Sinulog Festival—Celebrated every 3rd week of January in Cebu City
This Philippine fiesta in Visayas region celebrates Cebu’s patron saint, the Santo Niño (Child Christ). This week long event is marked by processions, street dancing and parades. This fiesta is a local version of the Mardi gras.
Ati-Atihan Festival—Fiesta starts from the 16th to the 22nd of January in Kalibo, Aklan
Revelers masquerading as Negritos in colorful costumes, dance to the beat of drums while chanting “Hala Bira!” in preparation to the Sunday procession in honor of the Santo Niño.
Dinagyang Festival—Held every fourth Sunday of January in Iloilo
This event commemorates the Christianization of the natives and to honor the Holy Child Jesus. This festival usually comes after Sinulog Festival in Cebu City.
Feast of Our Lady Of Candles—Every 2nd of February in Jaro, Iloilo City
This is the biggest and most opulent religious fiesta in the Western Visayas region. The blessing of the candles and the yearly procession of the patroness, the Nuestra Señora de Candelaria is followed by the fiesta’s queen and her court which highlights the fiesta at the town plaza.
Babaylan Festival—Held every 19th of February in Bago City, Negros Occidental
The public gets a rare view into the simulated rituals of mystics, ancient healers and priests in various ceremonies such as marriage, healing and harvest.
Flowers during Panagbenga Festival—Photo courtesy of Susan Corpuz on Flickr
Panagbenga Festival—Held yearly during February in the city of Baguio
Panagbenga is a kankanaey word for “a season of blooming.” Kankanaey is a local dialect and widely used in the Cordillera Region. The Panagbenga Festival is a month-long celebration and features floral floats and native dances.
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