Festivals in the Philippines
1. BULAKLAKAN FESTIVAL
January 01 / Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila (45 minutes from Manila) Annual procession, parade of flowers and costumes.
2. COCONUT FESTIVAL
January 11-15 / San Pablo City, Laguna (2 hours from Manila by land) A grand mardi-gras celebration which pays homage to Laguna Province's most ubiquitous crop.
3. CARACOL FESTIVAL
January 19 / Glorietta 4 Park, Makati City, Metro Manila (30 minutes from Manila ) "Caracol" is Spanish for "snail" and Makati City invites revelers and party goers to come out of their shells for the city's annual festival, a colorful and exciting parade complete with parties and merrymaking.
4. KITE FESTIVAL
February 02 /Mariano Perdices Memorial Coliseum, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental (1 hour 15 minutes from Manila by air)
An annual national kite flying competition initiated by the Rotary Club of Dumaguete East.
5. CHINESE FOOD FESTIVAL
February 03-05 / Glorietta, Makati City, Metro Manila (30 minutes from Manila) Celebration of the Chinese New Year in cooperation with Ayala Center and all Makati-based hotels.
6. FISTAHAN 2003
2nd week of February / Davao City (1 hour 45 minutes from Manila by air) A culinary festival that features Davao's grilled tuna specialties such as "panga and buntot".
7. TINAGBA FESTIVAL
February 11 / Iriga City, Camarines Sur (40 minutes from Manila to Naga City by air; 1 hour from Naga City to Iriga City by land) A lively, folksy procession wherein carabao carts are brought out and decorated with all kinds of fruits and vegetables. An Iriganon way of giving thanks for a bountiful season. 8. SUMAN FESTIVAL
February 17-19 / Baler, Aurora (3 hours from Manila by land) A parade of uniquely designed floats. Main streets and homes are decked with suman, a native delicacy.
9. ITIK-ITIK FESTIVAL
February 23 / Pasig City, Metro Manila (20 minutes from Manila) Features the "itik" or native duck. The celebration includes street dancing, duck cooking contest, outrigger boat race, fluvial procession.
10. PANAGBENGA - BAGUIO FLOWER FESTIVAL
February 23-March 03 / Baguio City (50 minutes from Manila by air) Biggest Baguio festival of Cordillera flowers on parade, with garden shows, exhibits,lectures and competitions.
11. INTERNATIONAL BAMBOO FESTIVAL
February / Las Piñas City, Metro Manila (45 minutes from Manila ) Highlights include exhibits at St. Joseph's Parish, an international bamboo musical competition and trade fair on bamboo crafts.
12. BANGKERO FESTIVAL
March 05-09 / Pagsanjan, Laguna (2 hours from Manila by land) Boat parade in Pagsanjan River.
13. BANANA FESTIVAL
March 18-19 / Baco, Mindoro Oriental (2 hours 30 minutes from Manila to Batangas City by land; 2 hours from Batangas City to Calapan/Baco by ferryland) A celebration of abundance of banana, other activities include banana cook fest, banana inspired street dancing competition and beauty pageant.
14. ALIMANGO FESTIVAL
March 22 / Lala, Lanao del Norte (1 hour 30 minutes from Manila to Cagayan de Oro City by air; 4 hours 15 minutes from Cagayan de Oro City to Iligan/Lala by land) A festival to celebrate "Araw ng Lala" featuring displays of different sizes of alimango (crab). Also features native costumes, dances and contests depicting and promoting local culture and tradition and fluvial parade passing through unspoiled mangroves.
15. KESONG PUTI FESTIVAL
April 01-07 / Sta. Cruz, Laguna (2 hours from Manila by land) Different activities lined up in this celebration that include trade fair, food festival, cultural shows, street dancing, painting contest, beauty pageant and with highlight on the kesong puti, made from carabao milk, fermented and wrapped in banana leaves.
16. BANANA FESTIVAL
April 01-05 / La Castellana, Negros Occidental (1 hour 10 minutes from Manila to Bacolod City by air; 1 hour 40 minutes from Bacolod City to La Castellana by land) An...
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