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Ati-Atihan

Festival
One of the oldest
religious
celebrations in the
country, Ati-Atihan
is characterized by
a parade filled with
face-painted
celebrants,
indigenous
costumes and
weapons, tribal
dances, and loud
drumbeats.
It is also known as
the The Filipino
Mardi Gras.
Sinulog
Festival
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.
It is one of the most
attended festivals in the
Philippines, attracting
millions of locals and
tourists from all over the
world.
Panagbenga
Festival
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.
Dinagyang
Festival
The Dinagyang is a
religious and
cultural festival in
Iloilo City,
Philippines held on
the fourth Sunday of
January, or right
after the Sinulog in
Cebu and the Ati-
Atihan Festival in
Kalibo, Aklan.
Moriones
Festival
This week-long
celebration of the life of
St. Longinus is what
makes Marinduque one
of the top destinations
during Holy Week in the
Philippines. Morion is
the helmet worn by the
centurions while
Moriones refers to the
costumed penitents
reenacting the search
for St. Longinus, hunted
by his fellow centurions
for converting to
Christianity.
Aliwan
Fiesta
Aliwan Fiesta is
more of a competition
than it is a festival.
However, it has
undeniably added great
value to the growing
interest in Philippine
festivals. Although it just
started in the early 2000s,
it has already gained a
strong fan-base
nationwide with more
than 5,000 young men
and women from all over
the country joining the
competition.
Pahiyas
Festival
The festival is deeply
rooted in the traditional
celebration of the
townsfolk in thanksgiving
for bounty harvest.
Decorations called
Kiping, leaf-shaped and
multi-colored rice paste
wafers which are used to
decorate the facades of
the homes along with
fruits and flowers from
nature. The visual and
culinary feast has gained
national and international
recognition.
Pintados
Festival
Pintados is
another festival in
honor of the Sto.
Nio. It just goes to
show how Filipinos
want to be
reminded to be
childlike in their
ways and to place
hope in their
children.
Kadayawan
Festival
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 was said that, long
time ago, Davao's ethnic
tribes residing at the foot of
Mount Apo would converge
during a bountiful harvest.
This ritual serves as their
thanksgiving to the gods
particularly to the "Manama"
(the Supreme Being).
MassKara
Festival
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 Smiles.