Sunday (Every 23th of September)
Feast of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina
29 ILIGAN FIESTA - FEAST DAY OF ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL | Saturday (Every 29th of September) | Iligan City
Feast of St. Michael the Archangel Celebration in Iligan City
Surfing Season in the Philippines.
1 THE FEAST OF ST. THERESE OF CHILD JESUS | Monday (Every 1st of October)
Feast of Saint Therese of the Little Flower.
4 THE FEAST OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI | Thursday (Every 4th of October)
Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Animals. Pet blessings are held to celebrate his feast.
5 WORLD'S TEACHERS DAY | Friday (Every 5th of October)
Happy Teachers Day to honor the noble profession of teaching.
20-21 MASKARA FESTIVAL 2012 | Saturday - Sunday (3rd Weekend of October) | 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.
*** October 26-28 | Possible 3 Days Long Weekend! ***
26 EIDUL ADHA | Friday
Muslim Holiday celebrating Abraham's obedience when he was willing to sacrifice his son Ishmael. (calculated date for 2012 pending proclamation)
1 ALL SAINT'S DAY | Thursday | Regular Holiday
2 ALL SOUL'S DAY | Friday
23 HIGANTES FESTIVAL 2012 | Friday (Every 23rd of November) | 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.
23-25 MAHARLIKA SUNRISE FESTIVAL | Friday-Sunday | Roving Festival
The Sunrise Festival is a celebration of arts for service and blessedness held annually in the different regions of Maharlika (Philippines).
28 HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY! | Thursday (Every last Thursday of November)
30 BONIFACIO DAY | Friday (Every 30th of November) | Philippines
Regular Holiday. Birth Anniversary of Andres Bonifacio
Christmas Season in the Philippines.
1 ANNUAL CULTURAL TOUR OF NEGROS | Saturday | Bacolod
Longest running cultural tour in the country by Ramon H. Hofileña.
8 IMMACULATE CONCEPTION | Tuesday (Every 8th of December) | HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION
8 ANNUAL CULTURAL TOUR OF NEGROS | Saturday | Bacolod
Longest running cultural tour in the country by Ramon H. Hofileña.
16 SIMBANG GABI | Sunday (9 days before Christmas)
Start of early morning vigil 9 days before Christmas
16 OBLATION RUN | Sunday (Every 16th of December) | 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.
21 END OF THE WORLD (Mayans) | Friday
Dec 21, 2012 is the day predicted by the Mayans to be the end of the world.
25 CHRISTMAS DAY | Tuesday (Every 25th of December) | Philippines
Regular Holiday. Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Christ. Holy Day of Obligation
31 LAST DAY OF THE YEAR | Monday
Live an Awesome Life,
P.S. Let me know if you want to put a festival schedule or a milestone event in the 2012 Awesome Calendar which will be published in the Awesome Life Planner 2012, Thanks!