Cabibi Festival in Lal-lo

Cabibi Festival Lal-loThe Cabibi Festival is a week-long celebration in Lal-lo, Cagayan Province. The patronal town fiesta of Lallo, formerly Ciudad Nueva Segovia is highlighted by an agro-industrial trade fair and street dancing competition. In Lallo, the Cabibi Festival every August depicts the “cabibi” (clam) as an enduring major source of livelihood for those living along the banks of Cagayan River.  The town of Lal-lo, Cagayan – north of the capital city of Tuguegarao (which is itself 483 kilometers north of Manila) – is trying to recover its lost glory. It was, after all, during olden days an important religious and political center in the Cagayan Valley. Continue reading

Kariyawan Festival in Monkayo

BulawanThe Kariyawan Festival is held annually in Monkayo, Compostela Valley province. Celebrated in late August through early September, this festival is a thanksgiving for the municipality’s rich agricultural harvest and abundant mineral resources. It features street dances depicting its wealth of cultural heritage and trade fairs. The festival features pageantry with a Monkayo queen from one of the prominent families of the place, and a cockfight at the Monkayo Sports complex,where cockfighting aficionados from all over the province converge

Nuang Festival in San Augustin

CarabaoThe Nuang Festival is held every September in San Augustin, Isabela Province. The town features activities highlighting the more than 500 water buffalos of the town with buffalo parade, buffalo milking contest, buffalo race and other games in cooperation with the research and outreach office of the Isabela State University. Despite the introduction of mechanized agriculture, the carabao (Bubalus Bubalis Carabanesis) remains a farmer’s indispensable helpmate in the fields. This beast of burden is honoured in the Nuang Festival of San Agustin as are the products the carabao enables farmers to produce. The town boasts of over 300 heads and farmers bring them over to the poblacion (town center) for the festival. To get the cattle there, Continue reading

Kagayhaan Festival in Cagayan de Oro

Kagayhaan Festival Misamis OrientalKagayhaan Festival is held every August in Cagayan de Oro City in Misamis Oriental Province. It is Cagayan’s local answer to Mardi Gras and celebrated during the annual feast of the city´s patron St. Augustine. Traditionally done in a 3-hour parade of civic military groups, the event is colored by participation of contigents in bedecked costumes, choreographed movements, lively sounds and gimmickry to bring out desired theme or social message. Added attractions are the inclusion of huge floats in parade and school drum and bugle corps.

Panapog Festival in Davao

Pangapog Festival DavaoThe Panapog Festival is held the first week of August on Samal Island in Davao. This is a thanksgiving festival in honor of Magbabaya (Sama God), and for a bountiful harvest highlighting the culture of the Sama, the indigenous people of Samal, as shown in the indigenous sports, and other culture-based competitions. This festival features a parade, indak-indak sa dalan, cultural presentations, and much more. At the culmination on the Pangapog Festival will be the Sayaw-sayaw sa Dan (Mardi Gras) dancing towards the beat of the local Sama Dancers.

Kadagatan Festival in Mercedes

Kadagatan Festival Camarines NorteThe Kadagatan Festival is held every August in Mercedes, Camarines Norte. This festival  is a fishermen’s celebration of thanksgiving for the blessings and bounty during the seafaring, fishing expedition and fish farming endeavors. The fishtival is also a moment of retrospect and recognition of Mother Nature for having endowed Mercedes with a gift of vast fishery resources, magnificent shorelines and other aquatic potentials and the wise utilization and preservation of ecological balance for the attainment of environmental dignity and beauty. Locals pay tribute to Mother Nature for the blessings she has given with a Continue reading

Bugwas Festival in San Juan

Bugwas Festival SiquijorThe Bugwas Festival is held every August in San Juan, Siquijor Province. The festival is held on the last week of August every year. The Bugwas Festival is San Juan’s way of celebrating a bountiful and abundant harvest in honor of their patron saint, St. Augustin of Hippo. Bugwas means a spurt of water coming from an underground source, which flows freely in the open ground. Since San Juan is blessed with abundant spring waters, these waters give the farmers bountiful harvest, the fisher folk with an abundant catch and making and making the life of the people of San Juan happier and fruitful because of a good and bountiful harvest each year.


Pagdayao Festival in Dumarao

Padagyaw Festival Dumarao CapizPagdayao Festival is celebrated August 1st to 5th every year in Dumarao, Capiz. Padagyaw is a native word which means the invitation of a folk of his neighbors for bayanihan, for example in erecting a nipa house for no pay but instead with eating, drinking, and joy. The festival is held in honor of Nuestra Señora de las Nieves. Being held every year mirrors the spirit of unity and cooperation of its people. One of the few is the street dancing and pista ng bayan. These are the concrete example of group effort. From one fermented idea of planners, action men and executions, they have translated their ideas and concepts into mass action of well rehearsed and well executed play, Continue reading

Aurora Festival in Tanjay

TanjayThe Aurora Festival is held every August in Tanjay, Negros Oriental province. This event is a month-long religious festival that has been practiced since the Spanish times by devotees of Señor San Roque, who is believed to drive away evil spirits, diseases and pestilence. This religious festival had its beginnings two decades ago with the advent of the dawn rosaries for the Blessed Virgin. All 24 barangays were recipients of her image and are the ones used for the Aurora rosaries and prayers. The festival features evening novenas participated in by more than 40 clans, which culminate in a nocturnal fluvial procession at the Tanjay River. This event starts on August 31 and continues into the month of September.


Durian Festival in Tagum

Durian FruitThe Durian Festival is celebrated during the month of August or September (depending on which month the controversial but exotic fruit is in season) in Tagum City, Davao del Norte. This is a month-long celebration showcasing the delectable durian produced by beneficiaries of the government-initiated “plant now–pay later” program and other durian growers of the city. One of the highlights is the interschool and professional culinary competitions that feature durian as the main component – from cakes, pastries, and bread to coffee, cocktails and mocktails. The festival features events and competitions such as the Food Basket in the 23 barangays of the city, durian kakanin, chef’s relay, coffee blending, Continue reading