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Events in Philippines month of May

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Maskara
Festival


Date: October 19 Location: Bacolod City, Negros Occidental

The biggest annual event that reflects the Bacoleños love
for fun and gaiety. Coinciding with Bacolod City's charter day
celebration, the festival features sports competitions, cultural
programs, carnivals, beauty contest and a long Mardi grasstyle
costumed and masked street dancers.

Ibalong
Festival


Date: October 19-22 Location: Legaspi City

A celebration depicting Bicol's early beginnings as portrayed
in the "Ibalong" epic that tells of super heroes Handiong, Batlog
and Oryol and villains and wild animals that roamed in the ancient
times. In music and dances, revelers parade on the main streets
wearing masks of these heroes and villains. Festival activities
include tours, trade fairs, exhibits and beauty pageants.

Events in Philippines month of June

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Independence
Day


Date: June 12 Location: Kawit, Cavite

Independence Day Celebration, marked by a flag raising ceremony
on the balcony of the Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine, where the first
Philippine flag was unfurled.

Parada
ng Lechon


Date: June 24 Location: Balayan, Batangas

The parading on the Feast of St. John the Baptist of "dressed"
and decorated "lechons" (roasted pigs) around town. Revelers partake
of the lechons after the parade.

Pintados
Festival


Date: June 29 Location: Tacloban City

Street pageantry and contest focusing on the Leyteños'
old custom of tattooing that signifies courage and status in the
community.

Events in Philippines month of July

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Paaway
sa Kabayo (Horsefight)


Date: July 25 and December 25 Location: Tanjay, Negros Orriental

An exciting, thrilling and oftentimes bloody fight among studs for
supremacy over a female horse. More than 100 horses have been trained
solely for this twice a year event.

Bocaue
River Festival


Date: First Sunday of July Location: Bocaue, Bulacan

A famous river festival held in honor of the miraculous Cross of
Bocaue (Krus ng Wawa). During the fluvial procession, devotees ride
in the "pagoda" and douse each other with water.

Events in Philippines month of August

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Rajah
Baguinda Festival


Date: 2nd Week of August Location: Jolo, Sulu

A three-day cultural show and festivites commemorating the arrival
of Rajah Baguinda who was responsible for the spread of Islam
and reinforcing the Sultanate Government in the Sulu Archipelago.

Kadayawan
sa Dabaw


Date: 3rd Week of August Location: Davao City

A celebration of the bountiful harvests of fruits and orchids
during the season. Activities include fruit and flower show, trade
fair, tribal/civic/military parade, traditional sports activities,
horsefight, Search for B'yaneng Kadayawan and street dancing.

Events in Philippines month of September

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Lemlunay
(T'Boli Tribal Festival)


Date: September 16-18 Location: Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

An annual authentic T'boli tribal festival staged at Lake Sebu.
Features tribal rituals that start at early down amidst sounds of
gongs and native music, culminating at the town plaza where cultural
dances and ethic sports like horsefight are held.

Feast
of Nuestra Senorra Penafrancia


Date: 3rd Saturday of September Location: Naga City, Camarines Sur

A religious festival held in hornor of the Feast of Our Lady of
Peñafrancia. Bicol's most revered patrones highlighted by
the fluvial procession of the Lady's image down the Bicol river.
The week-long-celebration includes civic-military parade, sportsfests,
exhibits, cultural shows, beauty pageants and colorful competitions.

Events in Philippines month of October

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Maskara
Festival


Date: October 19 Location: Bacolod City, Negros Occidental

The biggest annual event that reflects the Bacoleños love
for fun and gaiety. Coinciding with Bacolod City's charter day
celebration, the festival features sports competitions, cultural
programs, carnivals, beauty contest and a long Mardi grasstyle
costumed and masked street dancers.

Ibalong
Festival


Date: October 19-22 Location: Legaspi City

A celebration depicting Bicol's early beginnings as portrayed
in the "Ibalong" epic that tells of super heroes Handiong, Batlog
and Oryol and villains and wild animals that roamed in the ancient
times. In music and dances, revelers parade on the main streets
wearing masks of these heroes and villains. Festival activities
include tours, trade fairs, exhibits and beauty pageants.

Events in Philippines month of November

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Feast
of San Clemente/Higantes Festival


Date: November 22-23 Location: Angono, Rizal

Angono's joyous fiesta in honor of San Clemente whose image, resplendent
in papal vestment, is borne by male devotees during a procession
accompanied by "pahadores (devotees dressed in colorful local costumes,
wooden shoes and carrying boat paddles) and higantes" (giant paper
mache effigies) The street event culminates in a fluvial procession
in Laguna de Bay amidst revelry that continues until the image is
brought back to its sanctuary.

Grand
Cordillera Festival


Date: November Location: Baguio City

One of the region's major events held annualy featuring the gathering
of tribes in a week-long event to "celebrate life" marked by tribal
dancing and performances of thanksgiving rituals.

Events in Philippines month of December

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Marian
Procession


Date: December 8 Location: Intramuros, Manila

A revival of religious tradition with more than 60 images of the
Blessed Virgin Mary from various parishes and provinces paraded.

Pagdidiwata

Date: December 8 Location: Puerto Princessa, Palawan

A thanks giving celebration by the Tagbanua natives of Palawan
in ritual dances and food offerings to their deities and souls
of departed kin

Feast
of the Immaculate Concepcion


Date: December 8 Location: Intramuros, Manila

An Eucharistic celebrabration of the Feast Day of the La Immaculada,
patroness of Intramuros, capped by a grand procession of more
than 50 Marian images from all over the country and participated
in by thousands of devotees.

Duty Free Shops in the Philippines

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You don't have to bring back the candy, chocolates, liquor, perfume, cologne, canned goods, Mah Ling, or appliances when you go back home. The Duty Free Shops carry most of these items and the prices are pretty comparable to what we have here in the U.S. This frees up some of your space for luggage and we all know we're limited to 70 lbs. per box.
Their website is www.dfp.com.ph

Call the numbers below before you leave and ask for more information about the products they carry and other locations. I've called these numbers and they seem to be fine. If you need telephone numbers for Manila or Cebu Businesses or residents, please let me know.

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