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January 19, 2016

Plan Your Next Adventure this 2016! (A Comprehensive Guide to Philippine Festivals and Holidays)

January 19, 2016

Plan Your Next Adventure this 2016! (A Comprehensive Guide to Philippine Festivals and Holidays)





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When it comes to one of the happiest places on earth, the Philippines definitely does not fail to impress. In these 7,000 islands are an array of beautifully rich festivals and celebrations to make you feel alive!

So if you’re looking for adventure, here is a comprehensive list of some of the most popular festivals and fiestas the Philippines has to offer this 2016!

 


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january

New Year’s Day (Friday)

Celebrated in Manila with wild fireworks displays, firecrackers, delicious food, and champagne.

More Info: New Year's Eve Manila 2016: Awesome Guide to a Dazzling New Year!

 

Special Non Working Holiday

Getting well-deserved rest after the revels of New Year’s Day

 

9 Feast of the Black Nazarene | Quiapo, Manila
A religious procession where a statue of Jesus, revered for its blessings of fortune and good health, is paraded around the streets.

More Info: The Feast of the Black Nazarene: A Display of Pure Devotion

 

10 Hinugyaw Festival | Koronadal, South Cotabato

A lively festival celebrating the history of the ethnic groups in Koronodal.

More Info: Hinugyaw Festival 2016 Schedule of Activities

 

15 Coco Festival | San Pablo City, Laguna

A festival celebrating the city’s main crop, coconut, and their patron saint, Paul the Hermit; full of floats, parades, dances, and beauty pageants. 

More Info:
Coconut Festival Official FB Page

 

17 Ati-Atihan Festival | 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. Niño. 

More Info: Kalibo Ati-Atihan Official Website

 

17 Sinulog Festival | Cebu City

Cebu’s biggest and most popular festival in honor of the Holy Image of Senyor Sto. Niño

More Info: Sinulog Official Website

 

18-25 Asean Tourism Forum | Manila

A cooperative effort to make the ASEAN region a prominent tourist destination. 

More Info: ASEAN Tourism Forum 2016 Official Website

 

24 Dinagyang Festival | Ilo-Ilo 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.

More Info: Dinagyang Official FB Page and Iloilo's Dinagyang: Hala Bira! Viva Señor Santo Niño!

 

31 Feast of St. John Bosco

Celebration of the feast day of the Father and Teacher of Youth who founded the Salesian Society.

More info: Don Bosco Official Website

 

february

2 Feast of Our Lady of Candles | Jaro, Iloilo

Western Visayas celebrates the Patroness of their region.

 

2-9 CineFilipino Film Festival

A exciting film festival capturing meaningful stories through Filipino eyes. 

More Info: CineFilipino Official FB Page

 

8 Chinese New Year of the Red Monkey (Monday)

The Chinese community celebrates the Chinese New Year with pomp & color through a dragon dance.

 

10 Ash Wednesday

The First Day of Lenten Season in the Philippines

 

11 Feast Day of our Lady of Lourdes

Celebration of the Our Lady of Lourdes' Apparitions to Saint Bernadette Soubirous in Lourdes, France

 

11 Tinagba Festival, Iriga City, Bicol

A thanksgiving offertory seeking another year of bounty.
 

11-14 20th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta | Clark, Pampanga

Watch the awesome hot air balloons fly out as the sun rises in the horizon.

More Info: Philippine Balloon Fest Official Website

 

13 - (March 19) Philippine International Pyromusical Competition | Manila

An event showcasing Filipino ingenuity and artistry as the sky is painted with multicolored fireworks.

More Info: Pyro Philippines Official FB Page and Pyro Philippines Official Website

 

14 Valentines Day

Filipino lover's most romantic event of the year! 

 

20-26 Kalilangan Festival | General Santos City

A festival honoring the rich culture and history of Indigenous Blaan, Moro Groups, and the first Christian Settlers in the country’s Tuna capital.

More Info: Kalilangan Official FB Page and Kalilangan Festival Official Website

 

25 EDSA Revolution Anniversary (Thursday)

Commemorates the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution that Filipinos came to known for.

 

27-28 Panagbenga Festival | Baguio

Also known as the Baguio Flower Festival which showcases the City of Baguio as a City of Flowers.

More Info: Panagbenga 2016 Schedule of Activities

 

march

2 Strawberry Festival | La Trinidad, Benguet

A delicious celebration of the Strawberry following a fun run and strawberry cake competition.

More Info: Strawberry Festival Official Website

 

5 Wanderland Festival | Manila

A festival featuring art, community-building, as well as local and international indie acts.

More Info: Wanderland Festival Official Website

  

4-6 Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival | Puerto Galera

An international event set within the tropical gardens situated the foot of Mt. Malasimbo where the grass-terraced amphitheater overlooks one of the most beautiful bays in the world—spans across 2 weekends. 

More Info:
Malasimbo Official FB Page
Malasimbo Official Website

 

6-8 Routes Asia - Philippines

A conference of aviation based companies aiming to operate to and from within the region.

More Info: Routes Asia Official Website

 

18-19 Banana Festival | Baco, Oriental Mindoro

A thanksgiving event bringing farmers together to celebrate the plentiful harvest of Señorita, Latundan, Lacatan, and Saba bananas.

More Info: Banana Festival Official Website

 

19 Earth Hour | 8.30-9.30

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.

More Info: Earth Hour Official Website

 

24-26 Malasimbo Light & Dance Festival | Puerto Galera

An international event set within the tropical gardens situated the foot of Mt. Malasimbo where the grass-terraced amphitheater overlooks one of the most beautiful bays in the world—spans across 2 weekends.

More Info: Malasimbo Official FB Page and Malasimbo Official FB Website

 

24 Maundy Thursday

Commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles.

25 Good Friday

Commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus at Calvary.

 

25 Feast of the Annunciation

Commemorates the visit of angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, informing her she informed her be the mother of Jesus Christ.

 

25 Moriones Festival | Marinduque

A folk-religious festival during Holy Week where masked men wearing Moriones (Roman helmet) scare children in the reenactment of the Longinus. 

More Info: Mariones Festival Official FB Page

 

25 Cutud Cruxificions | San Fernando, 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.

 

26 Black Saturday

The continued mourning of Jesus Christ still laying in the tomb.

 

27 Easter Sunday

The joyous revival of Jesus Christ as he rises from the dead.

 

april

1 Manila International Auto Show | Manila

A world-class exhibition of the latest car models around.

More Info: Manila Auto Show Official Website

 

2 Kaamulan Festival | Malaybalay, Bukidnon

l fiesta of the 7 Ethnic Tribes in Bukidnon—The Matigsalug, Tigwahanun, Higaunu, Umayamnun, Manobo, Bukidnon, and Talaandig. It is a cultural celebration of the tribes' legendary stories, ancient rituals, ethnic music, and traditional dances.

More Info: Kaamulan Festival Official FB Page

 

3 Feast of the Divine Mercy

The soul that will go to confession and receive holy communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment!

 

7 Feast of St. John Baptist De La Salle

Celebration of the feast day of the Patron Saint of Teachers and Founder of Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.

More Info: De La Salle University Official Website

 

7-9 Madrid Fusion Manila | Manila

A culinary congress gastronomical proportions that brings together world-class chefs.

More Info: Madrid Fusion Manila Official Website

  

9 Araw ng Kagitingan (Saturday)

Also known as “Bataan Day”, this holiday commemorates the fall of Bataan during WWII.

 

10 Daragang Magayon Festival | Legazpi, Albay

A conference attended by thousands of participants working towards female empowerment and the reshaping of women’s roles in society.

More Info: Daragang Magayon Official Website

 

19 Mango Festival | Zambales

A fiesta of the plentiful and sweet mangoes of Zambales—followed by mango-eating contests, street parades, float competitions, dances, trade fairs, and a variety show!

More Info: Mango Festival of Zambales

 

19 Big Banquet 4 | Blue Leaf McKinley Hill

A event that brings together the best caterers and restaurants in Manila

More Info: And the Top Caterer in Manila for 2015 is... BIZU! @TheBlueLeaf #TheBigBanquet3

 

20-24 World Street Food Congress | Philippines

A global conversation on promoting comfort, heritage street food culture that ims to preserve the stories of our heritage food, professionalize the street food craft, and provide opportunities for business.

More Info: World Street Food Congress Official Website 
World Street Food Congress: Making Filipino Food a Global Sensation! (A Photo Essay)

22 Earth Day

A day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment.

More Info: Earth Day Philippines Official Website and Earth Day Official Website

 

23 Aliwan Fiesta | Pasay City

A fiesta bringing together multiple cultures and their stories at Pasay City. 

More Info: Aliwan Fiesta Official FB Page

 

27 Binirayan Festival | Antique, Visayas

A weeklong celebration of Antique’s past commemorating the arrival of 10 Bornean Datus on Panay.

More Info: Binirayan Festival, A Celebration of Antique's Past

 

30 Bangus Festival, Dagupan

This festival lavishly celebrates the humble Bangus though cooking contests, street barbecues and milkfish-themed dances.

More Info: Bangus Festival Official Website and Bangus Festival Official FB Page

 

may

1 Labor Day (Sunday)

A day that honors the Labor movement.

 

1 Laboracay | Boracay

Spend your labor day partying at Boracay’s pristine beaches!

More Info: Laboracay Official Website

 

1 SuMaKah Festival | Antipolo, Rizal
A fiesta celebrating Filipino favourites such as Suman, Mangga, and Kasoy.

More Info: Antipolo Government Official FB Page

 

8 Mother’s Day

An annual celebration to pay tribute to all the awesome mothers!

 

14 Carabao Festival | Pulilan, Bulacan

Held on the feast of St. Isidro, this festival pays tribute to he hard-working Carabao used in agriculture.

More Info: About the Carabao Festival and Pulilan Government Official Website

 

15 Pahiyas Festival | Lucban, Quezon

One of the most popular fiestas in the Philippines, held in honor of San Isidro Labrador, Catholic Patron Saint of Farmers.

More Info: Pahiyas Festival Official Website
PAHIYAS: Our Awesome Guide to the Pahiyas Festival in Lucban, Quezon! @TourismPHL

 

17-19 Obando Fertility Rites | Obando, Bulacan

Massive numbers of men and women dance towards the town church praying for a wife, husband or a child.

More Info: About the Obando Fertility Rites

 

21-22 Sarangani Bay Festival | Glan, Saranggani

Head to the biggest beach festival in Mindanao full of action-packed activities that are fun for the entire family.

More Info: Sarangani Bay Festival Official FB Page and About the Sarangani Bay Festival

 

28 National Flag Day

Start of the designated flag days where all government offices, business establishments, and private homes are also encouraged to display the flag.

 

june

12 Independence Day

Commemorates the Independence Day of the Philippines from the Spaniards

 

19 Father’s Day

An annual celebration to pay tribute to all the awesome fathers!

 

19 Dr. Jose Rizal Birth Anniversary

Commemorating the birth of one of the greatest Filipinos to ever live.

 

24 Feast day of St. John the Baptist

Feast of St. John the Baptist, the man who supposedly baptized Jesus Christ. 

 

24 San Juan Day Festival | San Juan City, Metro Manila

The city of San Juan, named after St. John Baptiste, celebrates this day by wetting people around the streets with hoses.

 

24 Lechon Festival | Balayan, Batangas

A Lechon Parade celebrating the Feast of St. John the Baptist in Balayan Batangas

More Info: About the Lechon Parade
LECHON FESTIVAL: Our Awesome Guide to the Lechon Festival in Balayan, Batangas! @TourismPHL

 

29 Pentados-Kasadyaan Festival | Tacloban City

A feast that donors the Señor Santo Niño de Leyte.

More Info: About the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival and Tacloban Fiesta

 

july

5 Eid al-Fitr (Tuesday, estimated day)

An Islamic holiday, marking the end of the monthlong fasting period of Ramadan.

 

11 Feast Day of St. Benedict

A celebration of the founder of the Benedictine Monastary and father of Western Monasticism.

 

18 T’nalak Festival | South Cotabato

A festival that celebrates the anniversary of South Cotobato; this is full of intricate, colorful T’boli costumes, sports activities, and dance contests.

More Info: Tnalak Festival Official Website

 

25 Kinabayo Festival | Dapitan City

A two-day festival celebrated by Zamboangueños in honor of St. James—the activities reenacts the Spanish-Moor warsat the battle of Cavadonga. 

More Info: About the Kinabayo Festival

 

16 Feast Day of St. Anne

Celebration of the feast day of the Mother of Mother Mary.

 

31 Sandugo Festival | 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.

More Info: Sandugo Festival Official Website

 

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.

 

 

august

 1 Ibalong Festival | Legaspi City

A non-religious festival that donors the Ibálong, a 60-stanza Bicolano Epic.

More Info: About Ibalong Festival

 

3-6 World Food Expo (WOFEX)

The WOFEX is one of the most anticipated food expositions in the country, whose goal is to offer supply solutions to the food industry.

More Info: World Food Expo Official Website

 

7 Cinemalaya | Manila

A film festival that promotes the growth and invest in the local indie film industry.

More Info: Cinemalaya Official Website and Cinemalaya Official FB Page

 

15 Assumption of Mother Mary

Celebrates the taking of Mother Mary into heaven.

 

21 Kadayawan Festival | Davao City

This festival gives thanks to the bounty of fruits and flowers as the waling-waling orchid blooms.

More Info: About Kadayawan Festival and Kadayawan Festival Official FB Page

 

21 Ninoy Aquino Day (Sunday)

A non-working holiday commemorating the assassination of Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr.

 

25-28 Geeks on the Beach 4

An international conference for techies, startup-enthusiasts, designers, and people who want to change the world!

More Info: Geeks on a Beach Official Website

 

28 Kagay-an Festival - Feast Day of St. Augustine | Cagayan de Oro

A citywide festival a Cagayan De Oro celebrating the feast of of St. Augustine.

More Info: Kagay-An Festival Official FB Page

 

29 National Heroes Day (Monday)

A day to remember all national Filipino heroes.

 

september 

4 Tuna Festival | General Santos City

A festival that pays homage to the city’s prime commodity.

More Info: Tuna Festival Schedule of Activities and General Santos News Official FB Page

 

8 Sarakiki-Hadang Festival | Calbayog City

Sarakikiki describes the movement of the rooster trying to attract a hen, while “handang” refers to an age-old offer to the the gods—this festival consists of fervent dancing believed to cure the sick and bring bountiful harvests.

More Info: About Sarakiki-Handang Festival

 

8 Mother Mary’s Birthday

Celebration of the Virgin Mary’s birth date.

 

10 Ultimate Taste Test 2016

Bringing together some of the best concessionaires around Manila—a true foodie experience.

More Info: Ultimate Taste Test FB Page

 

11 Grand Parent’s Day

An annual celebration to pay tribute to all the awesome grandparents!

 

11 Eid al-Adha (Sunday)

Muslim Holiday celebrating Abraham's obedience when he was willing to sacrifice his son Ishmael. (calculated date for 2016 pending proclamation)

 

14 Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross | Tarlac

Public exposition and Veneration of the Relic of the True Cross of Jesus Christ at the Servants of the Risen Christ Monastery in Tarlac.

 

14-18 Manila International Book Fair | SMX Convention Center, Manila

Bookworms gather at SMX Convention Center at a book fair that boasts some of the largest collections of graphic novels, fiction, textbooks, and more!

More Info: Manila Book Fair Official FB Page

 

17 Peñafrancia Festival Viva La Virgen | 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.

More Info: Naga City Official FB Page and Peñafrancia Festival Schedule of Activities

 

23 Feast Day of Padre Pio

Feast of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina.

 

29 Iligan Fiesta - Feast Day of St. Michael the Archangel | Iligan City

The city commemorates its patron saint, Michael the Archangel, with dancing and trade fairs.

More Info: Iligan Fiesta Official FB Page  and About Iligan Fiesta

 

october

1 Feast of St. Therese of Child Jesus

Feast of Saint Therese of the Little Flower.

 

4 Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Animals. Pet blessings are held to celebrate his feast.

 

5 World’s Teachers Day

Happy Teachers Day to honor the noble profession of teaching.

 

13-16 Travel Blogger Exchange Asia - Philippines | Manila

The TBEX is one of the largest conferences for bloggers, journalists, travel brands, and industry professionals.

More Info:
TBEX Official Website

 

15-16 Masskara Festival | Bacolod

Experience 20 days of merry making with street parties, endless food, and wonderful masquerade costumes that make up Bacolod City's MassKara Festival.

More Info: About Bacolod's Masskara Festival and BACOLOD: Our Awesome Guide to MassKara Festival! @TourismPHL

 

24 Calacatchara Festival | Calaca, Batangas

The festival name being a portmanteau of “Calaca” and “Atchara”, a pickled dish of raw papaya—the fiesta was meant to boost the then weakening Atchara industry. 

More Info: Calacatchara Official FB Page and About Calacatachara Festival

 

29-30 Lanzones Festival | Camiguin Island

This festival is celebration of the Lanzones fruit, part of Camiguin’s source of livelihood. 

More Info: Lanzones Festival Official FB Page and About Lanzones Festival

 

30 Fiestang Kuliat  Angeles, Pampanga

A fiesta honoring two patrons: Our Lady of the Holy Rosary and Lord of the Holy Sepulcher.

More Info: Fiestang Kuliat Official FB Page and About Fiestang Kuliat

 

30 Diwali Festival of Lights

Indian New Year Festival of Lights

 

31 Special Non-Working Holiday (Monday) / Halloween

Celebrate this day with family or out trick or treating!

 

november

1 All Saints Day (Tuesday)

A festival celebrated by the Catholic Church where they honor the saints.

 

2 All Souls Day

A day where families go to cemeteries to remember and pray for the dead.

 

2 Festival of Fire | Sagada, Mt. Province

A day where Sagadians light up fires to give warmth to departed souls.

 

3-5 Pintaflores Festival | San Carlos City, Negros Occidental

This festival was inspired by the victory of a princess that travelled distant lands, who during her travels got sick, but was healed through flower tattoos.

More Info: Pintaflores Festival Official Website and About Pintaflores Festival

 

22-23 Higantes Festival | Angono, Rizal

A festival honoring Saint Clemente, the patron saint of fishermen.

More Info: About Higantes Festival

 

24 Thanksgiving Day

A Western holiday giving thanks for the blessing of harvest in the preceding year.

 

25 Black Friday

Following Thanksgiving, Black Friday is considered the beginning of Christmas shopping where stores open very early and sell their items for extremely cheap prices.

 

28 Cyber Monday

A term after the Thanksgiving holiday urging people to shop online.

 

30 Bonifacio Day (Wednesday)

A day honoring one of the Philippine Heroes, Andrés Bonifacio

 

december

1-7 Sinukwan Festival | San Fernando

Sinukwan Festival celebrates the cultural diversity of Pampanga by honoring “Airing Sinukwan”, the God of the Kampampangans. 

More Info: Sinukwan Festival Official Website

 

8 Immaculate Concepcion

A holy day of obligation.

 

16 Oblation Run

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.

 

16-24 Simbang Gabi Novena

Start of early morning vigil 9 days before Christmas

 

17 Ligligan Parul Giant Lantern Festival | San Fernando

A Show-Off of Kapampangan Pride culminated with a display of Giant Lanterns measuring 18 feet in diameter.

 

24 Christmas Eve (Saturday)

A day before Christmas where most Filipino Families gather for “Noche Buena” dinner.

 

25 Christmas Day (Sunday)

A day symbolic of the birth of Jesus Christ.

 

30 Rizal Day (Friday)

A day honoring the life and works of Dr. José Rizal

 

31 New Year’s Eve (Saturday)

You can celebrate this spectacular day at home or party like it’s the last night of you’re life!

More Info: New Year's Eve Manila 2016: Awesome Guide to a Dazzling New Year!

 


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