December Festivals In The Philippines

December Festivals In The Philippines – There are festivals going on anywhere in the Philippines as every city and barrio hold at least one each year. It is common to honor the local Roman Catholic patron saint and pay homage to the barrio's name sake for good health and harvest. It is a mixture of both pagan and Catholic beliefs. These fiestas are marked by feasting and celebration of holy mass, dance, music, and song.

December Festivals In The Philippines

1. Luglugan – Pancit Malabon Festival

Luglugan Pancit Malabon Festival held on the 10th of December, considered as one of its kind culinary festival in Metro Manila. The main feature of the event other than street dancing, and marching band exhibition is the presentation of the Giant Bilaos of Pancit Malabon.
 
Luglugan - Pancit Malabon Festival

Date of Range: 1 Dec to 10 Dec
Location: Malabon City
Commemoration and Main attractions: a culinary festival in Metro Manila.

2. Rimat ti Amianan

An abundance of the North on display. Shimmering artistry, creativity & ingenuity of Ilocanos & Pangasinense displayed in products and crafts. Shimmering colors of culture & life spelled out in traditional songs and dances. The glowing charm of man-made markers completion the inviting beauty of nature flaunted in landscaping exhibits.

Date of Range: 1 Dec to 18 Dec
Location: San Fernando City, La Union
Commemoration and Main attractions: inviting beauty of nature flaunted in landscaping exhibits

3. Kamundagan Festival

A month-long festivity of the town’s charter anniversary and the Birth of Christ highlighted by events such as “Kiri-Kiti”, pastoral beauty show, agro-industrial fair, civic parade, and cultural shows.

Kamundagan Festival

Date of Range: 1 Dec to 31 Dec
Location: Naga City, Camarines Sur
Commemoration and Main attractions: town’s charter anniversary and the Birth of Christ

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4. Sinukwan Festival

The Sinukwan Festival recalls the Kapampangan vigor with a week-long calendar of cultural revivals capped by a grand street-dance ceremony in the streets of San Fernando, with towns outdoing each other to the tune of “Atin Cu Pung Singsing.” Organized yearly by the Save Pampanga Movement, the festival dignifies Aring Sinukwan, god of the ancient Kapampangans. Presenting the cultural diversity of Pampanga and the week-long Pampanga Foundation Day Festivities, the annual festivity of Sinukwan Festival is celebrated from November 29 to December 6. The event relives the spirit of the Kapampangan in honor of Aring Sinukwan, the god of elderly Kapampangans, as various events for the festival are lined up. Activities include natural photo contest, cultural pageants, public fairs of food and crafts, cultural shows, and street dancing competition.

Sinukwan Festival

Date of Range: 1 Dec to 7 Dec
Location: San Fernando City
Commemoration and Main attractions: in honor of Aring Sinukwan, the god of ancient Kapampangans

5. Hugyawan Dalansayaw

Hugyawan means pleasure and is the main thought of the celebration and presentation of the street dancing contingents, whose members come from all parts of the province. The essential goal of hugyawan is to showcase the unique way of life of the citizens of Negros Oriental, and at the same time, capture the customary response of the Negrenses towards Nature, Fotune, and God has skiled him with, thanksgiving through celebration, merrymaking, and revelry.

Hugyawan Dalansayaw

Date of Range: 1 Dec to 7 Dec
Location: Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
Commemoration and Main attractions: merrymaking and is the main concept of the celebration and presentation

6. Pasigahan sa Balingasag

Pasigahan sa Balingasag celebrates Christmas decoration contest usually participated by different barangay and zones, fully decorated and lighted streets as its major interest for the month of December and early part of January.

Pasigahan sa Balingasag

Date of Range: 1 Dec to 7 Jan
Location: Balingasag, Misamis Oriental
Commemoration and Main attractions: fully decorated and lighted streets

7. Galicayo Festival

In honor of the miraculous specter of the Virgin Mary in the 1500’s to the town called Manaoag or ‘to call’, the province of Pangasinan yearly celebrates Galicayo Festival. The apparition led the Dominican priests to build a church and name it after Our Lady of Manaoag , their patron saint – widely known all over the Philippines to grant petitions. The province-wide celebration and religious feasts are well received by Marian devotees all over the world. This event is celebrated yearly, from December 1 to 9, making the town of Manaoag as the religious hub in the province of Pangasinan.

Galicayo Festival

Date of Range: 1 Dec to 9 Dec
Location: Manaoag, Pangasinan
Commemoration and Main attractions: In honor of the miraculous apparition of the Virgin Mary

8. Kabakahan Festival


An association of Garcianos to promote tourism through Livestock Auction Market, which is said be the largest in Asia. The festival consists of Rodeo ala Garciano such as “cattle down large cattle”, karambola, rope slicing and bull whipping; carrera de paso, airgun shooting tournament, powerful voices and greatness singing contest, street dancing and court dancing tournament and animal decoration.

Kabakahan Festival

Date of Range: 1 Dec
Location: Padre Garcia, Batangas
Commemoration and Main attractions: promote tourism through Livestock Auction Market

9. Kalamay Festival


Kalamay festival is celebrated as a sign of thanksgiving for abundant sugar produced/ harvested all year round. kalamay is a snack made out from coconut milk, glutinous rice and lots of sugar (to make it tastier) This snack is abundant in the province as well, it is often served as a dessert. This festival consists of many different activities like dance drama, trade events, etc.

Kalamay Festival

Date of Range: 2 Dec
Location: San Enrique, Iloilo
Commemoration and Main attractions: thanksgiving for abundant sugar produced

10. Yugyugan Festival


The festival highlights the history and culture of Pagsanjan through music and dance performed by students in Pagsanjan in street dancing seven nightly programs.

Yugyugan Festival

Date of Range: 3 Dec to 12 Dec
Location: Pagsanjan, Laguna
Commemoration and Main attractions: features the history and culture of Pagsanja

11. Sinadya sa Halara Festival

It means to delight in sharing and gratitude in the local dialect. Previously celebrated as two separate events, the Sinadya and the Halaran now yield center stage on the first weekend of December. There’s a lot to share and be thankful for, say the Roxas city group, and its all in this special occasion- there’s a “Diana” fireworks display, a sumptious foodfest and a grand dance festival.

Sinadya sa Halara Festival

Date of Range: 3 Dec to 8 Dec
Location: Roxas City, Capiz
Commemoration and Main attractions: thanksgiving festival

12. Paskuhan sa Maraykit

A historic celebration of yuletide season at Maraykit, San Juan, Batangas. The celebration includes Juego de Anillo, Lantern Making Competition, Search for Ultimate Decorated House and Gift Giving to indigent families.

Paskuhan sa Maraykit

Date of Range: 1st Saturday of December
Location: San Juan, Batangas
Commemoration and Main attractions: celebration of yuletide season at Maraykit

13. Christmas Symbols Festival

Tangub City’s photograph is again formed up for the Christmas season. Newly installed posts on the main street leading to the city hall and over the children’s park bear lanterns which are no longer made of indigenous materials. A row of arches with Christmas inspired interlace now stand at the city plaza giving one the feeling that he walks under a magnificent passageway.The month-long Christmas marks festival started out of a person’s desire to comfort a homesick beloved. He put up a luminous Christmas tree at the city plaza which light also drew scores of Tangubanons to the area just to pass the time away. In an instance, parents came with babies in their arms or going after toddlers, or grandpas and grandmas carrying picnic baskets. It was a marvelous time for the whole family. The Christmas festival became incorporated in the Ten Year Improvement Plan and thus systematized. Offices both local and national were clustered to put up Christmas symbols, highway and innermost barangays decided to put up decorative arches, and highland barangays signified their presence by putting up parols at St. Michael’s parish plaza.

 

Christmas Symbols Festival

Date of Range: 6 Dec
Location: Tangub City
Commemoration and Main attractions: different indigenous of Christmas symbols;

14. Pag-alad Festival

The San Fernandohanons affirm as they commemorate the transfer of the seat of town from Punta Kawit to Pag-alad. Punta Kawit, or recognized as Barangay Azagra used to be the old town of San Fernando before it was transferred to Barangay Pag-alad, which is the present Poblacion until this time. Punta Kawit which occupies most of the land amongst the rest of the Baranggays in San Fernando had been provoked because of lack or scarcity of water supply.According to the old tribes of San Fernando, Spaniards arrived in Sibuyan Island early in 1800’s and made Punta Kawit as the first municipality. Nonetheless, during the dry season, water supply became scarce so they needed to find a place to dwell in with a bountiful water supply and they find it is Sitio Pag-alad. It has been a proud for Punta Kawit people that they have been a factor of the town of San Fernando’s history and until now, it still holds the largest part of the land compared to other Barangays yet, the scarcity of water prevailed a big challenge for each family dwelling on it.

Pag-alad Festival

Date of Range: 7 Dec to 8 Dec
Location: San Fernando, Romblon
Commemoration and Main attractions:commemorate the transfer of the seat of town from Punta Kawit to Pag-alad

15. Fluvial Procession at Taal

Fluvial Procession at Taal is a two-day festivity of Taal town fiesta. Taal residents convene themselves at the riverbank where several bancas are secured. The image of Our Lady of Caysasay is lifted by the devotees in a fluvial procession at the Pansipit River and over the streets of Taal and certainly brought to Basilica of Taal. On the next day, the image of Our Lady of Caysasay along with the patron saint of Basilica, St. Martin de Tour, joins the evening long procession. During the procession, selected girls dressed in white, stop at the street corner and hail the Virgin by interpreting Luwa or praises to the Virgin Mary till it reaches again the Basilica, which is welcome by the lights of fireworks and the playing of bands.

Fluvial Procession at Taal

Date of Range: 8 Dec to 9 Dec
Location: Taal, Batangas
Commemoration and Main attractions: in honor of Our Lady of Caysasay

16. Tag-anitohan

The town of Tudela in Camotes Island, Cebu celebrates Tag-Anito Festival every December 8-9 of the year to commemorate the colorful culture and history including its separation from Poro Island in 1911.
Tag-Anito is the worshipping ritual of early pioneers to spirits that protected them from harm and gave bountiful harvest or hunting expedition. This annual celebration showcases the unique ritual traditions of their ancestors through street dancing competition. During this event, reenactment of the tribes’ traditions is performed with unique choreography. The highlight of this festival is a dance perception of town’s rescue from Moro invaders by a local hero known as Mandayang. According to town’s folklore, Mandayang used talisman to mobilize the help of spirits or anitos to defeat the enemies.
The festival becomes one of the most-anticipated events in Cebu which gives the opportunity for visiting tourists to enjoy this paradise isle of Cebu. Tudela is known for tourist sites which include white beaches and caves.

 

Tag-anitohan

Date of Range: 8 Dec to 9 Dec
Location: Tudela, Cebu (Camotes Island)
Commemoration and Main attractions: worshipping ritual of early settlers to spirits

17. Rehiyon-Rehiyon

A unique festival that highlights the different migrant groups who chose to settle in the town of Marikina City is celebrated every December 8 of the year. It aims to give tribute to clans who came from different regions of the country and contribute to the continuing progress of the Shoe City.
Rehiyon- Rehiyon Festival is a happy feast with different events prepared by the city government to bring merriment and delight to the residents of Marikina. It also celebrates the cityhood anniversary of Marikina. Various activities are prepared to make it better year after year. Some of the traditional events are the colorful street dancing presentation, cultural show, parade of ethnic costumes representing the regions where they come from and much more. Rehiyon-Rehiyon Festival is indeed a reflection of unity and oneness of belief.

Rehiyon-Rehiyon

Date of Range: 8 Dec
Location: Marikina City
Commemoration and Main attractions: reviving the tie that binds the clans.

18. Immaculate Conception Day

Catholics in Cotabato City commends the Immaculate Concepcion Day with a generous helping of pomp, pageantry, and prayer. A dignified civic-military parade highlights the festivities, complemented by cultural shows, sports competitions, and of course, lots of religious activities.

Immaculate Conception Day

Date of Range: 8 Dec
Location: Cotabato City
Commemoration and Main attractions: in honor of Immaculate Concepcion

19. Feast of Immaculate Conception (Burunyugan)

A grand festivity of the city’s patroness displayed by a fluvial parade or Caracol along Puerto Princesa Bay. Burunyugan and nightly cultural displays of the different barangay and civic organizations of Puerto Princesa City are being held.

Feast of Immaculate Conception (Burunyugan)

Date of Range: 8 Dec
Location: Puerto Princesa City
Commemoration and Main attractions: celebration of the city’s patroness

20. San Teodoro Day and Immaculate Conception Feast

San Teodoro Day and Immaculate Conception Feast celebrates Tayakad dancing event: Stilts masters systematically march and sway with the music to the relish of the audience; a funny and very entertaining event to see.

 

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Date of Range: 8 Dec
Location: San Teodoro, Oriental Mindoro
Commemoration and Main attractions: masters systematically march and sway

21. Coco Festival

Coconut Festival is a week-long feast in San Pablo, Laguna, the Philippines, in honor of their patron Saint Paul the Hermit. It is adhered every first to second week of January. It is a celebration started in 1996. The festival includes Street dancing, float parade, street concerts, nightly happenings before the city fiesta and some other important events like the yearly “Mutya at Lakan ng San Pablo”.

Coco Festival

Date of Range: 8 Dec
Location: San Teodoro, Oriental Mindoro
Commemoration and Main attractions: in honor of their patron Saint Paul the Hermit

22. Adyawan Festival

This festival is celebrated coinciding with the Feast of Immaculate Conception. The activity displays the many uses of coconut – from its leaves, trunks, down to its root. Adyawan is one variety of this “tree of life” that is common among the Iraya-Mangyans of San Teodoro. The festival further highlights the culture and tradition of this indigenous group.

 

Adyawan Festival

 

 

Date of Range: 8 Dec
Location: San Teodoro, Oriental Mindoro
Commemoration and Main attractions: highlights the culture and tradition of this indigenous group.

23. Bonggahan sa Valencia

A Christmas lights and booths competition participated by various barangays and private sectors in the city.

Bonggahan sa Valencia

Date of Range: 10 Dec
Location: Valencia City, Bukidnon
Commemoration and Main attractions: Display of giant lighted figure in the plaza.

24. Pampanga Day

The official date when Pampanga was founded as the first province of Luzon was on December 11, 1571. Kapampangan is considered as the 6th largest ethnolinguistic group in the Philippines and known as the culinary capital of the country.On December 11, 1982, the late President Marcos has declared this date as Pampanga Day (Aldo ning Kapampangan) which was signed through Proclamation no. 2226. Since then, the towns in Pampanga were celebrating and participating in the event.
Every city and municipality are requested to join activities to promote unity and solidarity of the region. Commonly, various festivals are being showcased by the different municipalities of Pampanga to promote the unique and rich culture of the region.

Pampanga Day

Date of Range: 11 Dec
Location: San Fernando, Pampanga
Commemoration and Main attractions: culinary capital of the country

25. Kasadyaan Festival (Mardi Gras)

Kasadyaan Festival was proposed by Foundation University to add color to the local community's Christmas season. The fifty-year-old culture is the longest established festival in Negros Oriental. The celebration of merriment includes filed presentation, beauty pageants, frolics and climax in Kasadyaan mardi gras.

Kasadyaan Festival

Date of Range: 12 Dec to 14 Dec
Location: Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
Commemoration and Main attractions: celebration of merriment

26. Parayan Festival

The Parayan Festival of Pototan, Iloilo is a grand celebration of the Earth and one of its primary products – rice. Pototan as the Rice Granary of Western Visayas, considers the Paray Festival as its supreme gesture of thanksgiving for what Mother Earth has commited upon its fertile soils. Highlighting the importance of how rice feeds about half of the world's community, this harvest festival also praises the hardworking rice farmers as one of our economy's unsung heroes.
Rice has always been an integral part of the food ways, economies, and cultures of many Asian societies. For Pototanons, rice is viewed not only as a source of food but more importantly, as a symbol of life. Thus, the Parayan Festival centers on the concept that rice is the grain of life. With this precept, the celebration aims to represent the colorful Pototan way of life and the town's dedication to a prosperous harvest.
The Parayan Festival features events such as the Thanksgiving Mass, the Marathon Race, the Grand Parade and Street Dancing, Agro-Tourism Fair and Technology Transfer Workshop and the Search for Parayan King and Queen pageant. All these activities are meant to bring the townspeople and its visitors in a state of merriment and community spirit.

Parayan Festival

Date of Range: 12 Dec
Location: Pototan, Iloilo
Commemoration and Main attractions: Agro-industrial fair

27. Festival of Lights & Music

Displayed in this festival are lighted trees in the park and private and public establishments. This also features various churches and school carolers in the nightly Christmas Extravaganza and Concert in the Park.

Festival of Lights & Music

Date of Range: 12 Dec
Location: La Carlota City
Commemoration and Main attractions: Christmas Extravaganza and Concert in the ParReferences: tourism.gov.ph

28. Pastores Bicol


Pastores is a Spanish term for shepherds. It is an annual event reenacting the rejoicing of shepherds who sang the very first Christmas song on the birth of Infant Jesus. Excitement escalates as performers reenact the plight of Joseph and Mary.
The event is full of singing and dancing to the tune of Pastores a Belen, a song composed by our national hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal. Participants of the event are clad in colorful costumes and serenade the audience with delightful yuletide carols bringing a wonderful feeling during the Christmas season. The provincial government aims to make the province of Albay a premiere destination for local and foreign tourist by making it Bicol’s Christmas capital.

Pastores Bicol

Date of Range: 12 Dec
Location: Legazpi City
Commemoration and Main attractions: reenact the plight of Joseph and Mary

29. Lambayok Festival

Lambayok festival is yearly held every December. The word “lambayok” is an acronym that means lambanog, palayok and karagatan. These three refers to the major economic sources of San Juan. The lambanog is a native Filipino wine exorted from the coconut that harvests 80 to 90% alcohol content, and the palayok is the local product similar to a pot. Furthermore, karagatan in addition means sea, since the town is gifted with a beautiful coastline and beaches for tourism.

Lambayok Festival

Date of Range: 12 Dec
Location: San Juan, Batangas
Commemoration and Main attractions: street dancing competition, street parade, Agri – tourism fair; and showcasing of the town’s local products.

30. Bod-bod Festival


The festival gives significance to this native delicacy made of glutinous rice, coconut milk, sugar, and salt. It features the Biggest Bod-bod that would measure as much as eighty kilos and requires ten persons to prepare the delicacy and the Smallest Bod-bod that would come prepared inside a matchbox.

Bod-bod Festival

Date of Range: 14 Dec to 16 Dec
Location: Tanjay City, Negros Oriental
Commemoration and Main attractions: Biggest and smallest Bod-bod

31. San Fernando Giant Lantern Festival

Giant Lantern Festival is a yearly festivity revered in December, on a Saturday that precedes Christmas Eve in the fabulous city of San Fernando.

San Fernando Giant Lantern Festival

Date of Range: 14 Dec to 20 Dec or (month long)
Location: San Fernando, Pampanga
Commemoration and Main attractions: Christmas lanterns

32. Kanyong Kawayan Festival

Kanyong Kawayan Festival is a unique activity to confuse the use of dangerous pyrotechnics during the yuletide season. A citywide contest appears the firing of bamboo canons using empty milk cans as projectiles.

Kanyong Kawayan Festival

Date of Range: 14 Dec to 20 Dec
Location: Kidapawan City
Commemoration and Main attractions: firing of bamboo canons using empty milk cans as projectiles

33. Shariff Kabunsuan Festival

Shariff Kabunsuan Festival is a splashy festival celebrating the arrival of Shariff Kabunsuan via Rio Grande de Mindanao more than 500 years ago to announce Islam to the natives.
A celebration of Islam, the Shariff Kabunsuan Festival is a presentation of Muslim religion and culture.
Cotabato City's Sharif Kabunsuan Festival is very popular among foreign and regional tourists who visit their families and relatives during this holiday season.

Shariff Kabunsuan Festival
Shariff Kabunsuan Festival is a very symbolic event in Cotabato City and people look forward to various activities lined-up for the week long celebration. Events include cultural exhibitions, Alimango Festival, Culinary Arts Competition featuring Muslim delicacies, tradional musical battle, Kulintang Ensemble Battle, Philippine Legend Acrobatic Show, Inaul Fashion Show, and Photo Exhibit Contest. Water sports, boat racing, ethnic sports competition, traditional dances, and a week-long trade fair, add color to the Kabunsuan Festival.

Date of Range: 15 Dec to 19 Dec
Location: Cotabato City / Maguindanao
Commemoration and Main attractions: re-enactment of the arrival of Shariff Kabunsuan, Banca Race, Kuyog Showdown and Pagana sa Maguindanao

34. Pantatan Festival

The main desire of this festival is to promote the town of Zarraga as one of the major producers and trading center of pantat in Panay Island. In the midst of the festival activities are the following: Grand Parade & Street Dancing, Pantat Cooking Competition, Search for Lin-ay sang Zarraga and much more.

Pantatan Festival

Date of Range: 15 Dec to 19 Dec
Location: Zarraga, Iloilo
Commemoration and Main attractions: Pantat

35. Lantern Festival

Annual Lantern Festival and associated by 61 barangays in Bacolod City.

Lantern Festival

Date of Range: 15 Dec to 31 Dec
Location: Bacolod City
Commemoration and Main attractions: Lanterns

36. Misa de Gallo

Misa de Gallo is a Filipino solitude tradition that starts on the 16th of December and culminates in a midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Roman Catholics frequently attend the daily mass at three or four in the morning. Upon exiting the church, the hungry is attracted by the sight and smell of puto bumbong and bibingka (native delicacies made of sticky and glutinous rice sold nearby).

Misa de Gallo

Date of Range: 16 Dec to 24 Dec
Location: nationwide
Commemoration and Main attractions: Christmas eve celebration

37. Iwag Christmas Lights Festival

The Municipality of Pototan, Iloilo is known as the Christmas Capital of Western Visayas. Every year the Iwag Festival, which is the festival of lights, is celebrated starting December 16. During the celebration, the whole plaza of Pototan is full of extravagant dazzling lights and decorations; it is also draw attention to the cultural shows every night; food festivals and agri-industrial fair. People from different parts of Iloilo come in caravans while others commute from a 30-minute ride from the City of Iloilo.

Iwag Christmas Lights Festival

Date of Range: 16 Dec to 31 Dec
Location: Pototan, Iloilo
Commemoration and Main attractions: a fairyland of lights to usher in Christmas

38. Sorsogon Festival

The word Kasanggayahan is one of the provincial words that could mean anything, from kagandahan to kasiyahan, the word only conducts one thing; a positive and optimistic celebration of life in peaceful Sorsogon. It is celebrated every year to mark the detachment of Sorsogon from Albay more than a hundred years ago.
With a vision to rebrand the festival this year, the Kasanggayahan Festival committee assured to focus on an icon that is truly only from Sorsogon to be presented from this year on out. The committee has decided to take the historical and spiritual route by celebrating the 1st Mass in Luzon that developed when the Spanish first came to the Philippines. It is believed that Alonso Jimenes, an Augustinian solitary celebrated the first mass in Luzon in the province.

Sorsogon Festival
The festival highlights included the elaborate recreation of the 1st Mass in Luzon Island with the use of Higantes and a huge galleon, the Pantomina sa Tinampo where 11 dependents performed the dance of love and courtship along the major streets of the city, the Kasanggayahan Village where the local products were presented, and the Bida Ka Sorsogon Street Art along the Rompeolas. With hundreds of locals and tourists along the pavements may it rain or shine, the festival proved to be a success.

Date of Range: 16 Dec
Location: Sorsogon City
Commemoration and Main attractions: re-enactment of the 1st Mass in Luzon Island with the use of Higantes and a huge galleon

39. Palupok Bayong Festival

A restoration of an old tradition in celebrating the New Year by making loud sounds through bamboo cannons.

Palupok Bayong Festival

Date of Range: 18 Dec
Location: Santa Barbara, Iloilo
Commemoration and Main attractions: making loud sounds through bamboo cannons

40. Tultugan Festival

Tultugan Festival is revered every year one year before the town fiesta, highlights the street performance with the dancers dressed with costumes made with bamboo primarily. The performers dance in the rhythm and tune of instruments made from bamboo. There is an assured theme different each year which will also give ideas to the dance groups on the thoughts they will present during the festival. Basically, the festival is to celebrate the valuable bamboo and its uses as it contributes benefits to the town folks. There will also be a contest in designing carabao, parade of grilled pigs from various barangays, speedy weaving, bamboo pole race and Search for Miss Tultugan.

Tultugan Festival

Date of Range: 21 Dec to 27 Dec
Location: Maasin, Iloilo
Commemoration and Main attractions: Tultugan a word for the indigenous bamboo drum

41. Araw ng Montalban/Pamitinan Festival

From the word Monte Alba describing its white mountains, Montalban (presently known as Rodriguez) celebrates its annual founding anniversary every december 21. The highlight of the festive event is the Pamitinan Festival which pertains to the famous Pamitinan Cave of which the activity's goal is to raise awareness about the importance of its preservation due to the role it played for Philippine Independence. Fun activities such as street dancing are held to make the festival more exciting.

Pamitinan Festival

Date of Range: 21 Dec
Location: Rodriguez, Rizal
Commemoration and Main attractions: pertains to the famous Pamitinan Cave

42. Christmas Food Street Festival

Initiated by the Hotel , Resort and Restaurant Association of Cebu (HRRAC). For this year, the event features the Food Stands, Midnight Market, Big Screen Movies, Christmas Carols and Lantern Competition. Likewise, food and handicraft demonstration by certain personalities will be showcased for the public.

Christmas Food Street Festival

Date of Range: 22 Dec
Location: Cebu City
Commemoration and Main attractions: food and handicraft demonstration by certain personalities

43. Maytinis Festival

A well-loved Caviteno culture, the Maytinis is an emotional retelling of St. Joseph’s and Virgin Mary’ search in Bethlehem for a place to stay. They established not a room, of course, but a stable where Christ was eventually born. Much rejoicing bursts as the play ends, culminating in a vigorous parade down the street of Kawit. It is a uniquely Filipino translation of this ancient biblical episode.

Maytinis Festival

Date of Range: 24 Dec
Location: Kawit, Cavite
Commemoration and Main attractions: a dramatic retelling of St. Joseph’s and Virrgin Mary’ search in Bethlehem

44. Kanyon-kanyon Festival (Patunog-tunog Kanyon sa New Year)

Kanyon-kanyon Festival means a ressurection of an old culture. This is the citizen’s own way of celebrating the New Year by making loud sounds through bamboo “kanyons”.

Kanyon-kanyon Festival

Date of Range: 25 Dec to 31 Dec
Location: Santa Barbara, Iloilo
Commemoration and Main attractions: making loud sounds through bamboo “kanyons”.

45. Pasidungog

The annual culture of celebrating Pasidungog Kay Señor San Miguel Festival in San Miguel, Iloilo offers its people the opportunity to strengthen camaraderie and fellowship where they give thanks and share their blessings. They celebrate the feast with arts and crafts, food, drinks, and special programs. The festival is for the patron saint that was told to have come through and save the residents from the area from absolute death when they fell under siege from the rival villains. San Miguel is stationed 16 kilometers from the city, but people come from all over for the celebration. Schools in the sphere let out for this event, and it is very special in this area.

Pasidungog

Date of Range: 25 Dec to 31 Dec
Location: San Miguel, Iloilo
Commemoration and Main attractions: in honor of Senor San Miguel

46. Puto Festival

With the town of Calasiao in Pangasinan as one of the major producers of rice cake or puto in the country, it is only fitting that they make a celebration out of it – the so called ‘Puto Festival’. Held annually from the 26th to the 28th of December, this event showcases street dancing, cultural performances and puto design contests. Puto Calasiao is soaked, ground, fermented and steamed rice that is presented in various forms; topped with cheese or different syrups or simply paired in harmony with another all-time Pinoy dish, Dinuguan. Simply put, no mouth is unfilled when this festivity is held.

Puto Festival

Date of Range: 26 Dec to 28 Dec
Location: Calasiao, Pangasinan
Commemoration and Main attractions: major producers of rice cake or puto in the country

47. Handuraw Festival

The Handuraw festival, or “to reminisce,” is a weeklong dramatic cultural presentation in the Municipality of Leon that commemorates the relocation of Pueblo del Camando (old site of the municipality) to Sitio Capan (the present site of the municipality). The festivity includes food festivals, trade fairs that include a wide range of locally made merchandise and a showcase of local agricultural produce.

Handuraw Festival

Date of Range: 27 Dec to 31 Dec
Location: Dapitan City
Commemoration and Main attractions: to reminisce a weeklong dramatic cultural presentation in Municipality of Leon

48. Kaliugyon Festival

Libacao is a municipality in Aklan, the land where congenital communities are said to keep the province cultural tradition. Their festival, the Kaliugyon is a ceremony of New Year which exhibits the cultural identity of the Libacaonons. The festival is held every December 28 until January 1. Kali-ugyon is a combination of two words-kali and ugyon. Kali or kalye is a local word which adverts to the street. It was also clipped from “Kalipayan” which means merry-making. Ugyon on the other hand means unity or gathering of people together. Different barangays and clans join together to dance and make lively noises in the streets. There are also parades and competitions which challenge the creativity and unity of the Libacaonons.

Kaliugyon Festival

Date of Range: 28 Dec to 1 Jan
Location: Libacao, Aklan
Commemoration and Main attractions: celebration of New Year which exhibits the cultural identity of the Libacaonons.

49. Pawil Dagupan

Pawil Dagupan Festival represents the homecoming of Dagupeños living abroad or working abroad. Part of the City Fiesta celebration is granting honour and rewards to Dagupeños living abroad to celebrate the holiday season with their relatives and friends through colourful parade and dances. Experience the culture and the arts of the Dagupeños at this seven day celebration at Dagupan City, Pangasinan. Although celebrated for balikbayans, the event is very much open for everyone who just wants to join the celebration and the festivities.

Pawil Dagupan

Date of Range: 28 Dec to 31 Dec
Location: Dagupan City
Commemoration and Main attractions: bestowing honour and rewards to Dagupeños living abroad

50. Niños Inosentes Day (Yawa-yawa Festival)

It is participated by 2-3 barangays at which point, they dress in scary costumes and they go from house to house asking for Christmas gifts and goodies.

Niños Inosentes Day

Date of Range: 28 Dec
Location: Ibajay, Aklan
Commemoration and Main attractions: they dress in scary costumes and they go from house to house

51. Horse Festival


A herd of horses with bright tilburies parading in the streets of Plaridel in reverence to St. Apostle. It is held every 29th and 30th of December.

 

Horse Festival

 

 

 

Date of Range: 29 Dec to 30 Dec
Location: Plaridel, Bulacan
Commemoration and Main attractions: in reverence to St. Apostle

52. Rizal's Death Anniversary

The nation honors Rizal Day each year to “reflect on the sacrifice of Dr. Jose Rizal to free our country from the shackles of abuse and diversity,” President Aquino will lead today’s flag-raising ceremonies to solemnize the 119th Death ceremony of the National Hero at the Rizal Park in Manila. Dec. 30 marks the execution of Rizal by the Spanish founders at the 140-hectare park, also known as Luneta.

Rizal's Death Anniversary

Date of Range: 30 Dec
Location: Dapitan City
Commemoration and Main attractions: reflect on the sacrifice of Dr. Jose Rizal to free our country

53. Torotot Festival

The Davao City Torotot Festival is a feast celebrated in Davao City every New Year's Eve which involves the blowing party horns, or what are more generally known to Filipinos as torotots. It was first held during the city’s 2014 New Year’s eve celebration at the Freedom Park onward Roxas Avenue. The first celebration of the annual festival was also an endeavor of the city to break Japan's world record for the most number of people synchronously blowing party horns.

Torotot Festival

Date of Range: 31 Dec to 1 Jan
Location: Davao City
Commemoration and Main attractions: blowing party horns, or what are more commonly known to Filipinos as torotots.

54. Pakalog sa Pasig

Before 12 midnight strikes and before the ongoing year ends, the people of Barangay Santolan in Pasig City contribute and lay out a festival on the main street of the barangay and called it “Pakalog Festival” where every body partakes of it.
Revered every 31st of December in Barangay Santolan, Pasig City. Pakalog Festival is one way of welcoming the upcoming year at which point people from the barangay gathered on the streets and celebrate the new year with sharing foods, amusement party, and loud music. The parade was held in four-o-clock in the afternoon and all residents have seen Santolenos band followed by various groups of social people and the most awaited ‘lechon’ carried by people.

Pakalog sa Pasig

Date of Range: 31 Dec
Location: Pasig City
Commemoration and Main attractions: way of welcoming the upcoming year

55. Kaluskos Bamboo Arch Festival

Kaluskos Bamboo Arch is a very symbolic folk art formed by Cardona’s local artisans. This kind of folk art is traditionally used in various celebrations which consists of the town fiesta, yuletide season, weddings, anniversaries and birthdays among other symbolic events in the locality. The arch is made of bamboo, decorated and crafted by hand. Preparation of the materials for the arch produces stridulous sounds like the kissing of the snakes, cockling of chickens and marching horses, hence its name Kaluskos. As part of Cardona’s tradition and preservation of artistry, the town’s local governing passed a resolution creating the Kaluskos Bamboo Arch Festival.

Kaluskos Bamboo Arch Festival

Date of Range: December (month long)
Location: Cardona, Rizal
Commemoration and Main attractions: significant folk art produced by Cardona’s local artisans

56. Damili Festival

In San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte, residents are paying tribute to their ancient craft of terra-cotta pottery or damili through a month-long party of dances, exhibits, sports competitions and showcase of talents.
The Damili festival was regularized when the community saw the need to revive and secure its classical occupation of pottery that dates back to the turn of the 19th century.

Damili Festival

The town’s most abiding traditional product is the lowly banga or cooking pot which has become a figure of Ilocano heritage and a livelihood that sustained procreations of families of pot-makers.
Alfredo Valdez, San Nicolas Mayor, encouraged potters to expand their products to include brick-manufacturing.
He also empowered the town’s potters to yield bricks for a commercial complex in the town.

Date of Range: December 18
Location: San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte
Commemoration and Main attractions: Give thanks to its Patro(St Nicholas) and the art of Pottery

57. Sanghiyang Festival

The quiet little town of Alfonso in Cavite is situated just outside Tagaytay City, but in recent years its residents have started to embrace progress as evidenced by recent developments all over town. But despite the urbanization of Alfonso, its people never fail to look back at its roots by way of the annual Sanghiyang Festival. More than it being a fete, it is more of a ritual which serves as an offering for good health, peaceful life, and a bountiful harvest by way of lighting a bonfire and performance of dance rituals by the participants (i.e. fire-walking), asking for protection for another year in the people’s lives.

Sanghiyang Festival

Date of Range: December 5 to 12
Location: Alfonso, Cavite
Commemoration and Main attractions: a bountiful harvest by way of lighting a bonfire and performance of dance rituals

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