Pahiyas Festival (Quezon)• Celebrated to give thanks to San Isidro Labrador for good harvest• Quezon is made alive by the color and music Pahiyas brings. Not to mention Quezon’s worlds famous longanisa, and the very unique highlight of the festival, “kiping”.
Panagbenga Festival (Baguio)• Celebrated in the month of February• Panagbenga showcases the different culture of its different tribes. The taste of Baguio’s tribal culture and Tournament of Roses parade definitely makes Panagbenga worth going to.
Obando Fertility Dance (Bulacan)• Celebrated in the month of May in honor of Santa Clara.• Those who wish to have a child or even singles who wish to meet their other cos60 come here. Not only that but the Obando Dance itself features street dance that is present to only few regions in Luzon.
Bangus Festival (Dagupan)• Celebrated in the month of April to pay tribute to the city’s biggest industry.• The festival features dancing contests, the search for the Bangus Queen, parades, and a citywide sale. Also the possibility of bagging a Guinness World Record is there.
Pagoda sa Wawa (Bulacan)• This festival is held every July in honor of the miraculous “Krus sa Wawa”.• In a barge carrying a huge decorated float is released along the Bocaue River and this is where hundreds of people partake on good food and enjoy music. It also features fluvial parade of decorated barge and small boats, trade fairs, beauty pageant, and art exhibits.
Phil. Hot Air Balloon Festival (Pampanga)• Celebrated in the month of February• The festival features different kinds of aircrafts, creating a wonderful view in the sky. Traditional kites, spirit lanterns, air machines, radio-controlled aircraft and almost anything that flies fills the blue skies of Pampanga. And of course, the hot air balloon which is the festival’s star of the show.
Moriones Festival (Marinduque)• An annual festival held on Holy Week• Moriones Festival is highlighted by a parade of people wearing different colourful masks and there are also those replicating the appearances of biblical Roman soldiers.
Higantes Festival (Rizal)• This festival is celebrated in the month of November in honor of San Clemente.• The parade of higantes that are made of paper-mache measuring 4-5 ft in diameter and 10-12 ft in height.
Suman Festival (Baler)• Celebrated in the month of February• This festival is a weeklong celebration marked by trade exhibits, fairs and competitions capped by the Search for Ms. Aurora. The suman is used to decorate the main streets and houses in Baler during the festivity.
Sinulog Festival (Cebu)• This festival is held in the month of January in honor of Senyor Sto. Nino de Cebu• Most colorful and most distinguished festival in the Philippines. Cebu’s Sinulog features different activities such as Miss Cebu beauty pageant, the fluvial procession, the solemn street procession, the film- making contests, the arts contests. This also features a street parade wherein participants dressed in bright costumes dance to the rhythm of drums, trumpets, and native gongs.
Dinagyang Festival (Iloilo)• Celebrated in the month of January to commemorate the Christianization of the natives and to honor the Holy Child Jesus• It is a very colorful parade coupled with a dramatization in honor of the patron Saint - Sto Niño. The object of dramatized offerings and prayers amidst the cracking of drums and shouts of "Viva Señor Santo Niño" and the thundering of "Hala Bira" by the tribe members makes the celebration a lively one.
Maskara Festival (Bacolod)• It is celebrated in the month of October• The festival is highlighted by food fairs, mask-making contests, brass band competitions, beauty pageants, windsurfing regatta, drinking and eating contests, trade fairs and exhibits.
Pintado-Kasadyahan Festival (Tacloban)• This festival begin every 29th of June lasting a month• The most awaited in the festival are those dancers who are covered with paint from head to toe with the armorlike design to imitate the early warriors whose bodies are covered with tattoos. Those dancers parades to every road in Tacloban. The ethnic dances that are performed during the festival showcases the traditions even before the Spaniards arrived in the country. The festival ends with a feast.
Ati-Atihan Festival (Kalibo, Aklan)• Celebrated in honor of the Sto. Nino, held annually in the month of January• It is the wildest among Philippine fiestas and considered as the Mother of All Philippine festivals. Celebrants paint their faces with black soot and wear bright, outlandish costumes as they dance in revelry during the last three days of this two week-long festival. Catholics and non-Catholics alike observe this special day with processions, parades, dancing, and merrymaking.
Kadayawan Festival (Davao)• Celebrated in the month of August, the festival is a celebration of life, a thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, the bounties of harvest and serenity of living.• An event called Panagtagbo exhibits the arts and culture of the ten indigenous tribes of Davao - finding expression in dance, costumes, and revelry. Indak Indak sa Kadalanan – a street dance parade and Pamulak Floral Float – features flower-laden floats are the two high profile parades in Kadayawan.
Kalilangan Festival (Gen. Santos City)• ‘Kalilangan’ means festival, festivity or jubilee. It is a social gathering marked by exchanging of amenities among traditional leaders, elders, allies and subordinates in varying tones.• It is also a pageantry of unique and colorful ethnic rites and traditions like marriage, religious ceremonies, anniversaries, funerals, enthronement of royal dignitaries, thanksgiving and other social forms of social, political and economic activities.
Diyandi Festival (Iligan)• Iliganons, celebrate the city fiesta on September 29, the feast of “Señor San Miguel,” the armor-clad patron saint of Iligan,.• Thousands of devotees flock to the cathedral to witness the ceremonies One of the more significant highlights of the fiesta celebration is an Iliganon tradition and cultural heritage — the San Miguel Comedia. This religious musical play is one of the country’s last surviving zarzuelas and considered a priceless heritage.
Hinugyaw Festival (Cotabato)• Highlighting the Piyesta Korona (Korona Festival), a unique blend of mardi gras, creative korona attire and float competitions and the night time Street Dancing Competition.• Hinugyaw festival is a week long celebration of the Foundation Anniversary of Koronadal City, the center of the Province of South Cotabato happening usually on the first week of January every year. It is a colorful merry-making depicting the evolution of the distinct cultures of B’laans, Maguindanao, and Christians into a singular wave of rhythm as a tribute to the creator, and in celebration of the spirit that Koronadal is known for dynamic and persistent in its bound for sustainable development.
Binalbal Festival (Mis. Occidental)• The Binalbal Festival is a celebration to welcome in the New Year for the townsfolk of Tudela, a town in Misamis Occidental in Mindanao, Philippines. On January 1st people come out wearing strange masks and outrageous outfits to represent what they think BALBAL look like. Balbal in the Bisaya language, are supernatural beings - ghosts, imps, fairy, witches, vampires, ogres if you like, so this celebration is something like Halloween on New Year Day.
MOUNT APO• Tallest mountain in the Philippines, and a most climbed destination• Apo, which means "ancestor", is flat- topped mountain with 3 peaks and is capped by a volcanic crater containing a small crater lake
Provincial City/Town Province Population Region Regional Population Luzon Pahiyas Festival Lucban Quezon 1,740,638 CALABARZON 12,609,803 Cordillera Administrative Panabenga Festival Baguio Benguet 403,944 Region 1,616,867 Obando Fertility Dance Obando Bulacan 2,924,433 Central Luzon 10,137,737 Dagupan Bangus Festival City Pangasinan 2,779,862 Ilocos 4,748,372 Pagoda sa Wawa Bocaue Bulacan 2,924,433 Central Luzon 10,137,737Philippine Hot Air Balloon Festival Clark Pampanga 2,014,019 Central Luzon 10,137,737 Moriones Festival Marinduque 227,828 MIMAROPA 2,744,671 Higantes Festival Angono Rizal 2,484,840 CALABARZON 12,609,803 Suman Festival Baler Aurora 201,233 Central Luzon 10,137,737
Provincial Regional City/Town Population Population Visayas Province Region Sinulog Festival Cebu City Cebu 2,619,362 Central Visayas 6,800,180 Dinagyag Festival Ilo-ilo City Ilo-ilo 1,805,576 Western Visayas 7,102,438 Bacolod Negros Maskara Festival City Occidental 2,396,039 Western Visayas 7,102,438Pintado-Kasadyahan Festival Tacloban Leyte 1,567,984 Eastern Visayas 4,101,322 Kadaugan sa Mactan Cebu City Cebu 2,619,362 Central Visayas 6,800,180 Ati-Atihan Festival Kalibo Aklan 535,725 Western Visayas 7,102,438
Provincial Regional Mindanao City/Town Province Population Region PopulationKadayawan Festival Davao City Davao del Sur 868,690 Davao Region 4,468,563 General SantosKalilangan Festival City South Cotabato 827,200 SOCCSKSARGEN 4,109,571 Diyandi Festival Iligan City Lanao Del Norte 607,917 Northern Mindanao 4,297,323Hinugyaw Festival Koronadal City South Cotabato 827,200 SOCCSKSARGEN 4,109,571 Municipality of Misamis Binabal Festival Tudela Occidental 321,843 Northern Mindanao 4,297,323 Data from: http://www.nscb.gov.ph/activestats/psgc/listreg.asp