April 01-05 / La Castellana, Negros Occidental (1 hour 10 minutes
from Manila to Bacolod City by air; 1 hour 40 minutes from Bacolod
City to La Castellana by land)
An agricultural trade showcase of the bountiful harvest of the
municipality, particularly banana.
KESONG PUTI FESTIVAL
April 01-07 / Sta. Cruz, Laguna (2 hours from Manila by land)
Different activities lined up in this celebration that include
trade fair, food festival, cultural shows, street dancing, painting
contest, beauty pageant and with highlight on the kesong puti,
made from carabao milk, fermented and wrapped in banana leaves.
GAT TAYAW FOOTWEAR FESTIVAL
April 03-07 / Liliw, Laguna (2 hours from Manila by land)
A colorful event highlighted by a parade of floats featuring
the agricultural and industrial products of Liliw.
TA APO SANDAWA
April 07 / Kidapawan City, North Cotabato (1 hour 30 minutes
from Manila to Cotabato City by air; 2 hours 15 minutes from
Cotabato City to Kidapawan City by land)
A gathering of all highland tribes in honor of Mt. Apo as the
country's highest peak, it comes as no surprise that Mt. Apo
is considered sacred ground. Join the highland tribes of Mindanao
to the mountain in this annual gathering.
ARAW NG KAGITINGAN
April 09 / Mt. Samat, Bataan (2 hours from Manila by land)
Commemoration of the Fall of Bataan, the last province to surrender
to the Japanese in World War II.
April 12-21 / Bacolod City (1 hour 10 minutes from Manila by
A grand celebration bringing together all the 10 cities and 22
municipalities in a showcase of trade, tourism, commerce and
industry, arts and culture.
April 13 / Plaza Moriones, Intramuros, Manila
April 13-20 (Holy Week) / Marinduque (45 minutes from Manila by air)
A week-long festival featuring finely-carved masks worn by colorful warriors depicting the fierce Roman soldiers of Christ's time. [details]
AT IGUIG CALVARY HILLS
April 13-20 (Holy Week) / Iguig, Cagayan (55 minutes from Manila
to Tuguegarao by air; 15 minutes from Tuguegarao to Iguig by
Traditional presentation of the passion and death of Christ on
an 11-hectare rolling terrain of the larger-than-life size 14
Stations of the Cross.
April 13-20 (Holy Week) / Camiguin (1 hour 30 minutes from Manila
to Cagayan de Oro City by air; 2 hours 15 minutes from Cagayan
de Oro City to Camiguin by ferry/land)
A pilgrim's yearly trek around the island in observance of the
April 13-20 (Holy Week) / Cebu City, Cebu (1 hour 15 minutes
from Manila by air)
The Buhing Kalbaryo Foundation Inc. will present the following
events during the Holy Week: Bendita sa Lakay on Palm Sunday
Re-Enactment of the Trial of Jesus Christ, Street Passion Drama,
Sugat on Easter Sunday followed by the Easter Mass.
PANA-AD SA LOBOC
April 13-20 (Holy Week) / Loboc, Bohol (2 hours from Manila by
In observance of the Holy Week, the Lobocanons read the "Pasyon"
and do a penitential procession through the way of the cross
that culminates at the place called "Cruz Daku", a
huge cross 80 feet in height which is on top of the higest hill
where one can view the neighboring towns including the city.
April 16 / Marikina City, Metro Manila (1 hour 30 minutes from
Feast of clans celebrated as a tribute to the native residents
of the city who formed the community and shaped the city's own
culture and tradition.
PASKO SA KASAKIT
(SEMANA SANTA SA BANTAYAN)
April 17-18 (Holy Thursday/ Good Friday) / Bantayan, Cebu (1
hour 15 minutes from Manila to Mactan by air; 15 minutes from
Mactan to Bantayan by air)
A unique mixture of solemn religious rites and local celebration
in Bantayan Island where friends of the residents and tourists
experience the scenic rites and cool off the summer heat in beautiful
white sandy beaches.
April 18 / Pakil, Laguna (2 hours from Manila by land)
The largest religious activity consisting of 7 fiestas or lupi
to commemorate the seven sorrows of Our Lady of Turumba.
PAGTALTAL SA GUIMARAS
April 18 (Good Friday) / Jordan, Guimaras (1 hour 5 minutes from
Manila to Iloilo City by air; 15 minutes from Iloilo City to
Jordan by pumpboat)
An annual re-enactment of the story of salvation comparable to
Germany's religious Oberrammergau Drama.
April 18 (Good Friday ) / San Fernando City, Pampanga (1 hour
from Manila by land)
A re-enactment of Christ's passion and death.
April 18 (Good Friday) / Palo, Leyte (1 hour 15 minutes from
Manila to Tacloban City by air; 20 minutes from Tacloban City
to Palo by land)
Dramatic re-enactment of Christ's sufferings on the cross.
April 18-24 / Hungduan, Ifugao (10 hours from Manila by land)
A cultural fiesta of the Ifugaos of Hungduan which features ethnic
games, rituals, arts and crafts-oriented activities.
OF HERBAL PREPARATION
April 19 (Black Saturday) / San Antonio, Siquijor (1 hour 15
minutes from Manila to Dumaguete City by air; 1 hour 15 minutes
from Dumaguete City to San Antonio, Siquijor by ferry/land)
A time when herbalists from all over Visayas and Mindanao participate
in a ritual known as "Tang-Alap".
April 19 / Carigara, Leyte (1 hour 15 minutes from Manila to
Tacloban City by air; 1 hour from Tacloban City to Carigara by
Carabao and horse fights.
April 19-20 (Black Saturday/ Easter Sunday) / Angono, Rizal (2
hours from Manila by land)
An Easter Sunday presentation re-enacting the reunion of the
Risen Christ with Virgin Mary.
April 19-21 / Concepcion, Iloilo (1 hour 5 minutes from Manila
to Iloilo City by air; 2 hours from Iloilo City to Concepcion
A 3-day annual festivity to commemorate the Earth Day Celebration
which features fluvial parade, tree planting and other environment
April 20 (Easter Sunday) / Carigara, Leyte (1 hour 15 minutes
from Manila to Tacloban City by air; 1 hour from Tacloban City
to Carigara by land)
Cultural/social activities and float parade held on Easter Sunday.
April 20 / Pasig City, Metro Manila (20 minutes from Manila)
A colorful procession of 2 barangays which hold their respective
fiestas every other year, sharing one patron saint - Sta. Rosa
de Lima. The image is fetched by the celebrating barangay from
the other barangay.
April 21 / Peņablanca, Cagayan (55 minutes from Manila
to Tuguegarao by air; 30 minutes from Tuguegarao to Peņablanca
A boat-rowing race on the waters of scenic Pinacanauan River.
April 21-27 / Calapan, Mindoro Oriental (2 hours 30 minutes from
Manila to Batangas City by land; 1 hour from Batangas City to
Calapan by ferry)
A weeklong festivity which features agro-trade fair, historical
parade, re-enactment of the barter trading and a street dancing
KADAUGAN SA MACTAN
April 22-27 / Bgy. Mactan, Lapu-Lapi City, Cebu (1 hour 15 minutes
from Manila by air)
A week-long commemoration of the historic battle of Mactan between
the Spanish Conquistador Fernando Magallanes and Mactan Chieftain
GOTAD AD HINGYON
April 23-24 / Hingyon Municipality, Ifugao (9 hours from Manila
Ethnic thanksgiving with cultural fair by Ifugaos in Hingyon.
ON TO MAYON
April 24-27 / Legazpi City, Albay (55 minutes from Manila by
A mountain climbing expedition to the country's most popular
volcano, the majestic Mt. Mayon. Its steep and rugged terrain
is a challenge to adventurers and mountain climbers to conquer
this beautiful volcano.
HINUGYAW SA HINIGARAN FESTIVAL
April 25-30 / Hinigaran, Negros Occidental (1 hour 10 minutes
from Manila to Bacolod City by air; 1 hour 30 minutes from Bacolod
City to Hinigaran by land)
A week-long festivity which culminates with a grand parade featuring
street dancing performers in their colorful costumes.
Last week of April / Cangmating Sibulan, Negros Oriental (1 hour
15 minutes from Manila by air)
The festival is a showcase of local arts and culture, fashion
and unity. It features Mardi grass type streetdancing and related
events. This is also an occasion for trading and barter, and
April 28-May 02 / Dagupan City, Pangasinan (6 hours from Manila
Part of Dagupan's Pista'y Dayat celebration, highlight of which
is the longest bangus grill, 101 ways to cook bangus, Bangus
Harvest Dance parade, sports competition/exhibition.
April 29-May 01 / Lingayen, Pangasinan (6 hours from Manila by
Thanksgiving festival for the year's bountiful harvest from the
GOTAD AD KIANGAN
April 30-May 03 / Kiangan, Ifugao (9 hours from Manila by land)
A thanksgiving festival Ifugao-style featuring sports, arts and
April / Hingyon, Ifugao (9 hours from Manila by land)
A traditional thanksgiving festivity featuring native songs and
April 2003 / Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental (1 hour 15 minutes
from Manila by air)
A 2-day gamefishing tournament which includes other activities
like angling clinic, seafood festival, exhibits and film showings.
May 01-03 / Star City, CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd., Manila
A three-day event that will highlight the country's 16 regions
at their best with the largest carnival-style parade. Major components
are the festival, float and fireworks competitions. It will also
feature nightly concerts of the country's best performers and
biggest cultural market with products and food from the 16 regions.
BAWANG (GARLIC) FESTIVAL
May 01-03 / Sinait, Ilocos Sur (8 hours from Manila by land)
Competitions and exhibits include biggest garlic, longest and
most creative twined garlic bulbs.
DAVAO GULF REGATTA
May 01-04 / Davao Oriental (1 hour 45 minutes from Manila by
A regionwide float parade competition featuring decorated bancas
and vintas of different designs.
May 01-31/Antipolo, Rizal (2 hours 30 minutes from Manila by
An age-old tradition of the devotees of Our Lady of Good Voyage
who make the long pilgrimage on foot from Manila to Antipolo.
May 01-31 / Albay (55 minutes from Manila by air)
A celebration immortalizing the origin of Mt. Mayon as inspired
by Albay's famed legend Daragang Magayon (beautiful maiden).
It, likewise, showcases Albay's rich history, arts and culture,
trade, travel and tourism.
FLORES DE MAYO/SANTACRUZAN
May 01 - 31 / Nationwide
A parade of the town's loveliest ladies depicting the search
and discovery of Christ's Cross by Queen Helena and Constantine.
May 03 / Pavia, Iloilo (1 hour 5 minutes from Manila to Iloilo
City by air; 20 minutes from Iloilo City to Pavia by land)
Features a parade of 18 gaily decorated bamboo sleds and a race
among carroza-pulling carabaos on a 400 meter course.
May 04 / La Carlota City, Negros Occidental (1 hour 10 minutes
from Manila to Bacolod City by air; 45 minutes from Bacolod City
to La Carlota City by land)
Thanksgiving to the God of Agriculture living inside Kanlaon
FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
1st week of May / Vigan, Ilocos Sur (8 hours from Manila by land)
A festival in a setting replete with history, heritage and cultural
May 09-15 / Calauan, Laguna (2 hours from Manila by land)
Promotes the juicy and sweetest pineapple or "pinya"
as the main agricultural product of the town of Calauan.
May 11 / Rizal Park, Manila
A wholesome event for the entire family to bond and have fun
together and provides opportunities for everyone to showcase
the Filipino artistry.
May 11-15 / Sariaya, Quezon (2 hours 30 minutes from Manila by
A thanksgiving celebration to the Lord for the good harvest and
abundance of agricultural production.
MAYOHAN SA TAYABAS
May 11-15 / Tayabas, Quezon (2 hours 30 minutes from Manila by land)
A thanksgiving event marked with agro-trade fair and the famous agawan ng suman in honor of San Isidro Labrador, patron saint of farmers, for the good harvest and abundance of agricultural produce.[details]
May 11-15 / Lucban, Quezon ( 3 hours from Manila by land)
An annual celebration to usher in a bountiful harvest. Homes are decorated with the town's best agricultural products.[details]
May 14 / Pulilan, Bulacan (1 hour 30 minutes from Manila by land)
A thanksgiving fiesta that features oiled, perfumed carabaos
paying homage to Pulilan's patron saint by kneeling in front
of his statue.
MANGGAHAN SA GUIMARAS FESTIVAL
May 15-22 / Guimaras (1 hour 5 minutes from Manila to Iloilo
City by air; 15 minutes from Iloilo City to Guimaras by pumpboat)
A commemorative celebration of the anniversary of Guimaras as
a province and to showcase the premier produce of the province
(mango) and the various local attractions.
OBANDO FERTILITY RITES
May 17-19/Obando, Bulacan ( 1 1/2 hours from Manila by land)
Childless couples, praying that they bear children, do the "fertility
dance" on the streets of Obando. The fiesta is observed
in honor of Sta. Clara, San Pascual and Virgen de Salambao.[details]
FESTIVAL/LINGGO NG DIPOLOG
May 20-25 / Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte (1 hour 30 minutes
from Manila by air)
A weeklong festival which culminates with colorful ethnic inspired
INTERNATIONAL (JCI) ASIA PACIFIC CONFERENCE
May 21-25 / Cebu International Convention Center, Cebu City (1
hour 15 minutes from Manila by air)
May 22 / Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental (1 hour 30 minutes from
Manila to Cagayan de Oro City by air; 2 hours from Cagayan de
Oro City to Gingoog City by land)
A cultural presentation using parts of the coconut palm and other
indigenous materials as props and costumes.
May 25 / Western Samar (1 hour 15 minutes from Manila to Tacloban
City by air)
A grand parade and street dancing with participants dressed in
May 26-30 / New Bataan, Compostela Valley (1 hour 45 minutes
from Manila to Davao City by air; 2 hours from Davao City to
New Bataan by land)
A trek to Mt. Manurigao-Malumagpak, one of the region's newly
discovered eco-tourism destinations.
June 01 / Balangay Taft, Surigao City, Surigao del Norte (2 hours
10 minutes from Manila by air)
A showcase of religious heritage of the Surigaonons in honor
of St. Virgen de la Paz Y de Buen Viaje.
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
June 12 / Nationwide (highlights are the ceremonies in Rizal
Park, Manila and Kawit, Cavite)
OF BESANG PASS
June 14 / Cervantes, Ilocos Sur (8 hours from Manila by land)
Commemoration of the historical victory of the Filipino guerillas
in Northern Luzon which led to the surrender of Gen. Yamashita
and the end of the Japanese occupation in the Philippines.
June 15-24 / Camarines Norte (8 hours from Manila by land)
A festival featuring the sweet, succulent pineapple thru art
exhibits, trade fairs, cultural performances and sports events.
PISTA Y ANG
3rd week of June / Puerto Princesa City, Palawan (1 hour 15 minutes
from Manila by air)
Palawan's offer to nature: tree-planting, live performances by
the city's eco-friendly artists.
June 17-23 / Provincial Capitol Compound, Puerto Princesa City,
Palawan (1 hour 15 minutes from Manila by air)
A commemoration of the city's foundation day anniversary with
a colorful parade, trade fairs and food fests.
June 18-24 / Tabaco City, Albay (55 minutes from Manila to Legazpi
City by air; 30 minutes from Legazpi City to Tabaco City by land)
A celebration of fun and pageantry highlighted by a street presentation
which showcases the legend of the City where its name was derived.
June 20 / Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur (1 hour 30 minutes
from Manila to Dipolog City by air; 2 hours 30 minutes from Dipolog
City to Pagadian City by land)
Street dancing and colorful parade highlighting native Subanen
costumes and rituals.
June 20-29 / Sorsogon, Sorsogon (55 minutes from Manila to Legazpi
City by air; 1 hour 30 minutes from Legazpi City to Sorsogon
An annual tribute to Bicol's indigenous crop, the "pili"
nut with street dancing parade.
June 22-24 / Cagwait, Surigao del Sur (1 hour 30 minutes from
Manila to Butuan City by air; 3 hours 30 minutes from Butuan
City to Cagwait by land)
A fluvial festival coupled with beach dancing and other beach-fun
June 23 / Calumpit, Bulacan (1 hour 30 minutes from Manila by
A celebration in honor of the patron saint St. John the Baptist.
June 24 / Aliaga, Nueva Ecija (4 hours 30 minutes from Manila
A religious event where town folks wear vines, banana leaves
or dried coconut leaves on their mud-covered bodies as St. John
the Baptist was said to have done in his lifetime.
June 24 / Balayan, Batangas (2 hours 30 minutes from Manila by
A grand parade of succulent roasted pigs.
REGADA WATER FESTIVAL
June 24 / Cavite City, Cavite (1 hour 30 minutes from Manila by land)
A celebration in honor of Nuestra Seņora de Porta Vaga.[details]
June 24 / Murcia, Negros Occidental (1 hour 10 minutes from Manila
to Bacolod City by air; 20 minutes from Bacolod City to Murcia
A symbolic celebration of man's return to primitive time when
he was closer to nature. It seeks to instill in people the awareness
and care of environment and the use of natural materials in arts
June 25-30 / Piat, Cagayan (55 minutes from Manila to Tuguegarao
by air; 45 minutes from Tuguegarao to Piat by land)
A religious and cultural revival in commemoration of the Christianization
of the Itawes region of Cagayan.
June 28 / Tacloban City, Leyte (1 hour 15 minutes from Manila
Annual race of native sailboats with outriggers displaying seamanship.
June 29 / Tacloban City, Leyte (1 hour 15 minutes from Manila
A body-painting festival in honor of the courageous "pintados"
June 29 / Tacloban City, Leyte (1 hour 15 minutes from Manila
Ceremonial exchange of images of the Holy Child between Leyte
June 29-July 05 / Marawi City, Lanao del Sur (1 hour 30 minutes
from Manila to Cagayan de Oro City by air; 2 hours 30 minutes
from Cagayan de Oro City to Iligan City/Marawi City by land)
Celebrates the legendary Lake Lanao.