October Festivals In The Philippines

October Festivals In The Philippines – Filipinos love Festivals or Fiestas. Because it is part and bundle of Filipino culture. Fiestas in the Philippines can be religious, cultural, or both. This are colorful with often an inventive use of materials. Nearly each island has its festival, so only the most remarkable ones are noted.

  1. Parau Festival

 

Parau Festival

 

The productive Manila Acapulco Galleon trade in the 1600's resulted in the establishment of one of the biggest and central shipyards in Bagatao Island which is now the Magallanes. But being as island, the Bagatao shipyard suffered from invasions and was ruined by the Moro pirates. The Spaniards and shipyard owners were forced to look for a safer place for their ship construction activities. The Panlatuan Bay, Pilar, Sorsogon had been a shipyard after the galleon trade was over in 1650. The development in Sorsogon was ignited when the workers of Panlatuan Shipyard were ill-treated and oppressed by the Spanish bosses. They scorched the town of Pilar, visited the town of Macalaya and the town of Magallanes.

The murder of shipyard bureaucrat, Don Ramon Gonzales on August 15, 1898, was also one of the incidents of the rebellion.

The Spanish authorities stroke back by slaughtering more or less 800 people including innocent children who were coming from the church after joining the mass. The patience, determination and ingenuity of Pilareńo descendants being shipbuilder are currently exposed in the PARAU FLOAT COMPETITION and how they victoriously overcome all the sufferings and agony from the brutality of Spaniards is now showed through STREET DANCING.

Date range: Oct 1 to Oct 12
Location : Pilar, Sorsogon
Commemoration and Main attractions: SHOWCASE THE CULTURE AND HERITAGE OF PILAR

2. Talulot Festival

Talulot Festival

Talulot Festival, which started in 2007, is a vibrant and wondrous spectacle of music,dance, and local talents. Pontifical Mass and festivities every year was attended by almost 2500 people.

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Talulot is named after the Filipino word for petal, in honor of St. Therese of the Child Jesus who is as well known as God’s Little Flower.

Devotees of Saint Therese believe that she sends flowers as a sign of granted prayer.

Date range: Oct 1 to Oct 2
Location : Pasay City
Commemoration and Main attractions: in honor of St. Therese of the Child Jesus who is also known as God’s Little Flower

3. Tuao Patronal Fiesta

Tuao Patronal Fiesta

The annual fiesta of the town is celebrated honoring the Holy Guardian Angels with the agri-industrial trade fair, parades, barangay night, beauty pageant among others.

Date range: Oct 1 to Oct 2
Location : Tuao, Cagayan
Commemoration and Main attractions: celebrated honoring the Holy Guardian Angels

4. Paruyan Festival

Paruyan Festival

Talisay, a fourth class municipality, is one of the 12 municipalities in Camarines Norte and composed of 15 barangays.

A huge part of the land in Talisay is allotted for growing rice, which is why you can observe a green and flowy ambiance in this area.

Celebrating and representing the municipality’s heritage and product, which is rice, the festival is derived from the Bicolano root word “paruy”, translated in Tagalog as palay.

Several activities are lined up in the celebration including a street dance competition and a beauty pageant.
The Local Government Unit of Talisay spearheads the entire colourful line of events.

Date range: Oct 1 to Oct 4
Location : Talisay, Camarines Norte
Commemoration and Main attractions: street dance competition and a beauty pageant

5. Pasinayaan Festival

Pasinayaan Festival

It is a one week thanksgiving festival for a bountiful & good harvest.

Date range: Oct 1 to Oct 5
Location : Hagonoy, Davao del Sur
Commemoration and Main attractions: thanksgiving festival for a bountiful & good harvest.

6. Unod Festival

 Unod Festival

It is a weeklong celebration held in conjunction with the Feast of its Patron Saint, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.
The Highlight of this Festival is the Grand Street Presentation showcasing the abundant root crops of the area and their products.

Other activities include agri-trade fair, float parade, cultural show, drum and bugle competition, among others.

Date range: Oct 1 to Oct 7
Location : Castilla, Sorsogon
Commemoration and Main attractions: showcasing the abundant root crops of the area and their products.
7. Mambulawan Festival

Mambulawan Festival

Held to coincide with the Feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, the festival aims to forge unity and cooperation among the community, exposition of the town's best, promote culture and arts, revitalization of the mining industry, homecoming and involvement of Balikbayans, all geared towards advancement and economic growth.

Date range: Oct 1 to Oct 7
Location :Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte
Commemoration and Main attractions: Feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary and aims to forge unity and cooperation among the community

8. Hudyaka sa Plaza

Hudyaka sa Plaza

A recreational activity in Plaza every Saturday Night till the Diwanag Festival open in December.

Date range: Oct 1 to Oct 7
Location : Montevista, Compostela Valley
Commemoration and Main attractions: recreational activity in Plaza every Saturday Night

9. Pista ng Gubat

Pista ng Gubat

This event is an annual celebration of the biodiversity of Northwest Panay in the hope of increasing awareness and conservation in the Peninsula.

Date range: Oct 1
Location : Pandan, Antique
Commemoration and Main attractions: annual celebration of the biodiversity of Northwest Panay

10. Kawayanan Festival

Kawayanan Festival

The staging of the Kawayanan Festival focuses on the affluence of “kawayan” (bamboo) in the area.
Just like the other festivals, it is being celebrated with street dancing performances mostly by students from the different levels. They used bamboo materials to make costumes.

A trade fair is also a special attraction, with its varied display of products like souvenirs, furniture and novelties all made from bamboos.

Date range: Oct 1
Location : Gloria, Oriental Mindoro
Commemoration and Main attractions: kawayan

11. Dilaab Festival

Dilaab Festival

Dilaab Festivals suggests the distinct hospitality that the Siquijodnons are popularly known for, and the name the Siquijor was once known as for “Isla de Fuego” because of the swarm of fireflies nestled on the island at night.
The festival also gives due appreciation to the natural assets of Siquijor and in honor of the town’s patron saint, St. Francis of Assisi who is known as a lover of nature.

Date range: Oct 1
Location : Siquijor
Commemoration and Main attractions: in honor of St. Francis of Assis

12. Kariton Festival

Dilaab Festival

A celebration commemorating the significance of “kariton” in the life of the people and the development of Tupi as a whole.

The event starts with a parade of “kariton” loaded and adorned by agricultural produce and drawn by carabaos.
It aims to bring this generation back to old times when kariton was the main means of transportation.

Date range: Oct 2 to Oct 5
Location : Tupi, South Cotabato
Commemoration and Main attractions: parade of “kariton” and drawn by carabaos

13. Kinilaw Festival

Kinilaw Festival

A festival showcasing different styles in preparing a “Kinilaw” ( a raw fish delicacy).
It also features the variety of fish, seafood and other marine products in the locality.

Date range: Oct 2
Location : Surigao City
Commemoration and Main attractions: showcasing different styles in preparing a “Kinilaw”

14. Sinanggiyaw Festival

Sinanggiyaw Festival

Sinanggiyaw Festival is a fun celebration being held every 4th of October in Dumanjug, Cebu, Philippines.
The festival basically features a festive mood showcasing the fertility of its land and abundance of the town’s farm products.

Certainly, since the area is becoming more of an urban than rural, the aim is to promote the place for more visitors to come, see and tell the world about what it can offer and other resources they have for travelers to avail of.

The word ‘sinanggiyaw’ comes from the two Cebuano words: sinanggi (the harvested crops or the way/method of harvesting the crops) and ‘-yaw’ the last syllable for ‘sayaw’ for ‘to dance’.
The street dancing competition can literally show you the harvest method through their dance steps and choreography.

Not only the harvesting method but the steps and choreography basically follow the three seasons or in farming: planting, harvesting, and thanksgiving.

For this last aspect, the original settlers celebrate thanksgiving to nature and creator for the abundance of nature.

With the coming of Christianity, this thanksgiving celebration or ritual is being transformed into the religious aspects of Christian celebration.

Just like in most ‘fiestas’ around the country, this festival is celebrated to coincide with the town’s patron saint’s religious feast day – St Francis of Assisi.

Date range: Oct 4
Location : Dumanjug, Cebu
Commemoration and Main attractions: showcasing the fertility of its land and abundance of the town’s farm products

15. Pagoda Festival (Feast of Saint Francis of Assissi)

Pagoda Festival

An annual procession to ask the Lord Almighty for a bountiful and blessed lake through the intercession of Patron St. Francis of Assisi.

Date range: Oct 4
Location : Cardona, Rizal
Commemoration and Main attractions: Feast of Saint Francis of Assissi

16. Kidapawan City Fruit Festival

Kidapawan City Fruit Festival

The Kidapawan City Fruit Festival held something during the months of July and August. The abundant harvest of these high-value crops is the focus of the annual colorful, exciting and exuberant “Timpupo”.

Nestled at the foot of the Philippines highest peak the Mt. Apo. Kidapawan City is the “Fruit Basket of Central Mindanao”. They were the producer of exotic Fruit like Mangosteen, Rambutan, Marang, Banana,Pomelo, Manggo, Lanzones and more.

Here, visitors will have an experience of a lifetime during the fruit Galore where tons exotic fruits are offered to the public to eat for free of charge.

For the adventurous and thrill seekers, Mt. Apo climbing in Kidapawan is for them. The city is the jump-off point of over 4,000 foreign and local mountaineers who wish to conquer its towering peak, or who just want to savor the freshness of the water and the air of the rainforest or to bathe in the warm mineral of Lake Agko.

Date range: Oct 5 to Oct 10 or August (2nd week)
Location :Kidapawan City
Commemoration and Main attractions: thanksgiving of the abundant harvest of crops

17. La Torre Festival

 La Torre Festival

The bells are housed in “La Torre” meaning the tower of the church belfry. Folks and children look up often awed with different sizes and sounds of the bells housed therein.

For years , their bells in “La Torre” also announced cultural events. They even issue warnings in the advent of unforeseen calamities.

“La Torre’s” traditional and colourful will come lively with its joyful noise in concert with the music of the brass bands.

It is also a celebration of hope that Cardona may always remain in the graces of our Lord.

Date range: Oct 6
Location : Cardona, Rizal
Commemoration and Main attractions: celebration of hope that Cardona

18. Harana sa Makati

Harana sa Makati

The City of Makati held “Harana sa Makati” every 6th of October. Chorale groups from Private and Public High School of Makati participated in “Harana” competition.

Date range: Oct 6
Location : Makati City
Commemoration and Main attractions: competition participated in by different high school chorale groups

19. Pagbiagan Festival/Baggat Dekat Festival and Solano Town Fiesta

Pagbiagan Festival

Translated as Rice and Native Cakes Festival, which corresponds with the town’s founding anniversary celebration.
A festival to revive the almost forgotten culinary arts of preparing rice cakes and delicacy; after which displaying them as exhibits and sharing the same to the guests and the general public.

Date range: Oct 7 to Oct 8
Location : Solano, Nueva Vizcaya
Commemoration and Main attractions: revive the almost forgotten culinary arts of the town

20. Eggstravaganza Festival

Eggstravaganza Festival

The World Egg Day celebration happens every second Friday of October. In San Jose, Batangas , the celebration is part of the annual Eggstravaganza Festival which usually starts on the 8th day of October every year.
It also coincides with the feast of their patron saint St. Joseph.

The municipality of San Jose is the main supplier of poultry products especially eggs in the entire Batangas province.

The town also supplies 30 percent of the country’s egg market demand thus gaining the recognition of being the “egg basket” of the Philippines.

During the festival, all kinds of menus with eggs are prepared for local and foreign visitors. Large number of fresh eggs is also available for those who want to purchase. The most-anticipated “dancing eggs” street dancing competition is the highlight of the festival where the different performers that wear colorful costumes which resembled eggs. Different colors, styles. and designs can be seen during this street dance parade with some contingents swaying to the beat of music while holding egg baskets.

Date range: Oct 8 (2nd Friday)
Location : San Jose, Batangas
Commemoration and Main attractions: The World Egg Day

21. Malampaya Festival

Malampaya Festival

Malampaya festival was held every October 8-12 each year. This festival is celebrated as a sign of thanksgiving for an  abundant catch of the local people for the whole year. This festival is consisted of many different activities like float parade (where the creativity and resourcefulness is showed), street dance competition , food festivals, and trade fairs (where different sizes and types of seafood’s are being sold at a reasonable price).

Date range: Oct 8 to Oct 12
Location : Taytay, Palawan
Commemoration and Main attractions: celebrated as a sign of thanksgiving for abundant catch of the local people

22. Bagius Festival

Part of the month long Fiestang Kuliat celebration, this city-wide parade is participated by
representatives the different sectors of Angeles City.


Date range: Oct 8
Location: Angeles City
Commemoration and Main attractions: Part of the month-long Fiestang Kuliat celebration

23. Lubi-lubi Festival

 Lubi-lubi Festival

The Lubi-Lubi Festival celebrates coconut being the major product of Glan which is also one of the oldest towns of Mindanao and Sarangani's top producer of coconut. The colors and faces of this Festival that held every October 8 and reflect Glan's industry and tradition altogether. Lubi-Lubi Festival reflects an old tradition of Glan, the province's oldest town.

Lubi-Lubi performers wearing costumes that made of coconut materials dance in the streets where Hispanic houses still stand today.

Date range: Oct 8
Location : Glan, Sarangani
Commemoration and Main attractions: coconut

24. Zamboanga Hermosa Festival

Zamboanga Hermosa Festival

Every October 10 -12 the scenic city of Zamboanga, as the “City of Flowers”. In honour of Our Lady of the Pilar Nuestra Señora del Pilar.

Zamboanga celebrates it with a nine-night procession, the event includes live music, street parades, cultural performances, fireworks displays and one of the most amazing features of the festivities comprise an amazing regatta with old sailing ships and yachts sporting brightly colored sails such as red and yellow. ‘Hermosa', which means beautiful, is a proper term for this visually dazzling event.

Date range: Oct 10 Oct 12
Location : Zamboanga City
Commemoration and Main attractions: in honour of Lady of the Pillar

25. Kasanggayahan Festival

Kasanggayahan Festival

The word Kasanggayahan is one of the local words that could mean anything, from kagandahan to kasiyahan, the word only express one thing; a positive and optimistic celebration of life in peaceful Sorsogon.

It is celebrated every year to mark the parting of Sorsogon from Albay more than a hundred years ago.
The festival highlights included the detailed re-enactment of the 1st Mass in Luzon Island with the use of Higantes and a huge galleon, the Pantomina sa Tinampo where 11 group performed the dance of love and courtship along the major streets of the city, the Kasanggayahan Village where they showcased their local products and the Bida Ka Sorsogon Street Art along the Rompeolas.

Date range: Oct 10-17 or Oct 17-27
Location : Sorsogon, Sorsogon
Commemoration and Main attractions: is celebrated every year to mark the parting of Sorsogon from Albay

26. Ting'udo Festival

Ting'udo Festival

A celebration of bountiful fruit harvests highlighted by a fruit festival.

Date range: Oct 10
Location : Makilala, Cotabato
Commemoration and Main attractions: fruit harvest festival
References: triptheislands.com

27. Karakol Festival

Karakol Festival

The powerful culture of devotion and faith is conveyed by Mambureños in the presentation of Karakol Festival parade during the feast of patron saint Nuestra Senora del Pilar. This parade is a festive celebration wherein the worshippers cheerfully and joyfully carry the patron saint associated with festive music while they are dancing and praising with the faith that they will be blessed with prosperous life and good health. Participants wear colourful hats and dresses decorated with flowers.

This tradition is being observed in the municipality since 1970.

Date range: Oct 10
Location : Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro
Commemoration and Main attractions: feast of their patron saint Nuestra Senora del Pilar

28. Kanduli Festival

Kanduli Festival

Kanduli Festival is a celebration of culture, peace, unity and is a thanksgiving showcasing the rich culture and traditions of the folks of Lutayan.

Kanduli is a Maguindanaoan term, which literally means “offering” which is performed during the celebration to give thanks to Almighty God for the blessings he has extended, and to maintain these blessings and ask for more for the development of lives of every people in the community.

Also, the highlight of the yearly celebration is the Kanduli Showcase wherein each of the 14 barangays of Lutayan has booths showcasing traditional foods, agricultural products and offering different Muslim delicacies.

Date range: Oct 10
Location : Lutayan, Sultan Kudarat
Commemoration and Main attractions: celebration to give thanks to Almighty God for the blessings

29. Kaimonan Festival

Kaimonan Festival

Kaimonan Festival showcases the cultural lives of indigenous people through tribal dancing and singing rituals to thank God or “Magbabaya” for the abundant life they enjoy. Another tradition they observe is the “Panagsawitan” which is a convergence of different tribes and sharing their blessings with one another.

Date range: Oct 10
Location : Tagum City
Commemoration and Main attractions: showcases the cultural lives of indigenous people through tribal dancing and singing rituals to thank God or “Magbabaya”

30. Kaaldawan Iraya

Kaaldawan Iraya

Kaaldawan is an Iraya-Mangyan term which means “Kaarawan” or birthday. Iraya, on the other hand, refers to a Mangyan tribe inhabiting the northern part of the island of Mindoro, wherein Puerto Galera is located.

The Kaaldawan-Iraya Festival is a presentation of culture which features Iraya dances, songs, folktales, ethnography ,indigenous games and other traditions. A Street dancing competition among the primary and secondary schools in the town is also held.

Date range: Oct 12
Location : Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro
Commemoration and Main attractions: presentation of culture which features Iraya dances

31. Buglasan Festival

Buglasan Festival

In olden times the island of Negros was referred to as Buglas, after the tall reeds that were predominant in the area.

A map said to have been drawn by Diego Lope Povedano dated 1572 shows an island named Buglas Insulis.
The Buglasa Festival is named after Negros Island’s beginnings.

Buglasan was applied to the entire celebration it was known now as Festival of Festivals and bring together the finest street dancing contingents of Negros Oriental’s twenty recognized festivals for a day of competitions.
The Buglasan Festival of Festivals brings all of Negros Oriental’s festivals, experienced in all their Pageant and colour in a weeklong of fellowship and merrymaking.

Date range: Oct 14 to Oct 26
Location : Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
Commemoration and Main attractions: bring all festival of Negros Oriental

32. Inug-og Festival

 

Inug-og Festival

 

 

Inug-og is an ethnic festival of the Suban-on culture that is celebrated on the 14th of October, in combination with the weeklong Fiesta celebration.

This festival showcases tribal performance of street dancing in honour to Oroquieta City’s patron saint, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.

Performers are dressed up in ethnic costumes while performing rituals and dancing to the rhythm of the parade.
During each year's Fiesta celebration, the City of Oroquieta works continuously and tirelessly to ensure that its citizens and friends around the globe witness the dedicated stamina towards our undying culture.

Date range: Oct 14 or Oct 15
Location : Oroquieta City
Commemoration and Main attractions: in honor of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary

33. Octubafest

Octubafest

Octubafest in the city of Tacloban is patterned after the yearly beer festivity during autumn in Germany.
The word is a combination of Octubre and tuba, the fermented coconut wine which is very famous there. Tuba making is also a source of income.

It has become an enterprise and the wine-making evolves in generations.
During the festival , a year-old carefully fermented tuba called Bahalina is the main drink which taste like red grape wine.

Attendees are treated with the abundance of the drink making them proud of the local wine.
It also aims to encourage more people to promote the industry of tuba making.

Date range: Oct 14
Location : Tacloban City
Commemoration and Main attractions: an abundance of the drink making them proud of the local wine.

34. Lisagan Festival

Lisagan Festival

Held every 3rd Sunday of October is an annual celebration that showcases the Mamanwa dance healing rituals.
Lisagan Festival is a re-enactment of a miraculous healing of a Mamanwa native in 1910 while dancing in front of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The statue was brought to Magallanes from Las Nieves, Barcelona Spain.

Date range: Oct 15 (3rd Saturday)
Location : Magallanes, Agusan del Norte
Commemoration and Main attractions: celebration that showcases the Mamanwa dance healing rituals

35. Inasal/Halad Festival

Inasal/Halad Festival

A showcase of the city’s historical heritage and identity promoting the city through street dancing as a thanksgiving for the blessing received through the intercession of the city patroness’ Sta. Teresa de Avila, parade of the great personages as higantes, sports fest, food festival featuring the well-known “INASAL” or lechon, Talisay’s city roast pig it being the guaranteed the best – golden brown, crackling crispy skin, tasty meat from secret stuffed herbs.

Date range: Oct 15
Location : Talisay, Cebu
Commemoration and Main attractions: featuring the famous “INASAL” or lechon

36. Sagingan Festival

Sagingan Festival

In thanksgiving for the earth’s bounty, Tubod holds the Sagingan Festival. They feature street dancing contest and agro-industrial trade fair.

Sagingan refers to a banana farm; saging means banana, the town’s chief product.

Date range: Oct 16 to Oct 17
Location : Tubod, Lanao del Norte
Commemoration and Main attractions: thanksgiving for the earth’s bounty

37. Lanzones Festival

 

Lanzones Festival

 

 

Lanzones Festival is held every third week of October and it is a four day grand celebration of the lanzones fruit together with its harvest in the month of October.

Lanzones is one of the major fruit producers in the Philippines. It is a tropical fruit that grows on the north-central coast of Mindanao.

Lanzones has a pale brown skin and sweet translucent flesh. Lanzones Festival in Mambadjao Camiguin is celebrated its annual festival called Lanzones Festival .It highlights with a weekend street dancing competition and parties, parade, cultural shows and beauty pageant and trade fair that features local handicraft and products.
People, houses and street poles are ornamented with lanzones during the festival.

According to the legend of a mysterious beautiful maiden took the fruit’s past bitter flavor to replace it to a tasty and sweet taste of the lanzones.

Date range: Oct 16 to Oct 22 (3rd week)
Location : Mambajao,Camiguin
Commemoration and Main attractions: celebrates the abundance of lanzones fruit

38. Pamugu-an Festival

Pamugu-an Festival

It is a festive reunion of different Mangyan tribes. There are sports events, such as the Palaro ng Lahi, product demonstrations, cultural presentations and “Barakalan” or “baratillo” or sale of native products.

Date range: Oct 16 to Oct 22
Location : Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro
Commemoration and Main attractions: festive reunion of different Mangyan tribes

39. Pinili Festival

Pinili Festival

A celebration held to coincide with the town fiesta. It features the town’s cultural heritage through the conduct of various activities which include Street Dancing, Cultural Presentation, Sports fest and many more.

Date range: Oct 16 to Oct 26
Location : Pili, Camarines Sur
Commemoration and Main attractions: A celebration held to coincide with the town fiesta.

40. Calbayog Grand Karakol

 Calbayog Grand Karakol

This is a religious celebration of thanksgiving and joyous pageantry of dancing devotees of San Rafael.

Date range: Oct 16
Location : Calbayog City
Commemoration and Main attractions: religious celebration of thanksgiving of devotees of San Rafael

41. Rahugan Festival

Rahugan Festival

The spirit of valor, independence, community service, cooperation, and belongingness are inherent to every Basudeno as they keep on showcasing these traits through yearly Rahugan Festival. It is held every October 17-24 of the year to its annual feast of St. Raphael de Archangel.

Rahugan comes from the word “rahug” which means a group of coconut and signifies strength when united.
During the festival, Basudenos display their unity by participating in the events such as Street dancing competition, Gabi ng mga Lola at Lola, Gabi ng mga Lingkod Bayan, Gabi ng Edukasyon, Laro ng Lahi, Mutya ng Rahugan/Ms. Basud pageant, Agro-Tourism Fair and Fluvial Procession in Basud River.

Date range: Oct 17 to Oct 24
Location : Basud, Camarines Norte
Commemoration and Main attractions: an annual feast of St. Raphael de Archangel.

42. Musa Festival

 Musa Festival

A celebration of a bountiful harvest of Banana.

Date range: Oct 19 to Oct 21
Location : Kapalong, Davao del Norte
Commemoration and Main attractions: Celebration of a bountiful harvest of Banana.

43. Tugob Festival

Tugob Festival

Tugob Festival is a celebration of bounty in the hometown of Ormoc City. Actually, tugob is a Visayan word that means bountiful or abundant.

The city is abundant of coconut, rice, pineapple, livestock, minerals, sugarcane, vegetable, fish, steam, and water.

The Tugob Festival is celebrated alongside with the city's Charter Day celebration on the October 20 every year.
Tugob is really a lively festival in thanksgiving for bountiful harvests and it is echo in the air of Ormoc City with contingent of the dance competition wearing colorful costumes, slapping their thighs, stomping their feet, raising their arms, and clapping their hands as everyone shouts in unison to celebrate the abundance of Ormoc City's natural resources.

Date range: Oct 10 to Oct 22
Location : Ormoc City
Commemoration and Main attractions: thanksgiving festival for the bounty of the town

44. Enchanting Balete Festival

Enchanting Balete Festival

Soon to come in a couple of months is the Enchanting Festival in Balete town in Kalibo, Aklan.
With Balete as the interior of creative arts in the province, everyone is invited to come and be amazed by every offer this event has to give.

Activities did this previous year of this occasion were a fun run, day of the drums, dance competition, Miss Campus Fairy, beauty pageants, community outreach programs, and ecologic art showcase. As for ‘tradition', these activities might reappear this year.

Date range: Oct 20 to Oct 24
Location : Balete, Aklan
Commemoration and Main attractions: emphasizes the culture and traditions of Balete townsfolk

45. Binalayan (Binangonan sa Lawa at Kawayan) Festival

 

Binalayan Festival

 

Binangonan as a nestles of lake “lawa” and bamboo “kawayan” introduces to the world its BINAngonan sa LAwa at kawaYAN “BINALAYAN” Festival which mirrored it's various historic, lively and highly entertaining celebration which showcases bamboo products and other marine merchandises exclusively made at the primary edge of Binangonan’s culture and economy.

Date range: Oct 21
Location : Binangonan, Rizal
Commemoration and Main attractions: showcases bamboo products and other marine merchandises

46. Sunggod to Kumanga Tribal Inter-community Solidarity Festival

 Sunggod to Kumanga Tribal Inter-community Solidarity Festival

A tribal festival focused on showcasing the unique culture and customs to each tribe and in preserving the mores and traditions of the Indigenous People community.

This will promote the music and tribal dances, ballads and rituals that are distinct in each of the 10 tribes existing in Panabo.

Date range: Oct 21 to Oct 22
Location : Panabo City
Commemoration and Main attractions: showcasing the unique culture and custom
References: tourism.gov.ph

47. Catandungan Festival (Padayaw)

Catandungan Festival (Padayaw)

The celebration of the province’s founding anniversary, and a tribute to its founder, to continuously remind the folks of Catanduanes of the province’s independence from the province of Albay. Main features: street dance – Pantomina, agro-trade fair, beauty pageant, sports events, guided tours & photo exhibit.

Date range: Oct 22 to Oct 24
Location : Virac, Catanduanes
Commemoration and Main attractions: commemorates the province's independence from Albay

48. Apo Iraya Festival

Apo Iraya Festival

6th among the annual fiestas and event of the Occidental Mindoro is the APO IRAYA Festival.
It is a religious event that exhibits Iraya Mangyans’ traditions, culture, beliefs and other ways of life.
The main goal is to raise awareness about Mangyan’s centuries-old folkways and encouraging respect and support from non-Mangyans; private and non-private sector.

Apo Iraya is a supernatural being that guides them in their daily activities since they were born such as health, death, marriage and livelihood.

Date range: Oct 23
Location : Abra de Ilog, Occidental Mindoro
Commemoration and Main attractions: It is a religious event that exhibits Iraya Mangyans’ traditions, culture, beliefs and other ways of life49. Sambuokan Festival

49. Sambuokan Festival

Sambuokan Festival

Sambuokan Festival is a celebration of the unity in Mati City in Davao Oriental. The name of the festival comes from the Mandaya term ‘sambuok', which signifies oneness. The festival also commemorates the founding of Mati City. The highlight of the festival is the Indak-Indak sa Sambuokan,

a street dancing competition. There are other activities such as exhibits, banca race, sports competitions such as skimboarding and so on.

Date range: Oct 24 to Oct 31
Location : Mati City, Davao Oriental
Commemoration and Main attractions: commemorates the founding of Mati City.
References: doonposaamin.ph

50. Pakaradjan Festival

Pakaradjan Festival

Pakaradjan Festival continues to highlight the rich culture and tradition of the Muslim Community among the public, and local leaders tagged it as a window of the peaceful co-existence of different tribes in the city. Festival organizers said Pakaradjan is a unique and special gathering of dominant Muslim tribes in Tagum City which will showcase the cultural talents in playing musical instruments and traditional dances with a common goal of promoting and preserving their beliefs and traditions.

Date range: Oct 24 to Oct 31
Location : Tagum City
Commemoration and Main attractions: highlight the rich culture and tradition of the Muslim Community among the general public and local leaders.
51. Haw-as Festival

 

Haw-as Festival

 

 

Aquaculture like fish farming is accessible, profitable, and attainable in Dumangas, Iloilo. Being the most prominent and fastest livelihood form in the province, it is widely practiced by rice farmers as it cannot be denied that it is the main source of their income to help improve their families' living condition.

Therefore, the annual Haw-as Festival is a form of thanksgiving for a plentiful fish harvest in the municipality of Dumangas and is the perfect time for people to commemorate the said abundance through music and entertainment.
The iconic ‘bangus' acts as a symbol of the fiesta due to the fact that it is the municipality's number one delicacy.

Since its humble beginnings, the festival has become a piece of the local tourist calendar and aided in sustaining Dumangas economy.

It is a unique pride that gives fun and amusement to both locals and foreign visitors likewise.

Date range: Oct 25 to Oct 28
Location : Dumangas, Iloilo
Commemoration and Main attractions:thanksgiving for a plentiful fish harvest in the municipality of Dumangas and
is the perfect time for people to commemorate the said abundance through music and entertainment.

52. Banayan Festival

Banayaan Festival

Among the three festivals of Davao Oriental being celebrated every October is the Banayan Festival, one of the festival attractions in Southern Mindanao according to Department of Tourism.

The “banayan” derived from the word “banay” means family and bunchy burly corn crowns, simplifies that
the celebration really starts in individual family households.

The festival is a 5-day long thanksgiving celebration giving tribute to the municipality’s local agriculture products,

culture and hospitality, through street dancing with its very colourful costumes with a spectacular performance.

Date range: Oct 26 to Oct 28
Location : Banaybanay, Davao Oriental
Commemoration and Main attractions: thanksgiving celebration giving tribute to the municipality’s local agriculture products, culture, and hospitality.

53. Kalibulongan

Kalibulongan

Paying homage to their ancestors, the Anitos, and the celebration of a good Harvest.

Date range: Oct 27 to Oct 28
Location : Talaingod, Davao del Norte
Commemoration and Main attractions: celebration of a good Harvest.

54. Aeta Festival

Aeta Festival

A showcase of the culture and arts of the Aeta/Abelling tribe in the Province, one way of celebrating Indigenous People month at the same time see the culture of other Aetas from nearby provinces of Bataan, Pampanga, and Tarlac.

Highlights the presentation of performing ethnic dances , playing of indigenous musical instruments, indigenous song and playing of indigenous Games.

Date range: Oct 27
Location : Botolan, Zambales
Commemoration and Main attractions: Highlights are presentation of cultural dance and song of the town

55. Aswang Festival

Aswang Festival

 

Started in 2004, the Aswang Festival showcased the country's most famous monsters and was held on October 29 -30.
Organizers of the festival, Dugo Capiznon, hoped to change people's perception of Capiz as haven for aswang instead use the mythical creatures as tourist attraction,which is why the parade was made up of people dressed in a variety of monster costumes. Unfortunately, the festival was shutdown in 2007 due to strong pressure by the Catholic Church who feared that the festival could sway people towards evil.

Date range: Oct 29 to Oct 30
Location : Roxas City
Commemoration and Main attractions: showcased the country's most famous monsters and mythical creatures

56. Apo Fiesta

Apo Fiesta

One of these is the Apo Fiesta in Angeles City, Pampanga. It is a festival of that starts with a few masses and citizens praying on their holy rosaries around churches after which the loyal kiss of the feet of the image of the Reclining Christ, a procession out of appreciation for Jesus Christ, would happen.

Date range: Oct 31
Location : Angeles City
Commemoration and Main attractions: starts with a few masses and the citizens praying on their holy rosaries

57. Sinadya sa Halaran Festival

Sinadya sa Halaran Festival

Halaran Festival is the joint festival of the City of Roxas and the Province of Capiz. It is a varied festival in that it is celebrated for both cultural and religious reasons.

It is celebrated every first weekend of December in honour of the Feast of the Virgin of the Immaculate Concepcion who also happens to be the patroness of Roxas City. Sinadya sa Halaran boasts of colorful activities like the grand parade of festivals, the lighted river floaters, and the fluvial parade. There is also the traditional seafood festival and the grand pyrotechnic display.

Sinadya sa Halaran is one of Roxas most important annual events and is a fusion of two festivals – “Sinadya” (City) and “Halaran” (Province) which exactly means joy in sharing and thanksgiving. It is celebrated on December 4-8 to remember the religious activities that embody the true Capiceño spirit. The highlights of the festivity are the Fluvial Parade, Fireworks display, Dancing Parade, ”Higantes”, Coronation of the Fiesta Queen , Mutya sa Halaran beauty pageant and Agri-Aqua Trade Fair.

Date range: October (1st week)
Location : Roxas City
Commemoration and Main attractions: in honour of the Feast of the Virgin of the Immaculate Concepcion

58. Tingguian Festival

Tingguian Festival

 

 

Abra province’s way of celebrating and promoting its cultural heritage.

Date range: October (1st week)
Location : Bangued, Abra
Commemoration and Main attractions: celebrating and promoting its cultural heritage.
References:tourism.gov.ph

59. Pyestang Tugak (Frog Festival)

 

 

Frog Festival

Started in 2003 to perpetuate the beautiful traditions that emerged through the years in catching and cooking frogs that used to be plentiful in the rice fields of Pampanga. Citizens of San Fernando have reserved a special day every year to honour this amphibian because of its important contributions to the economy , environment, and culture. It also is similar to the Fernandino in many ways, including its resiliency.

Date range: October (1st week)
Location : San Fernando City, Pampanga
Commemoration and Main attractions: honour this amphibian
References:tourism.gov.ph

60. Ibalong Festival

 

 

Ibalong Festival

 

Ibalong Festival is a colorful week-long event that draws both locals and foreigners to sample the culture and lifestyle of the folks of Legazpi City.

The annual festival’s name was inspired by the popular legend that entertains visitors with tales of the city’s pre-colonial past.

As with many festivals in the Philippines, synchronized dance parades on the city’s streets is the center of attraction at the Ibalong Festival.

The most spectacular thing about these dances is the splendid backdrop of the iconic Mayon Volcano.
Other attractions at the festival include musical performances, street carnivals as well as spectacular firework displays.

Date range: October (2nd week)
Location : Legazpi City, Albay
Commemoration and Main attractions: synchronized dance parades
References:philippinestravelhub.com

61. MassKara Festival

 

MassKara Festival

 

The MassKara Festival, a popular celebration that traces its beginnings to the early 1980s, is a fun-festival held every October by people in Bacolod.

What makes this festival so much fun is the warmth of the locals. The name of the festival is came from the words ‘mass’ for many, and ‘kara’, a local word that translated to ‘face’. The locals use the name as a pun for the local word that translates to ‘masked’.

The first thing you will notice is the use of masks worn by the locals or performers, all of which have smiling faces.

One may ask what the relation between the festival and its origins is, keep in mind that MassKara Festival began indicate the crisis following a sharp drop in the price of sugar, one of Bacolod’s main crops.

This negative turn of events, coupled with the loss of close to 1000 people following an accident at sea, encouraged the city’s administration to hold a ‘smiling festival’ despite all the negativity at the moment
The reason for this was that by getting the locals together, it would be possible to sail through the tough times.
The resilience of Bacolod’s locals, coupled with their positive attitude has lived on through this festival.

Other events that differentiate the festival include a dance-off contest where participants show off their skills, food frenzies, a beauty pageantas well as live music.

Date range: October (2nd week)
Location : Bacolod City
Commemoration and Main attractions: Mask-making
References:philippinestravelhub.com

62. Fiestang Kuliat (Tigtigan, Terakan Keng Dalan)

 

Fiestang Kuliat

 

 

Tigtigan Terakan Queng Dalan is one of the most popular celebration in Angeles City,Pampanga held every last Friday and Saturday in October that features dancing and singing in the street. Many people even believe it as the local version of Mardi Gras.

With performances of local celebrity bands,, and food stalls that serve various cuisines, there is so many activities to keep the many visitors entertained all night long!

The Angeles City Tourism Office jointly with the Kuliat Foundation organized this yearly event that more than 60,000 people attend.

Date range: October (last week)
Location : Angeles City, Pampanga
Commemoration and Main attractions: features dance and sing
References: tigtigan.com

63. Calacatchara Festival

 

Calacatchara Festival

 

Calacatchara Festival has been one of the most celebrated festivals of Batangas. This is obvious in the number of times the Calacatchara street dancers have wowed attendees of the annual Ala Eh! Festival – one proof that the festivals of Calaca, Batangas strongly connect the people.In case you don’t know, the name of this festival was derived from combining the word Calaca and atchara, the town’s infamous product. Atchara is an appetizer and/or side dish made of pickled raw papaya.

The Calacatchara Festival usually runs for a week ending October 24, the feast day of the town’s patron St. Raphael the Archangel.

Calacatchara Festival at Calaca, Batangas highlights the annual celebration by street dancing festival as they are known for their vivacious performance and flamboyant costumes and props.

Date range: October (no definite date)
Location : Calaca, Batangas
Commemoration and Main attractions: the feast day of the town’s patron St. Raphael the Archangel.
References: wowbatangas.com

64. Tinapa Festival

 

Tinapa Festival

 

Just like any coastal town in the Philippines, Rosario is well-known to be a fisherman’s hub, aside from its emerging industrial economy.

Despite the rapid industrialization of this town, the making of tinapa or smoked fish, which is branded as “Tinapang Salinas” among the Rosarians, remains to be the primary cottage industry of its townspeople. It is in this light that the Tinapa Festival is celebrated annually on October 22nd,

and it showcases the ingenuity of the Rosarians where their daily catch is converted into a popular breakfast commodity well-loved by Filipinos.

This festival also helps promote Rosario as the tinapa capital of the nation.

Date range: October (no definite date)
Location : Rosario, Cavite
Commemoration and Main attractions: showcases the ingenuity of the Rosarians where their daily catch is converted into a popular breakfast commodity.
References:metrokelan.com

65. Tamaraw Festival

 

Tamaraw Festival

 

The event portrays the need to conserve the Tamaraw and endangered species found only in the island of Mindoro.
This event showcases info-caravan, cultural presentation bio camp, exhibits and beauty pageant.

Date range: October (no definite date)
Location : Occidental Mindoro (province wide)
Commemoration and Main attractions: This event showcases info-caravan, cultural presentation bio camp, exhibits and beauty pageant.
References: tourism.gov.ph

66. La Naval Festival

A celebration in honor of the Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario.
Date range: October
Location : Nationwide
Commemoration and Main attractions: A celebration in honor of the Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario.
References: tourism.gov.ph

67. Raniag Twilight Festival

 

Raniag Twilight Festival

 

It is a festival celebrated by the Ilocanos to remember the good times with their dearly deceased.
There is a float parade which called the Raniag Float Parade wherein there are giant floats which are lighted with various colours.

These floats are frequently made to look like fictional characters from urban legends told in the Ilocos region.
These characters are mainly related to magic or to Halloween. There is also some street dancing which has a Halloween theme to it and it takes place at night.

The dancers are usually carrying items which give of light in various colours and in various designs which harmonize with the view of the beautiful city of Vigan. Numerous sky lanterns are then released into the sky.

Date range: October
Location : Vigan City , Ilocos Sur
Commemoration and Main attractions: part of the local people’s tradition of giving light to the spirits of departed loved ones
References: metrokelan.com

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