The Philippines’ most colorful harvest festival on May 15, 2018
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.
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.
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.
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 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.