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Events in Philippines month of January

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Feast
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.

Ati-Atihan

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.

Pasungay

Events in Philippines month of February

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Feast
of Our Lady of Candles


Date: February 2 Location: Jara, Iloilo City

The biggest and most opulent religiuos pageanty in Western Visayas.
The blessing of candles and the yearly procession of the patroness,
the Nuestra Senora de Candelaria is followed by the fiesta queen
and her court which highlights the celebration.

Events in Philippines month of March

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Parraw
Regatta


Date: First Sunday of March Location: Iloilo City

An exciting race among native outriggers in the strait between Guimaras
Island and Iloilo City. This is an activity every summer hedged
with rules, umpires and kibitzers.

Eid-El-FITR
Muslim Festival


March 9 - Region XII

A worldwide Muslim festival celebrating the end of the month-long
fasting period of the Holy Month of Ramadam by the Muslims.

Events in Philippines month of April

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Via
Crusis


Date: April 1 Location: Cebu City

A lenten activity where devotees from Cebu City and its neighboring
cities and towns do their penitential procession through cities
the Station of the Cross built on 12 hectares of rolling hills.
the life-size statues of the 14 Stations of the Cross have been
patterned after the Way of the Cross in Lourdes, France.

Pak'kaat
Kallo


Date: Holy Week Location: Magpet, Cotabato

An annual feast of the Manobo tribal community of Magpet in celebration
of a bountiful harvest.

Moriones
Festival


Date: Holy Week Location: Boac, Magpoc, Marinduque

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.

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