Top 8 Most Famous Festivals in the Philippines
Filipinos are some of the nicest and most fun people you’ll ever meet. They have such a laid-back attitude about life that is truly inspiring. They’re also incredibly friendly. Make friends with one Filipino and you’ll be welcomed into their home and their circle of friends instantly. With that kind of warmth, it’s no surprise that the famous festivals in the Philippines are a true reflection of the culture here.
Come visit the Philippines during the times of the famous festivals in the Philippines and you’ll get an incredible treat seeing the integration of the historical traditions here, a melding of indigenous cultures as well as those influenced by Spain and Mexico. Here are 8 of the most famous festivals in the Philippines.
1- Feast of Black Nazarine
It’s the largest yearly religious procession of the Philippines. The reason for the celebration is to honor a statue of a black Christ figure that is over 200 years old. This statue is said to bring good luck to those who participate in the festivities or pay respects to it. Barefoot men and women pay homage to it by the droves. Want to feel luckier? You’ve got nothing to lose by participating too. You’ll find it in Quaipo, Manila on January 9th.
2- Sinulog Festival
On the third Sunday every January, you can celebrate Santo Niño in Cebu City with the Sinulog Festival. It’s a brilliant celebration where the streets comes alive with street dancers and performers of the traditional Sinulog dance, clothed in intricately decorated, brightly-colored costumes.
3- Kadayawan Festival
If you find yourself in Davao in August, you’re in for a treat. The entire month is full of events for the Kadayawan Festival. You can catch an ethnic dance demonstration, competitions, and even check out the trade fair and exhibitions. The celebration is for the harvest. As if Filipinos aren’t already cheery people, this festival happens to be the most cheerful one you’ll ever find in the Philippines.
4- Pahiyas Festival
Be in Lucban in Quezon on May 1th, and you can join in on the Pahiyas Festival. It’s to honor San Isidro Labrador, who was the patron saint to the farmers. As tradition dictates, Filipinos lay out fresh fruits and vegetables on the fronts of homes and buildings for decoration. They go all out too, as the decorations are judged. The winner receives prizes and awards.
5- Masskara Festival
We have Halloween, and the Philippines has the Masskara Festival. Held in Bacolod, it’s like one giant masquerade party. It’s loads of fun and one of the most famous festivals in the country. You’ll see intricate costumes, street dancing, and more. It’s held the third week of every October and includes a beauty pageant, carnivals, drums, food festivals, sporting events, concerts, garden shows and so much more. It goes on for days so there’s plenty of time to take in all the fun and excitement.
6- Panagbenga Festival
Panagbenga Festival is a very beautiful celebration. It’s also called the Flower Festival, where people dress up in colorful and incredibly elaborate flower-themed costumes.
Also known as the Flower Festival, this beautiful and celebratory event embodies many of the best things about the Philippines. Celebrating people dressed in beautiful and colorful, elaborate flower themed costumes. Come to Baguio City in February to enjoy it yourself!
7- Moriones Festival
This festival shows you how seriously Filipinos take Easter. The entire holy week that leads up to Easter Sunday is celebrated with people wearing Moriones, or Roman soldier costumes. In Marinduque, this ritual serves as a bit of a cleansing prior to the holiday. What’s interesting is that the costumed folks play tricks whilst hiding their real identities behind those of the costumes. It’s almost like a live-action play that carries on until the Easter holiday, making it a little unusual but no less interesting of a festival.
8- Higantes Festival
The Higantes Festival invites you to go big or go home every November 23rd. Higantes, or giants, are made from paper mache, some as big as 12 feet high. It’s to celebrate San Clemente, the patron saint of the fishermen. You’ll find it in Angono in Rizal. Celebrate with in true Filipino fashion, or merely observe. It’s a fun day and probably one of the most unique festivals you’ll ever see.
While the Philippines is a fun and exciting place at any time, visiting during one of these famous festivals gives you an ever better way to experience the vibrant culture of this truly charming country.