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Festivals in

Sinulog Festival
3rd weekend of January |
Cebu City
Cebu also has its own version
of the festival in honor of the
Sto. Nio. If you find yourself
attending the Sinulog
Festival, Pit Seor! is a
phrase you will hear a lot. It
means Panangpit sa Seor,
a Cebuano phrase that
means to plead to the Seor
Santo Nio.

Dinagyang Festival
4th weekend of January | Iloilo City
If you happen to know someone from
Iloilo, try and ask them about this
Philippine festival. Youll see how their
pride for their citys festival is nothing
short of astounding.
Once a year, Iloilo City transforms into
one big street party streets closed,
bands in all corners, overflowing food
and drinks, and towering boom boxes.
To cap it all off, tribes representing
different barangays and high schools
perform in one very competitive street
dancing contest.

Panagbenga Festival
February | Baguio City
The word Panagbenga comes
from the Kankanaey term that
means season of blooming. With
the numerous parades of floral
floats and children dressed as flora
and fauna, it definitely lives up to
its name, making Baguio the
perfect destination for those who
still have a hangover from the
huge festivals in January.
Philippine Festival: Panagbenga
Festival, Baguio City, Philippines

MassKara Festival
19th of October | Bacolod City
Colorful masks, street dancing, electrical displays and best
of all the sweet smiles of Bacoleas! What more could
you ask for?
Philippine Festival: MassKara Festival, Bacolod City,
MassKara is a combination of the words mass which
means crowd and kara which means face. You will see
participants wearing smiling masks signifying a multitude of
smiling faces, solidifying Bacolods title as the City of
Like Sinulog, it is also swarmed by the younger party crowd
as it is conveniently scheduled during the semester break.
There are still a lot of Philippine festivals not mentioned in
this list. The next time you book a flight, you might want to
consider scheduling it during that destinations festival

Pintados Festival
29th of June | Tacloban City
Pintados is another festival in honor of the Sto.
Nio (yes, this is the 4th of its kind in the list). It
just goes to show how Filipinos want to be
reminded to be childlike in their ways and to place
hope in their children.
This festival has been growing in popularity
because of the contingents they send to the Aliwan
Fiesta every year. They dont fail to amaze. Leyte
is also the home base of other festivals like
Alikaraw, Pasaka, and the 2009 Aliwan Fiesta
champions, Buyogan

Kadayawan Festival
3rd week of August | Davao City
Kadayawan comes from the Dabawenyo word
madayaw, a friendly greeting which means good
or beautiful. Probably the biggest festival in
Mindanao, Kadayawan has everything all other
festivals have: street dancing, beauty pageants,
fireworks displays, floral floats.
It is a celebration of Davaos as well as the rest of
Mindanaos abundance; showcasing flowers, fruits,
and other produces that abound the countrys
second largest island. Just two years ago, they even
introduced a week-long street food fiesta in Freedom
Park, Roxas Avenue called Kaan sa Dan.

Pahiyas Festival
15th of May | Lucban, Quezon

One of the Philippines most colorful harvest

festival, May 15th marks that time of the year
when people in Lucban decorate their houses with
different-colored produces in an almost
competitive manner.
Its not uncommon to see singakamas (turnip),
talong (eggplant), sigarilyas (winged bean) and all
the other vegetables and fruits mentioned in the
Bahay Kubo song hanging on the exteriors of their
homes. You can actually bring a basket and pick
the produce from the walls for free.