Annual events in Manila

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Numerous events and festivals are held annually in Metro Manila. They include:

January[edit]

  • Feast of the Black Nazarene - A grand Fiesta, this festival centers on the image of the Black Nazarene which was transported by galleon from Mexico to Manila in the 17th century. The festival is marked by an afternoon procession by thousands of devotees around Quiapo district.
  • Feast of Santo Niño - A grand procession of over two hundred well-dressed images of the Child Jesus held in Tondo and Pandacan districts.
  • World Pyro Olympics (movable) - an annual competition among the world's fireworks companies held in SM Mall of Asia.
  • Caracol Festival - Official street festival of Makati with environmental themes.
  • Pangisdaan Festival - One of the highlights of the Navotas Day celebration featuring a street dancing and float competition focusing on the fishing industry.
  • Balot sa Puti Festival - One of the highlights of the Pateros Town Fiesta celebration.

February[edit]

  • International Bamboo Organ Festival - A ten-day series of cultural events and music festival, with a focus on the unique bamboo-made organ made by Fray Diego Cera found only in Las Piñas.
  • Chinese New Year - celebrated with great revelry in Binondo district, the world's oldest Chinatown.
  • Travel Tour Expo - Annual exhibition of travel and tourism destinations, products and services held in SM Megamall in Mandaluyong.
  • Feast of Santa Clara - Celebrated in Pasay. Highlights include the Serenata and The Tiburin Race. Serenata is a series of rondalla and brass band concerts and a revival of open-air musical performances held at the Santa Clara patio, while the Tiburin Race is an exciting and thrilling horse-racing at Cementina and Libertad streets.
  • Sambalilo Festival - Hat festival celebrated in Parañaque.
  • Lavandero Festival - As part of the week-long Mandaluyong Day celebration, the unique festival focused on the city’s ancient tradition of washing clothes in the once clean and clear waters of the Pasig River.
  • Pamaypay ng Caloocan Festival - One of the highlights of Caloocan Foundation Day, showcasing the use of the "Pamaypay"/fan as traditional tool to the surging heat as exhibited in techno-modern folk street dancing competition.
  • Itik-Itik Festival - "Duck" festival held every last Sunday of February in Kalawaan, Pasig in honor of Saint Martha.

March[edit]

  • Malibay Cenaculo - A 10-day activity during Semana Santa commencing with daily performances of particular scenes from the Bible stories. Different scenes are performed by Cenaculistas of Pasay.
  • Pasig Summer Music Festival - On this event, artists, and music lovers gather at the Pasig City Museum to listen and appreciate the music of classical artists.
  • Parade of Festivals - One of the highlights of Muntinlupa's Cityhood Anniversary.

April[edit]

May[edit]

  • Flores de Mayo - Also known as Santacruzan, it is a parade of the town's loveliest ladies depicting the search and discovery of Christ's Cross by Queen Helena and Constantine.
  • Feast of Nuestra Señora de Guia - A fiesta in honor of one of the oldest Marian images in the Philippines - the La Nuestra Señora de Guia, patroness of seafarers and also known as Our Lady of Expectations. The main event of the fiesta is the Bota de Flores, a reenactment of a select group of young ladies and their escorts in sailor costumes of the procession returning the La Nuestra Señora de Guia to its reconstructed shrine in Ermita in 1918.
  • Manila Music Festival
  • San Roque Festival - Also known as Mano Po San Roque Festival, it includes street dancing and procession along the Valenzuela's major thoroughfares in commemoration of the feast of San Roque.
  • Sunduan Festival - The traditional rites means literally "to pick up the girl at the house", it is held in La Huerta, Parañaque.

June[edit]

  • Manila Day - Also known as Araw ng Maynila, it is a yearly celebration of the city's founding anniversary featuring various cultural activities and fireworks display.
  • Feast of Saint John the Baptist - A celebration of San Juan's patron saint characterized by vigorous and boisterous streetdancing with "Basaan (dousing of water) and "Santong Tao" (live saints) parade.
  • Feast of Saints Peter and Paul - held in Makati with performances of the Bailes de Arcos by daughters of past participants with impeccable reputations as homage to the Virgen dela Rosa for her kindness.
  • Philippine International Jazz and Arts Festival - also known as the PI JazzFest and featuring live jazz music and concerts all around the city.
  • Fête de la Musique - the city's largest musical event takes place each June and boasts seven stages hosting over 150 musical acts, with well-known Filipino talents billed, as well as some huge international stars.
  • Subli-an sa Maynila - A cultural and religious event, this festivity is held in honour of the Holy Cross. The traditional dance ‘Subli’ is used as a ritual to honour the Holy Cross, accompanied by a vocal quartet.

July[edit]

August[edit]

  • Anniversary of Cry of Pugadlawin - A historical event celebrated yearly with a civic parade at 6:00 am followed by a flag-raising and a wreath-laying ceremony in Quezon City.
  • Pinaglabanan Day - celebration of the Battle of Pinaglabanan, a historic event in San Juan which sparked the Philippine Revolution of 1896.
  • 29 de Agosto - Travel back to history as Mandaluyong observes its First Cry of Revolution against Spaniards in 1896. A commemorative program and an evening of Kundiman are special activities for the occasion.
  • Nagsabado Festival - A re-enactment of the revolutionary action against the Spaniards leb by Valentin Cruz and Andres Bonifacio in Pasig in 1896. The historic revolution happened to fall on a Saturday that's why the event is called "Nagsabado".

September[edit]

  • Kalesa Festival - This cultural festival is held to pay tribute to the preservation of old fashioned horse-drawn carriages, locally known as kalesa. The celebration also features a lot of musical performances, dancing and singing.

October[edit]

  • La Naval de Manila - A festival revolving around the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary of La Naval carved in 1533 and given as a gift to the Dominican Fathers. Borne on an elaborately decorated and well-lit carriage in the form of a ship, the venerated image is brought out of the church preceded by a dozen or so images of Dominican saints. The procession goes around the main streets of Sto. Domingo parish in Quezon City and then returns to the church amidst applause until it reaches the altar pedestal.
  • Spanish Film Festival in Manila

November[edit]

December[edit]

  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception - A revival of religious tradition with more than 60 images of the Blessed Virgin Mary from various parishes and provinces paraded around the streets of Intramuros.
  • Metro Manila Film Festival - an annual film festival which focuses on locally produced films.
  • Sapatero Festival - an annual shoe festival showcases the different shoes produced in the Shoe Capital of the Philippines, Marikina.
  • Marikina Christmas Festival - an annual Christmas festival in Marikina showcasing bazaars, amusement parks, concerts, night-out boding, fireworks display and food caravans in 3 key areas in the city, Riverbanks Center, Marikina River and Marikina city hall.
  • Pancit Malabon Festival - Also known as Luglugan Festival, it also commemorates the feast of Immaculate Concepcion, Malabon's patron saint.
  • UST Christmas Concert and UST Paskuhan - The Christmas celebration of the University of Santo Tomas.

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