Balayong Festival in Puerto Princesa

Balayong Festival PalawanThe Balayong Festival is held every March in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. This event commemorates the founding anniversary of the Puerto Princesa highlighted by balayong tree-planting, street dancing and colorful floral parade depicting the Palawan Cherry Blossoms from which the festival derived its name. A merry mixture of socio-civic, cultural, historical, and sports activities are part of the run events. At the ‘Tabuan’ parade (tabuan means ‘marketplace’), farmers fisherfolks, market vendors, traders and buyers showcase the city’s best products and revel as a thanksgiving for blessings and bountiful harvest. Continue reading

Tingkapaw Festival in Basay

Tingkapaw Festival BasayThe Tingkapaw Festival is held every March in Basay, Negros Oriental province. Tingkapaw is the period of an over-abundant harvest of fish, usually celebrated with merry-making leading to the feast day of the patron who has endowed Basay with its principal source of livelihood as the fishing capital of the Province. The festival tucks in the advocacy of marine conservation as an underlying motif.  It has basic steps: “the wave”, “arya”, “Bugsay”, and “salum” (swim). Every first quarter of the year, fish are caught in great abundance in the waters of Basay. People from all parts of the province flock to the town to avail of the fresh and affordable fish. Continue reading

The Sabutan Festival in Palanan

PandanThe Sabutan Festival in Palanan, Isabela province is usually held in March. The festival highlights the importance of growing palm trees called Sabutan in the province which is used to weave a variety of useful products like hats, placemats, fans and even native dress. It features native dance presentation, trade fair, cultural shows and exhibits. Sabutan is named after the local name for pandan (Pandanus tectorius) which is plentiful in the town. The people of Palanan are fine craftsmen who weave dyed and natural colored strips into a variety of bags, hats, and placemats, among other items that have both traditional and contemporary designs. For the festival, the sabutan products are not only sold, these are aslo used as a theme and Continue reading

Healing Festival in Siquijor

Healing Festival in San Antonio, SiquijorHealing Festival is celebrated during Black Saturday in Cantabon and San Antonio, Siquijor. This is a time when Siquijorian healers and herbalists as well as those from Visayas and Mindanao joined together in the preparation of concoctions made from a variety of tree barks, roots, herbs, insects and other ingredients known to have effective healing powers which were gathered every Friday of the Lenten season from the forests, caves and cemeteries. Preparation takes place on a Black Saturday where the herbalists crowded together in a circle and cook the mixture. They are also famous to produce love potions known to charm people and bring good luck. During this festival, the provincial government provides a venue for all Continue reading

Kaamulan Festival in Malaybalay

Kaamulan Festival Malaybalay“Kaamulan” is from the Binukid word “amul” which means “to gather”. It is a gathering of Bukidnon tribespeople for a purpose. It can mean a datuship ritual, a wedding ceremony, a thanksgiving festival during harvest time, a peace pact, or all of these put together. Showcasing the unique indigenous culture of Bukidnon, the Kaamulan is held annually in the province, particularly in Malaybalay City, the provincial capital, from the second half of February to March 10, which latter date marks the anniversary of the creation of Bukidnon as a province in 1917. As an ethnic festival, the Kaamulan celebrates the customs and traditions of the seven tribal groups that originally inhabited the Bukidnon region, Continue reading

Talaba Festival in Alaminos

OysterThe Talaba Festival is held every March in Alaminos City, Pangasinan. The talaba, or oyster in English, is one of the gems of seafood cooking in many of the city’s households, especially those near the sea. A festival is held in celebration of its succulent taste that grace many dishes, casual and exotic alike. People can be found cheering the contestants in an oyster-shucking contest or licking their lips at the floating aroma and creative presentations of various delectable dishes entered in a cooking showdown or maybe do more than just watching and just tucking in to an oyster feast in one of the local dining houses, which often give generous extras during the celebration. Continue reading

Hundred Islands Festival in Alaminos

Hundred Islands Festival AlaminosThe Hundred Islands Festival is the most anticipated and largest crowd-drawer event in Alaminos City. Lavish celebration marks the Hundred Islands Festival. Exhilaration rides the atmosphere with the string of athletic and challenging pursuits like sky diving competition, skills Olympics or island adventure race, inviting the thrill-seeking foreign and local tourists. Sighs of awe and approval can be heard as the best of aqua products and seafood cuisine enjoys center stage. Restaurants often let out the latest and most sumptuous menus during the festival. A trade fair also usually graces the occasion. Continue reading

Butanding Festival in Donsol

Butanding Arribada Festival DonsolSorsogon’s festival wouldn’t be complete if there is no festival celebrating the return of the Butanding in the area. The festival is held in time with the return of these wonderful huge sea creatures during the first week of March. It is meant to signal the opening of the Butanding season when the town of Donsol will open its doors to numerous tourists who will come for Butanding adventure. The season actually peaks during the summer or the months of March, April and May. Many tourists, local and foreign, are expected to arrive to see these gentle Whale Sharks. Swimming with these huge creatures is truly a worthwhile experience. The highlight of the festival is the long fluvial Continue reading