TOP FESTIVALS NOT TO MISS IN THE PHILIPPINES
Festivals are a great way to see and experience the local culture of a city or a country. With a very tumultuous history, Filipinos did not lose their love for parties. There’s a fiesta happening every month in the Philippines. There are approximately 42 000 major and minor festivals in the country. Most of them are traditionally rooted in Christianity, the archipelago being under Spanish colonial rule for more than 500 years.
Where: Cebu Island
When: Every third week of January
The Sinulog Festival in Cebu City is the most globally renowned festival in the country. They honor the Santo Nino (the Holy Child Jesus), the patron saint of the City. In a nutshell, the Sinulog is a dance ritual that marks the Filipino’s pagan past and its transition to Christianity.
Sinulog draws around 2 million people each year. You must include this in your Philippines To Do List.
Where: Kalibo, Aklan
When: The Third Sunday of January
The Ati-Atihan Festival in Aklan is the oldest festival in the Philippines, which has earned it the distinction of being “The Mother of all Philippine Festivals”. The name Ati-Atihan is derived from the Ati-people: short, dark-skinned, and frizzy-haired. Celebrated for over 800 years, the festival is held in honor of the Holy Child Jesus.
When: August 15
Where: Baguio City
When: During the Holy Week, usually in April
Named after the Kankanaey term that means “season of blooming”, the festival highlights the traditions, values, and history of Baguio and the Cordilleras with more flowers than you can count.
This is one of the most colorful festivals in the Philippines, with a plethora of vibrant flowers, lots of street dancing by dancers clothed in flower-themed costumes, and several exhibits featuring local products.
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