Events in Philippines month of January


of the Black Nazarene

Date: January 9th Location: Quiapo, Manila

A grand Fiesta, this festival centers on the image of the Black
Nazarene which was transported by galleon from Mexico to Manila
in the 17th century. The festival is marked by an afternoon procession
by thousands of devotees.


Date: January 16-22 Location: Kalibo, Aklan

One of the most popular of the Philippine festivals, the Ati-atihan
is a celebration in honor of the Sto. Niño. Revelers don
colorful costumes and paint their bodies black and dance to the
distictive beat of "Hala bira!" around the town.


Date: Every 2nd Saturday of January Location: San Joaquin, Iloilo

A festival of bulls on the hillsides of San Joaquin. Prized bulls
from the town and neighboring areas fight amidst wild cheering from


Date: Every third weekend of January Location: Cebu City, Cebu

The Feast of the Sto. Niño is celebrated in Cebu with a procession,
street dancing competition and a fluvial parade. Much like the Ati-atihan,
the Sinulog Festival is marked by frenzied reverly to the chant
of "Pit Senor!"


Date: Every fourth weekend of January Location: Iloilo City, Iloilo

Spectacle characterized by a frenetic stomping of feet and hypnotic
drumbeating. It is a colorful whirl of thousands of people dressed
in unique costumes dancing and chanting all day and night.


Date: Every third Sunday of January Location: Pagadian City, Zamboanga
del Sur

The founding of Pagadian City showcases the Subanon tribe's rich
cultural heritage by way of songs, dances and exhibits of musical