List of festivals in the Philippines
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This is a list of festivals in the Philippines, known as "fiestas". The majority of fiestas in the Philippines also have their own peryas (trade fairs with temporary amusement parks). The origin of most early fiestas are rooted in Christianity, dating back to the Spanish colonial period when the many communities (such as barrios and towns) of the predominantly Catholic Philippines almost always had a patron saint assigned to each of them. Originally encouraged by the Spanish to coincide with Christian holy days, early festivals became vital instruments in spreading Christianity throughout the country.
Fiestas in the Philippines can be religious, cultural, or both. Several of these are held to honor the local Roman Catholic patron saint, to commemorate local history and culture, to promote the community's products, or to celebrate a bountiful harvest. They can be marked by Holy Masses, processions, parades, theatrical play and reenactments, religious or cultural rituals, trade fairs, exhibits, concerts, pageants and various games and contests. However, festivals in the country are not limited to Christian origins. Many festivals also focus on Islamic or indigenous concepts. There are more than 42,000 known major and minor festivals in the Philippines, the majority of which are in the barangay (village) level. Due to the thousands of town, city, provincial, national, and village fiestas in the country, the Philippines has traditionally been known as the Capital of the World's Festivities.
The partial calendar list contains several of the oldest and larger religious and/or cultural festivals in the country. Each town, city, and village has a dedicated fiesta, resulting in thousands held throughout the year; a few are national in character. Some fiestas may contain multiple/conflicting dates and/or place entries.
|Binalabal Festival||1||Tudela, Misamis Occidental|
|Kuraldal Festival||6||Sasmuan, Pampanga||Honours the town's patroness, Saint Lucy|
|Hinugyaw Festival||8||Koronadal City|
|Lingayen Gulf Landing Anniversary||9||Lingayen, Pangasinan||Commemorates the landing of General Douglas MacArthur and the Allied Forces in Luzon in 1945.|
|Feast of the Black Nazarene||9||Quiapo, Manila||Commemorates the translation of the image of the Black Nazarene to Quiapo Church in 1789.|
|Coconut Festival||1st to 2nd week||San Pablo City, Laguna||Festival lasts a week|
|Minasa Festival||2nd week||Bustos, Bulacan|
|Batingaw Festival||13||Cabuyao City|
|Halad Festival||3rd Sunday||Midsayap, Cotabato||Honours the Santo Niño|
|Feast of the Santo Niño||3rd Sunday||National||Liturgical feast of the Santo Niño de Cebú according to the Philippine National Liturgical Calendar.|
|Sinulog Festival||3rd Sunday||Cebu, Cebu City||Honours the Santo Niño de Cebú|
|Silmugi Festival||20||Borbon, Cebu||Honours the town's patron, Saint Sebastian.|
|Bayluhay Festival||3rd week||San Joaquin, Iloilo|
|Ati-Atihan Festival||3rd Sunday||Kalibo, Aklan||Honours the Santo Niño, and the legendary meeting of the island’a aboriginal peoples with settlers from Borneo|
|Batan Ati-Ati Malakara Festival||3rd weekend||Batan, Aklan|
|Sikhayan Festival||18||Santa Rosa City, Laguna|
|Dugoy Festival||18||Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro|
|Feast of San Sebastian Martir||20||Lumban, Laguna||Honours the town's patron, Saint Sebastian.|
|Longganisa Festival||22||Vigan City||Celebrates Vigan's accession to cityhood in 2001|
|Feast of San Ildefonso de Toledo||22–24||Tanay, Rizal||Honours the patron of Barangay San Ildefonso, Saint Ildefonsus.|
|Halamanan Festival||23||Guiguinto, Bulacan||Celebrates plants, flowers, and trees|
|Pabirik Festival||23 January to 2 February||Paracale, Camarines Norte||Celebrates the province's gold mining industry|
|Dinagyang Festival||4th Sunday||Iloilo City, Iloilo||Honours the Santo Niño and the pact between the island's aboriginal peoples and migrant Bornean Datus|
|Ibajay Ati-Ati Municipal and Devotional Fiesta||4th Sunday||Ibajay, Aklan||Honours the Santo Niño|
|Kannawidan 'Ylocos' Festival||27 January to 12 February||Ilocos Sur|
|Dinagsa Ati-Atihan Festival||Last week||Cadiz, Negros Occidental|
|Hirinugyaw-Suguidanonay Festival||Last week||Calinog, Iloilo|
|Santo Niño de Malolos Festival||Last Sunday||Malolos City||Honours the Santo Niño de Malolos|
|Candle Festival||31 January to 2 February||Candelaria, Quezon||Liturgical Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary or Candlemas according to the General Roman Calendar|
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The one unifying element amongst the geographical, historical and cultural diversity of the Philippines is the fiesta. Described as the most beloved institution in the country, fiesta is the embodiment of everything held dear by the Filipino people – pageantry, drama, humour, friendship, religious piety and earthy revelry. The roots of the fiesta reach back to the early years of Spanish rule, when the friars coaxed their converts within hearing distance of the church bells with the pomp and ceremony of organized celebrations. The Christian aspects of fiesta thinly veil ancient beliefs pagan celebration were altered rather than outlawed, the dances and rituals offered to saints, instead of heathen gods.
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There is always a fiesta (festival) going on somewhere in the Philippines as every city and barrio holds at least one each year. The fiesta is usually to honor the local Roman Catholic patron saint and pay homage to the barrio's namesake for good harvest and health. It is a mixture of both pagan and Catholic beliefs. These fiestas are marked by feasting and celebration of holy mass, music, dance and song.
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Minasa Festival takes after the local delicacy of which Bustos is famous. It boasts of colorful street dances, talent competitions and a showcase of delectable minasa cookies and Barquillos. The festival opens the year for Bustos as it is celebrated annually in January.
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MIDSAYAP, Cotabato (Jan 11) – One of the region’s most popular festival, Midsayap’s "Halad sa Sto. Niño" commenced on January 10 with a splendid line up of events joined by thousands of people from Cotabato province and nearby places.
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CEBU – The municipality of Borbon will launch the Silmugi Festival this coming January as its official festival during the town’s fiesta celebration in honor of its patron saint San Sebastian Martyr.
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The Gawad Pamana ng Lahi national awardee will be staging the 100-day countdown launch of the triennial Sorteo Festival on Sunday, November 11, 2012, 6pm at the Carmona Town Plaza. Sorteo Festival will be staged on February 16–23, 2013 wherein different presentations and competitions leading to the highlight event – the opening of the traditional Sorteo ng Bukid ng Bayan on the dawn of February 20, the town’s 156th founding anniversary. The unique tradition which binds the townspeople for almost two centuries is a brainchild of then pre-Spanish leaders who came up with the idea of raffling off the communal lands to the townspeople as a democratic way of providing equal economic opportunities to the people.
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The on looking crowd and dancers from Hanguiwin Elementary school form a sea of faces, multiplied by the masks each student held. The group won third place in the Laguimanok Festival street dance contest last February 13, 2013, part of Padre Burgos, Quezon’s opening salvo to celebrate their 96th founding anniversary (Quezon PIO)
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"The likes of ‘Lubid-Lubid’ Festival of Tiaong, Quezon; ‘Laguimanok’ Festival of Padre Burgos, Quezon; ‘Tebolan’ Festival of Jomalig, Quezon; ‘Pahiyas’ Festival of Lucban, Quezon and ‘Kaway’ Festival of Tagkawayan, Quezon will be featured in a month-long showcasing of festivals in SM City," the governor said.
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The "Mahaguyog Festival" which is celebrated every February, is derived from the word that best describe the town’s main products such as mais (corn), halaman (plant), gulay (vegetables) and niyog (coconut). The festivities celebrate the abundance of the place which is situated along the slopes of Mt. Makiling and the Mt. Malarayat mountain ranges. It also highlights Sto. Tomas famous son, General Miguel Malvar, the gallant leader of the Filipino revolutionary forces as a successful farmer, his passion and love for agriculture in his hometown, before and after his stint in the revolutionary.
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SANTO TOMAS, Batangas, Feb. 25 — Santo Tomas in Batangas kicked off its 12-day opening salvo Sunday for the "Mahaguyog Festival" with the amateur singing qualifying rounds in observance of the 347th town fiesta celebration which falls on March 7. The celebration started February 24 and will wind up until March 7 for the feast day of Saint Thomas Aquinas, the town’s patron saint. Organizers for the Santo Tomas celebration have scheduled the daily mass and the novena owing to its predominantly Catholic population.
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