Our Definitive Guide to Philippine Holidays, Philippine Festivals, Philippine Fiestas, Liturgical Events, and Awesome Events! Copyright 2011. Our Awesome Planet

NOTE: Updated with Proclamation 84: DECLARING THE REGULAR HOLIDAYS, SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) DAYS, AND SPECIAL HOLIDAY (FOR ALL SCHOOLS) FOR THE YEAR 2011

    JANUARY 2011
    Best Time to Climb Mt. Pinatubo!

    December 31 – January 2 | 3-Day Weekend!

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

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

    15 PASUNGAY FESTIVAL 2011 | 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 Malay in the 13th century. 

    15-16 ATI-ATIHAN 2011 | 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.

    15-16 SINULOG 2011 | Cebu City
    Cebu’s biggest and most popular festival in honor of the Holy Image of Senyor Sto. Niño

    16 or 23 CARACOL 2011 | Makati City
    This is Makati City’s version of the Mardi Gras conceptualized in 1986

    22-23 DINAGYANG FESTIVAL 2011 | 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.

    31 FEAST DAY OF ST. JOHN BOSCO 
    Celebration of the feast day of the Father and Teacher of Youth who founded the Salesian Society. 

    FEBRUARY 2011
    The Love Month!

    FEAST OF NUESTRA SENORA DE LA CANDELARIA or “OUR LADY OF CANDLES.” | Jaro, Iloilo
    Western Visayas celebrates the Patroness of their region.

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

    10-13 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! | Monday
    Filipino lover’s most romantic event of the year!

    12-15 AURORA SURFING COMPETITION 2011 | Sabang Beach, Baler, Aurora
    The biggest surfing competition in Aurora, Quezon and the best time to go to the birthplace of surfing in the Philippines – Baler, Aurora

    February 25 – 27 | 3-Day Long Weekend (for schools only)!

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

    26 PANAGBENGA – BAGUIO FLOWER FESTIVAL 2011 | 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.

     

    MARCH 2011
    Best Time to go watch and shoot the awesome Manila sunset!
    Start of the Donsol Season in Bicol!

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

    26 EARTH HOUR 2011 | Philippines | 8.30pm-9.30pm
    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. 

     

    APRIL 2011
    The Peak Time in Boracay.

    9 BATAAN DAY (ARAW NG KAGITINGAN) | Saturday
    Araw ng Kagitingan

    18-24 HOLY WEEK! | Philippines
    Philippines’ most sacred week!

    April 21-24 | 4-Day Weekend!

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

    22 
    GOOD FRIDAY! 
    Commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus at Calvary.

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

    22 EARTH DAY 2011 | Philippines
    A day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment

    22 Cutud Cruxificions |  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. 

    24 EASTER SUNDAY
    Celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

     

    MAY 2011
    National-wide celebration of Flores de Mayo / Santacruzan.

    1 LABOR DAY | Sunday
    National Labor Day!

    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!

    7-8 CARAMOAN, FIESTA 2011 | Caramoan, Camarines Sur
    Feast of St. Michael 

    8 HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! | Sunday
    An annual celebration to pay tribute to all the awesome mothers!

    15 PAHIYAS 2011 | Sunday | Lucban, Quezon
    An annual celebration held to usher in a bountiful harvest and smashing good times.

    17-19 OBANDO FERTILITY RITES 2011 | Tuesday-Thursday | 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 2011
    Time to show your love for the Philippines by putting a flag on your home, car, and shirts.

    12 PHILIPPINE’S INDEPENDENCE DAY | Sunday
    Commemorates the Independence Day of the Philippines from the Spaniards

    19 HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
    An annual celebration to pay tribute to all the awesome fathers! 

    19 150th Birth Anniversary of Jose Rizal!
    (proposed legislation to declare a working holiday)

    27-28 PINTADOS/ KASADYAAN FESTIVAL 2011 | Tacloban, Leyte


    JULY 2011
    Start of the Rainy Season in the Philippines.

    11 OFFICIAL DECLARATION OF NEW 7 WONDERS OF NATURE  11/11/11

    23-24 BOHOL SANDUGO FESTIVAL 2011 | 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 
    Celebration of the feast day of the Mother of Mama Mary

    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 2011
    The Best Time to go on a wild river ride.

    14 UGU BIGYAN’s BIRTHDAY SALE | Sunday |  Tiaong, Quezon
    48% Discount on Ugu Bigyan’s Pottery (discount is equivalent to his age)

    15 ASSUMPTION OF MOTHER MARY INTO HEAVEN | Monday

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

    20-21 KADAYAWAN SA DABAW 2011 | Davao City
    This festival gives thanks to the bounty of fruits and flowers as the waling-waling orchid blooms.

    August 27-293-Day Weekend!

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

    29 OLD SWISS INN ANNUAL PRICE ROLL BACK | MONDAY
    During Old Swiss inn’s Anniversary, the prices are rolled back to the prices when it opened in 1940’s. The best wasy to get a table during the anniversary is to collect 12 stamps from their Gruzi mileage Card. 

    31 EID’L FITR | WEDNESDAY
    A Muslim holiday celebrating the end of Ramadan. (Calculated date for 2011 pending proclamation).

    SEPTEMBER 2011
    The Best Time to go to Divisoria for Christmas shopping and preparations.

    8 MOTHER MARY’S BIRTHDAY | Thursday

    7-11 26th NEGROS TRADE FAIR!| Manila
    The longest running trade fair of the best food, furniture, jewelries and products from the Negros region. Foodies should not miss this annual event 🙂

    11 HAPPY GRANDPARENT’S DAY!  
    An annual celebration to pay tribute to all the awesome grandparents!  

    18 PENAFRANCIA VIVA LA VIRGEN 2011 | 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.

    26-30 CLOUD 9 INTERNATIONAL SURFING COMPETITION 2011 | Siargao
    The biggest international surfing competition in the Philippines held in Cloud 9, Siargao

    28- Oct. 2 – 26th NEGROS TRADE FAIR!| Manila
    The longest running trade fair of the best food, furniture, jewelries and products from the Negros region. Foodies should not miss this annual event 🙂


    OCTOBER 2011
    Surfing Season in the Philippines.

    1 THE FEAST OF ST. THERESE OF CHILD JESUS
    Feast of Saint Therese of the Little Flower.

    15-16 MASKARA FESTIVAL 2011 | 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.

    16 WORLD BREAD DAY
    Celebration of the World Bread Day.
     

    15-16 LANSONES FESTIVAL 2011 | Camiguin
    A grand celebration of the lanzones fruit in the island of Camiguin. 

    18-20 MAJESTIC SURFING COMPETITION 2011 | Puraran, Baras, Catanduanes
    The biggest surfing competition in Bicol and the best time to catch the Majestic Wave in Puraran

    26-30 DIWALI FESTIVAL | The Festival of Lights
    Indian New Year Festival

     

    NOVEMBER 2011
    Halloween Parties.

    Oct. 29 – November 1 | 4-Day Weekend!
    (October 31 is not a holiday so you have to file your Vacation Leave for this date)

    1 ALL SAINT’S DAY | Tuesday

    ALL SOUL’S DAY | Wednesday

    6 EIDUL ADHA | Sunday
    Muslim Holiday celebrating Abraham’s obedience when he was willing to sacrifice his son Ishmael. (calculated date for 2011 pending proclamation) 

    12 45th Days with the Lord Anniversary Mass | Saturday Night 
    Dazers Mass celebration of the founding of the Days with the Lord. Basta Ikaw, Lord!

    22-23 HIGANTES FESTIVAL 2011 | Tuesday-Wednesday | 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.

    23-27 8th MAHARLIKA SUNRISE FESTIVAL | Wednesday-Sunday | Roving Festival
    The Sunrise Festival is a celebration of arts for service and blessedness held annually in the different regions of Maharlika (Philippines).

    24 HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY!

    26-27 KERYGMA CONFERENCE 2011 | Manila | Kerygma Conference
    The Biggest Catholic Charismatic Event in the Country

    30 BONIFACIO DAY | Wednesday

    DECEMBER 2011
    Christmas Season in the Philippines.

    4 ANNUAL CULTURAL TOUR OF NEGROS | Saturday | Bacolod
    Longest running cultural tour in the country by Ramon H. Hofileña.

    8 IMMACULATE CONCEPTION | Tuesday | HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION

    11 ANNUAL CULTURAL TOUR OF NEGROS | Saturday | Bacolod
    Longest running cultural tour in the country by Ramon H. Hofileña.

    18 GIANT LANTERN FESTIVAL 2011 | 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

    16 OBLATION RUN | Friday | 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. 

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

    December 30 – January 1 | 3-Day Weekend!

    30 RIZAL DAY | Friday
    Commemorating the Death of Jose Rizal
      

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    Originally posted on October 13, 2010.