The Philippines is famous not just for its breathtaking natural beauty, but also for its people’s passion for getting together and celebrating. The country’s large list of cultural festivals is indicative of this.
Join one of the country’s bustling festivals to immerse yourself in the Philippines’ rich culture. We’ve gathered the top 5 festivals to attend and enjoy with these cities’ rich culture and heart-warming spirit!
1. Ati-Atihan Festival
Festival date: January
Where: Kalibo, Aklan
Because it is the event that originated numerous festivals in the Philippines, the Ati-Atihan Festival is regarded as the “Grandfather of Festivals.” This event in Aklan is also one of the country’s oldest, as well as the greatest and largest Mardi Gras.
The tribal dances, thunderous drum rhythms, loud chanting, and Catholic rites are all features of the Ati-Atihan Festival, and will undoubtedly make any tourist or even locals dance their heart out. Take part in this festival, Buenbyahe Traveller, for a trip that you won’t forget!
2. Panagbenga Festival
Festival date: February
Where: Baguio City
Panagbenga, or the Season of Blooming, is a long-running Philippine celebration that takes place in Baguio throughout the whole month of February. This celebration celebrates the abundant blossoming of flowers and pays gratitude to the city’s recovery from the terrible Luzon earthquake of 1990.
Enjoy the lush greeneries and astounding flower arrangements that you will witness here in Baguio, in time for the Panagbenga Festival. You could also explore the nightlife in Session Road and enjoy the cool temperature, perfect to escape the heatwave of the metro.
3. Pahiyas Festival
Festival date: May
Where: Lucban, Quezon
Lucban hosts the Pahiyas Celebration, a one-of-a-kind harvest festival, in the month of May.
Locals choose bright and brilliant colors to adorn their residences. Farm food such as handicrafts, fruits, vegetables, and kiping (rice wafers) are used as decorations around the residences. People may also bring their own baskets and choose their own fruits and vegetables for free!
4. Sinulog Festival
Festival date: January 10 – 20, 2020
Perhaps it’s time to travel south to Queen City to participate in this Philippine feast honoring Cebu’s patron saint, Santo Nino!. The word “Sinulog” literally means “like the water flowing,” and it is the name of the dance move performed by the dancers.
Sinulog is one of the ten religious holidays celebrated in the Philippines. Processions, parties, concerts, colorful and energetic street dancing, enticing drum beats, and parades are all part of this week-long celebration.
5. Giant Lantern Festival
Festival Date: December
Where: San Fernando City, Pampanga
When they said give love on Christmas day, San Fernando definitely reflected that through the Giant Lantern Festival! The Giant Lantern Festival in Pampanga is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. San Fernando City, also known as the Philippines’ Christmas Capital, has a big lantern tournament the weekend before Christmas Eve.
Participants make massive, brilliant lanterns out of locally available materials, which they parade through each barrio or town in Pampanga before the Christmas midnight service. Make your Christmas holiday even more memorable by including some Pampanga activities, Buenbyahe Traveller!