Traveling in time for local festivals is a surefire way to get your mood up and in high spirits. If you’re tired of the usual trip, one of the best ways to spice up your travel is to participate in the many local festivities in the Philippines. Here are some of the most-anticipated events in the country which draws in both locals and tourists from all over the world.
1. Ati-Atihan Festival (Aklan)
The Ati-Atihan Festival is celebrated in Kalibo, Aklan every January in honor of Sto. Niño. It is a lively and colorful event where the locals dress up as century-old warriors, paint their skin black and dance on the streets of Aklan. The event pays tribute to the Aetas which are the early settlers in the island.
The two-week celebration represents the relationship of the Aetas and Malays when they first settled in the island. Ati-Atihan is also referred to as the mother of festivals in the Philippines.
2. Sinulog Festival (Cebu)
Sinulog Festival is also held every January in Cebu in honor of Sto. Niño. Locals and tourists are drawn to this colorful and vibrant celebration where people dress up in colorful costumes while dancing on the streets. The event lasts for nine days and ends with a parade. A procession is held before the parade where the statue of Sto. Niño is carried around the city.
3. Panagbenga Festival (Baguio)
The Panagbenga Festival or also known as the flower festival is held every February in the city of Baguio. It is one of the most highly-anticipated events in the country. This event was initially conceived to attract tourists and now has become an integral part of the culture of Baguio.
Baguio city is considered as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. This two-week festival has turned into a month-long festivity where a parade of beautiful and colorful floats with flower decorations are displayed across the city. It is accompanied by street dancing and bands. At the same time, the festival reflects the traditions and culture of Baguio city.
4. Pahiyas Festival (Quezon)
The Pahiyas Festival happens every May and is one of the most colorful celebrations in the country. The festival was created as a way of giving gratitude to the bountiful harvest while honoring San Isidro de Labrador, the patron saint of farmers. The people from Lucban, Quezon decorate their houses and floats with colorful rice, fruits, and vegetables making the entire town lively and colorful.