The Philippines is a very interesting place, the culture, its people, the food and most especially the festivals. The country’s festivals are huge celebrations that are definitely. Filipinos are very social and love to celebrate and have fun. The country celebrates almost anything that has to do with food, saints, events in the past, and even the founding of its cities or even baranggays. The country has a festival each month so there is not a problem about timing, we’ll list here some of the grandest Filipino festival that you may want to experience if you are in the country.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Nazareno by denvie
The festival is always held on January 9th and Good Friday and it is always located in Quiapo, Manila. The festival is considered as the largest religious procession in the country wherein many of its devotees hails from all over the Philippines. They are very passionate about it and endure a long procession while barefoot. The procession celebrates a 200 year old statue of a black Jesus Christ and the devotees’ takes turn to carry the statue while praying. A very moving and chaotic procession that one has to experience to understand.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Ati-tihan Festival by aldrinjubilo
Ati-atihan Festival is celebrated in Kalibo, Aklan during the third week of January. This festival is one of the oldest religion based celebrations in the country and this festival celebrates Sto Nino or more commonly known as the baby Jesus. The locals celebrate the festival by painting their faces and wearing colorful costumes while dancing and parading in the streets. The tourists are welcome to join in the festivities by doing the same. Ati-atihan have inspired a lot more of festivals in the country.
Photo Credits (Wiki CC): Moriones Festival by EmmanuelSace
Moriones Festival is celebrated at a lot of places in Marinduque like Boac, Gasan, and Mogpog. Held during the holy week this week-long festival celebrates the life of Saint Longinus, a lot of local and foreign tourists visit Marinduque at this time so that they can participate in the festival. During the celebration you will see the locals dressed as Roman Centurions with exaggerated faces looking for the Saint.
Related Reading: Top Five Places to Visit in Marinduque
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Panagbenga Festival by susandesignstudio
Panagbenga Festival is held at February in Baguio city and this festival celebrates the season of blooming or Panagbenga. They celebrate the festival by parading a lot of large floral floats and children dressed as various beautiful flowers. Truly a sight to behold, it’ll warm anybody’s heart.
Related Reading: Top Ten Places to Visit in Baguio City
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Dinagyang Festival by v6community
Dinagyang Festival is another festival that is celebrated in January, It is held in Iloilo City and it celebrates Jesus and they have huge feasts and have a mascot the Aeta’s wear called Dagoy. During this festival there are various street parades and dancing and a Miss Dinagyang event.
Related Reading: Top Five Places to Visit in Iloilo City
Photo Credits (Wiki CC): Masskara Festival by Ceslou
Masskara Festival is a giant masquerade that is held in Bacolod City during the third week of October. The festival features a street dance competition and the streets are cluttered with people wearing colorful costumes and masked dancers parading around. Definitely a fun time to be visiting Bacolod during this festival.
Related Reading: Ten Places to Visit in Bacolod
Higantes Festival is a festival held in Angono Rizal during November 23rd. They celebrate the festival making and parading Higantes or giants that are made out of paper mache that can be as tall as 12 feet. It also celebrates the patron saint of fishermen named San Clemente. Just seeing the effort they put in when making these giants is very worthwhile to see.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Pahiyas Festival by xianl2
Pahiyas Festival is held during the 15th of May and is located in Lucban, Quezon. This festival is one of the most colorful celebrations in the country. The locals decorate their home with colorful produces that can be seen in Lucban, the fun part is you can bring a basket and pick some of the produces for free. Talk about a win win situation.