In the Philippines, one will never run out of fiestas to experience the richness of religious, cultural and culinary celebrations all year round.
This week, from Cagayan, to Baguio, to Nueva Vizcaya, to Bulacan, to Valenzuela, to Rizal, to Laguna, to Quezon, to Camarines Norte, to Albay, to Butuan, to Misamis Oriental, and elsewhere, anybody and everybody has countless of choices to go to or to be at, and be one with the cities and provinces in commemorating their respective festivals.
Go there. Be there. See you.
Below is a short list of some of these events and activities that give life to “It’s More Fun In The Philippines!”
Albay | May 14
The Provincial Government of Albay has declared May 14 as “Albay Day” starting May 14, 2004 and every year after. The celebration which falls in May during the annual month-long Magayon Festival
ARANA’T BALWARTE SA GUMACA (SAN ISIDRO FESTIVAL)
Gumaca, Quezon | May 14-15
Huge arches placed on strategic locations are lavishly decorated with the most colorful farm produce, local delicacies, horticultural products and palm fronds which are offerings of the local townsfolk to San Isidro, patron saint of farmers, for their bountiful harvest, good fortune and prosperity. The decors are mounted on frames that are playfully lowered and raised to the delight of guests, children and local townsfolk who joyfully reach out and compete with each other to share the goodies.
FEAST OF SAN ISIDRO LABRADOR/CARABAO FESTIVAL
Angono, Rizal | May 14-15
Farmers pay tribute to their patron saint, San Isidro Labrador with a colorful and joyous procession of carabao carts carrying a myriad of local products. Prizes are awarded to the strongest and most beautifully decorated carabao. Likewise, a carabao paper mache contest is being held and included in the parade.
FIESTA BICOLANDIA CRUISE “PEÑAFRANCIA PILGRIMAGE”
Cebu City | May 14-18
Bringing the best of the Bicol region showcasing its products, festivals, arts and crafts, among others highlighted by the procession of Our Lady of Peñafrancia joined by the Bicol Association of Cebu and Marianne devotees.
MAKALAWAN “PINYA” FESTIVAL
Calauan, Laguna | May 10-15
Promotes the juicy and sweetest pineapple or “pinya” as main agricultural product of the town of Calauan.
MANO PO SAN ROQUE FESTIVAL
Valenzuela City | May 12
Street dancing and procession along the city’s major thoroughfares in commemoration of the feast of San Roque, highlighting the customs and traditional celebration of the festival.
Lucban, Quezon | May 14-15
One of the country’s biggest, and most colorful harvest festival every May 15th, along with the harvest festivals of the towns of Tayabas, Sariaya, Gumaca and Tiaong. These are the Philippines best known harvest festivals to honor San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers. Known as the “Pahiyas”, the festival is deeply rooted in the traditional celebration of the townsfolk in thanksgiving for bounty harvest. Decorations called “Kiping”, leaf-shaped and multi-colored rice paste wafers which are used to decorate the facades of the homes along with fruits and flowers from nature. The visual and culinary feast has gained national and international recognition.
Capalonga, Cam. Norte | May 11-13
Highlighted by a street dancing and agro-industrial fair which expresses local folk’s gratitude for their town’s name etymology and signifies the abundant presence of rooster available in the locality. Held also in celebration of their Black Nazarene’s Feast Day on May 13.
Butuan City | May 11-30
It is an agro-industrial show that featured species of plants and flowers in a display of unique landscapes.
PULILAN CARABAO FESTIVAL
Pulilan, Bulacan | May 14-15
Hundreds of work animals, mostly carabaos, are led on a parade in the streets of the town every 14th and 15th of May to honor its patron saint, San Isidro Labrador. The carabaos decorated with garland and shaved for the occasion, genuflect or kneel in front of the church. Witness the colorful Carabao Festival and religious activities of the town. The celebration is manifested by hanging all sorts of fruits, candies, food crops and multi-colored kipings on bamboo poles. The affair is highlighted by kneeling of carabaos in front of the church and the symbolic floats.
SANTA CRUZAN IN BAGUIO
Baguio City | May 13-14
A fashion show featuring beauties and designers from North Philippines
Sta. Praxedes, Cagayan | May 14
The town fiesta highlights the production of Sarakat products made of sarakat leaves grown locally to produce hats, mats, bags in an agro-industrial trade fair with street dancing and other events.
TOWN FIESTA (SAN ISIDRO LABRADOR)
Medina, Misamis Oriental | May 14-15
Festivities featuring celebration with parades and cultural trade fair.
VILLAVERDE TOWN FIESTA
Villaverde, Nueva Vizcaya | May 12-14
Festivities features the typical celebration of the town fiesta with baratillos, parade, playground demonstration and people’s night.