Located in South East Asia, the Philippines is one of the leading vacation destinations in the world. In order to promote its rich culture and heritage, the Philippines plays host to colorful events and festivals all year round. Regardless of the time of the year, there is an event or festival celebrating a historic occasion. The Philippines is home to three main island groupls -Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao – with each having its own unique festival to celebrate. Every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors troop into the country to participate in this merrymaking activities.
The beauty of this archipelago of over 7,000 islands knows no bounds. Asides its many attractions and pristine beaches, festivals are a boost to the tourism industry, which is one of the major sources of revenue for the country. Below is a list of colorful and grandest festivals in the Philippines that magnets locals and tourist alike to its backyard.
The Sinulog Festival of Cebu is one of the grandest and most celebrated festivals in the country. Celebrated on the third week of January, Sinulog Festival is a nine day event in honor on Senor Santo Nino, a Roman Catholic title of a statue of the Child Jesus. The festival features dancing, sports, pageantry and lots of music. Sinulog is one of the most attended festivals in the country, drawing millions of people including party goes from different parts of the world.
If you would like to see the unspoilt beauty of nature during a momentous celebration, plan your next trip to Baguio. Every February the city of Baguio, nicknamed the Summer Capital of the Philippines, comes to life with the celebration of the Panagbenga Festival. Panagbenga Festival is perhaps, the most colorful flower festival in the world, where participants are dressed as flora and fauna The festival serves as thanksgiving for the abundance of colorful flowers in the city of Baguio. It is highly recommended to plan ahead if you will be attending this festival. This is because the festival magnets thousands of tourist annually.
Moriones Festival is a week-long celebration of the life of St. Longinus held during the Holy Week in Marinduque. The festival is among the finest religious events in the country. Highlight of the event is the parade where participants wear colorful mask and garbs to replicate centurions.
Kadayawan originated from the word “madayaw” which translates to good or beautiful. Kadayawan is, by far, the biggest festival in Mindanao, the second largest island in the Philippines. Celebrated every third week of August, the festival displays flowers, fruits and other produces found in Mindanao. Highlights include pageantry, street dance, floral floats and firework displays. It serves as a thanksgiving for the abundance in the city.
MassKara festival is another celebration that shouldn’t be missed. The event is held in the city of Bacolod, nicknamed the “City of Smiles”. You will see participants wear smiling masks signifying countless number of smiling faces. If you’d like to see lots of street dancing and electrifying displays as well as the sweet smiles of locals, do not miss the MassKara Festival.
There are other notable Philippines festivals not mentioned in this list. Usually the golden months of festivals in the Philippines are January, April, May and December. So, the next time you book a flight to this beautiful country, you might want to consider scheduling it during one of the colorful festival dates. More importantly, book your hotel reservations and vacation package in advance. Reason being that the Philippines is usually crammed with tourists during the golden months of festivals.