Pahiyas Festival in Lucban, Quezon

May 15, 2017

The Pahiyas Festival is a harvest fest celebrated every year on May 15 in Lucban, Quezon. It is in honor of San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers in the Philippines. Lucban is situated at the foot of Mount Banahaw.

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Annual Festivals of the Philippines

April 2017: Moriones Festival of Marinduque

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Filipino Celebrations: Feasts & Festivals
Filipino Celebrations: Feasts & Festivals

PHILIPPINE FESTIVALS IN JANUARY

Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo, Aklan – January

Sinulog Festival of Cebu – third Sunday of January

Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo – January 20-22, 2017

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Moriones Festival of Marinduque

Moriones Festival 2017

April 14 is Good Friday with flagellantes (self-flogging by penitents).

April 15 is Black Saturday (Pugutan or Beheading of Longhinus – Senakulo).

April 16 is Easter Sunday with the Salubong and Easter Holy Mass.

The Moriones Festival is a folk-religious event held annually during Holy Week on the island of Marinduque, considered the geographical heart of the Philippines.

Moriones Festival Costumes
Moriones Festival Costumes
The word “Morion” refers to the visor of the helmet that is associated with the armor of Roman soliders.  The  word “Moriones” refers to the local inhabitants who dress up in costumes and masks of Roman soldiers during Biblical times. These costumed locals are farmers and fishermen who engage in the street theater as a form of penitence.

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Baragatan Festival

June 2017

The soft opening of Palawan’s Baragatan Festival will be on June 9th, the date on which trade fairs, the Garden Show, and the Photo & Art Exhibit will be opened to the public.

The festival’s grand opening will be on June 16 when the Baragatan Grand Parade will showcase various floats prepared by different communities, as well as the candidates for Mutya ng Palawan.

Balagtasan Festival

Balagtasan is a poetic debate named after the pen name of Francisco “Balagtas” Baltazar, the acclaimed prince of Tagalog poets. The popular Tagalog epic “Florante at Laura” that is learned by every Filipino schoolchild is one of his iconic works. Continue reading “Balagtasan Festival”

MARDI GRAS in the Philippines?

Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday,” the day before Ash Wednesday of the Holy Week that ends on Easter Sunday. But in the Philippines “Mardi Gras” refers to a street carnival that’s celebrated during other times of the year, not during Lent.

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Panagbenga Festival

Panagbenga is an annual flower festival celebrated in Baguio City every February. Continue reading “Panagbenga Festival”

Dinamulag Festival

Dinamulag Festival is also known as the Zambales Mango Festival, a yearly celebration that has been held in the province of Zambales since 1999. Continue reading “Dinamulag Festival”