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 Tarlac, to Zambales, to Cavite, to Manila, to Mandaluyong, to Batangas, to Camarines Sur, to Sorsogon, to Cebu, to Bohol, to Tacloban, to Davao del Sur, to Sarangani, 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!”
Maitum, Sarangani Province | May 27
“Binuyugan” comes from the Ilocano word “buyog” which could be understood as “accompanied by or coupled with.” This is clearly presented through street dancing competition which presents a diverse interpretation depending on the cultural background of participating barangay. Agro Trade Fair is another principal attraction held inside the Maitum Forest Park showcasing local products.
FLORES DE MAYO (Mandaluyong)
San Felipe Neri Church, Brgy. Poblacion, Mandaluyong City | May 29
Mary, the Mother of Christ, is the Patroness of the City of Mandaluyong. The city folks pay tribute to her by way of a procession called Flores de Mayo, a culmination of a month-long floral ceremony that displays lovely maidens of the city in fabulous gowns and under arches of summer blooms. Today, the festival has become a fashion event where movie stars and beauty queens act as “Sagalas”.
GRAND STA. CRUZAN (Botolan, Zambales)
Botolan, Zambales | May 29 (Last Saturday)
A culminating procession participated in by local townfolks children and adults from different barangays elegantly dressed following the traditional practice of Santa Cruzan.
GRAND STA. CRUZAN (Tacloban City)
Tacloban City | May 30
Search for the Cross by the Saintly Queen Helena. Parade of sagalas and parol (lanterns). An inter-barangay competition in Tacloban is also practiced.
Pili, Camarines Sur | May 24-31
A week-long celebration of the of the foundation anniversary of the Province of Camarines Sur. The festival features numerous activities such as cultural expositions, sports events, beauty pageant, procession and Grand Parade.
GARCIA-HERNANDEZ, BOHOL | May 27
Sinugboan is a term closely related to the Cebuano word ‘sugbo’ meaning to wallow. The festival highlights the town’s annual commemoration of her foundation day. Activities include agro-industrial fair, recognition program for achievers, various games and a street dancing competition where the storyline focuses on the creation and establishment of Garcia-Hernandez.
Bulan, Sorsogon | May 30
A festival showcsing colorful costumes fashioned from the abaca fiber. It is highlighted by a grand street presentation wherein the participants are clad in colorful costumes using the abaca fibers.
Bogo City, Cebu | May 27
‘Kuyayang’ is a courtship dance of the Bogohanons that is staged before the community during fiestas. This street mardi gras as a cultural tourism festival of Bogo manifests the cultural heritage of the town and serves as an avenue for cultural conservancy of the city.
PROVINCE OF TARLAC FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY
Tarlac City | May 28
A one-week affair which celebrate the founding anniversary of the Province of Tarlac, coincide with the National Flag Day which is May 28. The celebration starts with the flag raising ceremonies, celebration of mass, then followed by the opening of the agri-trade fair, and other activities like Palaro ng Lahi, Pistang Bulilit, Senior Citizens’ Night, Pageant Night, variety show, battle of the bands and fireworks display.
Imus, Cavite | May 28
It is a celebration commemorating the bravery and patriotism of the revolutionaries who won in the Battle of Alapan in Imus, Cavite a hundred and twelve years ago. The event derived its title “Wagayway” from the fact that the first Philippine flag which was sewn by Marcela Agoncillo in Hongkong was furled on May 28, 1898 in Imus following a victory by local revolutionaries against the Spanish forces.
LILOAN, CEBU | May 29
The town of Liloan has always been associated with one of Cebu’s primary delicacies – the Rosquillos. The festival traces the product’s history – from its humble beginnings in 1907 until it was named “rosquillos” (after the Spanish word, rosca) by Pres. Sergio Osmeña to what it is today.
Malalag | May 28
Sagawak is a great volume and forceful flow of water that the Lumads believe to cast away the evil spells. The spells are buried at the bottom of the deepest sea and eventually brings harmony, unity and progress amongst the people. This is an annual festival which entails the rich culture, unique customs and worthy traditions of the Tagacaolos of Malalag.
SANTACRUZAN SA INTRAMUROS
Intramuros, Manila | May 29
Department of Tourism together with Intramuros Administration will bring back the glamour of the 1900s Manila Carnival Queen in this year’s Santacruzan sa Intramuros.
Alitagtag, Batangas | May 31
Tapusan honors the Holy Cross on the last day of May. Floral offerings are laid at the foot of the cross during the afternoon ceremonies in the town church. The observance peaks on the 31st of May with a colorful procession during which the cross is mounted on a gaily decorated float, together with other floats swathed with lights, silken fabrics and freshly cut blooms to honor the various Marian images.