Holidays & Festivals




Sinulog Festival in Cebu City
An annual festival held on the 3rd week of January in Cebu City, it commemorates the Filipino people's pagan origin and their acceptance of Roman Catholicism. The main feature is the grand street parade held on the last day with participants in bright costumes dancing to the rhythm of drums, trumpets and native gongs. Parties also occur in various spots around the city from noon until the wee hours of the morning.

2013: January 18-20
2014: January 17-19


International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Angeles City, Pampanga
An annual 4-day event held usually around the 1st/2nd weekends of February from Thursday till Sunday at the Omni Aviation Complex, Clark Field in Angeles, Pamapanga - a 1.5 hour drive up from Metro Manila. This fiesta features various themed hot-air balloons every sunrise and sunset, and other ground and air exhibitions in between. Read more...

2012: February 9-12
2013: February 21-24
2014: February 6-9 or 13-16


Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro
An international music & arts festival set amidst the tropical gardens of Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro. Situated on the foothills of the majestic Mount Malasimbo where its most prominent feature is the grass-terraced amphitheater that overlooks the bay renowned as one of "The Most Beautiful Bays in the World." (

2012: March 2-4
2013: March 1-3
2014: February 27-March 2


Pahiyas Festival in Lucban, Quezon
Held annually on May 15 with streets of consecutive houses in competition for the best decorated with kiping (edible ground rice wafers), fruits, vegetables and other agricultural products to honor the patron saint of farmers, St. Isidore the Labourer. Residents welcome all visitors, local and foreign, to bask in the colourful houses, cheap and delicious local delicacies like longganisa (indigenous sausages) and pancit habhab (noodles served on banana leaves), festival parades and nearby sights and trails. Read more...


MassKara Festival in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
An Known as the "Festival of Smiles," it started in 1980 to mask a period of crisis, and to boost the morale of the people of Negros. Since, it's been held annually every 3rd weekend of October nearest the 19th with various schools and barangays (villages) competing in street dancing with elaborate colourful masks and costumes. Parties also occur in various spots around the city until the wee hours of the morning. Read more...

2012: October 19-21
2013: October 18-20
2014: October 17-19

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