HOLIDAYS AND MONTHLY CELEBRATIONS
The Sto. Nino
The Centennial celebration kicks off with colorful street dancing
showcasing the Filipinos' deep veneration of the Sto. Nino. The Ati-Atihan
of Kalibo, Aklan. The Sinulog Festival of Cebu City. And the Dinagyang
of Iloilo City.
Arts and Culture Month
February is a wonderful time to fall in love with the Philippies.
Be enamored with our rich culture and colorful heritage. Know more
about our diverse traditions as exhibited in music, dance and visual
art forms. Listen to the music of the world-renowned Bamboo Organ
of Las Pinas, in its annual concert series with international artists
performing, as it casts its musical spell on you. Or view the different
cultural presentations at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and
Theater Festival at the old walled city of Intramuros.
Sports Festival Month
Bring out the athlete in you
as summer starts to sizzle. Gear up and put on those visors. Leave
the concrete jungles of the metropolis. Know more about the underwaterworld
in the Marine Travel and Trade Show. Go mountain biking or hiking.
Gosailing or snorkeling. Or simply, laze along our beautiful coastlines
under the sun's gaze.
Observe Lent in various traditions.
Join the pabasa. An overnight reading in chant-style of the Bible.
Witness the dramatization of Christ's life in a cenaculo. Take part
in the pilgrimage caravan to Pangasinan. Or the colorful Moriones
Festival of Marinduque. And the salubong. An early morning procession
on Easter Sunday dramatizing the resurrectin of Christ. Indeed, April
is the best time to renew our commitment to our Almighty Creator.
The Mayflower Festival Month
The colorful month of the year blooms with festivities and parades.
As summer comes to a close, towns come to life as fiestas are celebrated.
The annual Antipolo pilgrimage. The Pulilan Carabao Festival. The
Pahiyas sa Quezon. And the Obando Fertility Rites are just some of
the best known fiesstas. The merry month of May would not be complete
without the Santacruzan. A processional parade showcasing each locality's
good-looking ladsand lasses in resplendent ternos and gowns.
Centennial of Philippine Independence Month
The patriotic fervor of the Centennial
celebrating intensifies. Filipino heroism comes to fore as the Declaration
of Independence in Kawit, Cavite-one hundred years ago-is commemorated.
Witness the grandest celebration of our country, capped by a Grand
Parade at the Luneta Park on June 12. The grandest homage to our gallant
men and women who stoked the fires of freedom and eventually ignited
the revolution that led to our country's independence.
Shopping Festival Month
Treat yourself to a showcase
of the best local products and latest merchandise from around the
world as the" Sale of the Century " takes place.
Feet the excitement as the Philippines
becomes the mecca of shoppers.
Exotic Mindanao Month Fascinating.
Spellbinding and worth exploring. Exotic Mindanao. Be mesmerized by
its rich natural resources, romantic fruits, flowers and colorful
tribes. Witness the gathering of tribal groups in the Kalibongan Festival
of Cotabato. The Marang Festival of Agusan del Norte. Or the Kadayawan
Sa Dabaw Festival of Davao City.
Taste of the Philippine Month
Feast your taste buds to the
annual culinary exhibit of the Chefs n Parade in different first-class
hotels and restaurants, side by side with the Chefs of the World.
On the one hand, know more of the cooking expertise of the Filipino.
The adobo. The pinakbet. The sinigang. Or the lechon de leche. Just
a sample menu of month-watering Filipino specialties that will change
your discriminating taste.
Feast your senses on our natural
beauty. Go nature tripping and discover more of the Philippines. The
rainforests of Palawan. The caves of Tabon. The Chocolate Hills of
Bohol. The luxuriant Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village. Or the
world-renowned Banaue Rice Terraces. Just a sprinkling of some of
the magnificent places to explore. All sculpted and designed by nature's
Music and Theater Festival Month
Be enthralled by the inborn musicality
of the Filipino. See Musika Manila and the International Song-writing
Festival. An impressive showcase of various Filipino and international
artists exhibiting their musical and artistic virtuosity. Whether
it be ethnic or classical music, the Filipino's creativity is truly
music to the ears.
Christmas Festival Month
As lanterns lighten up the Christmas
spirit, no celebration comes close to the traditional rituals of Christmas
in the Philippines. The month-long Christmas celebration featuring
an International Lantern Parade. A Lantern and Belen competition in
the Kamundagan sa Naga Festival. The misa de gallo ( early morning
mas ) signals the start of the longest Christmas season in the world.
The media noche depicts the closeness of the Filipinos to their kin
as they partake the midnight meal together. The Giant Lantern Festival
at the Philippine Christmas Village-where the Christmas spirit is
on a year-round activity pumps up the holiday atmosphere.
| February | March
| April | May
| August | September
| October | November
Feasts and Festivals
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