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!
Experience 20 days of merry making with street parties, endless food, and wonderful masquerade costumes that make up Bacolod City's MassKara Festival.
It is considered by the likes of CNN and National Geographic as a must do experience when visiting the Philippines. The celebration starts between Oct 1 to 19, with the biggest event starting on the weekend nearest to the 19th.
Our #BoomingBacolod adventure starts as we'll show how you can make the most of the MasKara Festival from festival line-ups & parades, must-go parties, delicious local fares, yummy desserts, pasalubong, tourist spots and tips!
By the way, this is the hometown of Abi of Team Our Awesomeplanet. So expect a guided tour from a local's perspective. Come and join us as we rediscover Bacolod City. :)
Our Awesome Guide to Bacolod City and the Masskara Festival
The Original Segway Tour is now in Manila! Get ready to see Intramuros in style with these wicked wheels.
Simply Moving Philippines Inc., in partnership with the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) will be providing Metro Manila residents, visitors and tourists a fun and unique way to view the historical, scenic wonders of Manila through a guided Segway Tour experience branded as The Navigator .
Segway tours are popular around the world, locals and tourists alike have been enjoying it around Paris, San Francisco, Bahamas, Canada, Singapore and etc. One of the best use is to tour around a city as it's a faster way to get to more destinations in a shorter period of time.
Segway Tours already established different tours in the country specifically in Boracay and Enchanted Kingdom. This year, they will be starting The Navigator Tour. This includes Club Intramuros Golf Course, Intramuros and other tourist spots in Manila such as the Manila Bay and Rizal Park.
Here are some quick tips about our experience from #TeamOAP...
DreamPlay is a DreamWorks movie-inspired creativity play center for kids located indoors inside City of Dreams Manila.
I like that the attractions stimulate the minds of the kids and challenge their creativity. The activities are interactive, like workshop classes and exercise activities for your little ones.
Although, some say the entrance fee isn't worth it, considering how relatively small the place is, with limited attractions you can finish in two hours. Others comment that it's just an interactive day care where parents, who want to spend more time in the casino, can drop off their kids.
We tried it first hand with the boys and their cousins, and here's our planning guide and review of DreamPlay by DreamWorks...
DREAMPLAY by DreamWorks Upper Ground Floor, The Shops at the Boulevard, City of Dreams Manila Operating Hours: 10 am to 10 pm Telephone Numbers: +632 808-0909 Ticket Purchase: At the DreamPlay entrance, or online via SMtickets.com. Cash, credit cards or Dream Rewards points accepted.
Make sure to download Our Awesome Guide for information, food, and pasalubong tips when in Lucban, Quezon! :)
The Pahiyas Festival is one of the most popular fiestas in the Philippines, held in honor of San Isidro Labrador, Catholic Patron Saint of Farmers. It is celebrated annually every May 15th (regardless of whether it falls on a weekday or a weekend).
The festival is a thanksgiving feast for a beautiful harvest. Kiping (colorful decorations made from dried rice paste) are used to decorate the houses along with various fruit, vegetables, and flowers.
#TeamOAP (Team Our Awesome Planet) visited this year and put together these helpful tips for you to use next time you visit Pahiyas.
Taal Volcano is an island within a lake, on an island within a lake, on an island! Did you get that? :P
Just an hour away from Manila, this geological wonder is the smallest active volcano in the world. But despite being famous and all, we found that most Filipinos have a hard time locating the actual Crater Lake itself--So we had to figure out the reason for ourselves. Check out Team OAP’s video on debunking the mystery of Taal Volcano...
The KAAMULAN FESTIVAL is an annual 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.
The fiesta is usually held in March, but it was moved to September this year to coincide with the Centennial Celebration of the province of Bukidnon, which was founded on September 1, 1914.
I was curious to experience it because George Tapan called it one of the best and most authentic fiestas in the Philippines.
Here's a photo essay of my first ever Kaamulan experience in Malaybalay, Bukidnon...