Thursday, September 8, 2011

2012 Philippine Festivities

Below are the list of activities to guide you with the festivals and celebrations in the Philippines.  Let's plan ahead!

JANUARY, First Month of the New Year
January 9.  FEAST OF THE BLACK NAZARINE
Quiapo, Manila.

Annually, devotees from all walks of life flock the district of Quiapo to join in the procession as a way of strengthening their faith or fulfilling their “panata” (vow) to Lord.  The Black Nazarene, shows a “black” Jesus Christ carrying a cross, is the patron saint of Quiapo, a small part of Manila, a hub of trade and commerce because of the Quiapo market and the many stores located there.

The statue is placed in a gilded carriage for the procession. As the procession starts, participants garbed in maroon tops grab two long ropes and pull it to make the carriage move. Many will attempt to touch the image while some throw their handkerchiefs and towels in the air. People joining the procession walk barefooted as a sign of humility.


January 9. BINIRAY
Romblon

January 9.LINGAYEN GULF LANDING
Lingayen, Pangasinan
Commemoration of the freedom of Lingayen from the Japanese forces by Gen. Douglas Mc Arthur of the US Pacific Command

January 14.  PASUNGAY FESTIVAL
San Joaquin, Iloilo

The Municipality of San Joaquin celebrates the annual Pasungay or “bull fighting“ festival, a spectacle involving conflict between two bulls fought in an outdoor arena.  Now a part of the town’s festival tradition and has become a popular spectator sport in this part of the region, it attracts tourists engaking them in the drama and comedy, triumph and tragedy  shown from the tenacious strength of their bulls.

January 15.  ATI-ATIHAN
Kalibo, Aklan
The name Ati-Atihan means "make-believe Atis. " , the festival honours of the Santo Niño in a week long celebration.  In the last three days of the festival, a parade featuring celebrants who paint their faces in many different ways and who are dressed in the most outstanding costumes.

January 15.  SINULOG
Cebu City
The Sinulog festival is in honor of the Santo Niño, or the child Jesus, who used to be the patron saint of the whole province of Cebu.  It is fundamentally a dance ritual to the rhythm of drums and native gongs, which remembers the Filipino people's pagan past and their recognition of Christianity.

January 22. DINAGYANG FESTIVAL
Iloilo City

The Dinagyang Festival is celebrated every fourth weekend of January to honor the Christianization of the natives and to respect the Holy Child Jesus whom Ilonggos believe was very miraculous in times of famine and drought. On this day, streets of Iloilo City will once again come alive with a colorful parade coupled with a dramatization in honor of the patron Saint Sto. Niño as the object of performs offerings and prayers amidst the cracking of drums and shouts of "Viva Señor Santo Niño." The thundering of "Hala Bira" by the tribe members makes the celebration a lively one.

January 23. YEAR OF THE DRAGON - CHINESE NEW YEAR
Nationwide
The Chinese community celebrates the Chinese New Year with pomp & color through a dragon dance.


FEBRUARY, Love Month
February 2-10. PAMULINAWEN
Laoag City, Ilocos Norte
The word means "Ilocano Maiden"; a festival showing Ilocano Customs and Virtues. Activities include street pageantry, Calesa Festival, Komedya Ilocano, Balikbayan Nights, Search for Miss Laoag.

February 2.  FEAST OF NUESTRA SENORA DE LA CANDELARIA
Jaro, Iloilo
Western Visayas celebrates the Patroness of their region.

February 9-12. HOT AIR BALLOON FIESTA
Clark, Angeles, Pampanga
Watch the awesome hot air balloons fly out as the sun rises in the horizon.

February 14. HAPPY VALENTINES' DAY
Nationwide
Filipino lover's most romantic event of the year!

February 22. ASH WEDNESDAY
Nationwide
The First Day of Lenten Season in the Philippines

February 25. EDSA REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY
Nationwide
Commemorates the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution that Filipinos came to known for.

February 26. PANAGBENGA FESTIVAL
Baguio City
Also known as the Baguio Flower Festival which showcases the City of Baguio as a City of Flowers.

February 26.  SIBUG-SIBUG FESTIVAL
Zamboanga Sibugay

Sibug – Sibug Festival is celebrated during their foundation day on the province of Sibugay on February 26, with colorful Ethnic Street dancing with rituals illustrating good harvest, wedding and healing rituals. During the festival, it endorses it’s number one product which is the oyster or talaba in tagalong which has been known to be the biggest, juiciest, and meatiest oysters in the country. In this two week celebration, in the town of Ipil, “Talaba Longest Grill” has been the main attraction of the visitors and viewers. In this manner, Zamboanga can promote their oysters to the world. Zamboanga Sibugay recently achieved a world record for the Worlds Longest Talaba Grill with five to 12 inches-long oysters or talaba as the main feature. Because of this, the province of Sibugay earned a title as the Talaba Capital of the Philippines.

Zamboanga Sibugay is a major supplier of oysters from the Zamboanga Peninsula to neighboring countries in the Asia Pacific region. It has three major talaba farms in the municipalities of Kabasalan, Siay and Alicia.

MARCH, Graduation Month

March 8. Guling-Guling Festival
Paoay, Ilocos Norte
Exciting and calendrical rites in Paoay where townsfolk and guests participate in singing and dancing in the street, dressed in their native costume, the antique and attractive “Abel paoay Kimona” with matching tapis or pandiling, adorned with century old jewelries

March 28-31.  TOBACCO FESTIVAL
Candon City, Ilocos Sur 
An Annual festival to promote the major industry of the city, “tobacco” and is celebrated during the cityhood anniversary. Activities include open street dancing competition, marching band competition, selection of Miss Virginia Tobacco and Ms. Gay Fort Ilocandia, tobacco rolling, cultural presentations, basketball w/ movie stars, boxing and mountain bike competition, and others.

March 31. EARTH HOUR
Nationwide
8.30pm-9.30pm
Cities and towns all over the world will switch off their lights for one hour—EARTH HOUR—sending a powerful global message that it is possible to take action on global warming.

APRIL
April 5. MAUNDY THURSDAY
Nationwide
Commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles.

April 6. GOOD FRIDAY
Nationwide
Commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus at Calvary.

AGOO SEMANA SANTA
Agoo, La Union
The Holy week celebration, particularly Good Friday, is a display of devoutness and traditional pomp. The Good Friday procession is the highlight of the Semana Santa, a devotion manifesting the fervor and faith of Agoo folks. About 30 “carozas” beautifully adorned, line up at the Plaza dela Virgen, a remarkable tradition dating from the Spanish times. There is also a Penitential Procession of Women all dressed in black, in honor of the Mother of Christ.

April 6. MORIONES FESTIVAL
Marinduque
Re-enact the story of Longinus, a Roman centurion who speared the crucified body of Jesus Christ.

April 6. CUTUD CRUXIFIXIONS
Pampanga
The old tradition of dramatizing the passion and death of Jesus Christ (called Via Crusis) was played out on the streets leading to the crucifixion site before the 1pm Crucifixion.

April 8. EASTER SUNDAY
Nationwide
Celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

April 9. ARAW NG KAGITINGAN
Nationwide
Araw ng Kagitingan

April 17-May 4 BANGUS FESTIVAL
Dagupan City, Pangasinan
Features street dancing, bangus grill, deboning, day & night variety shows, trade fairs, beauty contest, sports fest, cook fest, medical mission, visual arts, band concerts, dogs show, fluvial parade, drum & lyre parade and street party.  

April 20-27 MANGO-BAMBOO FESTIVAL
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.

April 22 EARTH DAY 2012
Nationwide
A day for awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment

MAY, Month of Flowers

May 1. LABOR DAY
Nationwide
National Labor Day!

May 13. HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
Nationwide
An annual celebration to pay tribute to all the awesome mothers!

May 15. PAHIYAS 2012
Lucban, Quezon
An annual celebration held to usher in a bountiful harvest and smashing good times.

May 17-19. OBANDO FERTILITY RITES 2012
Obando, Bulacan
Massive numbers of men and women dance towards the town church praying for a wife, husband or a child.

May 28. NATIONAL FLAG DAY
Nationwide
Start of the designated flag days where all government offices, business establishments, and private homes are also encouraged to display the flag.

JUNE, Back to School

June 12. PHILIPPINE'S INDEPENDENCE DAY
Nationwide
Commemorates the Independence Day of the Philippines from the Spaniards

June 17. HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!
Nationwide
An annual celebration to pay tribute to all the awesome fathers!

June 19.  BIRTHDAY OF NATIONAL HERO, DR. JOSE RIZAL
Philippines

June 29. PINTADOS/ KASADYAAN FESTIVAL
Tacloban
Feast of the Señor Santo Niño de Leyte

 JULY, Rainy Season once more

July 22. SANDUGO FESTIVAL
Tagbilaran, Bohol

This festival commemorates the treaty of friendship between Datu Sikatuna, a native chieftain and the Spanish conquistador, Miguel López de Legazpi, representing the king of Spain. 


AUGUST

August 19 KADAYAWAN FESTIVAL
Davao City
This festival gives thanks to the bounty of fruits and flowers as the waling-waling orchid blooms.

August 19. EID'L FITR
Nationwide
A Muslim holiday celebrating the end of Ramadan.

August 21. NINOY AQUINO DAY
Nationwide
Commemorating the Death of Ninoy Aquino

August 27. NATIONAL HEROES' DAY
Nationwide
Commemorates the "Cry of Pugad Lawin" by Filipino revolutionaries called the Katipunan


SEPTEMBER

September 8. MOTHER MARY'S BIRTHDAY
Nationwide

September 9. HAPPY GRANDPARENT'S DAY!
Nationwide
An annual celebration to pay tribute to all the awesome grandparents! 

September 15. PENAFRANCIA VIVA LA VIRGEN
Naga City
Bicol Region's biggest celebration is highlighted by a fluvial parade of Lady of Penafrancia carried through the river aglow with floating candles.

 OCTOBER

October 20-21. MASKARA FESTIVAL.
Bacolod City
The festival that made Bacolod famous began as an event to inspire the locals to face the hard times with a smiling face, thus masks with smiling faces are worn by revelers who join the parade.

October 26. EIDUL ADHA
Nationwide
Muslim Holiday celebrating Abraham's obedience when he was willing to sacrifice his son Ishmael.

October 27-28. LANSONES FESTIVAL
Camiguin
A grand celebration of the lanzones fruit in the island of Camiguin.


NOVEMBER

November 1. ALL SAINT'S DAY

November 2.  ALL SOUL'S DAY

November 13. DIWALI FESTIVAL
Indian New Year Festival of Lights

November 23. HIGANTES FESTIVAL
Angono, Rizal
Male devotees carry the image of San Clemente in a procession that features parehadoras, clad in colorful garb and wooden shoes, and carrying boat paddles and higantes (giants) 10 feet tall papier mache puppets.

November 23-25 MAHARLIKA SUNRISE FESTIVAL
Roving Festival
The Sunrise Festival is a celebration of arts for service and blessedness held annually in the different regions of Maharlika (Philippines).


November 30. BONIFACIO DAY
Nationwide
Birth of Andres Bonifacio



DECEMBER

December 1. ANNUAL CULTURAL TOUR OF NEGROS
Bacolod
Longest running cultural tour in the country by Ramon H. Hofileña.

December 8. IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
Nationwide

December 8 ANNUAL CULTURAL TOUR OF NEGROS
Longest running cultural tour in the country by Ramon H. Hofileña.

December 15. GIANT LANTERN FESTIVAL
San Fernando, Pampanga
A Show-Off of Kapampangan Pride culminated with a display of Giant Lanterns measuring 18 feet in diameter.

December 16. SIMBANG GABI
Start of early morning vigil which last for 9 days before Christmas

December 16. OBLATION RUN
University of the Philippines
The date is the founding day of Alpha Phi Omega, popularly known in the UP Campus as APO.  The annual event includes the naked run of full pledge members of APOs which started in 1977 which is a human rights protest in the martial law era.

December 25. CHRISTMAS DAY
Nationwide
Celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

December 30. RIZAL DAY  and LAST DAY OF THE YEAR
Remembering the Death of Jose Rizal

  

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