Summer may be over in June but the onset of the rainy season should not stop us from our pursuing our adventures (unless, of course, we are unable to because of the inclement weather).
In any case, if you want a break from beach-hopping or mountain climbing, you might want to consider seeing any of the festivals this June. This is a chance to see local customs and traditions, see colorful presentations, and have a bite of the local cuisine.
Here are the details of the various local celebrations this June:
Name of Festival: Naligayan Festival
Date: 2nd week of June
Location: Agusan del Norte
Details: This is a week-long festival celebrated in Agusan del Norte. It features socio-cultural shows and fairs involving indigenous groups. The festival’s main feature is a climb to the top of the waterfalls of Agusan del Sur.
Name of Festival: Pagdayao Festival
Date: June 11 -12
Location: Tacloban, Leyte, and Masbate
Details: Pagdayao in the local language means an act of praising or honoring. The Pagdayao Festival is a two-day affair that serves as a thanksgiving feast in honor of the Lord. It features street dancing and cultural shows.
Name of Festival: Araw ng Cotabato
Date: June 12 – 20
Details: The founding anniversary of the City of Cotabato in Mindanao is celebrated with special events such as the layang-layang or giant kite festival, fluvial parades, banca race, and sports competition.
Name of Festival: Parada ng mga Lechon (Parade of Roast Pigs)
Date: June 24
Location: Balayan, Batangas
Details: The roast pigs or lechons are dressed or decorated with colorful embellishments and are then paraded around the streets. At the end of the parade, the best decorated lechon will be announced. After which, the lechon meat is served to visitors.
Name of Festival: Hibok-Hibok Festival
Date: June 24
Location: Camiguin Island
Details: The Hibok-Hibok Festival is celebrated in honor of St. John the Baptist. The event’s highlights are the fluvial processions, parades, and water sports.
Name of Festival: Daet Pineapple Festival
Date: 3rd week of June
Location: Daet, Camarines Norte
Details: This Daet Pineapple Festival is commemorated to continually spread awareness on the sweetest pineapple variety – the Formosa type – which is abundantly cultivated in Daet.
The week-long celebration is filled with many activities such as sporting events, a talent and skills competition, an investment forum for entrepreneurs or those planning to put up a business, cultural shows and concerts, a food fair, an agro-industrial and trade fair, the search for Bicolandia Queen, and street dancing contests.
Name of Festival: Tacloban Festival
Date: last week of June
Location: Tacloban, Leyte
Details: The Tacloban Festival is composed of a trio of major events: the Subiran Regatta, a sailboat race held at the eastern entrance of San Juanico Strait; the Balyuan, a pageant reenacting the historic exchange of images between Basey, Samar and Tacloban City; and the Pintados Festival where participants paint their bodies and dance to the rhythm of bamboo sticks.
Name of Festival: Piat Sambali Festival
Date: last week of June
Location: Piat, Cagayan
Details: The Piat Sambali Festival is a colorful celebration highlighted by street dancing, cultural shows and a beauty pageant. This festival celebrates the Christianization of the Itawis people of Cagayan.
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