Festivals are great avenues where we can learn about the culture, heritage, and traditions of a locality.

We are already halfway through 2018. Did you notice how fast the days flew by? In just two short months, Christmas season will begin in the Philippines. How did you travel during the first half of the year? If you have not done any traveling yet, there are plenty of opportunities to start. As I have mentioned in my previous posts, the Philippines seems to never run out of colorful festival to celebrate which, of course, is a good thing.

Philippine Festivals

For those of you who are looking for a different type or adventure or are just curious to see some local festivities, here is the list of select upcoming Philippine festivals from July to September.

Philippine festivals on the month of July

What: Sagayan Festival Tubod
When: 1st week of July
Where: Lanao del Norte

The Sagayan Festival Tubod features a Maranao war dance as its main event. The dance is performed during the Araw ng Lanao del Norte where all of the municipalities in the province take part in. Complementing the war dance is a graceful fan dance performed by Maranao maidens wearing colorful garments and embellishments.

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What: Pagoda Festival
When: July 4 – 7
Where: Bocaue, Bulacan

The Pagoda Festival of Bocaue, Bulacan is a celebration in honor of the Holy Cross of Wawa found in the Bocaue River. During the event, colorful pagodas or decorated barges and vibrantly ornamented small boats embark on a fluvial parade at the Bocaue River.

What: Sublian sa Batangas
When: July 23
Where: Batangas City

The Sublian sa Batangas coincides with the Foundation Day of Batangas City. This celebration revives the custom of the subli, a dance that is native to the province of Batangas.

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What: Sinulog de Tanjay Festival
When: Last week of July
Where: Tanjay, Negros Oriental

The Sinulog de Tanjay Festival is a 10-day celebration which features the origin of the old sinulog culture and is observed by the residents of Tanjay, Negros Oriental. The event is highlighted by a parade showcasing local garments. There is also a horse fighting that acts out the battle between the Spaniards and the Muslims.

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What: Sandugo Festival
When: Last week of July
Where: Bohol

The Sandugo Festival is celebrated in Bohol and venerates the blood compact between Spaniard Miguel Lopez de Legaspi and Filipino chieftain Sikatuna. The event features an agro-industrial exhibit, a trade fair, a beauty contest, street dancing, and a re-enactment of the blood compact.

Philippine festivals on the month of August

What: Pangapog Festival
When: August 1 – 7
Where: Samal Island, Davao

The Pangapog Festival is a thanksgiving celebration for an abundant produce. It highlights the culture of the Sama, the indigenous people of Samal, through local sports and other native contests.

What: Palu-Palo Festival
When: August 4-5
Where: Basco, Batanes

This is highlighted by a cultural presentation showing the life and times of the Ivatans.

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What: Marang Festival
When: August 5
Where: Basco, Batanes

The Marang Festival is observed by Ivatans as a thanksgiving for the bountiful harvest of the Marang fruit.

What: Pasaka Festival
When: August 14
Where: Tanuan, Leyte

The Pasaka Festival derives its name from “Pasaka,” the vernacular for Assumption. The event, which is religious in nature, is a street spectacle honoring of Our Lady of Assumption.

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What: Lubi-Lubi Festival
When: August 15
Where: Calubian, Leyte

The Lubi-Lubi Festival is a dance festival celebrating the numerous uses of the coconut. The celebration also pays homage to Our Lady of Fatima and St. Roque.

What: Kalibongan Festival
When: August 17 – 18
Where: Kidapawan, Cotabato

The Kalibongan Festival gathers the various Mindanao ethno-linguistic groups like the Bagobos and Manobos. The event highlights include a horse fight and a Manobo wedding.

What: Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival
When: 3rd week of August
Where: Davao City

The Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival is one of the major festivals in the Philippines. The Kadayawan is a colorful occasion that lasts for five days, as a thanksgiving festival and as a tribute to the indigenous peoples of Davao. Kadayawan is a local expression in Dabawnon; it means “anything excellent that brings great fortune.” It comes from the root word “dayaw” or “good,” used to describe something that is valuable and superior.

What: Gigantes Festival
When: August 19
Where: Lucban, Quezon

The Gigantes Festival is another recognizable Philippine celebration. It happens in the town of Lucban, Quezon, where residents parade their gigantes or giants.

The gigantes are around 14 feet in hwight and come in pairs. These are the mag-asawa or couple, a giant man dressed in a peasant’s camisa de chino or undershirt, and his wife clad in the native patadyong and kimona, which is a loose skirt topped with a flimsy blouse. The colorful giant figures are crafted from papier mache and are carried on the shoulders by those who have made a panata (an oath or devotion) in exchange for a favor received. This festivity is shared by Lucban with the town of Angono, Rizal, which celebrates it in November.

Philippine festivals on the month of September

What: Aurora Festival
When: Last Sunday of August to first week of September
Where: Tanjay, Negros Oriental

The Aurora Festival is highlighted by evening novenas participated in by more than 40 clans, which culminate in an evening fluvial procession at the Tanjay River.

What: T’boli Tribal Festival
When: 3rd week
Where: South Cotabato

The T’boli Tribal Festival is a gathering of the major ethno-linguistic peoples in South Cotabato together with representatives from Davao.

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What: Peñafrancia Fiesta Festival
When: 3rd Sunday of September
Where: Naga City, Camarines Sur

The Peñafrancia Fiesta Festival is one of the biggest celebrations in the Bicol region. It is a religious festival that honors the Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia, the patroness of the Bicol Region River.

What: Djanggo Festival
When: September 28-29
Where; Nassiping, Gattaran, Cagayan

The Djanggo Festival observes a centuries-old religious and cultural tradition that is based on the life of St. Michael.

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Have you been to any of these festivals? How was your experience? We would love to hear your story about it. If not, would you be interested to see one of these festivals?

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Source: Tourism Promotions Board

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