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Philippines Public Holidays

Pinoys are cheerful people

 

Holidays, Fiestas and Festivals

An inherent part of the Filipino spirit is the joy of life and there are few, if any, races on the planet that can match them in their fervor to celebrate their blessings, commemorate their past or observe solemn religious rituals. Every town, village, city, province and barangay in the nation has its special Fiesta or Festival Day. Celebrations may take the form of music, dancing, feasting, beauty contests, balls, processions, sports challenges or a host of other events.

Spanish influence is evident in the elaborate masks, makeup, headdresses and costumes worn by the revelers; outfits which often take months of preparation. Visitors are always cordially welcomed and invited to share in the festivities. Please find here after all the well known fiestas and festivals in order of the months. Some fiestas are not clearly fixed, please inquire. And there are much more fiestas than those we list here. There are too many Saints for not too celebrate a fiesta tonight.

Be warned, when these holidays fall in the middle of the week, then they will be moved by presidential decree either to Monday or Friday, so the Pinoys have a long week-end for celebrations and fiestas. This is unique in the world.

The regular holidays

New Year's Day January 1
Maunday Thursday Thursday before Estaer
Good Friday Friday before Estaer
Araw ng Kagitingan April 9
Labor Day May 1
Independence Day June 12
National Heroes Day Last Monday of August
Bonifacio Day November 30
Christmas Day December 25
Rizal Day December 30

Festivals Calendar

JANUARY

FEAST OF THE BLACK NAZARENE

January 9 - People from all walks of life go to Quiapo to venerate the miraculous wooden black statue of Christ carried by male devotees during the procession.

BINIRAY

January 9 - A festival parade in the sea followed by a celebration in Romblon Town.

SINULOG

3rd Week - Cebu City's largest festival, held during the third week of January. It celebrates the Christ Child and features processions and a unique dance step - the Sinulog. The festival is also held at about the same time in Digos, Davao Del Sur and Kabankalan, Negros.

ATI-ATIHAN

3rd Week - Internationally famous festival, which occurs in Kalibo and other towns on Panay, every third week of January. It commemorates a pact between Indonesian immigrants and native tribes and the Spanish link to catholic religious celebrations. The full name is therefore “Santo Niño Ati-Atihan. Renowned for the colorful costumes, the blackened faces of the revelers and the sound of drums.

DINAGYANG

Held in Iloilo, Panay at the same time and for the same reasons as Ati-Atihan, it also features parades, to be less frenetic.

CARACOL SA MAKATI

Last Sunday in January - A combination of three ethnic festivals, inaugurated in 1988. Caracol is a Spanish term for snail.

 

FEBRUARY

PAMULINAWEN

February 7 - 10 - In Laoag City. Main feature is a Floral Parade. Celebrates the Feast of William, the town's patron saint.

SAN FERNANDO, LA UNION

February - Musical extravaganzas, trade fairs and pageants featuring show business personalities such as Sharon Cuneta.

TINAGBA

February 11 - A harvest festival in Iriga, Bicol, which coincides with the feast day of Our Lady of Louraes. Main feature is a parade of colorful and grandiosely decorated bull carabao carts.

INTERNATIONAL BAMBOO ORGAN FESTIVAL

February - A ten day cultural classical performers and utilizes the spectacular bamboo organ of St. Joseph's Pan.

DIA DE ZAMBOANGA

February 26 - A celebration of cultural and religious harmony between Muslim and Christians in this most cosmopolitan of Philippine cities. Marks the date when Zamboanga became a chartered city.

MANGI FESTIVAL

February 26 - 28 - A dance festival in Tumauini ,Isabela, in the far north of the Philippines. Music from the festival is available as MP3 and videos on YouTube.

BAGUIO FLOWER FESTIVAL

4th Week - Recently inaugurated to celebrate the vast array of spectacular blooms produced in the mountain capital. Modeled on the Rose Bowl Parade of Pasadena, California.

Special non-working days

Proclamation No. 117 January 2
Chinese New Year variable
EDSA Revolution Anniversary February 25
Black Saturday Saturday before Easter
Ninoy Aquino Day August 21
(non-working) day October 31
All Saints' Day November 1, 2017
Last day of the year December 31

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Philippines Holidays and Fiestas

MARCH

KAAMULAN

March 3-7 - A gathering of the tribes of Bukidnon province, featuring religious rituals, street dancing and ethnic performances.

ARYA ABRA FESTIVAL

March 7-10 - Celebrates the founding of Abra province with a variety of events, including raft and horse races.

SANDUGO RE-ENACTMENT

March 16 - A re-enactment of the Blood Compact between Spain's Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Datu Sikatuna, which helped forge friendly relations between the two countries. Held in Tagbilaran, Bohol.

MT. MANUNGGAL

March 16-17 - A mountain trek, which marks the anniversary of the tragic death of president Ramon Magsaysay, whose plane crashed on the mountain.

APRIL

KALILANG

April 10-15 - The charter anniversary celebration of Marawi City. A celebration of Muslim culture, including songs, dances, crafts and food.

KADAUGAN SA MACTAN

April 27 - A complete re-enactment of the Battle of Mactan in which Magellan was defeated by Lapu-Lapu and his warriors, resulting in the death of the Spanish explorer.

TANDUYONG

4th Sunday - A celebration of the harvest in San Jose City, featuring colorful costumes and street dancing. Focuses on the contribution of onions and other vegetables to the city's economy.

TURUMBA

April, May or June - Turumba is a song which requires a unique form of street dancing Held in Pakil Laguna, in honor of Our Lady of Sorrows.

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MAY

VIVA VIGAN

1st Week - Features painting, product exhibits and the calesa parade.

TAPUSAN

Held throughout the month in Alitagtag, Batangas, to honor the Holy Cross.

BOHOL

Month long celebrations throughout the province, where sumptuous feasts are prepared. All Boholanos are expected to return home for the fiesta.

PISTA'Y DAYAT

May 1 - Held in Lingayen, Pangasinan to celebrate the rich harvest of seafood in the province.

ALINSANGAN "BOA-BOAHAN"

May1 - A fertility festival of pagan origin, held in Nabua, Camarines Sur.

CARABAO CARROZA RACE FESTIVAL

May 3 - Held in Pavia, lloilo. The race features the fastest water buffalos in the area pulling bamboo carts.

RODEO FILIPINO

May 6-9 - The highlight of Masbate's Livestock Week, it focuses on the importance of cattle raising to the island's economy.

PAHIYAS

May 15 - Honors San Isidro, the patron saint of farmers. Beautiful decorations, made of edible rice dough, are placed on the exteriors of houses in Lucban, Laguna, representing various agricultural proaucis.

TABANOG

3rd Sunday - A kite flying competition held in Cagayan De Oro City.

MAMMANGUI FESTIVAL

May 30 - Held in Ilagan, Isabela province in the North

SUBIRAN REGATTA

Held during the last week of May in Tacloban, the festival features sailboat races.

JUNE

BUKLOG

Held in Dipolog City, Mindanao, the festival features stationary dancing by native Subanens on three meter structures.

ARAW NG MAYNILA

June 24 - Celebrates the founding of Manila with parades, sports events and the Manila Film Festival.

JOHN'S DAY

June 24 - The feast of St. John the Baptist is celebrated in various parts of the nation, including San Juan, Manila; Balayan, Batangas and Camiguin Island. Part of the merry making is water dousing.

SUBLIAN SA BATANGAS

June 26 - Celebrates the Foundation Day of Batangas City.

Philippines Holidays and Fiestas
Philippines Holidays and Fiestas
Philippines Holidays and Fiestas
Philippines Holidays and Fiestas
Philippines Holidays and Fiestas

JULY

FEAST OF THE LADY OF PIAT

July 1-2 - Held in Cagayan. A major religious event highlighted bv the procession of the Marian.

SAGAYAN

July 3-4 - Held in Tubod, Lanao Del Norte, the festival has its origin in a war dance that connotes masculinity. Unique in the fact that it has no religious connotation.

PAGODA

First Sunday of July - The Holy Cross of Wawa is paraded in a specially built pagoda or river boat accompanied by other vessels in a river procession along the Pasig River.

CORDILLERA DAY

July 15 - Cultural activities celebrating the creation of Cordillera Administrative Region.

AUGUST

ADLAW HONG BUTUAN

August 2 - Charter Day celebration of Butuan City.

PALO-PALO

August 4-5 - Cultural presentation of the lifestyles of the inhabitants of the Philippines most remote province, Batanes.

LUBI-LUBI

August 15 - Festivities in Calubian, Leyte, which focus on the various uses of the coconut and its by-products.

KADAYAWAN

August 18-21 - The chief Festival of Davao City has a threefold purpose: to honor Mt. Apo, the famous waling-waling orchids and the durian fruits.

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SEPTEMBER

CHEFS ON PARADE

Month long - The longest running culinary competition in Southeast Asia.

SARAKIKI

September 1-8 - The Filipino passion for cockfighting is celebrated with dancing and costumes which mimic the movements and appearance of the brave birds. Held in Calbayog City, Samar.

PENAFRANCIA

3rd Week - Held in Naga, Camarines Sur, the festival features an impressive river parade carrying an image of the Blessed Virgin.

T'BOLI TRIBAL FESTIVAL

3rd Week - The culture of this unique tribe is celebrated in South Cotabato.

Philippines Holidays and Fiestas
Philippines Holidays and Fiestas

OCTOBER

SIARGAO SURFING CUP

1st week, but movable - A recent inaugurated event, held at Cloud 9 Break near General Luna, which has placed the Philippines on the international surfing calendar.

IBALONG

October 6-12 - Held in Legazpi City, the festival depicts Bicol's early history and is named after an early herooftheregion.

LA NAVAL

2nd Sunday - Celebrates the victory at sea against the Dutch in 1646. An image of the Virgin is paraded through the streets of Quezon City in a carriage decorated to resemble a ship. Also celebrated in Angeles City.

ZAMBOANGA HERMOSA

October 12 - Features a parade of vinta sails. Held in honor of Zamboanga's patron saint, Our Lady of the Pillar.

MASSKARA

October 19 - The main Festival of Negros, held in Bacolod. Features street dancers wearing masks and colorful costumes.

CATANDUNGAN

October 22-24 - Held in Virac, the festival celebrates the founding of the province.

BATTLE OF SURIGAO STRAIT

October 25 - Commemorates the anniversary of the largest naval battle in history, which took place in World War II.

FIESTANG KULIAT

Last week of October - Large street festival Balibago, Angeles City.

LANZONES

3rd week - Mambajao, Camiguin, to celebrate the new harvest of this succulent fruit.

Philippines Holidays and Fiestas
Philippines Holidays and Fiestas
Philippines Holidays and Fiestas

NOVEMBER

KANSILAY

November 5-13 - Named after a tree with purple-pink flowers, the festival incorporates the celebration of "Cincode Noviembre", a bloodless revolution in Silay, which overthrew the city guards.

HELUBONG

2nd Week - Cultural presentations of the T'Boli and Blaan ethnic minorities, held at Lake Sebu South Cotabato.

SANDUGAN

November 11-15 - Re-enactment of the first contact between the natives of Mindoro and Chinese traders. Held at Calapan, Oriental Mindoro.

HIGANTES

November 22-23 - Held in Angono, Rizal to honor patron saint, St. Clemente. The parade features "papier-maché" giants, dressed in native costumes.

DECEMBER

FEAST OF OUR LADY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPCION

December 8 - The main celebrations are held in Roxas City, Panay and Malabon, Manila. The Roxas Festival is a showcase of the culture of the province, while the Malabon celebration features a river procession.

SHARIFF KABUNSUAN FESTIVAL

December 15-19 - Celebrates the arrival in Mindanao of Shariff Kabunsuan, who brought Islamic culture to the Philippines. Held in Cotabato City.

GIANT LANTERN FESTIVAL

December 19 - A spectacular parade of lighted lanterns in San Fernando, Pampanga.. Lanterns measure between three and five meters.

OLONGAPO

December 30 - The city's festivities include a lantern parade.

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