Festivals

January

Ati- atihan

This is probably the most famous fiesta in Philippines. Dating back to the 13th century, the celebration is held in Kalibo in honour of the first Borneo settlers who came to the Philippines. This raucous, weeklong party gets into full swing in late January.

Sinulog Fiesta

This is the main festival in Cebu. Locals celebrate with a unique dance known as sinulog. It’s a two-step forward, one-step back shuffle that imitates the rhythm of a river.

February

Chinese New Year

The lunar new year, which happens in late January or early February, is a popular celebration among all Filipinos. Look out for dragon dances, street parties and huge fireworks displays in Manila.

Panagbenga Flower Festival

The streets of the mountain city of Baguio will be filled with dancing locals and a spectacular floats during a grand floral parade that happens in the last week of February.

April

Moriones Madness

The colourful Moriones festival in Marinduque’s sees masked locals in mock sword fights and playing pranks on bystanders. The festival is a weeklong celebration that is usually held during the Holy Week in April. It starts from Holy Monday to Easter Sunday.

Madrid Fusion Manila

From 23rd to 25th April at the SMX Convention Centre in Manila, welcomes the Madrid Fusion Manila, celebrating the 300 years of shared history showcasing Filipino and Spanish chefs. Everyone is invited to this gastronomic adventure including exhibitions and the Flavours of the Philippines festival held throughout the month of April.

May

Rodeo Masbateño

Masbate in Bicol holds a weeklong rodeo fiesta happens in early May or late April. Expect bull-riding, lasso contests and other cowboy-themed events.

August

Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival

This fiesta, held in the third week of August, acknowledges and showcases Davao’s Muslim, Chinese and tribal influences with colourful floral parades and performances.

December

MassKara Festival

The streets of Bacolod are filled with dancing locals and mischievous masked men who keep the dances going nonstop. Bacolod is the capital of Negros Occidental and MassKara happens during the weekend closest to 19 October.

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