/ Nationwide (but most fun in Cebu)
A grand procession of over two hundred well-dressed images of
the Child Jesus.
January 01 / Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila (45 minutes from Manila)
Annual procession, parade of flowers and costumes.
FEAST OF THE BLACK NAZARENE
January 09 / Quiapo, Manila
Millions of the Black Nazarene devotees joined the procession during the Quiapo fiesta. Devotees came from different parts of the country as they believe that by continuing with the yearly family vow or "panata", they will find peace and good health for their families; ask for deliverance from all kinds of calamities,natural and man made; for better health,prosperity and for the stability of our country and world peace. [details]
January 09 / Lingayen, Pangasinan (6 hours from Manila by land)
Commemoration of the liberation of Pangasinan from the Japanese
invasion led by Gen. Douglas McArthur on Jan. 9, 1945.
January 09 / Romblon (2 hours 30 minutes from Manila to Batangas
by land; 2-3 hours from Batangas to Romblon by ferry)
Sto. Niņo-inspired revelry and fluvial procession.
January 11-15 / San Pablo City, Laguna (2 hours from Manila by
A grand mardi-gras celebration which pays homage to Laguna Province's
most ubiquitous crop.
January 13-19 / Cebu City (1 hour 15 minutes from Manila by air)
Sto. Niņo procession and "Mardi-gras" parade.
MILITARY RETIREES ASSOCIATION REUNION (PAMRA)
January 13-21 / Manila
Grand reunion and military ball of Fil-American military retirees
based in the United States.
January 19 / Glorietta 4 Park, Makati City, Metro Manila (30
minutes from Manila )
"Caracol" is Spanish for "snail" and Makati
City invites revelers and party goers to come out of their shells
for the city's annual festival, a colorful and exciting parade
complete with parties and merrymaking.
January 25-26 / Iloilo City (1 hour 5 minutes from Manila by air)
Celebrated every 4th weekend of January in Iloilo City. Spectacle characterized by frenetic stomping of feet and hypnotic drumbeating. It is a colorful whirl of thousands of people dressed in unique costumes dancing and chanting all day and night. [details]
FIESTA TSINOY / CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL
January 30 - February 02 / Chinese Garden, Rizal Park, Manila
A grand celebration to welcome the new Chinese Lunar Year that
will feature a Chinese Lauriat with complete show of Chinese
performers to be capped by fireworks/pyrotechnic display.
Whole month of February / Cultural Center of the Philippines,
A tribute to the talent and creativity of the Filipino artist,
highlights world-renowned Filipino masters, as well as the new
generations influencing the local arts scene.
Whole month of February / March
A month long celebration showcasing the following activities:
seminars/symposia, exhibits, food festivals, kabuki performance,
film festival & speech contest
February 02 /Mariano Perdices Memorial Coliseum, Dumaguete City,
(1 hour 15 minutes from Manila by air)
An annual national kite flying competition initiated by the Rotary
Club of Dumaguete East.
February 02-11 / Laoag City, Ilocos Norte (9 hours from Manila
A feast honoring Saint William the Hermit, the festival aims
to pay tribute to the city's hardworking residents, offering
them a weeklong schedule of pure fun and play.
February 03-05 / Glorietta, Makati City, Metro Manila (30 minutes
Celebration of the Chinese New Year in cooperation with Ayala
Center and all Makati-based hotels.
2nd week of February / Davao City (1 hour 45 minutes from Manila
A culinary festival that features Davao's grilled tuna specialties
such as "panga and buntot".
February 11 / Iriga City, Camarines Sur (40 minutes from Manila
to Naga City by air; 1 hour from Naga City to Iriga City by land)
A lively, folksy procession wherein carabao carts are brought
out and decorated with all kinds of fruits and vegetables. An
Iriganon way of giving thanks for a bountiful season.
February 11 / Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila (45 minutes from
Muntinlupa City's version of "brass band heaven" -
a loud, lyrical night hosted by more than thirty bands from all
over the city.
February 17-19 / Baler, Aurora (3 hours from Manila by land)
A parade of uniquely designed floats. Main streets and homes
are decked with suman, a native delicacy.
February 19 / Bago City, Negros Occidental (1 hour 10 minutes
from Manila to Bacolod by air; 30 minutes from Bacolod to Bago
City by land)
Based on the rituals performed by the Babaylans, like rituals
on marriage, baptism, healing, harvest and others.
February 23 / Pasig City, Metro Manila (20 minutes from Manila)
Features the "itik" or native duck. The celebration
includes street dancing, duck cooking contest, outrigger boat
race, fluvial procession.
- BAGUIO FLOWER FESTIVAL
February 23-March 03 / Baguio City (50 minutes from Manila by
Biggest Baguio festival of Cordillera flowers on parade, with
garden shows, exhibits, lectures and competitions.
PANAGBENGA - BAGUIO FLOWER FESTIVAL
Baguio City: February 1- February 29
Biggest Baguio festival of Cordillera flowers on parade, with
garden shows, exhibits, lectures and competitions. [details]
February 27 / General Santos City (1 hour 45 minutes from Manila
Celebrates the "friendly co-existence with all the people
of General Santos City". Activities include agro-industrial
trade fair, cultural presentation, culinary arts contest, Pagana,
Kulintangan, ethnic musical instrument competition and Kidig-Kidig
February / Las Piņas City, Metro Manila (45 minutes from
Highlights include exhibits at St. Joseph's Parish, an international
bamboo musical competition and trade fair on bamboo crafts.
March 05 / Paoay, Ilocos Norte (9 hours from Manila by land)
An exciting and calendrical rites in Paoay where townsfolk and
guests participate in street dancing and singing dressed in native
costumes, held on Ash Wednesday.
March 05-09 / Pagsanjan, Laguna (2 hours from Manila by land)
Boat parade in Pagsanjan River.
1st weekend of March / Malaybalay City, Bukidnon (1 hour 30 minutes
from Manila to Cagayan de Oro City by air; 1 hour 30 minutes
from Cagayan de Oro City to Malaybalay City by land)
A showcase of tribal/ethnic songs, dances, games, crafts and
March 07-11 / Bangued, Abra (9 hours from Manila by land)
Abra's biggest festival highlights of which are "Karerakit"
bamboo rafting along Calaba River and Tinguan Festival of the
tribal natives of Abra.
DAVAO OFF-ROAD CHALLENGE
March 15 / Davao City (1 hour 45 minutes from Manila by air)
A competition for 4-wheel jeepneys/trucks.
March 16 / Tagbilaran City, Bohol (2 hours from Manila by air)
A festival commemorating the blood-sealed peace treaty between
Rajah Sikatuna and Miguel Lopez de Legazpi marking the beginning
of the Spanish colonization of the Philippines.
March 18-19 / Baco, Mindoro Oriental (2 hours 30 minutes from
Manila to Batangas City by land; 2 hours from Batangas City to
Calapan/Baco by ferryland)
A celebration of abundance of banana, other activities include
banana cook fest, banana inspired street dancing competition
and beauty pageant.
March 18-19 / Canlaon City, Negros Oriental (1 hour 15 minutes
from Manila by air)
A combined word of "Pasalamat Pinaagi sa Sayaw" (a
thanksgiving through dance). This Pasayaw expresses the joys
and jubilations in praise and thanksgiving to the Almighty God
through the intercession of St. Joseph. On the 19th at 12:00
noon is the "PASAYAW STREET DANCING & PARADE" participated
in by 12 contingents from the 12 barangays dancing to the uniform
LATIN BEAT followed by a SHOWDOWN competition at 6:00 pm at the
March 18-22 / Masbate City, Masbate ( 1 hour 15 minutes from
Manila by air)
Feel the excitement of local cowboys as they pit their brains
against bovine brawn in western style rodeo events like bull
riding and steer wrestling, apart from local games like the good
old carabao race.
March 22 / Lala, Lanao del Norte (1 hour 30 minutes from Manila
to Cagayan de Oro City by air; 4 hours 15 minutes from Cagayan
de Oro City to Iligan/Lala by land)
A festival to celebrate "Araw ng Lala" featuring displays
of different sizes of alimango (crab). Also features native costumes,
dances and contests depicting and promoting local culture and
tradition and fluvial parade passing through unspoiled mangroves.
FIRST EASTER MASS CELEBRATION
March 31 / Butuan City (1 hour 30 minutes from Manila by air)
A re-enactment of Magellan's landing and planting of the cross
on March 21, 1521 at Mazaua, Butuan City.
March / Iloilo City (1 hour 5 minutes from Manila by air)
An exciting race among outriggers in the strait between Guimaras
and Iloilo City.