Philippine festivals
Five festivals this Philippine Independence month.

The “Fiesta Month” of May is over yet the celebration continues in different parts of the country. Fun-loving Filipinos manage to always find reasons to showcase its culture and traditions.

Fiestas and festivals in the Philippines are usually associated with religious traditions to deepen people’s faith.

Various other festivals are celebrated to pay tribute:

  • to agriculture, to drive up the local economy
  • to history, to pay homage to forebears
  • or to stop for a moment and be happy and thankful for blessings.

Good News Pilipinas lists some of the Philippine festivals both local and foreign tourists can enjoy.

1. PINYASAN: DAET PINEAPPLE FESTIVAL – Camarines Norte

The “Pinyasan” Pineapple Festival in Daet, Camarines Norte held every June 15 to 24 is a celebration dedicated to the farmers of sweet “Queen of Formosa” pineapple (Pinya in Filipino) variety that is produced only in the region.

The week-long celebration of “Pinyasan” as Daetenos call it features cultural shows, sports competition, food fair, street-dancing contest, and colorful floats highlighting the agricultural products of Daet.

READ MORE about 3 minor planets named after award-winning Camarines Sur students.

2. NALIYAGAN FESTIVAL – Agusan del Sur

Naliyagan Festival parade. Credits to Naligayan Festival Facebook.

Naliyagan, literally meaning “the chosen one,” is a weeklong festival in Agusan del Sur. It coincides with the province’s founding anniversary on June 17.

Naliyagan Festival is also a manifestation of the loyalty of the Manobo people to their tribal leader Datu Lipus Makapandong. Expect that this festival features Agusanon culture with indigenous people’s music and dance, native products, and sports.

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3. PARADA NG LECHON (PARADE OF ROAST PIGS) – Balayan, Batangas

Parada ng Lechon in Balayan, Batangas. Credits to Kapeng Barako at Isdang Tulingan Facebook

Filipino fiestas will not be complete without lechon. The “Parada ng Lechon” every 24th of June in Balayan, Batangas has made a tradition of a special celebration for the crisp and golden-brown roasted pigs – decorated them and paraded them on the streets around town.

The celebration is also the feast day of St. John The Baptist so expect people to throw water upon each other signifying the baptism of Jesus Christ by St. John. After the merry-making and parade, people can feast on lechon for free.

READ MORE about lechon and other Filipino dishes on Taste Atlas’ Top 100 Best Traditional Dishes In The World.

4. PIAT SAMBALI FESTIVAL – Piat, Cagayan

Piat Sambali Festival. Credits to Tuguegarao Facebook.

Sambali Festival of Piat, Cagayan celebrated is every June 25 to 30. The celebration commemorates the Christianization of Cagayan’s Itawes region. It highlights street dancing, cultural shows, and a beauty pageant.

The term Sambali refers to the war dance of indigenous peoples who were converted to Christianity. It is believed to have happened through the intercession of the Lady of Piat whose feast day is celebrated on July 1 and 2.

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5. PINTADOS-KASADYAHAN FESTIVAL – Tacloban

Credits to Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals 2019 Facebook

Held every June 29, Pintados-Kasadyahan is a cultural-religious festival of Tacloban for its patron saint Senor Santo Nino de Tacloban.

It started as Pintados Festival in the 80s inspired by the ancient tattooed warriors called “Pintados.” The Bisayan word Kasadyahan that means merriment was added in 1996.

READ MORE about the Pintados warriors of Leyte as one of the inspirations of Catriona Gray’s national costume.

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