The Philippines is a nation of festivals.
Each month, not too few celebrations are held in various parts of the country.
This April is known as the Harvest Month.
This Harvest Festival is a celebration of the food grown on the land. Thanksgiving ceremonies and festivities are conducted to give thanks for successful harvests.
Check out the events, dates, venues, and brief descriptions below.
(March 23, April 3, 11, 20, 29, May 6, 13, Pakil, Laguna)
This is a seven-day feast in honor of our lady of sorrow highlighted by a procession and a dance (to the beat of a turumba song).
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(March 25 to April 1 – Holy Week, Marinduque)
This is marked by the presence of men wearing masks (“moriones”) and garbed in what passes off for Roman centurion costumes to dramatize the story of Longinus, the blind centurion whose sight was restored by the blood that spurted from the side where Longinus speared Christ. This is during the Holy Week in Marinduque.
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(March 25 to April 1 – Holy Week, General Luna, Quezon)
It recounts the Passion play and is performed on the city’s streets.
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(April 14 to 16, Basilan)
Began in 1983 by former Mayor Wilfrido Furigay, the festival showcases the rich Yakan traditions. This is highlighted by a parade and a horse race.
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Kadaugan sa Mactan
(April 27, Cebu)
This is mainly the re-enactment of the Battle of Mactan along the islands’ beach.
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Come celebrate with us!
For more details, visit the website of the Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines.
Editor’s Note: Xander Sigua is the President of TEAM Philippines (Tourism Educators And Movers of the Philippines), an organization of individuals and groups committed to promote the tourism industry in the Philippines.