Religious and non-religious festival in the Philippines
LIST OF FESTIVALS IN THE PHILIPPINES
Here’s a list religious and non religious Festivals in the Philippines with descriptions and pictures. This post is progressive in nature. if you feel that your local fiesta deserves to be included in this post, comment below or send us an email. We also accept any invitation to cover any Philippine Festival.
The Philippines is known to have a long list of festivals. With these, it is a fact that the Filipinos enjoy the celebration and having to get together. Philippine festivals are very vast and all depict the culture and tradition of each of the places. Some festivity takes place within a day or a week, but some last an entire month. A lot of tourists have been attracted to these celebrations as it gives a colorful and energetic environment.
Philippines’ celebration of the fiesta is mostly religious in nature as this was because of the influence of the Spanish colonization. However, some festivity is a celebration to depict a significant event in the place’s history or to give thanks for an abundant harvest.
Starting at the beginning of the year, the first famous religious festivity that is taking place is the Black Nazarene Procession of Quiapo (every 9th of January). Thousands of devotees are taking part in the celebration by joining the largest procession in the country which is usually called as the “translacion” or the transferring of the Black Nazarene from Intramuros to the Quiapo church.
The next one is the Ati-atihan Festivity of Kalibo, Aklan (3rd week of January). The focus of the celebration is Sto. Niño. The street parade is characterized by the participants’ face painting and tribal dances with indigenous weapons and costumes. The Sinulog Festival of Cebu City also takes place in the 3rd week of January as Sto. Niño is also the focus of it. Sinulog is said to be the most visited fiestas in the country, not only by the Filipinos but also by foreigners. Still honoring Sto Niño, the Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo City takes place in the 4th week of January. At this festival, one can witness a big party on the streets – with bands and overflowing foods and drinks.
Meanwhile, in February, there is the Panagbenga of Baguio City. The parade of this celebration is very charming due to its floral floats and people dressed as flora and fauna.
In the province of Quezon, particularly in Lucban, the very colorful Pahiyas is celebrated every 15th of May. Vegetables from the “Bahay Kubo” song can be widely seen in the house’s decorations and visitors can just pick them for free. Also in the month of May, childless women come to Obando, Bulacan to dance on the street to honor and request the patron saints of the city to let them have a child. In the 3rd week of August, there is the Kadayawan celebration of Davao City. It is the biggest festival on the island and is characterized by flowers and fruits. Additionally, Bacolod City’s MassKara happens every October and every visitor will be overwhelmed by the sweet smiles and colorful masks in the street dancing competition.
On the other hand, there is also a fiesta that is unique and not very festive, this is the Moriones Festival of Marinduque and is taking place every Holy Week. It is a re-enactment of the story of St. Longinus and Jesus Christ. Participants of the event wear big wooden soldier masks and Roman soldiers’ costumes.
LIST OF RELIGIOUS AND NON-RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS IN THE PHILIPPINES WITH DESCRIPTIONS AND TITLES
To know more of the various fiestas in the country, we have listed below series of articles about the popular festivity in the country arrange per month.
LIST OF RELIGIOUS AND NON-RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS IN THE PHILIPPINES – JANUARY
BAILES DE LUCES | LA CASTELLANA, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL
Must read: Bailes de Luces
SINULOG | CEBU CITY
Sinulog Festival in Cebu City is a celebration held every January in honor of Senior Santo Nino is one of the biggest festivals in the country today. Read more about Sinulog Schedule of Activities | Travel Guide
DINAGYANG | ILOILO CITY
Iloilo City’s Dinagyangcelebration is one of the biggest festivities held every January, also in honor of the Sto. Nino.
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SINULOG SA KABANKALAN | KABANKALAN CITY
Kabankalan City’s version of the Ati-atihan Festival. Also held every January in honor of the Sto. Nino.
Read more about Sinulog sa Kabankalan
ATI-ATIHAN | KALIBO
Viva Pit Señor! This shout of joy is what can be heard as you attend the Ati-atihan festivity in Kalibo Aklan. Dubbed as one of the grandest festivity in the country, it is inevitable that a lot of tourists, either locals or foreign alike, take part in this most awaited celebration. The celebration happens in the beginning month of the year, January. Some of the activities that one may take here are the food hub hunting, music fests, parties, bargain shops, and a street dancing parade!
Read more about Kalibo Ati-Atihan
DINAGSA FESTIVAL | CADIZ CITY, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL
Derived from the Hiligaynon word “dagsa,” the Dinagsa Festival aims to gather people together as a group and celebrate. This is a commemoration of the public gathering of the whales in the area back in 1967. Beginning from that time, the place is dubbed the “city of whales.” In the same manner, this celebration is also a way of honoring the patron saint of the place, Senor Santo Nino de Cadiz. They prepare ethnical dance and all other sets of activities which aim to make every visitor feel loved and welcomed.
Read more about Dinagsa sa Cadiz
LIST OF RELIGIOUS AND NON-RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS IN THE PHILIPPINES – FEBRUARY
BACOLAODIAT FESTIVAL | BACOLOD CITY
Bacolaodiat festivity in Bacolod City is a celebration of the Chinese New Year. Marked by a street dance competition, cultural presentations, chopstick food alley, giant lantern parade, and much more.
Read more about Bacolaodiat
PANAGBENGA FESTIVAL | BAGUIO CITY
Panagbenga Festival is a month-long flower festivity celebration. Held in the city of Baguio, the summer capital of the Philippines. Street dancing and spectacular float parades showcasing the flowers of the city are just some of the highlights of the festivity.
Read more about Panagbenga
BABAYLAN FESTIVAL | BAGO CITY
Babaylan Festivity is one unique celebration that depicts the rituals and ceremonies performed by Babaylans in the olden times. Babaylans played a great role in the history of the place.
Read more about Babaylan
LIST OF RELIGIOUS AND NON-RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS IN THE PHILIPPINES – MARCH
KAAMULAN FESTIVAL | BACOLOD CITY
Claimed to be one of the most authentic ethnic festivities in the country. The fiesta is a celebration of the culture and tradition of the 7 tribal ethnic groups who are the original inhabitants in the Province of Bukidnon, namely: Manobo, Higaonon, Talaandig, Umayamnon, Matigsalug, Tigwahanon, and Bukidnon.
Read more about Kaamulan
PINTADOS DE PASI | PASSI CITY, ILOILO
Another cultural festivity held in the province of Iloilo is the Pintados de Pasi Festival. People can witness performers artistically covered by the henna tattoo as their main ornament.
Read more about Pintados de Pasi
SINIGAYAN FESTIVAL | SAGAY, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL
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LIST OF RELIGIOUS AND NON-RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS IN THE PHILIPPINES –APRIL
Being held on the island of Marinduque every Lenten season, the Moriones festivity is a way of re-enacting the Roman soldiers as they execute the well-known biblical story of “Christ’s Passion.” Being here and getting to see how devoted people are in making this event possible, it will not only make one appreciate the people and its culture but more of the contemplative and philosophical life of Jesus. This street celebration is known for its tragic beauty, and at the same time, with the way, the locals present themselves in front of the people and visitors.
For more click here about Moriones
LIST OF RELIGIOUS AND NON-RELIGIOUS FESTIVITIES FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL
BANGUS FESTIVAL – DAGUPAN CITY, PANGASINAN
The Bangus festivity of the Dagupan City of one of the beaming pride of the province. Specifically, it highlights the decorated houses using the Bangus fish and the street dancing parade having Bangus as the primary decoration. Harvesting Bangus is the top way of living in the province, and it is therefore acceptable that they express their gratitude by giving thanks to the bountiful harvest of Bangus. So, what is in store for you here? There are singing competitions, dance parades, food hubs, exhibits, trade and fairs, and late-night parties and concerts by different bands. Indeed, a vacation here during the celebration of this event is highly suggested.
For more about this festival click here – BANGUS FESTIVAL
PASALAMAT FESTIVAL | LA CARLOTA CITY
The Pasalamat celebration happens on the last Sunday of April. From the word itself, “pasalamat” literally means “thanksgiving.” The locals will offer different goods to their believed God, who resides inside the volcano, Kanlaon. The festivity brings people together as a celebration of life and every blessing in it. The best part of the event is the dancing of the Pasalamat Samba with the accompaniment of the local drumbeaters. The costume, the choreography, and everything about the competition of dances is worth the visit.
PANAAD SA NEGROS FESTIVAL | NEGROS OCCIDENTAL
Bacolod City celebrates the Panaad festivity in April. The word “panaad” literally means “vow” or “promise.” Just like all the other festivities, this one is a form of thanksgiving, and at the same time, a vow to co continue pursuing an ethical and moral life. In this celebration, a total of 19 towns and 13 cities in the entire province participates, making it one of the biggest festivities in the province. The exhibits, presentations, and competitions will undeniably excite every visitor.
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IMBAYAH FESTIVAL | BANAUE, IFUGAO
The Imbayah celebration happens every three years only. In this festivity, the Ifugao people of Banaue showcase their cultural heritage and tradition. The word “imbayah” means “rice wine,” which also happens to signify the high stature of the people in the society. It entails coming up with a banquet with overflowing wine and food, surrounded with merrymaking brought about by songs and dances. The celebration can stretch up to 13 days, and these will be very exciting and fun to witness.
Here are the details of the Imbayah Festival
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MAGAYON FESTIVAL | ALBAY
Albay holds a special and incomparable beauty. The Mayon Volcano as the inspiration of this festivity creates tons of opportunity for fun and enjoyment as one immerses in the series of activities prepared for the celebration. The folklore of Daragang Magayon, which resulted in the creation of the beautiful mountain is well-known, so much as that different and varying tales sprung from it. Some of the activities which may interest you are the sports competition, the fairs which aim to promote the local culture and goods, and the performances which re-enact the life and love story of Daragang Magayon. Thus, the fun and excitement in attending the Magayon Festivity is indeed a memorable experience.
Here are the details of the Magayon Festivity
OBANDO FERTILITY DANCE FESTIVAL | OBANDO, BULACAN
The Obando Festivity happens in the town of Bulacan on May. The tradition and culture of it are rooted in the strong belief and hope. Every year, hundreds and thousands of couples who would like to bear children would go here and do the traditional dancing on the street. Anecdotes and stories suggest that if the couples are sincere and with their desire of having a child, their wish will be granted. The fertility dance is well-known not only in the country but also in the international arena. In return, parents who are gifted with children would dedicate their lives to making sure that the children will grow up as moral and God-fearing individuals.
For more read Obando Bulacan Fertility Dance
BALANGAY FESTIVAL | BUTUAN CITY
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MANGGAHAN FESTIVAL | GUIMARAS
Guimaras is home of the sweetest mangoes in the country. In the Manggahan celebration, locals are expressing their gratitude for all the bountiful blessings that they received for the entire year, this, of course, includes the sweet mango harvests. The cultural presentation, the overall design, and vibes of the town, and the lively and vibrant dance presentation on the streets will assure you of how people here value every bit of their lives. Celebrate with the locals and be with them as they welcome another year of a bountiful harvest.
Read more about the Manggahan Fiesta
PAHIYAS | LUCBAN
Celebrated in May, the Pahiyas Festival found in Lucban Quezon is a literal party on earth events. The merriment, paired with the lively dispositions of the locals will make you all the more appreciate the festivity. In honoring the Sint Isidro de Labrador, people are dedicating this festivity as a way of giving thanks. A form of gratitude that aims to make the world know that the place is far greater than what it seems. The harvest season is over and shall begin again, but their way of seeing things clearly about life and their tradition shall remain and shall forever be etched in their history. Thus, the Pahiyas Festival is more than just a festivity, it is a celebration of tears, joys, and everything in between.
Read more about Pahiyas
BALANGAY FESTIVAL | BUTUAN
The Balangay Festival or also locally known as Balanghai celebration is a way of commemorating historical events. It re-enacts the historical arrival of the ancient migrants in the place while they were riding the Balanghai boat. Because of this migration, villages and organizations within the community were already prevailing before the arrival of the Spaniards dated back in the 16th century. The celebration which includes both dance parades and parades on water through the imitation of Balanghai are just some of the key features of this traditional festivity.
Here are the details of the Balangay Festivity
LIST OF FESTIVALS IN THE PHILIPPINES – JUNE [ RELIGIOUS AND NON-RELIGIOUS ]
HUGYAW KANSILAY FESTIVAL | SILAY CITY
Please click here to read about Hugyaw Kansilay
PINTADOS KASADYAAN FESTIVAL | LEYTE
Warriors dancing on the streets while painted all over? Well, that is what the Pintados Kasadyaan in Leyte could offer you. The dancers would usually paint their bodies with different colors and patterns to resemble the early warriors. The event takes place along with the feast of Señor Santo Niño de Leyte on June 29. All the surrounding municipalities would usually join in the celebration by sending their respective teams or groups of pintado dancers. The colorful and lively parade is not only picture-perfect but is also worth the immersion. Attend the festivity and enjoy all the things that this festivity has to offer.
Cliche here to know more about the Pintados Kasadyaan
MUDPACK | MAMBUKAL RESORT, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL
Read more about Mudpack Festival | Travel Guide
LIST OF RELIGIOUS AND NON-RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS IN THE PHILIPPINES – JULY
T’NALAK | SOUTH COTABATO
T’nalak Festival held in Koronadal City, South Cotabato is considered as one of the most authentic ethnic festivities in the country today. One of the main highlights of the festival is the grand parade featuring the Tri-people of South Cotabato representing the three cultures merged in the place brought by the Indigenous People, The Visayan migrants of the area and the Muslims.
Read more about T’nalak Schedule of Activities
SANDUGO FESTIVAL | BOHOL
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LIST OF FESTIVALS IN THE PHILIPPINES – AUGUST [ RELIGIOUS AND NON-RELIGIOUS ]
BUYOGAN FESTIVAL | ABUYOG, LEYTE
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KADAYAWAN SA BABAW | DAVAO CITY
Heading to Davao in the 3rd week of August means that you will be able to join the famous Kadayawan. Derived from the root word “dayaw,” which means beautiful and valuable, life is indeed teaming in this celebration. The gift of life and all its blessings is the primary reason why the locals go for this activity. As a form of thanksgiving and gratitude, the tradition and local culture of the province is evident throughout the festivity. So, if you happen to visit the place at this time of the month, I urge you to stay for a bit longer and wait for the celebration to peaks in. The little overstay will be worth it.
Read more about Kadayawan sa Dabaw
LIST OF RELIGIOUS AND NON-RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS IN THE PHILIPPINES – SEPTEMBER
SANDUROT FESTIVAL | DUMAGUETE CITY
Sandurot Festival held in Dumaguete City is an event that celebrates the rich pre-Hispanic history of the place that contributes to the diverse culture of the city today. The celebration derived its name from the Visayan word “pakig-sandurot” which means “reaching out or fellowship”.
Read more about Sandurot
MINULUAN FESTIVAL | TALISAY CITY, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL
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TUNA FESTIVAL | GENERAL SANTOS CITY
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MASSKARA | BACOLOD CITY
One of the most anticipated celebrations in the country today. Masskara held in Bacolod City is a month-long celebration featuring spectacular activities and fun fare. Masskara is a non-religious festival and sone of its iconic features include the use of smiling masks, colorful costumes, and fabulous headdress.
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LANZONES FESTIVAL | CAMIGUIN
Camiguin celebrates its Lanzones Festivity on October as a way of celebrating the gift of Lanzones tree. As we all know, Camiguin is teaming with Lanzone’s harvests, making it one of the top products of the province. So, what can we see in this festivity? Some of the highlights of it include a cultural show which aims to show the people the resiliency of the locals through time, the lively street dancing, and the most-awaited beauty pageant. All in all, the festivity lasts for four days, and all of these are equally exciting and worth to witness.
Read more about Lanzones Festival | Travel Guide
HERMOSA | ZAMBOANGA
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