July Festivals of the Philippines – Most Philippines Festivals are religious in origin, but nowadays the religious component is usually secondary to the spirit of celebration. Philippines has dozens of festivals and most towns have their own in addition to the national ones. Filipino hospitality is legend and at no time is it more in evidence than at festival time.
Here are the following July Festivals of the Philippines:
1.Pagoda sa Wawa Festival
Pagoda sa Wawa Festival celebrates at Bocaue, Bulacan and held every first Sunday of July. They commemorate the discovery miraculous cross floating on the river of Bocaue. An imitation of the cross on which Jesus was crucified is the procession on a pagoda adorned with wonderful trimmings and guided by colorful banca. It was attended by Hundreds of people in the procession for a nine-day novena, during which they feast and rejoice the legendary rescue of the Holy Cross from the Bocaue River.
Date Range: July (1st Sunday)
Location: Bocaue, Bulacan
Commemoration and Main attractions: Krus ng Wawa or Cross of Bocaue
2. Sandugo Festival
The Sandugo Festival is an annual chronological celebration that takes place every year in Tagbilaran City on the island of Bohol in thePhilippines. This celebration commemorates the Treaty of Friendship between Datu Sikatuna, a chieftain in Bohol, and Spanish Miguel López de Legazpi. This 16th-century peace treaty occurred on March 16, 1565 through a blood or “sandugo”. It is held every July. The Tagbilaran City Charter Day on July 1 kick-off the month festival with a diana, holy mass, motorcade and program sponsored by the City Government of Tagbilaran. Among the main activities during the month are the Sandugo Street Dancing Competition and the Miss Bohol Sandugo Beauty Pageant.
Date Range: July (last week) or (month-long)
Location: Tagbilaran City, Bohol
Commemoration and Main attractions: celebrates the blood compact between local chieftain Datu Sikatuna and Captain General Miguel Lopez de Legazpi
3. Kahimoan Abayan
The feast honors St. Anne (Santa Ana), who is known to protect the residents along the Agusan River from man-eating crocodiles. The celebration includes a prayer for safe passage and prosperity. Further activities include a baroto race, fluvial procession, and parlor games in honor of the patroness.
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Date Range: July (last week)
Location: Butuan City
Commemoration and Main attractions: in honor of Santa Ana (Saint Anne)
4. Kalakal Festival
The Kalakal Festival is a week-long feeast showcasing what Santa Maria has to offer to the region: it being a first agricultural destination this side of the region. kalakal is the Tagalog word of trade. It is characterized mostly by local government unit-organized trade fairs and exhibits, which markets produce that is uniquely found in Santa Maria the variety of rice to fruits, and at the same time endorses economic development and growth.
Date Range: July (no definite date yet)
Location: Santa Maria, Laguna
Commemoration and Main attractions: showcasing Santa Maria the variety of rice to fruits
5. Sublian sa Batangas
The Sublian festival, a two week long festivity which culminates every year on the 23rd of July, is rooted in the Batangueños dedication to the town’s patron, the Holy Cross in Bauan and Agoncillo, and the Sto. Niño in Batangas City. This religious devotion interprets to a dance from indigenous to Batangas: the Subli. Traditionaly performed to the addition of drums and chanting, the Subli praise the Patron in a combination of poetry, movement and music.
Today, the Sublian festival not just features devotional dance-song but street dancing indigenous Filipino games, the Lupakan, Awitan , Harana (serenades), at Sayawan: an event which combines the sharing of Nilupak which is a local delicacy made of sweet potato and bananas with folk songs and dances and even a Malunggayan Fiesta, a day that celebrates the nutritional benefits of a plant plant malunggay (moringa). The Sublian Festival also coincides with the city’s founding anniversary.
Date Range: July to July 23
Location: Batangas City
Commemoration and Main attractions: foundation day of Batangas City and revives the subli dance tradition
6. Banana Festival
Every first week of July at Tagum City, Davao Del Norte one festival is being celebrated and this festival is Banana Festival. The festival is a celebration of the province’s foundation anniversary. It is a acknowledgment to banana exportation, Davao del Norte’s biggest economic contributor.
Date Range: July 1 to July 10
Location: Tagum, Davao del Norte
Commemoration and Main attractions: a celebration of the province’s foundation anniversary
7. Feast of Our Lady of Guibang
Annual feast day and in honor of Miraculous Lady of Guibang.
Date Range: July 1 to July 2
Location: Gamu, Isabela
Commemoration and Main attractions: in honor of Miraculous Lady of Guibang.
8. Festival of Our Lady of Piat
The Feast of Our Lady of Piat is yearly celebrated on the 2nd of July in Tuguegarao, Cagayan, to honor Cagayan's patroness. The highlight of this festivity is the procession featuring the image of the Virgin Mary, more popularly known in the province as Our Lady Piat.
Date Range: July 1 to July 2
Location: Piat, Cagayan
Commemoration and Main attractions: procession featuring the image of the Virgin Mary
9. Gatas ng Kalabaw Festival
This is for promoting Nueva Ecija as the source of Carabao's mil, with 5 cities / municipalities as top producers of Gatas ng Kalabaw namely: Science City of Munoz, Talavera, Llanera,San Jose City and Sto.Domingo
Date Range: July 1 to July 7
Location: Cabanatuan City
Commemoration and Main attractions: promoting Nueva Ecija as the source of Carabao's mil
10. San Carlos Charter Anniversary
Celebrate with a Thanksgiving Mass, sports activities, concerts, parade, beauty pageant and awarding to the city’s achiever of the year.
11. Araw ng Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental
The celebration of the separation of Davao into three provinces. Consist of agro-trade fair, civic military parade, sports competition, horse fight, beauty pageants, tribal dances, etc.
Date Range: July 1
Location: Digos City, Tagum City, Mati, Davao Oriental
Commemoration and Main attractions: Celebration of the separation of Davao into three provinces
12. Sinugdan Festival
A religious street pageant as a tribute to the Holy Child Jesus, with its theme – “One Beat, One Faith, One Southern Leyte” and shows the other festivity of Maasin and the 18 Municipalities of the province.
Date Range: July 1
Location: Maasin City, Southern Leyte
Commemoration and Main attractions: tribute to the Holy Child Jesus
13. Tanggogoan Festival
Highlighted with street dancing , Search for Mutya ng Davao del Sur and tribal dance competition.
Date Range: July 1
Location: Digos City
Commemoration and Main attractions: Highlighted with street dancing
14. Kadagayaan Festival
The ‘Kadagayaan' – came from the word ‘dagaya' which means abundance and bounty in the local dialect – upholds DavNor's riches in terms of products, culture, destinations and natural resources
Date Range: July 1(week-long)
Location: Davao del Norte
Commemoration and Main attractions: celebrates and promotes the agri-aqua industry of the province
15. Araw ng Pasig
The most awaited celebration of the year, held every 2nd day of July, Araw ng Pasig pays homage to the original patroness of Pasig, Visitation of Our Lady, and its become as a parish in 1573. Different pop-cultural events occur simultaneously during the month-long affair, such as the Outstanding Pasigueno Awards, the Mutya ng Pasig pageant and the street dance competition.
16. Banig Festival
The festival showcase the Badianganon & Cebuano culture, tradition, delicacies & local products the “mats” (banig).
Date Range: July 3
Location: Badian, Cebu
Commemoration and Main attractions: showcase the badianganoon local product the Banig
17. Kahumayan Festival
The Kahumayan Festival is the feast that is celebrated by Kapatagueños in honor of the staple that has enriched in thousands of lives particularly in Kapatagan valley vicinity.
It is a tribute to the hardworking, industrious rice farmer. Showcase some rice products and is the highlight of this event where in local folks provides a taste of their own rice recipes.
The Kahumayan Festival was celebrated every July 5-8 at Kapatagan, LanaoDelNorte.
Date Range: to July 8
Location: Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte
Commemoration and Main attractions: a tribute to the hardworking, industrious rice farmer.
18. Araw ng Hagonoy
Executive Order No. 596 making Hagonoy into a municipality last July 5, 1953. Highlights include parades, field demonstration, trade fairs & traditional festivities.
19. Alegria de Isabela
Alegria de Isabela is a festival based on a legend that tells how the early townsfolk survived a raging storm. They were believed to be saved by St. Isabela when she thwarted a giant wave. The festival is celebrated with a regatta and a ceremony. Celebrations are done beside the cathedral.
Date Range: July 8
Location: Isabela, Basilan
Commemoration and Main attractions: in honor of ST. Isabela
20. Lubid Festival
A weeklong celebration that showcase abaca hemp – locally known as lubid which the municipality is known to be the region’s major producer. Somw activities highlighted by street dance parade where participants are colorfully dressed in abaca costumes.
21. Hudyaka Festival
This Festivity is highlighted by a street dancing competition depicting how Laguindingan became one of the municipalities of Misamis Oriental.
Date Range: July 12
Location: Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental
Commemoration and Main attractions: highlighted by a street dancing competition
22. Tinalak Festival
T’nalak Festival or Tinalak Festival, is a festival held to celebrate the anniversary of South Cotabato, and held every July. The unique name of the festival is from the t'boli tribe where a popular piece of colorful cloth woven by the T'boli women. The cloth is known as a t’nalak, and is made of abaca clothing.
Date Range: July 13 to July 18
Location: Koronadal City, South Cotabato
Commemoration and Main attractions: showcase the t'nalak cloth
23. Sinarapan Festival
Showcase the largest fish in the world which is known locally as “sinarapan” which is found abundant in the area. Various activitiesis highlighted by the float competition.
24. Subayan Keg Subanen Festival
Subayan Keg Subanen Festival is celebrated every 15th to 16th of July in the town of Ozamiz City, Province of Misamis Occidental. Its highlights are the week-long trade fair and street dancing. This festival is a way for the locals to show the rich Subanon cultural heritage.
25. Cordillera Day
An annual celebration of the establishment of Cordillera Administrative Region.
26. S'lang Festival
A municipal celebration that gives value to the B’laanl Culture and traditions being the original inhabitants of the place.
Date Range: July 15
Location: Malungon, Sarangani
Commemoration and Main attractions: celebration that gives value to the B’laanl Culture and traditions
27. Pahinungod Festival
This is a Mardi gras dance eveywhere in the streets of Carrascal in honor of their patroness, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.
Date Range: July 16
Location: Carrascal, Surigao del Sur
Commemoration and Main attractions: in honor of their patroness, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
28. Binuhat Festival
Binuhat Festival is one of a kind festivals in the philippines. The word “binuhat” means creation in English. This festival is the only festival for the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Community (LGBT) in Mindanao. The festival is a week-long celebration which is mainly with the cooperation of gays coming from different places in Mindanao.
Date Range: July 17 to July 23
Location: Tagum City
Commemoration and Main attractions: week-long celebration which is mainly with the cooperation of gays
29. Kinis Festival
Panganiban have a natural sanctuaries for hard-shell crabs or locally known as “kinis”. Known as the “Crab Capital” of the island, the town commend its annual ‘Kinis Festival' on the month of July.
Its enthusiasm in celebrating their town fiesta is always brought to the next level of creativity and festivity. The yearly celebration is participated by hundreds of students and residents dress in colorful costumes and parade along the major streets of the town. The highlights of the festival is the street dance competition, crab racing and trade fare (One Town One Product) that aims to develop the town's crab industry. Today, Kinis Festival serves as a major event that advances the tourism industry of Panganiban.
30. Padigosan Festival
This annual festivity is located at Digos City to celebrate the day that it has been given name by the Americans as digos itself. The history of Digos started when its native people were heading to the south to take a bath and when the Americans talked and asked them where are they heading, they hurriedly answered “Padigos” and thats how Digos City came its name. Literally, Padigosan means “to take a bath”.
31. Busaingan Festival
This Festivity highlights the municipality's tradition and culture. Busaingan” was the original name of Sta. Magdalena. It signify “water breakers” or the place where sea waters smash. It is said that the earliest settlers in Busaingan must have been the tribe of Datu Dumaguil. One of the main events of the Busaingan Festival is the “Parada Busaingan: Parada sang mga Imahen sa Alamat ni Busaingan” where the people parade in the streets wearing masks and costumes to portray the mythic creatures of Busaingan.
32. Libon Paroy Festival
Katalingkasan which means rebirth and freedom , is held in conjunction with the Libon Town Fiesta and the feast of St. James the Greater, Patron Saint of Libon. The festival aims to revive the rich cultural heritage of the town and at the same time promote local tourism.
Location: Libon, Albay
Commemoration and Main attractions: aims to revive the rich cultural heritage of the town
33. Kaliga Festival
This colorful and joyous festival of prosperity and abundance, stems from the city’s Manobo and Higaonon roots, their culture and traditions through street dancing and rituals. Kaliga is a thanksgiving celebration of the Higaonon, meaning “to thank god”.
Date Range: July 22
Location: Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental
Commemoration and Main attractions: thanksgiving celebration of the Higaonon, meaning “to thank god”.
34. Ibid Festival
Ibid Festival shows how the town of Caibiran got its name from the species of monitor lizard locally known as “ibid”.
Date Range: July 23
Location: Caibiran, Biliran
Commemoration and Main attractions: shows how the town of Caibiran got its name from the species of monitor lizard locally known as “ibid”.
35. Araw ng Nabunturan
Founding anniversary of the municipality.
36. Kinabayo Festival (Battle of Covadonga)
This is the re-enactment of Spanish-Moorish wars particularly the battle of Covadonga
Date Range: July 24 to July 25
Location: Dapitan City
Commemoration and Main attractions: re-enacting the Spanish-Moorish wars
37. Sinulog de Tanjay Festival
A Street dancing with simulated the battles between Moros and Christians followed by a reconciliation through the intercession of the patron Señor Santiago.
38. Buganihan Festival
Celebration of Buganihan.
39. Kadagatan Festival
“Kadagatan” cames from the word “dagat,” which means “ocean” in Filipino. The festival celebrates Mercedes’ rich marine resources, and is a joyous litany for the continued prosperity of the town’s fishermen.
Date Range: July 25
Location: Cortes, Surigao del Sur
Commemoration and Main attractions:celebrates Mercedes’ rich marine resources,
40. Panagsogod Festival
Panagsogod which means “the beginning” in the Cebuano-Visayan. It is a celebration of Sogod’s history and a thanksgiving to patron saint St. James the Apostle, municipality’s patron saint.
Panagsogod Festival affirms the blessings and bounty of the town,feting the Sogoranons’cultural tradition and heritage, creativity,talents, products, and tourist destinations.
Date Range: July 25
Location: Sogod, Cebu
Commemoration and Main attractions: celebration of Sogod’s history
and a thanksgiving to patron saint St. James the Apostle
41. Kutoo Festival
The Kutoo Festival is a celebration of thanksgiving and prayer for a bountiful harvest. The name comes from the term kutoo, which is before the pre-harvesting of crops theres a prayer, particularly rice.
The kutoo is a sign of submission to the anito Dagaw and Tagamaling, who are the stewards of the crops, and it is done to ensure an abundant harvest. The festival also celebrates the anniversary of Cateel's Foundation Day.
Date Range: July 25
Location: Cateel, Davao Oriental
Commemoration and Main attractions: celebration of thanksgiving and prayer for a bountiful harvest
It is a ceremonial tradition by Tadyawan Mangyans as a thanksgiving ritual to glory the Almighty for bountiful harvests.
43. Santa Anang Banak Taguig River Festival
A fluvial parade in the river of taguig in honor of the town patroness St. Anne. The thrills and excitement of the fishers are recap after year by the “pasubo” where the participants of fluvial parade make thier boats Colorful and people at the riverbanks toss goodies of native delicacies and fruits to each other.
Date Range: July 26
Commemoration and Main attractions: in honor of the town patroness St. Anne.
44. Kaumahan Festival
A festival of Mardi Gras where merry making and showcasing of Barili’s agricultural products takes center stage which give rise to the economic development and town’s agricultural.
Location: Barili, Cebu
Commemoration and Main attractions: showcasing of Barili’s agricultural products
45. Abayan Festival
A riverside festival in honor of Patroness of Agusan River, Saint Anne. Highlighted with baroto races and indigenous games for women, men and children capped by a fluvial procession.
Location: Butuan City
Commemoration and Main attractions: in honor of Patroness of Agusan River, Saint Anne
46. San Ignacio de Loyola Fiesta
Celebrating the feast of San Ignacio de Lotola
Date Range: July 31
Location: Monkayo, Compostela Valley
Commemoration and Main attractions: Celebrating the feast of San Ignacio de Lotola