Best Festivals and Events in the Philippines

There are many special events and festivals each year in The Philippines. Some originate from the Spanish period of the country’s history, others from Christianity and there are also celebrations to mark important historical events that took place throughout the country’s history.

Filipinos know how to celebrate a special occasion and if you get a chance, planning your holiday in the Philippines to experience one of the many festivals will be a fantastic experience.

Christmas - National (December)

Christmas is a big deal in the Philippines. For many people it’s the most important holiday of the year. Most of the population are Catholics and the Philippines is the best place to experience the festive season in Asia. In fact the celebrations for Christmas here last longer than any other country in the world, with the build-up to the festival starting in September.

Ati-Atihan Festival (3rd week of January)

The Ati-Atihan Festival is a feast held annually in January in honor of the Santo Niño (Infant Jesus), held on the third Sunday of the month, in the town of Kalibo on the island of Panay. This is one of the most colorful and impressive events in the Philippines. The festival includes a parade along the streets with tribal dance and music. The people wear traditional, indigenous costumes and weapons. Many Christians and non-Christians observe this day of celebrations and processions.

Sinulog Festival - Cebu City (3rd week of January)

At the same time, the Sinulog Festival takes place in Cebu City. The event consists of a street party, dancing and performing locals in traditional costumes. The Catholic Santo Niño is the center of this celebration, but the Sinulog dance ritual also celebrates the Filipinos’ pagan past, along with the adoption of Christianity.

Dinagyang Festival- Iloilo City (4th weekend of January)

Dinagyang Festival is one of the largest festivals in the country. The people of Iloilo take to the streets. The city converts all its streets into a massive open-air festival. Mouth-watering local dishes are overflowing whilst there are bands playing in every alley you turn to. Every barangay and school will come together for an extravagant dance competition.

Kadayawan Festival – Davao City (3rd week of August)

Davao City holds the Kadayawan Festival every year in the 3rd week of August. The celebration is held to give thanks for the harvest, so the streets are decorated with fresh fruits and vegetables. Kadayawan Festival has colorful floats filled with fresh food and flowers. Many other types of activities and entertainment goes on around the time of the festival including street dances, beauty pageants, and boat races.

Panagbenga - Baguio Flower Festival (February)

Each year during February thousands of tourists head to the summer capital of the Philippines to witness the city bloom with flowers. Panagbenga or Baguio Flower Festival commemorates the rise of the city after the tragic earthquake that hit in the 1990s. At the festival you will see many floats covered in beautiful flowers of many colors. The festival is an amazing spectacle to see.

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