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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Colorful Festivals in the Philippines


Festivals or Fiesta is widely common around the world. In fact, the Philippines have numerous different kinds of Festivals celebrated in different parts of the country. One of them is the recently concluded Aliwan Fiesta.
Photo courtesy of Cyd Salvador

Aliwan Fiesta first started in 2003, where different cultural festivals around the country gather in Star City Complex in Pasay City. Aliwan means ‘entertainment’ in Filipino, which this fiesta has consistently showcased every year on the month of April.
Photo courtesy of Patrisha Salgado
Aliwan Fiesta attracts tourists from across the country and the globe, seeking the fun activities Aliwan brings, from cultural street dance to big floats that represent each towns own Festival.
Photo courtesy of Cyd Salvador
On the month of May, Flores de Mayo (Flower of May) is known as the ‘Queen of Philippine Festivals’. Introduced by the Spanish Conquerors, Flores de Mayo is celebrated every day in the entire month of May as a tribute to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, for the beneficial rain she brings that make flowers bloom after the dry season.
Photo courtesy of  Mara Bathan
The Santacruzan or Sacred cross is observed, where beautiful town belles are selected to participate in the colorful Parade. This Festival is celebrated on different days in any town in the country.
Photo courtesy of  Mara Bathan

You see, if you weren’t able to visit the Philippines during the months of January until April, there’s still more that you can catch up too. Flores de Mayo, like it was mentioned above, is a month-long celebration nationwide every month of May, but that’s not all...

Here are schedules of Upcoming Festivals in the Philippines that you may want to catch up to:
Pahiyas Festival

May 15, 2019
Lucban, Quezon
One of the country’s most colorful festivals. A celebration of a bountiful harvest, honoring San Isidro Labrador; the patron saint of farmers across the country.
Obando Feast of the Three Saints and Fertility Dance
May 17-19, 2019
Obando, Bulacan
A three-day feast for the patron saints of Obando, celebrated with a fertility dance for the couples who wish to have children
Mudpack Festival
Jun 14 - Jun 16, 2019
Mambukal Resort, Negros Occidental
The dancers of the festival are coated with colorful clay or mud. The festival instills awareness in caring for the environment.
Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival
June 29, 2019
Tacloban, Leyte
A Celebration in Honor of Santo Niño. The festival also aims to show and present the rich cultural heritage with songs and dances of the entire Leyte and Samar.

Sandugo Festival

July 1, 2019


Bohol
Commemoration of the Sandugo or the Blood Compact between Datu Sikatuna and The Spanish King.
T’nalak Festival
July 11-17, 2019
South Cotabato
A Celebration of the Founding Anniversary of South Cotabato.
Kadayawan Festival

August 13-19, 2019
Davao
Thanksgiving to Manama and Bulan, deities of Mt. Apo.
Tuna Festival
September 3, 2019
General Santos City
A Celebration in the Tuna Capital of PH

October 1-28, 2019
Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
Originally started in the year 1980, the month-long celebration of smiles was created to uplift the spirit of the town after the tragic events that happened in the same year it began.
Higantes Festival
November 22-23, 2019
Angono, Rizal
A Celebration in Honor of San Clemente, it is also a sight to see paper-mâché giants sashaying down the street, some measuring as tall as 12 ft.
Giant Lantern Festival

December 1-31, 2019
San Fernando, Pampanga
A Festival Celebration for Parol, a Filipino symbol for Christmas.
Disclaimer: The dates mentioned are subject to change.

Photo courtesy of  Patrisha Salgado

Are you feeling a bit festive? Plan your next vacation to one of these provinces mentioned above.
Stay tuned for more updates!

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