Annual Festivals of the Philippines

2017 Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo: January 20-22

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


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 2016

March 25 is Good Friday with flagellantes (self-flogging by penitents).

March 26 is Black Saturday (Pugutan or Beheading of Longhinus – Senakulo).

March 27 is Easter Sunday with the Salubong and Easter Holy Mass. At 3:00 pm is the Gasang-Gasang Street Dancing Festival.

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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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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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”

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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Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo

2017 Dinagyang sa Iloilo: January 20-22

The Dinagyang is a religious and cultural festival in Iloilo. It is held every year on the fourth Sunday of January. This is right after the Sinulog Festival in Cebu and the Ati-Atihan Festival in Aklan. Continue reading “Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo”

Sinulog Festival of Cebu

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The Sinulog festival is one of the grandest and most colorful festivals in the Philippines. The main festival is held each year on the third Sunday of January in Cebu City to honor the Santo Niño, or the child Jesus, who used to be the patron saint of the whole province of Cebu. It is essentially a dance ritual that remembers the Filipino people’s pagan past and their acceptance of Christianity.

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Ati-Atihan Festival of Kalibo

The Ati-Atihan Festival is held every year in January in Kalibo, the capital of Aklan province. It is a two-week festival that ends on the third Sunday of the month.

Kalibo has been known for its Ati-Atihan before all the other neighboring provinces started their own.
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