Wednesday, January 25, 2012

April-June Philippine Events and Holidays


From Top (Left-Right): Caracol Festival (Makati), Sto. Nino Festival (Binondo, Manila),
Via Crusis (Ilo-Ilo City), Aliwan Festival (Manila), Aliwan Festival (Manila), Pahiyas (Quezon)
Have you started scheduling your next local vacation? With only 15 paid days off (plus or minus for some), you really need to make a lot of thinking to ensure that those days are not wasted just lying in bed or staying at home watching TV series marathons. If you’re quite the explorer like me, this list of events and holidays all around the Philippines is worth a second look and maybe carving out a couple of days from your precious VL credits.

2012 is an exciting year for local tourism with the Department of Tourism getting all the help it can get from everyone who are into social media to advertise the campaign “It’s Fun in the Philippines”.  By the looks of it, Filipinos who have at least one Facebook account have responded to DOT’s plea and now making their own take on broadcasting the latest battle cry in marketing  Philippine tourism. 

WOW Philippines and its success formula may have been shelved for good. Now, the promise of the latest slogan will greatly depend on how Filipinos loudly and creatively sell the idea to the world that it’s indeed more “Fun in the Philippines.” 

It’s time to take part in this campaign. Go through the list, get excited and boost Philippine tourism by taking  that V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N!
QUARTER 2 (APRIL –JUNE) CALENDAR OF EVENTS AND HOLIDAYS

APRIL

BUTANDING FESTIVAL April 0 | Donsol, Sorsogon
A festival which users the “Butanding” (whaleshark) season and a thanksgiving for its blessings to the people of Donsol. The festival is highlighted by a street parade.

SUROY TA April 1- May 31 | Davao City
Initiated by the City Tourism Office, this activity offers affordable tours around Davao City.

ENCHANTED KINGDOM ANNIVERSARY FIREWORKS COMPETITION
April 1- May 31 | Enchanted Kingdom, Laguna
The competition is an annual tradition that features the best fireworks suppliers in a contest to out-do each other in presenting supreme-quality pyrotechnics. EK is celebrating 10 years of providing magic and enchantment to the public. As a treat to their patrons, guests to the park will witness at least 4 fireworks presentations for all weekend of April and May.

FIESTA PASIKLAB
April 1- May 31 | Commonwealth Ave., Diliman, Quezon City
It is a multi-lateral Trade Exposition highlighting 12 renowned provincial festivals: Ati-Atihan of Aklan, Higantes of Angono, Iloilo''s Dinagyang Festival, Lucban''s Pahiyas, Davao''s Kadayawan, Ilocos Sur''s Viva Vigan, Bacolod''s Masskara, Zamboanga''s Hermosa, Naga''s Peñafrancia, Batangas'' Parada ng Lechon, Tacloban''s Pintados, and Cebu''s Sinulog.

BANANA FESTIVAL
April 1- April 5 | La Castellana, Negros Occidental
A harvest festival that opens on the first day of April, showcasing the different varieties of banana which is abundant in the municipality.

KESONG PUTI FESTIVAL
April 1- April 9 | Sta Cruz, Laguna
Different activities lined up in this celebration that include trade fair, food festival, cultural shows, street dancing, painting contest, beauty pageant and with highlight on the kesongputi, made from carabao milk, fermented and wrapped in banana leaves.

LILIW GAT TAYAW FOOTWEAR FESTIVAL
April 3- April 7 | Liliw, Laguna
A colorful event highlighted by a parade of floats featuring the agricultural and industrial products of Liliw.

ALLAW TA APO SANDAWA (TRIBES HONOR MT. APO)
April 7 | Kidapawan City, North Cotabato
A gathering of all highland tribes in honor of Mt. Apo as the country''s highest peak, it comes as no surprise that Mt. Apo is considered sacred ground. Join the highland tribes of Mindanao to the mountain in this annual gathering.

“3RD ASEAN PARAGAMES VISMIN ELIMINATION GAMES”
April 7- April 9 | Zamboanga City
Paralethics from Visayas and Mindanao will converge in Zamboanga City for a three-day sports competition. Champions in this event will then compete in the 3rd ASEAN Paragames to be held in Manila in December 2005.

NATIONAL INVITATIONAL SKIMBOARDING COMPETITION
April 8- April 9 | Misamis Oriental
A showcase of skills, courage and agility of skimboarders coming from various parts of the country.

GEMS OF THE PHILIPPINES (YAMAN NG PILIPINAS)
April 08 | Maharlika Hall of Casino Filipino, Parañaque City
A dinner/cultural show presented by the Asian Gem Tourism Foundation, Inc. in cooperation with DOT and PAGCOR. It is an authentic cultural extravaganza showcasing the rich heritage of Filipino culture, fashion, traditions and festivities through dances, music and songs.

MT. HAMIGUITAN JOURNEY
April 08 - 12 | La Unino, San Isidro, Davao Oriental
A trek to Mt. Hamiguitan where one finds the 600 hectares Bonsai Field or the so called "Pgymy Forest".

ARAW NG KAGITINGAN
April 9 | Mt Samat, Bataan
The fall of Bataan is commemorated every year. Top government officials, Japanese and American WW II veterans including their Filipino counterparts and visitors go to Mt. Samat to participate at the annual rites held to honor the bravery of the soldiers who fought for the defense of Bataan.

PANA-AD SA NEGROS (GRAND CELEBRATION)
April 12- April 21 | Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
Is the "festival of all festivals" in the province. It is a week-long summer event that brings together the towns and cities in Negros Occidental in one big showcase of handicrafts, products, tourism attractions, and local festivals. Festivities include trade and food fairs, garden show, golf tournament, singing and songwriting competitions, beauty pageant, and a fiesta presentation featuring the festival of each town and city in a colorful and jubilant presentation at the Pana-ad Park and Stadium

CONQUER MT. APO
April 13 - 20 | Mt. Apo, Davao City
An annual summer climb to Mt. Apo, the country's highest peak.

5TH NATIONAL CAVING CONGRESS
April 13- April 17 | San Miguel, Baggao, Cagayan
The Congress aims to foster relationship among cavers in the country and to help develop the knowledge and attitude of the community on the Tourism Industry. The Sierra Madre Outdoor Club and Sang-at Salug Outdoor Club are pioneering outdoor groups in region 02 are collaborating for the event.

BANCATHON SA MAGNAGA
April 13 | Pantukan, Comval
An annual motorized banca race among fisherman of the region within waters of Magnaga offering huge cash prizes

PAHIMIS FESTIVAL
April 15 | Amadeo, Cavite
A Festival that revives the coffee industry

SINABALU FESTIVAL
April 16- April 30 | Rizal, Cagayan
Celebrates the town fiesta of Rizal highlighting the Malaweg ancestry and cooking of glutinous rice on bamboos; showcasing the culture in songs and dances.

MANGGAHAN SA GUIMARAS
April 16 20 | Guimaras
A commemorative celebration of the anniversary of Guimaras as a province and to showcase the premier product of the province (mango) and the various local attractions.

ANGKAN-ANGKAN
April 16 | Marikina City, Metro Manila
Ka-angkan is the Feast of Clans being celebrated during the Cityhood Anniversary of Marikina. The feast is being celebrated as a tribute to the native residents of the city since they were the ones who formed the community and shaped the city’s own culture and tradition.

TAMPISAW FESTIVAL (EARTH DAY CELEBRATION)
April 16- April 18 | Concepcion, Iloilo
A 3-day annual festivity to commemorate the Earth Day Celebration which features fluvial parade, tree-planting and other environment educational activities.

SUNDUAN
April 16 | Pasig City, Metro Manila
A colorful procession of 2 barangays which hold their respective fiestas every other year, sharing one patron saint - Sta. Rosa de Lima. The image is fetched by the celebrating barangay from the other barangay.

BANGUS FESTIVAL
April 16- May 4 | Dagupan City, Pangasinan
Part of Dagupan''s Pista''y Dayat celebration, highlight of which is the longest bangus grill, 101 ways to cook bangus, Bangus Harvest Dance parade, sports competition/exhibition.

OBANDO FERTILITY RITES
April 17- May 19 | Obando, Bulacan
Childless couples, praying that they bear children, do the "fertility dance" on the streets of Obando. The fiesta is observed in honor of Sta. Clara, San Pascual and Virgen de Salambao.

TANDUYONG FESTIVAL
April 17 | San Jose City, Bulacan
A parade to give thanks for a good harvest participated by various barangays and establishments in colorful costumes and instead of marching, dance in the street.

TUNGOH AD HUNGDUAN
April 18 - 24 | Hungduan, Ifugao
A cultural fiesta of the Ifugaos of Hungduan which features ethnic games, rituals, arts and crafts-oriented activities.

MANGO-BAMBOO FESTIVAL AND TRADE FAIR
April 20 27 | San Carlos, Pangasinan
A festival promoting San Carlos City as major trading center of bamboo based products/furniture and best producer of "carabao" mangoes and other mango variety in the country.

COCOWAYAN FESTIVAL
April 20- April 25 | Isabela City
Beauty pageant, street dances and trade fair of coconut and bamboo products which abound in Isabela, characterize this festival.

GOTAD AD HINGYON
April 21- April 24 | Hingyon Municipality, Ifugao
Ethnic thanksgiving with cultural fair by Ifugaos in Hingyon.

BANGKARERA (Boat-rowing race)
April 21 | Penablanca, Cagayan
A boat-rowing race at the clear waters of the Pinacanuan River within the Callao Caves Tourist Zone.

SANDUGUAN FESTIVAL
April 21- April 27 | Calapan, Mindoro Oriental
Reviving the barter trade between the Mait native and the Chinese traders. This weeklong festivity features agro-trade, historical parade, reenactment of the barter trading and Indakan sa Sanduguan (a street dancing competition).

BAGABAS ECO-FEST
April 21 - 27 | Daet, Camarines Norte

KINULOB FESTIVAL April 21- April 25 | Mabini, Batangas
Kinulob Festival gives recognition to the local native chicken raisers. Kinulob is one way of cooking the whole chicken with unique presentation. Street dance competition, mini band exhibition, cultural presentation and Mutya ng Mabini pageant are some of the highlights of the festival.

KADAUGAN SA MACTAN FESTIVAL
April 22 27 | Bgy. Mactan, Lapu-Lapi City, Cebu
A week-long commemoration of the historic battle of Mactan between the Spanish Conquistador Fernando Magallanes and Mactan Chieftain Lapu-Lapu.

HINUGYAW SA HINIGARAN FESTIVAL
April 22- April 23 | Hinigaran, Negros Occidental
"Hinugyaw" a local dialect that means rejoice/revelry is celebrated every 25th to 30th of April every year. The six day festivities will culminate on April 30 with a grand parade in the afternoon featuring street dancing performers in their colorful costumes.

GOTAD AD KIANGAN
April 23- April 25 | Kiangan, Ifugao
An Ifugao cultural celebration featuring Kiangan''s ethnic customs and traditions

PISTA SA KINAIYAHAN
April 23- April 26 | Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur
A tree-planting activity done at the foot of Mt. Apo and clean-up program at the peak.

PINAKBET FESTIVAL
April 23 | Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur
A festival celebrating a favorite dish of the Ilocanos, “pinakbet” featuring street dances, cooking competitions

CANGMATING SIBULAN, NEGROS ORIENTAL
April 24- April 30 | Yagyag Festival
Yagyag is the vernacular for spawning, to lay eggs or spread, propagate and grow. The process refers in particular to the crabs and other marine creatures that gather during the months of October to December in Sapa, one of two springs found in Barangay Cangmating of Sibulan.

KAROSAHAN FESTIVAL
April 24 | Nueva Valencia, Guimaras
This is a proud tradition where beautiful maidens compete for attention with the gaily-decorated Karosas with their load of goodies.

BAHAG-HARI FESTIVAL
April 24 | Pinamalayan, Mindoro Oriental
A colorful celebration highlighted by street dancing, a parade of float and a different Moriones Festival.

PISTA'Y DAYAT (THANKSGIVING)
April 24- May 2 | Lingayen, Pangasinan
Thanksgiving festival for the year''s bountiful harvest from the sea celebrated every 1st of May.

BANGUS FESTIVAL
April 24- May 2 | Dagupan City, Pangasinan
Part of Dagupan''s Pista''y Dayat celebration, highlight of which is the longest bangus grill, 101 ways to cook bangus, Bangus Harvest Dance parade, sports competition/exhibition.

THE SABUTAN FESTIVAL AND MINI-TRADE FAIR
April 25- April 29 | Mabitac, Mindoro Oriental
Exhibit of different products mainly from Sabutan.

AKLAN DAY CELEBRATION
April 25 | Aklan
An annual celebration commemorating the province''s founding anniversary when it formally declared independence for its mother province of Capiz on April 25, 1958.

PANAGAT "FISH" TIVAL
April 25 | Estancia, Iloilo
This is a tribute to fishermen of Estancia. It is a celebration that calls for ultimate cooperation and soul of "Bayanihan" among their neighboring town.

KUTSITSA FESTIVAL
April 26 | Molave, Zamboanga del Sur
This is a thanksgiving event for a bountiful harvest, with festivities like street dancing competition and agri-trade fair.

AWESOME DIVES PHILIPPINES: AN ADVENTURE LIFESTYLE
April 26- April 28 | Glorietta Activity Center, Makati City
The 1st Dive Show in the Philippines

KAFAGWAY 2005
April 27 | Baguio City
A commemorative event reliving the liberation of Baguio City from the control of Japanese Forces through a moving pageant along Session Road

PASALAMAT FESTIVAL
April 25- May 1 | La Carlota City, Negros Occidental
Held every Sunday nearest the first of May or Labor Day. It is a harvest thanksgiving celebration by the people of La Carlota City. The festival is based on an age-old practice of offering thanksgiving to the god of agriculture living inside Kanlaon Volcano.

MANGO-BAMBOO FESTIVAL AND TRADE FAIR
April 27- April 28 | San Carlos, Pangasinan
A festival promoting San Carlos City as major trading center of bamboo based products/furniture and best producer of "carabao" mangoes and other mango variety in the country.

SAKNUNGAN FESTIVAL
April 27- April 30 | San Jose, Mindoro Occidental
Festival incorporating the exhibition of the cultural heritage of Mindoro’s ethnic communities.

TINAPAHAN FESTIVAL
April 29- May 1 | Lemery, Batangas
A 3-day festivities that will showcase a trade fair of agro-industrial products, lectures on livestock raising and food processing as well as food demo competition

PISTA’Y DAYAT (THANKSGIVING)
April 29- May 1 | Lingayen, Pangasinan
Thanksgiving festival for the year''s bountiful harvest from the sea celebrated every 1st of May.

IMBAYAH
April 29- May 1 | Banaue, Ifugao
Ethnic Sports Festival and thanksgiving rites featuring Ifugao''s traditional practices showcased in their songs, dances, arts & crafts

ANTIPOLO PILGRIMAGE
April 30- May 1 | Antipolo, Rizal
Every May, many pilgrims are seen taking the mudtrodden path leading to Antipolo. It is in this small town that one can find the religious shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, popularly known as the Virgin of Antipolo.

MAY

FLORES DE MAYO / SANTACRUZAN
May | Nationwide
A parade of the town's loveliest ladies depicting the search and discovery of Christ's Cross by Queen Helena and Constantine.

DAVAO GULF REGATTA
May 01 - 04 | Davao Oriental
A regionwide float parade representing all municipalities along the gulf, converge in one place featuring decorated bancas and vintas of different designs for competition.

VIVA VIGAN FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
May 1 - 4 | Vigan, Ilocos Sur
A festival in a setting replete with history, heritage and cultural treasures and reminiscences.

PISTA NG PRODUKTONG PILIPINO
May 01 | Boardwalk Beach Resort (Subic, Olongapo City)
Pista ng Produktong Pilipino Manufacturers & Exporters Association, Inc. (PPPMEA) together with ATMACS/Events On Line in cooperation with SBMA,

BOA-BOAHAN "ALINSANGAN" FESTIVAL
May 1 | Nabua, Camarines Sur
A colorful cultural festival of pagan origin. Derived from the dialect "Alinsangan"

SUMMER FESTIVAL: PILIPINYAHAN
May 1- May 7 | Tagaytay City
The Pilipinyahan Fest is conceptualized by Tagaytay tourism council in coordination with the Local Government unit to promote the pineapple as the most appealing agricultural product in the locality.

SUMMER FESTIVAL: SANTACRUZAN
May 1- May 7 | Tagaytay City
Parade of beauties from Tourism Oriented and related Establishments of the city.

100 ISLANDS FESTIVAL
May 1 7 | Lucap, Alaminos, Pangasinan
A merry making and festivity in Western Pangasinan featuring thanksgiving Mass at the seashore of Lucap

PATTARADAY FESTIVAL: ARAW NG SANTIAGO
May 1- May 6 | Santiago City
Pattaraday which means unity is celebrated on the occasion of the founding anniversary of Santiago. It celebrates the unity of the ethno-linguistic groups that have merged in the city to make it the melting pot of culture of Region 02 and contributed to the city’s progress and development-unity in action.

PAHINUNGOD FESTIVAL
May 1- May 10 | Calape, Bohol
A 10-day fiesta commemorating the town’s rich ancestry and devotion to the San Vicente Ferrer - its town saint and the Calapenhons “pahinungod” (offer) to come home annually.

BALANGAY FESTIVAL
May 1- May 31 | Butuan City
A month-long fiesta celebration of Butuan City

JOURNEY TO MT. HAMIGUITAN
May 2- May 5 | San Isidro, Davao Oriental
A trek to Mt. Hamiguitan which is the site of the 600 hectare Bonsai field: Pygmy Forest

SALUBONG (HOLY CROSS FESTIVAL)
May 2 | Alitagtag and Bauan, Batangas
A festive celebration of meeting the Holy Cross of Bauan and Holy cross of Alitagtag and Binuhalan shrine at 8:00 am.

DAYAW DALAN FESTIVAL
May 2-3 | San Jacinto, Ticao
Dayaw is an old Tigaonon term which means “to show off, parade or display”. In its strictest meaning, dayaw is to present with pride what is distinctly and essentially inherent in a person. Dalan on the other hand, means in olden times, a mountain trail which now includes path, street and highway. Dayaw Dalan Festival symbolizes the best of what the municipality of San Jacinto have as a town and as a people. The festival is held in honor of its patron saint, Santo Cristo de Burgos.

CARABAO-CARROZA FESTIVAL
May 3 | Pavia, Iloilo
Established since 1973 and considered as one of Iloilo's oldest festival, visitors are treated with an extensive showcase of 18 gaily-decorated carrozas with painted carabaos and their muses

SUBLIAN FESTIVAL
May 3 | Batangas City, Batangas
An annual celebration to pay homage to the Holy Cross for a bountiful harvest.

BAWANG (GARLIC) FESTIVAL
May 3 | Sinait, Ilocos Sur
Competitions and exhibits include biggest garlic, longest and most creative twined garlic bulbs.

FEAST OF THE HOLY CROSS
May 3 | Sta. Cruz, Marinduque
Fiesta of Sta. Cruz in honor of the Holy Cross religious, cultural, and civic activtites are lined up.

ISABELA DAY: BAMBANTI FESTIVAL
May 4 - 10 | Isabela
Anniversary of the establishment of the civil government of Isabela in honor of Queen Isabela II. Activities like agro-industrial trade and tourism fairs, parades, sports events, beauty pageant and others are conducted to entertain visitors.

MANTAWI FESTIVAL
May 7 | Mandaue City, Cebu
A showcase of the city’s historical heritage and identity promoting the city as industrial and tourist hub, that involves the Spanish regime through street dancing, dioramas, floats, heroes and great personages as higantes, food festival and sports events.

BASI FESTIVAL
May 7 | Naguilian, La Union
Objective of the event is to promote "basi", a wine made from sugarcane. Activities include street dancing, sport events, agri-trade fair & other amusement games.

FLORES DE MAYO SA MAKATI
May 8- May 15 | Glorietta, Makati City
One of the biggest processions in Metro Manila participated in by young ladies representing the 33 barangays of Makati, tourism-related establishments, local and government offices corporations based in Makati.

PUJADA BAY FESTIVAL
May 9- May 15 | Mati, Davao Oriental
Fluvial festival to showcase the bounty of coastal resources, lectures on coastal protection/management; cultural presentation and parade.

GLOBAL BALIK-BUTUAN PROGRAM
May 9 22 | Butuan City
A grand reunion for all Butuanons residing abroad and other parts of the country to come home and reunite with old friends, classmates, and relatives especially during the Balangay Festival and Adlaw Hong Butuan.

FEAST OF OUR LADY OF BIGLANG AWA_(MARINDUQUE)
May 10 | Boac, Marinduque
A celebration in honor of the Patroness of Marinduque

MAKALAWAN "PINYA FESTIVAL"
May 9- May 15 | Calauan, Laguna
Promotes the juicy and sweetest pineapple or "pinya" as main agricultural product of the town of Calauan.

AGAWAN SA SARIAYA
May 11 15 | Sariaya, Quezon
A thanksgiving celebration of the Lord for the good harvest and abundance of agricultural production.

MAYOHAN SA TAYABAS
May 11 15 | Tayabas, Quezon
A thanksgiving event marked with agro-trade fair and the famous agawan ng suman in honor of San Isidro Labrador, patron saint of farmers, for the good harvest and abundance of agricultural product.

MAGAYON FESTIVAL (HONORING MT. MAYON)
May 11 22 | Albay
A festival in the merry month of May, showcasing Albay as it comes to age, its cultural heritage, trade, travel and tourism beyond Majestic Mount Mayon. The festival includes various activity such as beauty pageant, photo/art exhibit, street parade, trade fair, sports fest, guided tours, etc.

PAHIYAS FESTIVAL
May 11 - 15 | Lucban, Quezon
An annual celebration to usher in a bountiful harvest; where homes are decorated with the town''s best agricultural products.

BALWARTE SA GUMACA
May 11 15 | Gumaca, Quezon
Huge arches placed on the strategic locations are lavishly decorated with the most colorful farm produce, local delicacies, horticultural products, palm fronds etc.

PAUKYABAN FESTIVAL
May 11 30 | Butuan City
It is an agro-industrial show that featured species of plants and flowers in a display of unique landscapes.

SUNDUAN
May 12 | Brgy. La Huerta, Parañaque City
The traditional rites means literally "to pick up the girl at the house".

MANO PO SAN ROQUE FESTIVAL
May 12 | Valenzuela City
Street dancing and procession along the city’s major thoroughfares in commemoration of the feast of San Roque, highlighting the customs and traditional celebration of the festival.

SANTA CRUZAN IN BAGUIO "SABSABONG TI MAYO"
May 13- May 14 | Baguio City
A fashion show featuring beauties and designers from North Philippines

ALBAY DAY
May 14 | Albay
The Provincial Government of Albay has declared May 14 as "Albay Day" starting May 14, 2004 and every year after. The celebration which falls in May during the annual month-long Magayon Festival

PULILAN CARABAO FESTIVAL
May 14 15 | Pulilan, Bulacan
A thanksgiving fiesta that features oiled, perfumed carabaos paying homage to Pulilan''s patron saint by kneeling in front of his statue.

FIESTA BICOLANDIA CRUISE “PEÑAFRANCIA PILGRIMAGE”
May 14- May 18 | Cebu City
Bringing the best of the Bicol region showcasing its products, festivals, arts and crafts, among others highlighted by the procession of Our Lady of Peñafrancia joined by the Bicol Association of Cebu and Marianne devotees.

FEAST OF SAN ISIDRO LABRADOR/CARABAO FESTIVAL
May 14- May 15 | Angono, Rizal
A tribute to San Isidro Labrador with colorful/joyous procession of carabao carts carrying a myriad of local products

SAN ISIDRO FESTIVAL (PANDANAN)
May 15 | Luisiana, Laguna
An annual celebration in honor of farmer’s patron saint San Isidro Labrador.

FEAST IN THE HONOR ST. VINCENT FERRER
May 15 | Dipolog City
Dipolog City fiesta celebrated with motocross, concerts and beauty pageants

ONGGOYAN FESTIVAL
May 15 | Malimono, Surigao del Norte
Celebrated with much gaiety and funfare. It features agro-Industrial fair, beauty contest, sports festival and street dancing depicting movement of monkeys.

IKALAHAN/KALANGUYA FESTIVAL
May 16 | Imugan and Malico, Pangasinan
It aims to preserve and develop cultural tradition and better understand indigenous peoples and their cultural practices including how they protect the forest.

PAGSALABUK FESTIVAL
May 17 22 | Dipolog City
Pagsalubok Festival is a Subano term that means "get together" or "togetherness," which aims to showcase the myriad interplay of culture among the Muslims, the Lumads and the varied and diverse culture of the settlers form all over the Philippines to include the Spanish, Chinese, American and other Asian culture that have meticulously woven and shaped into what is now the unique Mindanao tri-people culture

OBANDO FERTILITY RITES
May 17 19 | Obando, Bulacan
Childless couples, praying that they bear children, do the "fertility dance" on the streets of Obando. The fiesta is observed in honor of Sta. Clara, San Pascual and Virgen de Salambao.

SARUNG BANGGI FESTIVAL
May 18- May 25 | Sto. domingo, Albay
A fun-filled 8-day summer activity to immortalize the song Sarung Banggi and pay tribute to its composer Potenciano Gregorio. It showcases a variety of cultural and religious activities, food and sports fest, Beauty Search, folksong fest, agro-industrial fair and many more.

SANGGUTAN FESTIVAL
May 18 | Barugo, Leyte
A dance of the drinkers honoring the age-old process of wine-making.

FARMERS FESTIVAL
May 19- May 20 | Bacarra, Ilocos Norte
A festival that highlights a street dance parade participated in by dressed up framers; agro-industrial trade fair; contest of the biggest farm harvest and livestock.

BANWAHON FESTIVAL
May 20 | Barangay Mat-i, Surigao City
An ethnic dance competition depicting customs and traditions as well as the culture of early inhabitants of Barangay Mat-i Surigao City

KAOGMA FESTIVAL
May 21- May 27 | Camarines Sur
A week-long celebration of the of the foundation anniversary of the Province of Camarines Sur. The festival features numerous activities such as cultural expositions, sports events, beauty pageant, procession and Grand Parade.

LUBI-LUBI (Coconut) FESTIVAL
May 22 | Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental
A cultural presentation using parts of the coconut palm and other indigenous materials as props and costumes.

PANAGYAMAN FESTIVAL
May 22- May 24 | Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya
The 165th Anniversary of the establishment of the civil government of Nueva Vizcaya. Activities include street parades,street dancing, cultural shows, float parades and contest, sports events by municipality, agro-industrial fairs, others.

BOLOBONG KINGKING FESTIVAL
May 23- May 24 | Loboc, Bohol
A music and dance festivity depicting the history, folklore and traditions of the Lobocanons. Bolibong Kingking is a term applied to the drums and gongs and their rhythm used to accompany the supplicantion dance ritual in frong of the Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the 2nd Patron of Loboc.

PAHOY-PAHOY FESTIVAL (SCARECROW)
May 25 | Western Samar
A grand parade and street dancing of people in scarecrow costumes.

SANTACRUZAN WITH KUMBIRA
May 23- May 31 | Rizal Blvd., Dumaguete City
Procession of biblical characters and the traditional sagalas representing the Blessed Virgin’s attributes. On this festivity one can also witness the city’s prettiest promenade in their finery parading followed by performing contingents.

MALUMAGPAK CHALLENGE
May 26- May 30 | New Bataan, Compostela Valley
A trek to Mt. Manurigao-Malumagpak, one of the region''s newly discovered eco-tourism destinations.

SANTACRUZAN SA INTRAMUROS
May 29 | Intramuros, Manila
Department of Tourism together with Intramuros Administration will bring back the glamour of the 1900s Manila Carnival Queen in this year’s Santacruzan sa Intramuros.

PADARAW FESTIVAL
May 30 | Bulan, Sorsogon
A festival showcsing colorful costumes fashioned from the abaca fiber. It is highlighted by a grand street presentation wherein the participants are clad in colorful costumes using the abaca fibers.

TAPUSAN
May 31 | Alitagtag, Batangas
Tapusan honors the Holy Cross on the last day of May

SANTACRUZAN (ZAMBOANGA CITY)
May 31 | Zamboanga City
Parade of beauties with Reyna Elena carrying the Holy Cross.

Check-out the other blog posts for Quarter 1 (January-March), Quarter 3 (July-September) and Quarter 4 (October –December)

JUNE

BILANG-BILANG ABAYAN FESTIVAL
June 01 | Balangay Taft, Surigao City, Surigao del Norte
A showcase of religious heritage of the Surigaonons in honor of St. Virgen de la Paz Y de Buen Viaje.

RIZAL ARTIST FESTIVAL
June 1- June 30 | Angono, Rizal
The festival aims to create awareness and appreciation of Philippine Art and Culture; and promoting arts and culture as vital attraction for local and foreign tourist. Rizal has the potential of becoming a tourist destination particularly in the field of arts and crafts. It is known as the home of various national artists, musicians and other equally creative artist

SAKAY-SAKAY ABAYAN (FLUVIAL PROCESSION)
June 1 | Barangay Taft, Surigao City
A procession at sea led by the Patron Saint of Bilang-Bilang, Virgen dela Paz Y Buen Viaje, the patroness of good voyage aboard a beautifully adorned vessel followed by colourful motor launches and bancas passing through the Surigao Strait and back to the City wharf.

LINGGO NG ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE & "SARDINES AND MANGO FESTIVAL"
June 1- June 6 | Dipolog City
A week's celebration featuring agro-industrial fairs, sports, beauty pageants, concerts, cultural shows and street dancing.

PHILIPPINE EAGLE WEEK
June 1- June 6 | Davao City
Various activities in support of the Philippine Eagle Conservation Program.

SUROY SA SURIGAO (GUIDED FAMILIARIZATION TOURS)
June 1- August 31 | Dinagat and Siaragao Island
To promote domestic tourism, the Provincial Government is sponsoring guided tours to elementary and secondary students. The tour includes visits to important kind marks and scenic spots.

CAMOTES CASSAVA FESTIVAL
June 8 14 | Tudela, Camotes Island
A yearly celebration of a bountiful harvest. A time where farmers display their various cassava-based products, share their varied technical experiences in producing and processing cassava products. Among the activities are the Best Booth Contest, Poster Making contest, Search for new cassava food products, cultural night and the search for Miss Camotes Tourism.

CARRERA HABAGAT
June 8- June 12 | Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte
The toughest four-day adventure race and the biggest in the Philippines. It involves trekking and trail running, kayaking, mountain biking, swimming, rappelling, orienteering, land navigation and special skills section.

ARAW NG AGUSAN DEL NORTE
June 12- June 17 | Agusan del Norte
Anniversary of Agusan Del Norte. It is highlighted with civic parade, sports fest, and agro-industrial fair.

ARAW NG AGUSAN DEL SUR
June 12- June 12 | Agusan del Sur
In celebration of the R.A. 4969 enacted on June 17, 1967 dividing Agusan province into two: Agusan del Norte and del Sur

INDEPENDENCE DAY
June 12 | Cavite, Manila, and other historical site, (nationwide)
Re-enactment of the historic proclamation of the Philippine Independence is done at the mansion of Gen Emilio Aguinaldo, the first president of the Philippine Republic.

ARAW NG COTABATO
June 12 20 | Cotabato City
Charter Anniversary of Cotabato City.

LA TRINIDAD FOUNDATION DAY
June 12- June 16 | La Trinidad, Benguet
General cleaning and tree planting acitivity along with cultural
shows and sports fest.

INDEPENDENCE DAY (BAGUIO CITY)
June 12 | Baguio City
A parade along the city's main road celebrating the 107th Independence from foreign control.

BATTLE OF BESANG PASS
June 14 | Cervantes, Ilocos Sur
Commemoration of the historical victory of the Filipino guerillas in Northern Luzon which led to the surrender of Gen. Yamashita and the end of the Japanese occupation in the Philippines.

PINEAPPLE/PINYASAN FESTIVAL
June 15- June 23 | Camarines Norte
A festival featuring the sweet, succulent pineapple thru art exhibits, trade fairs, cultural performances and sports events.

30K BAOTO MARATHON
June 15 | Agusan del Norte
An annual contest held during the celebration of Araw ng Agusan.

NALIYAGAN FESTIVAL J
une 15- June 17 | Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur
In celebration of the Foundation anniversary of Agusan del Sur. It is a six-day socio-cultural and arts exposition of the indigenous tribes in the entire Agusan Valley.

BARAGATAN SA PALAWAN (FOUNDATION DAY)
June 17- June 23 | Provincial Capitol Compound, Puerto Princesa City
A celebration of the centennial of the founding of the civil government of Palawan. Highlights are LGU Trade and Food Fair, colorful parade with participation from the different municipalities and private sectors featuring the ethnic groups residing in the province

PISTA Y ANG KAGUEBAN
June 19- June 26 | Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
A festive reforestation dine by practically all people from different walks of life with activities such as performance of the environmental artists of Puerto Princesa through songs dances.

ADLAW NAN SURIGAO
June 19 | Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur
The provinces of Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur Simultaneously commemorate their charter anniversary.

RIZAL DAY
June 19 | Calamba, Laguna
In memory of the birthday of the Philippine National Hero,
Jose P. Rizal, the townfolks of Calamba offer flowers to Rizal Shrine.

PISTA NG KALIKASAN
June 19 | Provincewide, Palawan
A massive tree planting activity to help alleviate global warming.

LINGGANAY FESTIVAL
June 19 | Alang-alang, Leyte
Street Pageant depicting the legendary and mythical storiy of the bells.

DAPITAN'S CHARTER
June 19- June 22 | Dapitan City
Festivity starts on the birth anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal and culminates on the city's charter day. The celebration is highlighted by a sportsfest alongside cultural presentations

"OYANGE KAUGMAN" FESTIVAL
June 20- June 29 | Polangui, Albay
A merrymaking held in conjunction with the town fiesta. The festival whose name was derived from a tree which is abundant in the area features various exciting events including street presentation, beauty pageant, trade fair, among others.

ZAMBULAWAN FESTIVAL (Street pageantry)
June 20 | Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur
Street dancing and colorful parade highlighting native Subanen costumes and rituals.

PILI FESTIVAL
June 20- June 29 | Sorsogon, Sorsogon
Pili is an indigenous crop of Bicol region, particularly Sorsogon. This festival showcases the PIli, the primary purpose of which is to emphasize its importance and to increase the awareness of the public on its various economic uses.

MUDPACK FESTIVAL
June 21 22 | Murcia, Negros Occidental
The festival is a symbolic celebration of man's return to primitive time when he was closer to nature

DIWATA FESTIVAL
June 21 | San Francisco, Agusan del Sur
A festival highlighted with street dancing in honor of their patron saint.

PAGADIAN CITY CHARTER DAY
June 21 | Pagadian City
Commemorates Pagadian City's ascendancy into chartered This is marked annually with festivities like agro-trade fair, civic military parade, nightly program at Plaza Luz, sportsfest, search for Mutya ng Pagadian, clean-up drives, cultural and variety shows.

KALIGUAN FLUVIAL FESTIVAL
June 22- June 24 | Cagwait, Surigao del Sur
A yearly festivities in honor of St. John the Baptist highlighted by Search for Perlas ng Kaliguan beauty pageant, beach dancing and other beach-fun activities.

CALUMPIT "LIBAD" FESTIVAL
June 23 | Calumpit, Bulacan
A celebration in honor of the patron saint St. John the Baptist.

PIAT SAMBALI FESTIVAL (RELIGIOUS)
June 23- June 30 | Piat, Cagayan
A religious and cultural revival in commemoration of the Christianization of the Itawes region of Cagayan.

AGGAW NAK CAGAYAN (CAGAYAN FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY)
June 23- June 29 | Province of Cagayan
The 422nd anniversary of the founding of the civil government of Cagayan. Activities include lectures, exhibits, games, beauty pageant, agro-trade and tourism fair.

TOURISM CONGRESS
June 24 | Cebu City
To convene collaborative partners in a Tourism Congress to tackle priorities in implementing a 5-year master plan crafted by the Core Tourism Group using the McKinsey Framework. The forum aims to address the challenge: Catalyzing Tourism Growth through Multi-sectoral Initiatives and Coordinated Leadership.

FEAST OF SAN ANTONIO DE PADUA
June 24 | Pilia. Laguna
The town of Pilia celebrates the feast of San Antonio de Padua through a procession, merry making and festive dining in most of the beautiful ancestral homes

FEAST OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST / LECHON FESTIVAL
June 24 | Mindoro Oriental
Dressed in creative costumes and disguises, lechins are paraded around the town accompanied by gay chanting and buhusan a customary practice during the San Juan Bautista Feast.

REGADA WATER FESTIVAL
June 24 | Cavite City
A celebration in honor of Nuestra Señora de Porta Vaga.

ARAW NG MAYNILA
June 24 | Manila City
A yearly celebration of Manila Day featuring various activities like the Manila Film Festival, Fireworks Display, etc.

TAONG-PUTIK FESTIVAL
June 24 | Aliaga, Nueva Ecija
A religious event where town folks wear vines, banana leaves or dried coconut leaves on their mud-covered bodies as St. John the Baptist was said to have done in his lifetime.

PARADA NG LECHON
June 24 | Balayan, Batangas
A grand parade of succulent roasted pigs.

WATTAH! WATTAH! SAN JUAN FIESTA
June 24 | San Juan City
This is a fiesta in honor of the town''s patron saint - Saint John the Baptist which is characterized by vigorous and boisterous streetdancing with "Basaan (dousing of water) and "Santong Tao" (live saints) parade. Includes also numerous free concert s featuring various local artists and celebrities.

FEAST OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST
June 25 | San Juan, Metro Manila
A regular celebration of the town''s patron saint, St. John the Baptist

PALO PALO FESTIVAL
June 26 | Batanes
The 219th Anniversary of the establishment of the civil Government of Batanes

TAEPHAG FESTIVAL
June 27 | Tagbina, Sutigao del Sur
A common Manobo ritual used for opening a kaingin, rice planting, harvesting and other activities.

SIRONG-SIRONG FESTIVAL
June 28- June 29 | Cagdianao, Surigao del Norte
A fiesta celebration in honor of Saints Peter and Paul highlighted by ethnic mardigras contests, agro-industrial fair and public dancing.

KALILANG SA RANAO
June 28 - July 05 | Marawi City, Lanao del Sur
Celebrates the legendary Lake Lanao.

SUBIRAN REGATTA
June 28 | Tacloban City, Leyte
Annual race of native sailboats with outriggers displaying seamanship.

APUNG IRU FLUVIAL FESTIVAL
June 28 30 | Apalit, Pampanga
The most awaited activitiy of this festival procession where the image of St. Peter is brought down from Capalangan to Calumpit River where a colorfully decorated mini pagoda awaits the image.

PINTADOS FESTIVAL
June 29 | Tacloban City, Leyte
A body-painting festival in honor of the courageous "pintados" (warriour ancestors).

BALYUAN RITES
June 29 | Taclobay City, Leyte
Ceremonial exchange of images of the Holy Child between Leyte and Samar.

BAILES DE ARCOS
June 29 | Makati City
Performed during the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul by daughters of past participants with impeccable reputations as homage to the Virgen dela Rosa" for her kindness.

BINIRAY FESTIVAL
June 29 | Bulalacao, Mindoro Oriental
A grand pagida show on the day of thanksgiving for the blessings from sea.


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