Puto Festival in Calasiao

Puto Festival CalasiaoThe Puto Festival is an annual event that celebrates a native delicacy known by its famous name as Puto. This delicacy of white rice cake found in the municipality of Calasiao in the central area of Pangasinan found its monicker as the “white gold” of the municipality which it is famous for throughout the country. Puto Festival saw its first celebration in December of 2002. Nonetheless, the fruition of this idea was ignited by the desire promote the puto industry as well as help puto manufacturers advertise their product and thrive in their business. Though the initial celebration somehow made its way to be recognized, It did not create much impact on the public and the festival suddenly disappeared. It was of the opinion of some that the celebration was premature. It was untimely that the public was not yet ready for the occasion. However, people clamored for the celebration and waited Continue reading

Duman Festival in Santa Rita

Duman Festival Santa Rita PampangaThe renowned annual celebration of Duman Festival in Santa Rita, Pampanga started in the year 2002 at Pigulut, Santa Monica. This festivity is organized yearly by ArtiSta Rita Foundation, Inc., an institution founded by a group of locals and Mr. Andy Alviz, director of ArtiSta Rita and resident choreographer of Miss Saigon Manila. In the past years, the festival is being held at the church patio of Pisamban Maragul (Santa Rita De Cascia Parish Church) to accommodate a bigger audience. The celebration has turned into a culinary expo of the Kapampangans, more particularly, of the Riteñan. Continue reading

Handurawan Festival in Sipalay

Handurawan Festival SipalayThe Handurawan Festival is an annual fiesta celebration in Sipalay City. This festival is held every December 18-20 which coincides with the yuletide season. This annual fiesta celebration commemorates the official declaration of Sipalay as a town in Negros Occidental in 1948. There are live performances by bands every weekend of December following the Festival. This event is also formally known as Feast of Sacred Heart of Jesus and Handurawan Festival. The three-day activity is scheduled to provide Sipalaynons and visitors a time to enjoy.

Lembohung Festival in Surallah

Lembohung Festival SurallahLembohung Festival primarily showcases the rich and unique culture of the original inhabitants of Surallah which are the Tagabili tribe. It aims to sustain the preservation, promotion and development of arts, culture, and tradition to foster the essence of peace and harmony among its people. Lembohung comes from the combined T’boli words “Lem” and “Bohung,” the first means “within” and the latter is a pineapple-like ornamental plant with white flowers in between its leaves. This plant abundantly thrives in the area which the natives called Lembohung now known as the Barangay Libertad of Poblacion of Surallah. Being the trade center (Seslong) and convergent point of other socio-cultural activities, Continue reading

Rehiyon-Rehiyon Festival in Marikina

Rehiyon Rehiyon Festival ManilaThe Rehiyon-Rehiyon Festival is a vibrant feast that pays tribute to migrants who have chosen to stay in Marikina, significantly contributing to the city’s progress. The festival highlights the theme, “Iba’t ibang rehiyon, iba’t ibang ugali, pinag-iisa sa lungsod ng Marikina.” A carnival spirit fills the air as city folk, garbed in magnificent native costumes, revel in street dancing and lavish regional production numbers. The festival shows the different attitudes of the different residents of the locals. Marikina was trying to unite them in one big event where in there’s a dance competition for each of the schools to participate in. that is composed of different private Continue reading

Giant Lantern Festival in San Fernando

Giant Lantern Festival San FernandoThe parol of star lantern is perhaps the paramount Filipino Christmas symbol – colorful, crafted with love and aglow with the spirit of the season. The Christmas lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for. And it is what has made the city famous all over the country and even around the world. The word parol derives from the Spanish farol, meaning lantern or light. Filipinos place much significance on the symbolism of light, the star regarded as a fount of light and a sign of hope in the predominantly Christian country in Asia. Continue reading

Bila-Bila Festival in Boac

Bila-Bila Festival BoacThe Bila-Bila Festival is celebrated in Boac town during the town Fiesta in December. This festival celebrates the life cycle of butterflies, the butterfly farming industry being one of the town’s more unique industries. This street dancing festival promotes government efforts to make Marinduque the butterfly center of the Philippines.

The festival stems from Boac’s tree farming and butterfly propagation ordinance, which aimed to encourage reforestation and promote the butterfly industry throughout Marinduque.  Almost 70 percent of the Philippines’ total butterfly exports valued at P100 million come from Marinduque, records show. Continue reading