It’s more fun in the Philippines, they say. And it’s double the excitement once Philippine tourism reaches its peak with the influx of tourists to a particular event, say Philippine festivals. Both local and international travelers take advantage of airline ticket promos surrounding the dates of Philippine festivals. And why not? Philippine festival is a happy and momentous occasion. People are extra hospitable and the local government puts extra effort in making sure the festival is as festive and colorful as it should be by planning week-long activities, contests, and of course, grand street parades.
The first half of the year, we already have top Philippine festivals to boot such as the Sinulog Festival in Cebu, and the Panagbenga Festival in Baguio. Sinulog Festival commemorates the time Filipino embraced Christianity as their religion during the 16th century. Year after year, Sinulog Festival receives a million number of tourists just to experience Sinulog and witness the grand street parade. During Sinulog, expect and be one among the millions of people calling out to Sto. Niño, “Viva Pit Señor.”
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Flowers bloom in their own time. And Baguio’s very own Panagbenga Festival is a good reminder for people that time and again, they would rise up to the rubble of the dark past. Despite its rosy and colorful theme, Panagbenga Festival was created to bring new life to the catastrophic 1990 Luzon earthquake through flowers. Panagbenga Festival is a month-long tribute to the city, which also consists of grand street parade, with floats covered in flowers and street dancers clad in flower-inspired costumes.
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Apart from these notable Philippine festivals, let us also take a look at other Philippine festivals happening across the country, such as the Pintados Festival in Iloilo, Aliwan Festival in Pasay, Pahiyas Festival in Lucban, and Mudpack Festival in Negros Occidental.
A couple of heartbeats away from Sinulog Festival in Cebu, the colorful Pintados Festival in Iloilo celebrates the foundation day of Passi as a component city. First-time attendee of the Pintados Festival would most likely marvel at the intricate tattoos of the dancers, which depict the different phases the province underwent in the previous years. Notable events during the Pintados Festival include the Karosa Parada & Carabao Painting Contest, a feast for the artsty-fartsy travelers who wish to dabble their hands in local arts.
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Perhaps a fusion of top Philippine festivals come in the form of Aliwan Festival. Aliwan is a showcase of how religion, culture, and tradition are deeply embedded in the Filipino spirit and diaspora, despite the country being divided into islands, thus having different language, tradition, and culture. From the tagalog root word, aliw, meaning to give merriment, Aliwan Festival is just as that – celebratory fun of every Philippine festival’s rich culture.
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There’s no place like home, and if you find yourself coming home to ostentatious home displays, you just found yourself in Pahiyas Festival in Lucban, Quezon. In this one-of-a-kind Philippine festival, feast your eyes on the colorful houses with each turn on the street, adorned mostly with kiping, seemingly a dried colorful leaf made from rice. (Yes I know you are wondering, how did this happen?) Pahiyas Festival can literally satisfy your eyes and your palette. Yes, the kiping can be eaten! Just open your eyes wide and scout for those who sells it, ready to eat style. While you are at Pahiyas Festival, don’t pass up the chance to try their pancit hahbab served on banana leaves (that’s why it is called habhab).
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Most of Philippine festivals are celebrated for a cause, and Mudpack Festival is true to its advocacy of environmental conservatism and of man being one with nature. Participants in the Mudpack Festival paint their bodies with a distinct clay found in Mambukal Mountain Resort. If you are an environmentalist, Mudpack Festival is the place and event to be. Witness how the province took great passion in showcasing their talent in various aspects of the Mudpack Festival such as tribal dance competition, drum beating competition, solo dance improvisation, and Miss Earth Mambukal Pageant.
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These are just some of the top Philippine festivals in the Philippines, and it’s just for half a year of celebration! Tune in to find out other top Philippine festivals for the last half of the year.