10 Colorful and Funfilled Festivals in the Philippines

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#1. SINULOG FESTIVAL

Location: Cebu City

Event Date: Every 3rd Sunday of January

Image credit to cebudailynews.inquirer.net

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Sinulog-Santo Niño Festival is an annual cultural and religious festival held on the third Sunday of January in Cebu City, and is the centre of the Santo Nino Catholic celebrations in the Philippines.Sinulog is also famous for its  street parties usually happening at night before and at the night of the main festival. The word Sinulog comes from the Cebuano adverb sulog which means “like WATER current  movement;” it describes the forward-backward movement of the Sinulog dance. The dance consists of two steps forward and one step backward, done to the sound of drums. Vendors selling candles at the Basilica perform the traditional version of the dance when lighting a candle for the customer.

PLACES TO STAY DURING SINULOG FESTIVAL

  • Mabolo Royal Hotel
  • WellCome Hotel
  • Hotel Stella
  • Pillows Hotel Cebu
  • Azia Suites & Residences

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#2. ATI-ATIHAN

Location: Kalibo Aklan

Event Date: 3rd Sunday of January

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ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Ati-Atihan Festival is a feast held annually in January in the honor of the  Santo Nino (Infant Jesus), held in the town of Kalibo, Aklan. The name Ati-Atihan means “to be like Atis” or “to make believe Atis”, the local name for the Aeta aborigines who first settled in Panay Island and other parts of the archipelago. The festival includes tribal dance, music,indigenous costumes and weapons, and parade along the street. 

PLACES TO STAY DURING ATI-ATIHAN FESTIVAL

  • Oliveros Place
  • Papierus Pensionne
  • La Esperanza Hotel Kalibo
  • 4s Kalibo Pensionne
  • Dreamland Residence Hotel

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#3. DINAGYANG FESTIVAL

Location: Iloilo City

Event Date: 4th Sunday of January

Photo by Luis S. Capuchino on Flickr

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Dinagyang Festival is a religious and cultural festival in Iloilo City held on the 4th Sunday of January. Dinagyang was regarded as “The World Class Festival” and also voted as the Best Tourism event for 2006, 2007 and 2008 by the Association of Tourism Officers in the Philippines

PLACES TO STAY DURING DINAGYANG FESTIVAL

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#4. PANANGBENGGA FESTIVAL

Location: Baguio City

Event Date: Start Every 1st week of February and end on the 1st week of March

Image credit to philstar.com

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Panangbengga Festival was set in February to boost Baguio tourism.Aside from boosting the economy through tourism, the festival also helped the indigenous younger generation  to restore their culture traditions. The term Panagbenga, a Kankanaey means “a season of blossoming, a time for flowering”

PLACES TO STAY DURING PANANGBENGGA FESTIVAL

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#5. MORIONES FESTIVAL

Location: Boac Marinduque

Event Date: : every Holy Week

Photo credit to: beholdphilippines.com

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Moriones is a a colorful festival celebrated  annually on Holy Week on the island of Marinduque.  The “Moriones” are men and women in depicting the Roman soldiers in the story of the Passion of the Christ. This is a folk-religious festival that re-enacts the story of Saint Longinus  a Roman centurion who was blind in one eye. The festival is characterized by colorful Roman costumes, painted masks and helmets, and brightly colored tunics. 

PLACES TO STAY DURING MORIONES FESTIVAL

  • Balar Hotel and Spa
  • Tahanan sa Isok
  • Happy Bunny 
  • Blue Sea Beach Resort 
  • Boac Hotel
  • A & A Beach Resort

#6. PAHIYAS FESTIVAL

Location: Lucban,Quezon

Event Date: Every 15th of May

Photo credit to primer.ph

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Pahiyas Festival held every 15th of May in Lucban, Quezon. The Lucban residents decorate their houses with fruits, vegetables and colorful kiping (a leaf-shaped wafer made of rice and dyed with food coloring) . The word ‘pahiyas’ was derived from the word ‘payas’, which means decoration or to decorate. The reason behind such practice is when farmers used to offer their harvests at the foot of Mount Banahaw. They brought their farm produce at the church in honor of the town’s patron saint – St. Isidore, the patron saint of farmers, laborers and peasants. However, as time progressed, the church can no longer accommodate all harvests. It was then agreed to display their harvest in the farmers’ houses instead. Hence, the parish priest would go around the community to bless their harvests.

PLACES TO STAY DURING PAHIYAS FESTIVAL

  • Batis Aramin Resort and Hotel
  • Orena’s Inn Hotel and Resort
  • Manasa Farm and Spring Resort

#7. PINTADOS FESTIVAL

Location: Tacloban City

Event Date: : Every 29th of June

Image credit to Marinoy Absin

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Pintados Festival is a cultural-religious celebration in Tacloban based on the body-painting traditions of the ancient tattooed “pintados” warriors. It was formed by the Pintados Foundation, Inc. in 1986 to organize the festival in honor of Sr. Santo Niño.

PLACES TO STAY DURING PINTADOS FESTIVAL

  • The Loft
  • Go Hotel Tacloban
  • Basic Rooms Hotel
  • Zpad Residence
  • Hotel XYZ

#8. KADAYAWAN FESTIVAL

Location: Davao City

Event Date: Every 3rd week of August

Image credit to: sunstar.com

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Kadayawan Festival is an annual festival  and hekd every third week of August in the Davao City. The Kadayawan derives from the friendly greeting “Madayaw”, from the “dayaw”, meaning good, valuable, superior or beautiful. The festival is a celebration of life, a thanksgiving to the nature for a gift of harvest, the wealth of culture,  and serenity of living. 

PLACES TO STAY DURING KADAYAWAN FESTIVAL

  • Seda Abreeza
  • The Apo View Hotel
  • Marco Polo Davao
  • Park Inn by Radisson

#9. MASSKARA FESTIVAL

Location: Bacolod City

Event Date: Every 4th Sunday of October

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ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The MassKara Festival is an annual festival with highlights held every fourth Sunday of October in Bacolod City. The festival sites are the Bacolod Public Plaza, the Lacson Tourism Strip and the Bacolod Government Center. The word “Masskara” derived from two words “mass” which means a multitude of people and “cara”  means many faces. The word is also came from Filipino word “maskara” which means “mask” since it is a prominent feature of the festival  giving rise to Bacolod being called the “City of Smiles”.

PLACES TO STAY DURING MASSKARA FESTIVAL

  • Planta Centro Bacolod Hotel and Residences
  • Go Hotels Bacolod
  • Hometown Hotel Lacson
  • MO2 Westown- Mandalagang

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#10. HIGANTES FESTIVAL

Location: Angono Rizal

Event Date: Every 4th week of November

Photo by marucullo on Flickr

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Higantes Festival is a two-day annual affair observed in November 22 and 23. It features a parade of hundreds of papier-mâché giants which are locally referred to as higantes. Another tradition observed during the festival is basaan, where participants sprinkle water on each other such as during the parade. They believe that this practice is a gesture of wishing for blessing for others and the water is believed to symbolize San Celemente, the patron saint of fishermen. A group of young girls dubbed as the parehadores and a band also join the higantes in the parade

PLACES TO STAY DURING HIGANTES FESTIVAL

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