Top festivals

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Top festivals

Festivals in the Philippines are the combination of the local culture, known for their grand and the vibrant and lively celebrations. With the colonization of the Spanish influence on Catholic spirituality in the Philippines, many Philippines’ festivals are religion-based celebration. Besides that, there are a number of other fascinating festivals that mark important historic events and renowned international recognition. Fancy Costumes, exciting dances, outstanding parades, food feasting and some of the most exquisite processions are worth witnessing. Here are the lists of exciting and unmissable festivals in Philippines.

Sinulog festival, Cebu
Sinulog festival, Cebu
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It is one of the most popular festivals in Cebu city held every third Sunday of January to honor the Santo Nino (Child Jesus). Santo Nino is the oldest Christian artifact in the Philippines originally a gift from explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1521. Basically, the festival is done by
a dance ritual, telling the story of the Filipino’s acceptance of Christianity.
The festival includes various activities such as fancy costumes and dances,
art exhibits, beauty pageants, photo contests, and singing and dancing contests. Participants may also join the festival’s activities, such as concerts, cultural shows, fireworks display, fun runs, and street fairs. Today, it turns to be the month-long tradition and tourists regarded it as unmissable festival.

It is one of the most popular festivals in Cebu city held every third Sunday of January to honor the Santo Nino (Child Jesus). Santo Nino is the oldest Christian artifact in the Philippines originally a gift from explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1521. Basically, the festival is done by a dance ritual, telling the story of the Filipino’s acceptance of Christianity. The festival includes various activities such as fancy costumes and dances, art exhibits, beauty pageants, photo contests, and singing and dancing contests. Participants may also join the festival’s activities, such as concerts, cultural shows, fireworks display, fun runs, and street fairs. Today, it turns to be the month-long tradition and tourists regarded it as unmissable festival.

Panagbenga Festival, Baguio
Panagbenga Festival, Baguio
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Panagbenga Festival is a month-long annual flower festival held on 1st February in creative Baguio city, which drawing lot of local and world tourists. Panagbenga’s meaning is “the season of blooming” and its purpose is to give tribute to the city’s flowers and the dedication of locality. The festival includes floats that are covered mostly with stunning beauty of flowers creating a uniqueness float. It is often likened to the famous Rose Parade of Pasadena, California. For a whole month, Baguio City and its streets come vivid with magnificent rhythmic dances, exciting songs, and colorful floral decoration that will attractively draw attention of
flower-lovers.

Panagbenga Festival is a month-long annual flower festival held on 1st February in creative Baguio city, which drawing lot of local and world tourists. Panagbenga’s meaning is “the season of blooming” and its purpose is to give tribute to the city’s flowers and the dedication of locality. The festival includes floats that are covered mostly with stunning beauty of flowers creating a uniqueness float. It is often likened to the famous Rose Parade of Pasadena, California. For a whole month, Baguio City and its streets come vivid with magnificent rhythmic dances, exciting songs, and colorful floral decoration that will attractively draw attention of flower-lovers.

The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, Cavite
The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, Cavite
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The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is an annual four-day longest sports aviation event in Asia held between February or March at San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite. This longest-running aviation event in Asia originally begun in 1996, nowadays it is recognized as "the weekend of everything that flies". Aviators from
all around the world lively come to the Philippines showing their masterpieces and sharing an unforgettable experience. The festival also provides
a numerous show, namely, skydiving, rocketry demonstrations,
remote-control airplane and helicopters, freestyle aerobatics, kite-making, and many other interesting activities.

Aliwan Festival, Pasay
Aliwan Festival, Pasay
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Aliwan Festival, originally created in 2003, is regarded as one of the most popular and most grand festivals in
the Philippines which attracting both local and global tourists. This festival
is annually held in April or May at
Pasay, Metro Manila with the intention for showcasing and celebrating the diverse culture amongst the 17 regional locals in Philippines. The locals will enthusiastically compete in cultural street dance competition, float parade and Reyna ng Aliwan (Queen of Entertainment/Amusement) competition. Nowadays, Aliwan festival is dubbed as "the Philippines' Grandest Fiesta," with prizes totaling 70,000 US dollars and hosted by the organization of Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC), Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the cities of Manila and Pasay.

Aliwan Festival, originally created in 2003, is regarded as one of the most popular and most grand festivals in the Philippines which attracting both local and global tourists. This festival is annually held in April or May at Pasay, Metro Manila with the intention for showcasing and celebrating the diverse culture amongst the 17 regional locals in Philippines. The locals will enthusiastically compete in cultural street dance competition, float parade and Reyna ng Aliwan (Queen of Entertainment/Amusement) competition. Nowadays, Aliwan festival is dubbed as "the Philippines' Grandest Fiesta," with prizes totaling 70,000 US dollars and hosted by the organization of Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC), Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the cities of Manila and Pasay.

Pahiyas Festival, Quezon
Pahiyas Festival, Quezon
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Pahiyas festival is undoubtedly one of the most colorful and vibrant religious festivals in the Philippines. This festival objective is to celebrate the plentiful harvest season while honors the saint of farmers, San Isidro de Labrador. Pahiyas festival annually begins on May 15th every year and goes on for a month long. Each house is creatively decorated with local fruits, vegetables, and the Kiping which is rice paper. The exciting thing about Pahiyas festival is that visitors are warmly welcome to grab, taste and enjoy on all decorated fresh fruits and vegetables on local’s home.

Pintados festival, Tacloban
Pintados festival, Tacloban
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Pintados festival, is the cultural religious related festival in Tacloban city, to show the body painting tradition of the ancient tattooed “Pintados” warriors. This festival purposely recalls the
Pre-Spanish history native Leytenos from wars, epics and folk religions.
The festive dancers will paint their faces and bodies in resemble to the ancestral warriors. Then, they will fill up the street of Tacloban and perform the traditional dancing, which is the highlighted performance that travelers keep looking for. The celebration, formally called Leyte Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival and afterwards known as the "Celebration of Festivals," which held on June 29 every year, which is also the day of the Feast of the Senor Santo Nino de Leyte.

Kadayawan festival, Davao
Kadayawan festival, Davao
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Kadayawan festival, is held in every third week of August in Davao city, which serving as a thanksgiving to gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, and bounties of harvest and serenity of living. The festival also aims to celebrate and tribute to the lumads, a collective group of indigenous people living in the Davao. The Kadayawan Festival’s Street dancing is the main highlight of the event. It will be performed by different
11 tribes in Mindanao displaying unique and synchronized dance choreographies which foretelling stories of the natives of Mindanao and their bountiful harvest. Other attractive events are namely watching floral parade, shopping fruits in Agri-trade fair, tasting “best Filipino’s durian” here.

Kadayawan festival, is held in every third week of August in Davao city, which serving as a thanksgiving to gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, and bounties of harvest and serenity of living. The festival also aims to celebrate and tribute to the lumads, a collective group of indigenous people living in the Davao. The Kadayawan Festival’s Street dancing is the main highlight of the event. It will be performed by different 11 tribes in Mindanao displaying unique and synchronized dance choreographies which foretelling stories of the natives of Mindanao and their bountiful harvest. Other attractive events are namely watching floral parade, shopping fruits in Agri-trade fair, tasting “best Filipino’s durian” here.

MassKara Festival, Bacolod, Cebu
MassKara Festival, Bacolod, Cebu
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Masskara festival is one of the biggest and liveliest in the Philippines held every 4th Sunday of October at Bacolod. MassKara is derived from the word “mass” meaning “many” and “kara” meaning “faces,” resulting in the name of “Festival of Many Faces” in which participants flocking into the streets wearing different masks of smiling faces. The festival features a street dancing competition, MassKara Queen beauty pageant, electric MassKara parade,
food festivals, sports events and musical concerts. It is one of the top itineraries for fun-lover travelers.

Giant Lantern festival, San Fernando
Giant Lantern festival, San Fernando
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Giant Lantern Festival is an annual festival celebrated in December, on a Saturday that precedes Christmas Eve in the Christmas Capital of the Philippines, San Fernando. The celebration of this festival involves a competition for creating the huge giant lantern. These giant lanterns normally rise over 15 feet in diameter, which are made from local materials and they are also decorated and displayed in a vibrant parade on Christmas Eve. During this famous event period, travelers will definitely witness the city sparkling with lively colors during the night time.

Giant Lantern Festival is an annual festival celebrated in December, on a Saturday that precedes Christmas Eve in the Christmas Capital of the Philippines, San Fernando.
The celebration of this festival involves a competition for creating the huge giant lantern. These giant lanterns normally rise over 15 feet in diameter, which are made from local materials and they are also decorated and displayed in a vibrant parade on Christmas Eve. During this famous event period, travelers will definitely witness the city sparkling with lively colors during the night time.

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