PHILIPPINE HOLIDAYS AND MONTHLY CELEBRATIONS

 

January
The Sto. Nino Festival Month
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.

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February
Arts and Culture Month: Philippines HolidaysThe 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.

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March
Sports Festival Month: Philippines HolidaysThe 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.

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April
The Pilgrimage Month
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.

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May
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.

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June
Centennial of the Philippine Independencec Month: Philippines HolidaysThe 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.

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July
Shopping Festival Month: Philippines HolidaysThe 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.

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August
Exotic Mindanao Month Fascinating: Philippines HolidaysThe 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.

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September
Taste of the Philippine Month: Philippines HolidaysThe 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.

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October
Eco-Tourism Month: Philippines HolidaysThe Ecotourism Month
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 delicate hand.

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November
Music and Theather Festival Month: Philippines HolidaysThe 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.

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December
Christmas Festival Month: Philippines HolidaysThe 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.


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