Did you know Filipinos take their festivals very seriously?
So don’t miss these 8 Major Festivals in the Philippines
And the many personal experiences from spectators and participants in the accompanying videos of these important Filipino cultural festivals..
It is very common in the Philippines for the people to celebrate festivals because they love to get together for the fun, activities, and feasts, and what better way to get your message across.
Here’s our list of the 8 biggest and most important festivals in the Philippines that happen every year and you will notice that they are very colourful. Some festivals can last up to a month because they are really big cultural celebrations that have become an attraction for both locals and tourists. There could be a festival on any given day. You just have to know when and where to go.
Festivals in the Philippines 1 – Ati-atihan Festival
The Ati-Atihan festival pays tribute to the Santo Niño and the Aeta (Ati) who are just one of the many native peoples of the Philippines. Like everywhere in the world, the native people of the Philippines have been marginalized but things are slowly changing. The festival is characterized by people with face paint, indigenous weapons, and tribal dances to traditional loud drum beats. This festival is also called ‘The Filipino Mardi Gras‘ and is a festival that should be experienced by everyone – held in Kalibo, Aklan; 3rd week of January
Festivals in the Philippines 2 – Sinulog Festival
This is Cebu’s version of celebrating the Santo Nino and you will notice that people keep on shouting “Pit Senor” which means “Panangpit sa Senor” meaning to plead to Senor Santo Nino in Cebuano. It is one of the most popular festivals that is able to attract both local and foreign audiences.
Sinulog also sets the stage for acts that are performed by other regions and provinces nearby. They dance on the streets, have a pageant, and even do sports. Party-goers from all over the Philippines love the Sinulog festival because it also hosts a very big rave party – held in Cebu; 3rd week of January
Festivals in the Philippines 3 – Dinagyang Festival
When you ask anyone who is from Ilo-Ilo about this festival you will immediately see the pride they have when they tell you all about the Dinagyang Festival. The city of Ilo-Ilo makes one big party on the streets where there are bands, food, drinks, and big boom boxes. The tribes represent different barangays (independent villages or barrios) and there are high school students who perform in dance competitions. This is another festival for the Santo Nino and has won a lot of awards – held in Ilo-Ilo City; 4th week of January
Festivals in the Philippines 4 – Panagbenga Festival
This festival was named after the word Kankanaey, which means “seasons of blooming”. There are quite a number of parades with children who are dressed in colourful costumes, and floral floats. This is a nice festival to go to if you miss the previous ones from other regions that happened in January. The Session Road in Baguio is closed not letting any vehicle pass through for the outdoor cafes, flower carts, and street dancing – held in Baguio City; every February
Festivals in the Philippines 5 – Moriones Festival
Festivals in the Philippines 6 – Pahiyas Festival
Festivals in the Philippines 7 – Pintados Festival
Festivals in the Philippines 8 – Masskara Festival
So there you have it, the 8 most important festivals that one must not miss when visiting the Philippines because for sure they will leave an experience you will never ever forget.
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Festivals in the Philippines – by Ysabel Carbello
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