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144 posts categorized "EVENTS: Awesome Happenings in Manila"

Friday, January 03, 2014

FESTIVAL GUIDE to the 10 Most Awesome Fiestas of the Philippines!

If there's one thing you should know about me (besides my fondness for food and travel), it's that I love fiestas. And after 9 years of blogging, I've compiled a list of Top 10 Fiestas that every Filipino should experience to get a deeper appreciation of our own culture and traditions.

It wasn't an easy process since each festival has its own style and unique charm, but I wanted to come up with something to help kickstart your festival journey this 2014. So here's my definitive guide to the 10 Most Awesome Fiestas of the Philippines (based on our own first-hand festival experiences):

1. DINAGYANG, ILOILO

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DINAGYANG FESTIVAL
What is it? Dinagyang means "Merry Making" and its a celebration held in honor of the Santo Niño
Type of Festival: Religious, Cultural, and a Spectator-Type Festival
When is it Held: 4th Sunday of January (one week after Sinulog and Ati-Atihan)
Main Highlights:

  • Ati-Atihan Dance Competition on Sunday (all day starting 9am), and 
  • Kasadyahan Street Dancing on Saturday (all day)

Iloilo's Dinagyang: Hala Bira! Viva Señor Santo Niño!

A lot of festival enthusiasts believe that Dinagyang is one of the BEST Festivals in the Philippines.

Although the celebration still has that quaint, provincial city-feel, the Ati-Atihan dance productions are among the best I've seen in street dance festivals in the Philippines. They are the Grand Champions in the Aliwan Festival (Manila-based competition for all the street dance festivals).

Dinagyang is the best time to go to Iloilo!

Read More: Iloilo's Dinagyang: Hala Bira! Viva Señor Santo Niño!

Festival Power Travel Tips:

  1. Make sure you have confirmed reservations preferably outside the main city for less noise.
  2. Secure your tickets to watch the performances from the grand stand
  3. The entire city is closed to vehicular traffic so make sure to walk around and explore the city. 

For more info, visit Official Websitehttp://dinagyangsailoilo.com/

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2014 Awesome Calendar of the Philippines: Plan Your Next Awesome Destination!

Our Definitive Guide to Philippine Holidays, Philippine Festivals, Philippine Fiestas, Liturgical Events, and Awesome Events! by Our Awesome Planet

2014 Image credit: ximagination / 123RF Stock Photo

JANUARY 2014

1 NEW YEAR'S DAY | Wednesday (Every 1st of January) | Philippine Regular Holiday. 
Solemnity of Mary Mother of God  HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION

9 FEAST OF THE BLACK NAZARENE | Thursday | Quiapo, Manila
An intense, day-long festival highlighted by a mammoth procession through the streets.

19 ATI-ATIHAN 2014 | 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. Niño.

#3 in 10 Most Awesome Fiestas of the Philippines

Related post: KALIBO: What to Expect in the Sto. Niño ATI-ATIHAN Festival in Kalibo?

19 SINULOG 2014 | 3rd Sunday | Cebu City
Cebu’s biggest and most popular festival in honor of the Holy Image of Senyor Sto. Niño

#2 in 10 Most Awesome Fiestas of the Philippines

Related Blog Posts: Sinulog Fluvial Breakfast! and The Sinulog's Grand Parade

26 DINAGYANG FESTIVAL 2014 | 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.

#1 in 10 Most Awesome Fiestas of the Philippines

Related Blog Post: Iloilo's Dinagyang: Hala Bira! Viva Señor Santo Niño!

31 FEAST DAY OF ST. JOHN BOSCO |  Friday (Every 31st of Jan) 
Celebration of the feast day of the Father and Teacher of Youth who founded the Salesian Society.

31 CHINESE NEW YEAR - WOODEN HORSE | Friday | Special Non-Working Holiday | The Chinese community celebrates the Chinese New Year with pomp & color through a dragon dance.

Related Blog Posts: DISCOVER BINONDO: Chinese New Year + Ramada Hotel + 168 Shopping,
Binondo Chinese New Year and Kiong Hee Huat Tsai is Happy New Year in Binondo

Long Weekend #1: January 31 to Febuary 2 (3 Days) 

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Friday, December 27, 2013

NEW YEAR'S EVE 2014: 11 Best New Year's Eve Parties to Welcome 2014 in Manila!

Spiral New Year

Looking for the best party to welcome 2014 in Manila? Check out this curated list:

Manila's Awesome Guide to the Best 2014 New Year's Eve Parties!

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Friday, December 06, 2013

NAKED EYES: "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me!" #FlashbackFriday

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NAKED EYES has finally performed live in Manila, in what feels like the completion of a cycle for the 80's Generation, who grew up with their music! :)  

Here is a photo essay of their performance at Solaire...

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Monday, November 18, 2013

TYPHOON YOLANDA: 8 More Creative Ways to Help Typhoon Yolanda Victims this Week! #HELPCAPIZ! #UNSELFIE #DOTBOOKMARKS

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As we enter the second week of relief operations for Typhoon Yolanda, here are 8 more creative ways to help Typhoon Yolanda victims for this week...

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