Can anybody have enough food, merrymaking and get-togethers? Of course not, especially in the Philippines, the one country that has more than one hundred festivals or “fiestas” celebrated in the different regions of he archipelago.
Below are the top festivals in the Philippines that you should experience at least once in your life:
Higantes Festival in Angono, Rizal
Mark your calendar for Angono’s fiesta: November 22 and 23, highlighted by the parade of giant paper maches shaped like humans ad made to look like townsfolk. The festival is held every year in honor of their patron saint San Clemente.
Unique for: its paper mache effigies crafted by talented Angono artists
Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo City
“Hala bira!” Did you ever know that this famous chant is shouted during the Dinagyang Festival? If you want to see a spectacular dramatization that honors Sto. Nino, then troop to Iloilo on the fourth weekend of January to celebrate with the whole city during their Dinagyang Festival.
Unique for: the performers’ take on the Ati tribe’s appearances and clothing pieces. Think high-end native.
Ati-atihan Festival in Kalibo, Aklan
Yes, there is another reason to board that plane to Kalibo other than to get to Boracay. The Ati-atihan Festival is arguably the wildest fiesta in the country. It’s famous for the costumes that street performers wear – soot that darkens their complexion, and bright-colored accessories that are made to trump the other participants’. The next time you plan your Boracay trip, book an extra date, and make it on the third weekend of January.
Unique for: its two-week stretch of partying, revelry and extravagant props, food and costumes
Kadayawan Festival in Davao City
Held to celebrate a year’s bountiful harvest, Davao City’s Kadayawan Festival has evolved from being a thanksgiving ceremony to a showcase of the local culture, arts and entertainment. It wouldn’t be a top festival if it doesn’t have the colorful costumes and the well-practiced street performances, so expect nothing less when you come and visit Davao on the third weekend of August.
Unique for: acknowledging the 10 distinguished tribes of Davao
Moriones Festival in Marinduque
Planning your next Holy Week getaway? Make it Marinduque and witness the country’s only festival that features Roman soldiers. That’s right. The word morion means mask, an integral part of the Roman armor and what has become the icon of Marinduque’s annual festival.
Unique for: the dramatization that depicts the Roman soldiers looking for Longinus.
Among the hundred fiestas from Manila to Cebu and back north in Ilocos, there are some that are extra special, extra popular, but may not be necessarily extra fun than your beloved hometown’s fiesta.