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iconJanuary - Sto. Niño Month

The Sto. Niño month celebrates the oldest religious image in the Philippines.

Feast of the Black Nazarene January 9 Quiapo, Manila

This feast is celebrated at the heart of Manila- Quiapo. Devotees come from all over the metropolis to participate in this annual event honoring the hundred-year-old statue of the Black Nazarene.

Sinulog Festival 15 January or every second Sunday of January Cebu City

This is an annual festival held in Cebu, which commences nine days before the third Sunday of January.

Ati – Atihan Festival 3rd Sunday of January Kalibo, Aklan

This is a celebration in honor of the Infant Jesus, the town’s patron. Ati-Atihan, observed in honor of the Child Jesus. Ati-atihan means ‘making like Atis,’ that is, pretending to be like the aboriginal natives that once inhabited Aklan. This involves smearing oneself with soot to darken the skin and dressing up in tribal finery. The start of the procession is signaled by drums and whistles, and later punctuated by shouts of “Hala Bira!”

The Dinagyang Festival 4th Sunday of January Iloilo

Dinagyang is a Hiligaynon word extrapolated from dagyang meaning “merrymaking” It celebrates the feast of the Infant Jesus and the pact between the Datus and the locals.

iconFebruary - National Arts Month

The National Arts Month is spearheaded by the Office of the President and the National Commission of Culture and the Arts (NCCA) enjoining the public for festivities celebrating the culture and talent of the Philippines. Throughout the country, the NCCA, art and culture groups, along with local government units, will be running several Philippine culture-related projects, the biggest of which being the Philippine International Arts Festival (PIAF), now on its third year, and which brings together the best the Filipino has to offer in a proud showcase to the world.

Paraw Regatta Held every third Sunday of February Strait between Iloilo City and Guimaras Island

This festivity features racing events between local outriggers in the strait between Iloilo City and Guimaras Island.

Taytay Hamaka Festival February 10 to 16 Taytay, Rizal

This is a seven-day event showcasing the artistry, craftsmanship and various talents of the people of Taytay.

The Tinagba Festival February 11 Sa Iriga City, Camarines Sur

This is a harvest-offering affair for Our Lady of Lourdes. Farmers parade in carabao-drawn carts filled with the best of local produce while Agtas come down from the mountain to dance.

International Bamboo Organ Festival Las Piñas

This is a ten-day series of cultural events with a focus on the unique bamboo-made organ, made by Fray Diego de la Cera, and found only in Las Piñas.

Baguio Flower Festival February Baguio City

This is a relatively “new” event in the country’s summer capital. Similar to the Rose Bowl Parade of the U.S., this festival is highlighted by a parade of floats made entirely of fresh blossoms from local horticulturists.

Ollalion Festival February 14 Tabuk, Kalinga

The festival celebrates the Kalinga culture through its sports, crafts, and indigenous food.

Babaylanes Festival February 19 Bago City, Negros Occidental

This highlights the culture of the first settlers of Bago City before the Spanish colonizers arrived. As defined by Negros historians, the babaylan is a doctor, herbalist, artist, adviser, herbalist, seer, diviner and agriculturist.

Kalilangan Festival February 20 to 27 General Santos City, South Cotabato

This features cultural shows, a civic/military, agro-industrial fair, sports competition, and a beauty pageant.

Kaamulan Festival 2nd week of February up to March 10 Malaybalay, Bukidnon

This is a three-day gathering of Bukidnon’s various ethnolinguistic groups in Pines View Park. It includes a performance of traditional rituals.

iconMarch - Lenten Season

Lent is a penitential period, involving the dual disciplines of abstinence and fasting.

Malasimbo Festival March 10-12 Puerto Galera

Malasimbo Festival has four pillars: music, arts, indigenous people, and environment. The festival is well known for bringing some of the most versatile musicians. In the event, the Malasimbo grounds is decorated with world-class artwork by various talented Filipino and visual artists, also showcasing indigenous peoples’ work.

UNESCO-ITI World Theater Week March 21 - 27

World Theatre Week is an occasion for theatre artists of varied disciplines in performance and media arts to celebrate the power of Theatre to bring people together and an opportunity to share with audiences the wealth of each country’s heritage, history, habitat, theatrical traditions and expertise modeling cultural caregiving for marginalized sectors and disadvantaged youth exemplified in the Philippine program of the Earthsavers Dreams Ensemble honored as UNESCO Artists for Peace;

Island Garden City of Samal Festival First Week of March

This is a week-long celebration of Samal’s founding anniversary held every first week of March.

Anibina Bulawanun Festival March 8 Compostela Valley Province

This is an eight-day multi-themed annual festival that culminates on the province’s foundation day, March 8. It is a colorful and joyful celebration of the province’s rich agricultural harvests, abundant mineral resources, governance’s feats, trade and tourism fair, and a showcasing of the people’s culture and traditions. The Al-law Ng Kalomonan (Tribal Day) falls on the 7th day of Anibina.

Holy Week March-April

This is a week-long event honoring Jesus Christ’s death on the Cross.  The Palm Sunday is held on the fifth Sunday of Lent where churchgoers bring palm and leaves to re-enact the arrival of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem.  Holy Thursday is held with a Visitaa Iglesia where Catholics visit at least 7 churches. A “Pasyon” or narration of Christ’s life through singing is held; On Good Friday, believers re-enact the sufferings and death of Christ on the Cross. Easter Sunday is highlighted by “Salubong” or dawn processions held in various parts of the country.*

Moriones Festival Holy Week Marinduque

This is a week-long celebration participated in by male penitents in costumes who parade around town. On Good Friday, they reenact the story of Longinus, a centurion, blind in one eye, who speared Jesus’ side. Christ’s blood fell on his blind eye, miraculously restoring it, leading to his conversion.

Centurion Festival Holy Week General Luna, Quezon

This is believed to be the origin of Marinduque’s Moriones Festival and is as colorful.

Ang Pagtaltal Good Friday Jordan, Guimaras

This is a procession of flagellants and devotees in biblical attire that ends in the Balaan Bukid Shrine.

Pangalap Ritual Good Friday Nueva Valencia

This is a ritual where believers crawl through the Catilaran cave chanting prayers in the hope of gaining supernatural powers to ward off evil spirits.

Witches Festival Holy Week Siquijor

Siquijor is popularly known throughout the country for “witchcraft”. A “Witches Festival” is held at Crocodile Hill overlooking the Bay of Lazi and the Mindanao Sea. When the moon is full, the sorcerers, called magbabarang gather herbs, roots and live insects, throw these into a giant cauldron filled with boiling water, then sit in a circle around it while mumbling incantations. This is followed by dancing and ends in an exclusive ritual in a secluded cave at dawn.

iconApril - Harvest Month

Harvest Festival is a celebration of the food grown on the land. Thanksgiving ceremonies and festivities are conducted to give thanks for successful harvests.

Moriones Festival April

This is marked by the presence of men wearing masks (“moriones”) and garbed in what passes off for Roman centurion costumes to dramatize the story of Longinus, the blind centurion whose sight was restored by the blood that spurted from the side where Longinus speared Christ. This is held during the Holy Week in Marinduque.

Centurion Festival April

It recounts the Passion play and is performed on the city’s streets.

Turumba April Pakil, Laguna

This is a seven-day feast in honor of our lady of sorrows highlighted by a procession and a dance (to the beat of a turumba song).

Lami-Lamihan Festival April 14 to 16 Basilan

Began in 1983 by former mayor Wilfrido Furigay, the festival showcases the rich Yakan traditions. This is highlighted by a parade and a horse race.

Kadaugan sa Mactan April 27 Cebu

This is mainly the re-enactment of the Battle of Mactan along the islands’ beach.

iconMay - Flores De Mayo / Santacruzan

Santacruzan is held annually in the warm month of May and is considered to be the "Queen of Filipino Festivals". Beautiful town belles are selected to participate in this colorful pageant parade. The stars are selected not for their looks alone, but for their embodiment of traditional feminine qualities. It is a week-long street pageant in almost every town; from the dirt road barrio to the metropolis honoring beautiful Philippine maidens and their handsome escorts under the hand-carried bamboo arc’s decorated by fragrant native flowers. (Source: http://www.philippinecountry.com/)

Flores de Mayo Whole Month Catholic-wide event

Literally translated, it means “Flowers of May”and highlights a procession honoring Virgin Mary. Coinciding with it is the Santacruzan, re-enacting the search of Queen Elena for the cross upon which Jesus Christ was crucified. The town or city’s loveliest ladies grace the occasion.

Pasalamat Festival May 1 La Carlota, Negros Occidental

This is a labor and thanksgiving festival marked by street dancing and a parade of farm products.

Magayon Festival May 1 Albay Province

This is a showcase of Albay’s culture and arts marked by exhibits, parades, shows, and sports.

Pista y Dayat Festival May 1 Pangasinan

This is a seaside festival and a thanksgiving day by local fishermen for a bountiful year.

Boa-Boahan May 2 Nabua, Camarines Sur

This is a re-enactment of the 13th-century rite of offering chains of coconut embryos called boa to deities. They believe that doing so would mean a prosperous year.

Carabao-Carozza Race Festival May 3 Pavia, Iloilo

This is an event where carabaos (water buffaloes) pull decorated bamboo carts in a 400-meter course race.

Lanahan Ritual May 1-3 Balabag, Digos, Davao del Sur

This the ritual performed by the Bagobos involving the making of medicinal oil (lana) after their pilgrimage to Mount Apo.

Balanghai Festival Butuan

This commemorates the coming of the early migrants from Borneo and Celebes. It is said that they came to Agusan in balanghai or wooden boats.

Tapusan Festival Whole month of May Alitagtag, Batangas

This is a month-long celebration honoring the Holy Cross.

Barangay Boat Festival May 11 Aparri, Cagayan

This is a fluvial festival held annually in honor of Saint Peter Thelmo, the town’s patron saint.

Carabao Festival May 15 Pulilan, Bulacan

This is an event honoring. San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers. Carabaos are paraded and blessed by the town priest.

Pahiyas Festival May Lucban and Sariaya, Quezon

This is a thanksgiving festival to San Isidro Labrador for the past year’s bountiful harvest. The event is popular for the elaborate edible decorations that cover entire houses like fruits and vegetables, most prominent of which are the brightly colored rice wafers known as; The image of the patron saint is also paraded around town assuring the farmers of a bountiful harvest in the years to come.

Obando Festival May 17 to 19 Obando, Bulacan

This festival involves the different dance rituals held for three consecutive days honoring three patron saints: May 17 for St. Paschal (for couples who want a male child), May 18 for St. Claire (for couples who want a female child) and May 19 for the Our Lady of Salambaw (patroness of fishermen).

Pahoy-Pahoy Festival May 19 to 25 Calbiga, Samar

Every May, the quaint little town of Calbiga abounds with giant pahoy-pahoy (scarecrows) made of indigenous materials dancing about its streets. Musical instruments made up of bamboos, cans and stones create the sounds that scare the local maya birds.

iconJune - Heritage Month

The heritage month is a celebration of the culture of the Philippines in festivities and events impressing the mixed amalgamation of culture of other countries in its colonization in the Philippines in the past.

Naligayan Festival 2nd week of June Agusan del Norte

This week-long festival in Agusan del Norte features socio-cultural shows and fairs involving indigenous groups. The highlight of the festival is the climb to the top of the waterfalls of Agusan del Sur.

Pagdayao Festival June 11 -12 Tacloban, Leyte, Masbate

This is a two-day affair, which serves as a thanksgiving feast in honor of the Lord.

Araw ng Cotabato June 12 - 20 Cotabato

The city of Cotabato in Mindanao celebrates its founding with special events as the layang-layang or giant kite festival, fluvial parades, banca race and sports competition.

Parada ng mga Lechon (Parade of Roast Pigs) June 24 Balayan, Batangas

Crisp, golden-brown roast pigs are paraded through the streets. As soon as the best decorated roasted pig is announced, the eating commences.

Hibok-Hibok Festival June 24 Camiguin Island in Camiguin Island

The event is held in honor of St. John the Baptist and is marked with fluvial processions, parades and water sports.

Daet Pineapple Festival 3rd week of June Daet, Camarines Norte

This is a festival showcasing the famous and sweetest of all pineapples- the Formosa variety- abundantly growing in Daet. The week-long celebration features sports events, talent and skills competition, an investment forum, cultural shows and concerts, a food fair, an agro-industrial and trade fair, search for Bicolandia Queen, and street dancing contests.

Tacloban Festival last week of June Tacloban, Leyte

The festival consists of three major activities: (1) Subiran Regatta – a sailboat race held at the eastern entrance of San Juanico Strait, (2) Balyuan – a pageant reenacting the historic exchange of images between Basey, Samar and Tacloban City, and (3) Pintados Festival where participants paint their bodies and dance to the rhythm of bamboo sticks.

Piat Sambali Festival last week of June Piat, Cagayan

In Piat, Cagayan, the colorful celebration is highlighted by street dancing, cultural shows and a beauty pageant. This festival commemorates the Christianization of the Ytawes region of Cagayan.

iconJuly - Shopping Festival

The Shopping Festival is one of the festivals that celebrate the wide range of low offers and deals in Malls. Malls and outlets are enjoined to participate in this festival to also increase tourist arrivals.

Sagayan Festival Tubod 1st week of July Lanao del Norte

This is a festival with a Maranao war dance as a main event. The dance is performed during the Araw ng Lanao del Norte and is participated by all the municipalities in the province. The war dance is complemented by a fan dance performed by Maranao maidens wearing colorful dresses.

Pagoda Festival July 4 - 7 Bocaue, Bulacan

In Bocaue, Bulacan, a feast is held in honor of the Holy Cross of Wawa found in the Bocaue River. The main attraction of the affair is the fluvial parade of the pagoda or decorated barge and colorful small boats.

Sublian sa Batangas July 23 Batangas City

This coincides with the Foundation Day of Batangas City. It revives the tradition of dancing the subli, which is indigenous to the province.

Sinulog and Kinabayo Festival July 24 - 25 Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte

The event honors Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte’s patron saint St. James.

Sinulog de Tanjay Festival Last week Tanjay, Negros Oriental

The celebration of the residents of Tanjay, Negros Oriental of this 10-day fiesta features the origin of the old sinulog culture. A parade is held showcasing the clothes locals wear, while the horsefighting presentation re-enacts the battle between the Spaniards and the Muslims.

Kahimoan Abayan Festival Last week Butuan City, Agusan del Norte

In Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, the feast is held in honor of Santa Ana (St. Anne), known to protect the residents along the Agusan River from man-eating crocodiles. The celebration includes the holding of a prayer on boats for safe passage and prosperity.

Sandugo Festival Last week Bohol

Celebrated in Bohol, this festival commemorates the blood compact between Spaniard Legaspi and Filipino Sikatuna. It includes an agro-industrial exhibit, a trade fair, a beauty contest, street dancing and a re-enactment of the blood compact.

iconAugust - Fruit Festival

The Shopping Festival is one of the festivals that celebrate the wide range of low offers and deals in Malls. Malls and outlets are enjoined to participate in this festival to also increase tourist arrivals.

Pangapog Festival August 1 – 7 Samal Island, Davao

This is a thanksgiving festival for a bountiful harvest highlighting the culture of the Sama, the indigenous people of Samal, as shown in the indigenous sports, and other culture-based competitions.

Pangasinan Bamboo Festival August 14 Calasiao and Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan

Pangasinan Bamboo Festival August 12 This is a festival showcasing bamboo products and includes bamboo planting and film exhibitions. Venue: Calasiao and Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan

Mercedes FISHtival August 6-11 Mercedes, Camarines Norte

This is a thanksgiving festival by local fisherfolk for blessings received during seafaring, and fish-farming.

Marang Festiva August 5 Basco, Batanes

Locals celebrate the bountiful harvest of the fruit Marang.

Palu-Palo Festival August 4-5 Basco, Batanes

This is highlighted by a cultural presentation showing the life and times of the Ivatans.

Pasaka Festival August 14 Tanuan, Leyte

“Pasaka,” the native word for Assumption, is a street spectacle in honor of Our Lady of Assumption.

Lubi-Lubi Festival August 15 Calubian, Leyte

This is a dance festival extolling the many uses of the coconut in homage to Our Lady of Fatima and St. Roque.

Kalibongan Festival August 17 - 18 Kidapawan, Cotabato

This is a gathering of Mindanao ethnolinguistic groups like the Bagobos and Manobos. This is highlighted by a horse fight and a Manobo wedding.

Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival 3rd week Davao City

Dabaweños celebrate the annual Kadayawan – a colorful occassion that lasts for five days – as a thanksgiving festival and a tribute to its indigenous peoples. Kadayawan is a native expression in Dabawnon tongue, which means “anything excellent that brings great fortune” from “dayaw” (good), describing a thing that is valuable and superior.

Gigantes August 19 Lucban, Quezon

On August 19, in the town of Lucban, Quezon, townsfolk trot out their beloved gigantes or giants. Measuring about 14 feet tall, the giants come in pairs, the mag-asawa or couple, a giant man dressed in the peasant’s camisa chino or undershirt, and his wife clad in the native patadyong and kimona, a loose skirt topped with a flimsy blouse. Made from papier mache, the giants are borne on shoulders by those who have made a panata (oath) made in return for a favor received. This festivity is shared by Lucban with the town of Angono, Rizal, which holds it in November.

Buyogan Festival August 19 Abuyog, Leyte

Buyogan focuses on the bee locally known as “buyog” from which the town’s name originated.

Bankaton August 20 Lavezares, Northern Samar

This is an annual boat racing contest celebrating the feast of Nuestra Señora de Salvacion, the town’s Patroness.

Kagayhaan Festival August 26-28 Cagayan de Oro City

This festival is highlighted by streetdancing participated in by contingents from schools and civic organizations.

iconSeptember - Tourism Month

The tourism month is an annual month-long celebration of the tourism industry. The theme is in line with the World Tourism Day.

Aurora Festival last Sunday of August to first week of September Tanjay, Negros Oriental

The festival features evening novenas participated in by more than 40 clans, which culminate in a nocturnal fluvial procession at the Tanjay River.

Hin-ay Festival September 1-29 Irosin, Sorsogon

This features a cultural show, trade fair, and a street dance depicting the archangels’ victory over the “Black” Angels.

Bicol Food Festival September 1-30 Naga City

This is a festival of Bicol cuisine: pinangat and laing, bicol Express, inolokan or tilmak, pecadillo and cocido.

Sarakiki Festival September 1-8 Calbayog City

The festival features street dancers dressed as cocks swaying to the beat of ancient Samareño instruments.

T’boli Tribal Festival 3rd week South Cotabato

This is a gathering of the major ethnolinguistic groups in the province together with representatives from Davao.

Peñafrancia Fiesta Festival 3rd Sunday of September Naga City, Camarines Sur

This is a religious festival honoring Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia, the patroness of the Bicol Region River.

Dalit Festival September 25 Tangub City

This showcases local rituals, dances, and way of life.

Linapit Food Sharing Festival September 30 Gueday, Besno

This is a festival with a delightful pre-planting feast at its core where natives share their food with everyone.

Djanggo Festival September 28-29 Nassiping, Gattaran, Cagayan

This commemorates centuries-old religious and cultural tradition based on the life of St. Michael.

Banigan-Kawayan Festival September 29 Basey, Samar

This celebrates the banig and the kawayan crafts industry flourishing in Basey.

iconOctober - Masskara Festival

The festival highlights the steadfast character of the Negrenses which symbolizes the people on putting happy faces when confronted with challenges.

Halaran 1st week Roxas City

This festival highlights the performance of the history and culture of Capizeños during pre-Hispanic times.

Universal Children’s Festival 1st week Dapitan City

The festival involves children of locals, dressed in costumes of UN member countries, parading around the city.

Masskara Festival Masskara Festival Bacolod City

This is a grand Bacoleño celebration marked by carnivals, fairs and masked street dancers.

Ibalong Festival 2nd week Legaspi City

This festival is based on Ibalong, a Bicol epic showcasing legendary superheroes Handiong and Baltog.

Zamboanga Hermosa Festival October 10-12 Zamboanga City

The festival features a regatta, colorful vintas, banconan flower show, and fireworks honoring the Nuestra Señora del Pilar Zaragosa.

Kasanggayahan Festival October 10-17 Sorsogon, Sorsogon

The festival is itself the foundation anniversary of Sorsogon. The festival’s name means “prosperity and happiness.”

Feast of La Naval Manila October 11 Quezon City

The image of the Virgin is paraded around town in a colorfully-decorated carriage, which resembles a ship. The image is believed to be miraculous and ensures safe voyage to anyone who prays to it.

Inug-og Festival October 15 Oroquieta, Misamis Occidental

This is held in honor of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary

Calbayog Grand Karakol October 16 Calbayog City

This is a religious celebration of thanksgiving and joyous pageantry of dancing devotees of San Rafael.

Sagingan Festival October 16-17 Tubod, Lanao del Norte

The feast is in honor of San Isidro Labrador with street dancers dressed up in various banana-like costumes.

Megayon Festival 3rd week Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur

This is a colorful harvest festival participated in by the Subanean indigenous group.

Lanzones Festival 4th week Mambajao, Camiguin Island

The festival is held to celebrate the abundance of lanzones fruit in the island with a streetdancing competition involving the youth all dressed up in lanzones leaves or fruits. The lanzones is one of the island’s most important crops.

Catadungan Festival October 24 Virac, Catanduanes

This festival commemorates the province’s independence from Albay.

iconNovember - Music Festival Month

The Music Festival Month is a celebration of music in its universal language, celebrating music across the country through various events and festivals.

Pintaflores November 3-5 San Carlos City

This festival is marked by a streetdancing involving the pintados or dancers with tattoos or flowers on their body.

Kalag-Kalag Festival November 13 Cebu City

This restages the Filipino tradition of visiting relatives to lovingly remember departed loved ones.

Sanduguan Festival November 15 Calapan, Oriental Mindoro

This festival reenacts the first contact between the natives of Mindoro and traders from China.

Feast of San Clemente/ Gigantes November 22-23 Angono, Rizal

This celebration is marked by giant papier mache effigies, natives in wooden shoes and costumes joining the procession of the statue of San Clemente around town.

P’yagsawitan Festival 3rd week Maragusan, Davao Province

This involves performances by indigenous groups of the area, and harvest-related thanksgiving rituals.

Kawayanan Festival 3rd week Capitol Complex, Pagadian, Zamboanga del Sur

This celebrates the versatility of the Bamboo plant and its importance in the area.

Santa Ipon Festival November 25 - December 25 Santa, Ilocos Sur

This is a thanksgiving celebration highlighted by the catching of the ipon , a small but mysterious fish.

Day-ang Di Onga Festival November 30 Baguio City

This is one of the region’s major events featuring young Cordillerans in a day-long event to “celebrate life.”

Binabayani Festival last week Olongapo, Zambales

This festival re-enacts the war between the Aetas and the Christians through dance.

iconDecember - Paskuhan sa Intramuros

“Paskuhan sa Intramuros” celebrates the historical importance, rich heritage and geographical location of the heart of Manila – the Intramuros. This event highlights the Christmas spirit that the Filipinos are known for.

Paskuhan sa Barangay Month-long Parian, Cebu City

This is higlighted by nightly cultural presentations from the different universities in Cebu City.

San Fernando Giant Lantern Festival Month-long Philippine Christmas Village, San Fernando, Pampanga

This is a lantern showcase where lanterns measuring 14 to 18 feet in diameter delight spectators with their kaleidoscope patterns

Kamundagan Festival Month-long Naga City

This features “Kiti-Kiti,” “Pastoras,” Bikol Song Festival, and other cultural events.

Subayan Keg Subanon December 1- 8 Ozamiz City

This involves a trade fair, a street theater performance, and songs and dances depicting the rich Subanon cultural heritage.

Pasko sa Tanjay Festival December 1 to 9 Tanjay, Negros Oriental

This is a month-long Christmas festivity featuring cultural presentations and contests..

Fiesta de Agoo December 5-8 Agoo Civic Center, Agoo Basilica

This features a Lantern festival, the coronation of Miss Agoo, the awarding of Bannuar ti and Dakilang Datu Awards.

Sinadya December 5-8 Roxas City

This features a fireworks display, a grand parade, a food festival, and the Capiz dance festival.

Hanging of the Green 2nd week Zamboanga City

Children join in the “hanging of the green” signifying the start of the Christmas season.

Feast of the Immaculate Concepcion December 8 Puerto Princesa City

This is a grand celebration in honor of the city’s patroness and is highlighted by a parade of several images of Virgin Mary.

Pagdiwata December 8 Palawan

This is the Tagbanuas’ feast of thanksgiving for a bountiful rice harvest along with food offerings to deities and departed kin. The rite involves men and partaking of rice wine with the spirits. After the harvest, the Tagbanuas gather in the house of the babaylan or the priestess whom the spirits speak to.

Dad-Iw Day-eng Chants December 8 Bakod, Benguet

This features the Ibaloi, Kankana-ey tribal songs and dance presentations.

Karisyohan Han Pasko Ha Palo December 10 to January 6 Palo, Leyte

This features a Misa de gallo, a cultura show and a Christmas eve choral concert at Palo Cathedral.

Philippine International Lantern Parade December 14 Asia World Complex Roxas Blvd., and Quirino Grandstand

This is a grand colorful parade featuring lanterns from different countries along with local bands, indigenous groups, vintage cars, and calesas.

Christmas Among the Tribes December 16 Cabarroquis, Quirino

This involves house visitations for Christmas gifts undertaken by the indigenous groups in Quirino.

Simballay Festival 3rd week Nabunturan, Davao Province

This is a week-long festival highlighted by Mansaka dances, neo-ethnic shows, street dancing and a grand parade.

Shariff Kabunsuan December 15-19 Cotabato City

This is a celebration to commemorate the arrival of Shariff Kabunsuan and Islam to Mindanao.

Pastores Bikol December 18 Legaspi City

This involves boys and girls in costumes playing the roles of shepherds who rejoice at the birth of Jesus.

Maytinis Festival December 24 Kawit, Cavite

This is a town-wide re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for a room on the eve of Christ’s birth.

Salubong December 29 Plaridel, Bulacan

This is procession of dancing women, horses and calesas to fetch the Santiago Maria Moros from Barangay Sipet.