10+ Long Weekends in 2009. Plan Your Vacations Now!

Our Definitive Guide to Philippine Holidays, Philippine Festivals, Philippine Fiestas, Liturgical Events, and Awesome Events! Copyright 2009. Our Awesome Planet

JANUARY 2009

Best Time to Climb Mt. Pinatubo!

1 NEW YEAR’S DAY | Thursday | Solemnity of Mary Mother of God | HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION

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

17-18 ATI-ATIHAN | 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.

17-18 SINULOG | Cebu City
Cebu’s biggest and most popular festival in honor of the Holy Image of Senyor Sto. Niño

24-25 DINAGYANG FESTIVAL 2008 | 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.

24-25 BIG BINONDO FOOD WOK – SPECIAL CHINESE NEW YEAR WOK| Binondo, Manila | Old Manila Walks
Don’t Miss This! A Special Chinese New Year Big Binondo Wok Tour by Ivan Man Dy

26 CHINESE NEW YEAR – THE YEAR OF THE OX | Binondo, Manila
The Chinese community celebrates the Chinese New Year with pomp & color through a dragon dance.

FEBRUARY 2009

14-15 HOT AIR BALLOON FIESTA | Clark, Angeles, Pampanga
Watch the awesome hot air balloons fly out as the sun rises in the horizon.

14 HAPPY VALENTINES’ DAY!
Filipino lover’s most romantic event of the year!

25 EDSA REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY | Metro Manila | People Power Revolution
Commemorates the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution that Filipinos came to known for.

25 ASH WEDNESDAY | Philippines
The First Day of Lenten Season in the Philippines

28 PANAGBENGA – BAGUIO FLOWER FESTIVAL | 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.

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MARCH 2009

Best Time to go watch and shoot the awesome Manila sunset!
Start of the Donsol Season in Bicol!

1 PANAGBENGA – BAGUIO FLOWER FESTIVAL | 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.

18-21 MASBATE NATIONAL RODEO FINALS | Masbate
Each year, Masbate City hold the colorful Rodeo Masbateno in celebration of its Cowboy Culture.

28 EARTH HOUR | 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.

? World Pyro Olympics 2009 | Manila

APRIL 2009

The Peak Time in Boracay.

6-12 MORIONES FESTIVAL | Marinduque
Re-enact the story of Longinus, a Roman centurion who speared the crucified body of Jesus Christ.

6-12 HOLY WEEK! | Philippines
Philippines’ most sacred week!

April 4-6 | 3 Days Weekend!

6 BATAAN DAY (ARAW NG KAGITINGAN) | Monday
In lieu of April 9, Bataan Day

April 9-11 | 4 Days Weekend!

9 HOLY THURSDAY!
Commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles.

10 GOOD FRIDAY!
Commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus at Calvary.

12 EASTER SUNDAY
Celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

19 FEAST OF THE DIVINE MERCY | Philippines | 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!

22 EARTH DAY | Philippines
A day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment


MAY 2009

National-wide celebration of Flores de Mayo / Santacruzan.

May 1-3 | 3 Days Weekend!

1 LABOR DAY | Thursday
National Labor Day!

10 HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

15 PAHIYAS | Lucban, Quezon
An annual celebration held to usher in a bountiful harvest and smashing good times.

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.

28 NATIONAL FLAG DAY | Manila
Start of the designated flag days where all government offices, business establishments, and private homes are also encouraged to display the flag.

JUNE 2009

Time to show your love for the Philippines by putting a flag on your home, car, and shirts.

June 12 – 14 | 3 Days Weekend!

12 PHILIPPINE’S INDEPENDENCE DAY | Friday

21 HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

27-28 Pintados/ Kasadyaan Festival | Tacloban, Leyte

JULY 2009

Rainy Season in the Philippines.

25-26 Bohol Sandugo Festival | 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.

AUGUST 2009

The Best Time to go on a wild river ride.

15 ASCENCION OF MOTHER MARY INTO HEAVEN | Saturday | HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION

August 21-23 | 3 Days Weekend!

21 NINOY AQUINO DAY | Friday
Commemorating the Death of Ninoy Aquino

22-23 KADAYAWAN SA DABAW | Davao City
This festival gives thanks to the bounty of fruits and flowers as the waling-waling orchid blooms.

August 29-31 | 3 Days Weekend!

31 NATIONAL HEROES’ DAY | MONDAY
Commemorates the “Cry of Pugad Lawin” by Filipino revolutionaries called the Katipunan

SEPTEMBER 2009

The Best Time to go to Divisoria for Christmas shopping and preparations.

8 MOTHER MARY’S BIRTHDAY | Tuesday

13 HAPPY GRANDPARENT’S DAY!  

19 PENAFRANCIA 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.

? – Eid’l Fitr – End of Ramadan

26-27 Cloud 9 International Surfing Competition Finals | Siargao
The biggest international surfing competition in the Philippines held in Cloud 9, Siargao

OCTOBER 2009

Surfing Season in the Philippines.

17-18 MASKARA FESTIVAL | 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.

17 DIWALI FESTIVAL | Saturday | The Festival of Lights
Indian New Year Festival

18 Quezon City Marathon | Quezon CIty

NOVEMBER 2009

Halloween Parties.

Oct. 30 – November 2 | 3 Days Weekend!

1 ALL SAINT’S DAY | Sunday |

2 ALL SOUL’S DAY | Monday

22-23 HIGANTES FESTIVAL | 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.

26 HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY!

28-29 KERYGMA CONFERENCE | Manila | Kerygma Conference
The Biggest Catholic Charismatic Event in the Country

28-30 | 3 Days Weekend!

30 BONIFACIO DAY | Monday

DECEMBER 2009

Christmas Season in the Philippines.

5 Clark Marathon | Clark, Pampanga

8 IMMACULATE CONCEPTION | Tuesday | HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION

19 ULTIMATE KAPAMPANGAN SHOW-OFF/ GIANT LANTERN FESTIVAL | San Fernando, Pampanga
A Show-Off of Kapampangan Pride culminated with a display of Giant Lanterns measuring 18 feet in diameter.

16 SIMBANG GABI
Start of early morning vigil 9 days before Christmas

December 24-27 | 4 Days Weekend!

24 CHRISTMAS EVE | Thursday | Special (Non-Working) Day

25 CHRISTMAS DAY | Friday | Holy Day of Obligation
Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Christ

December 30 – January 1 | 5 Days Weekend!

30 RIZAL DAY | Wednesday
Commemorating the Death of Jose Rizal, in lieu of December 30

31 LAST DAY OF THE YEAR | Thursday
Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Christ

January 1 FIRST DAY OF THE YEAR | Friday | Solemnity of Mary Mother of God | HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION

Live an Awesome Life in God’s Love,

Anton
Text and Photos by Anton Diaz. Copyright 2009.
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