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January Festivals In The Philippines

January festivals in the Philippines – In the following, we are going to delve into the exciting world of festivals in the month of January. While we were looking at the list of festivals, we were certainly shocked to see how much activity there was in the month of January.

You would think that January is a month of rest and recovery – not for the Filipinos. Even for I as a born and bred Filipino, this is eye watering.

Please take the pleasure of going through the list of festivals for your attention. Please note we shall be constantly be updating this on a constant and regular basis. We shall also be providing points of reference for this narrative – so be sure to have a look at this.

The January festivals in the Philippines list contains most of the oldest and well-known religious and/or cultural festivals in the country. Some fiestas may contain multiple/conflicting dates and/or place entries. Each of these, are supported by their own provided sources.

1. Silmugi Festival


Silmugi Festival


Silmugi Festival is a celebration to honor the patron saint, St. Sebastian Martyr. The highlight of this event is the street dancing which involves a traditional prayer for a bountiful harvest and various barangays take part.

“Silmugi” is an old name of the town of Borbon during the pre-Spanish period. It was so named after the river which was served as the nearest route for Catholics attending mass in Saint Sebastian. The river has also become the main gateway for locals who lived in the hillsides of Borbon to conduct their business trade with coastal barangays surrounding it.

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Date range: 20th of January
Location: Borbon, Cebu
Commemoration and Main attractions: in honor of Saint Sebastian

2. Halad Festival


Halad Festival


“Halad” is a term from Cebuano and Ilonggo language which means “offering”, and “Halad sa Sto. Niño” means “Offering to Sto. Nino”.  Halad Festival in Midsayap is done every third Sunday of Junuary in honor of Midsayap Patron Saint: Sto.  Niño, and on this day all townsfolk celebrate the Patronal Fiesta too.

Halad Festival is a street dancing display of beautiful tapestry of colors, ingeniously crafted native costumes and props where it is participated by groups and calling themselves as tribes; with participants hitting drums in rhythm of “Pit Señor! Hala Bira!” while the tribe is shouting in the background; variety of native instruments included; Actually, this is a very loud and noisy festival with lots of fun.

Date range: 3rd week of January
Location: Midsayap, Cotabato
Commemoration and Main attractions: in honor of Sto. Niño

3. Sinulog Festival



Sinulog Festival


The Sinulog-Santo Niño Festival is an annual cultural and religious festival held on the third Sunday of January in Cebu City, and is the center of the Santo Niño Catholic celebrations in the Philippines. Other places like Kabankalan City, Maasin City, Balingasag, Misamis Oriental, Cagayan de Oro City, Butuan City, and Southern Leyte also have their own version of the festival in honor of Santo Niño.

Date range: 20th of January
Location: Cebu City
Commemoration and Main attractions: Cebu's patron saint, the Santo Niño de Cebú

4. Minasa Festival


Minasa Festival


This festival opens the year for Bustos Bulacan. There are delicious delicacies like the Minasa cookie and the mouth-watering Barquillos which are served and available for purchase. The celebration continues for a week wherein there are street dancing parades.

The dancers done on colorful and beautiful costumes. There a lot of food stalls and stall which sell different merchandise. There are well-known artists who perform during the live band concerts. There are photography contests and exhibits. You can even watch traditional Filipino games that partake. You can see talented individuals during the singing contests and dance competitions.

The people in the locality show their culture and their tradition through this annual event. They also make sure that the next generation value and preserve such traditions.

Date range : 2nd week of January
Location: Bustos, Bulacan
Commemoration and Main attractions: showcasing the town locally made food products

5. Daro Sinulog


Daro Sinulog


It is an event celebrated in honor of Senor Santo Nino. It is a moving pageantry which depicts the conversion of the pagan tribes by the Holy Child. Different puroks participate in the street dancing competition and a showdown competition. It is yet another event that shows the devotion of the Filipinos to their Roman Catholic religion. It shows that having faith can be shown in a very enjoyable event. The participants in the street dancing competition are adorned with beautiful costumes that are very colorful and very unique. It is the highlight of this event that people look forward to watching and being a part of.

Date range: 3rd week of January
Location: Dumaguete, Negros Oriental
Commemoration and Main attractions:in Honor of Señor Sto. Niño

6. Haring Kalabaw


Haring Kalabaw


The carabaos are very important part of Marinduque’s livelihood. Aside from helping the farmers, they do more satisfying jobs and are one way of transportation in the farm. To recognized their efforts, people of Marinduque celebrate the Haring Kalabaw every 3rd week of January. It is a festival where the carabaos are dressed and parade around the barangay. The happy thing is that while in the parade, participants are dancing and singing with the beat of the drums. After the parade, there is a night long merrymaking in the town.

Date range: 3rd Week of January
Location: Sta. Cruz, Marinduque
Commemoration and Main attractions: carabaos are dressed and parade around the barangay

7.  Salibanda Festival


Salibanda Festival


It is a celebration undertaken by the Roman Catholic community in order to honor Santo Nino or the Holy Child Jesus. The image of the child Jesus is brought out from the church and then paraded all over the town. A mass is then conducted. People then throw water at each other since it recreates the way Catholics get baptized.

You can watch the street dancing parade while you get soaking wet. The locals join in on the festivities not only by throwing water at each other but also bring out their image of the Santo Nino. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the festivities. This has been a celebration enjoyed by locals and tourists for many years.

Date range: 3rd week of January
Location: Paete, Laguna
Commemoration and Main attractions: in honor Santo Nino or the Holy Child Jesus

8. Apribada Festival


Apribada Festival


The celebration of the feast of the Apribada Festival as dancers wear suits imitating the likeness of the whale shark and locals walk into a parade with different sizes of makeshift of the Butanding in the town plaza.

Contests and municipality localities parade with different versions of the iconic whale shark, one of the endangered species in the world of marine mammals today which is in abundance in Donsol. Locals believe that the Butanding may still be found in the seas of Sorsogon in Donsol because the water there is a favorable habitat for the whales.

That despite being endangered due to very limited number in population in the world, the Donsol seas is maintained to be a blessed sanctuary of different other marine population, keeping the place a Philippines travel destination.

Date range: 4th week of January
Location: Donsol, Sorsogon
Commemoration and Main attractions: Whale Shark Season

9. Santo Niño Festival


Santo Niño Festival


Santo Niño is the most recognizable religious image in the Philippines for a reason: it’s the oldest one in the archipelago. It was first brought to the islands by
Magellan in 1521. His scribe, Antonio Pigafetta gave it to the local tribe queen as a baptismal gift.

It is said to have survived a raging inferno in 1565, after a battle broke out between the Spanish soldiers and the locals. Believing it was a miracle, people venerated the image and has been treated as the patron saint of Cebuanos ever since. Being the most recognized of all religious images in the country, and combining the Filipino love for celebrations, dozens of festivals for the Santo Niño have been going on in the country for ages.

Date range: 3rd Sunday of January
Location: Nationwide
Commemoration and Main attractions: in honor of Sto. Niño

10. Bulaklakan Festival


Bulaklakan Festival


The Bulaklakan Festival is a procession that takes place once per year, usually at the very beginning of January. The grand parade features a colorful array of flowers and costumes.

Date range: 1st Day of January
Location: Muntinlupa City
Commemoration and Main attractions: Flowers

11. Feast of the Three Kings (Moriones Festival Marinduque)


Moriones Festival


The Feast of the Three Kings (Araw ng Tatlong Hari) is celebrated on the First Sunday of January. It is also known as the Pasko ng Matatanda (Feast of the Elderly), the day specially honors senior citizens.

The feast is also called “The Epiphany” which commemorates the manifestation of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi. They were called Melchor, meaning “king of light”, Gaspar, “the white one”, and Balthazar, “the lord of treasure”. In the Middle Ages, Gaspar was depicted young, Melchor as middle-aged, and Balhtazar as ancient. They came bearing gifts or gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Date range: 1st sunday of January
Location: Gasan, Marinduque
Commemoration and Main attractions: The three Kings

12. Bailes de Luces


Bailes de Luces


Bailes de Luces literally translates to “dances of lights” in English. In 2012, the Bailes de Luces of La Castellana, Neg. Occ. was recognized for its unique lights show performance during the inter-town finals competition of It’s Showtime. Bailes de Luces or the Festival of Lights is a thanksgiving celebration of the townspeople for all the blessings they received during the year.

It also serves as an expression of hope for the coming year to be prosperous. The festival is also a relevant event in La Castellana as the culmination of the Christmas season. The annual festival celebration peaks on January 5 which is the town’s Charter Day. What’s unique about the festival is that it uses “luces” or lights as the main props. Different activities are held in the evening to showcase the participants' coloful costumes.

The barangays of the municipality participates in the festivities. The main highlight of the Bailes de Luces Festival is the street dancing competition.

Participants now use LED during their entire performance to project brighter and colorful lights. Street performers dancing in Latin beat wear bright-colored costumes with light-emitting designs and props. The night-long merriment is capped off by a grand fireworks display. Vamos a bailar en La Castellana!

Date range: 5th Day of January
Location: La Castellana, Negros Occidental
Commemoration and Main attractions: dances of lights

13. Kuraldal Festival


Kuraldal Festival

Kuraldal Festival


A festival in honor of Saint Lucy celebrates its five-day ritual which starts every 6th of January in Sasmuan, Pampanga. The term kuraldal was derived from the Spanish word “curar” which means “to heal”. Their patron saint, also known as Apu Lucia by the locals is believed to help women who are blind and have problems with bearing children.

The feast is celebrated by a tribal dance known as the kuraldal dance marked by swaying and clapping of hands accompanied by a brass band. A large crowd of devotees from Sasmuan and its neighboring towns come to join the feast with the hope of being healed from sickness and a long-awaited pregnancy.

Date range: 6th day of January
Location: Sasmuan, Pampanga
Commemoration and Main attractions: in honor of Sasmuan's patron saint, St. Lucy

14. Lingayen Gulf Landing Anniversary


Lingayen Gulf Landing Anniversary


This annual event is a reminder of when the Allied Forces landed with General Douglas MacArthur to liberate the northern portion of the Philippines from the invading forces of the Japanese. The festivities are conducted at the Veteran Memorial Park.

These activities are undertaken to honor the heroic acts and valor exemplified by the allied soldiers and war veterans during those trying times. It is also held to remember those who gave their lives for the freedom of their countrymen.

Traditionally a wreath is placed at the memorial park for all the soldiers that died and the followed by a lot of other activities.

Date range: 9th day of January
Location: Lingayen, Pangasinan
Commemoration and Main attractions: commemorates the landing of General MacArthur's Allied Forces in Luzon in 1945

15. Feast of the Black Nazarene


Feast of the Black Nazarene


Every January 9 at Quipo Church in Manila, The Black Nazarene, a life-sized statue of Christ is carried through town by barefooted men yelling, “Viva Señor, while huge crowd tries to touch the statue.

The statue was bought by a priest in Mexico and brought it to Manila in 1606. Since 1787 the statue has been housed at Saint John the Baptist Church in Quiapo. For more than 200 years the church has been placing the statue on a gilded carriage every January and pulling it through the streets of Quiapo. People who touch it are reported to sometimes be healed of diseases.

Catholics come from all over Manila on the chance that they will be able to get close enough to touch the image and perhaps receive a miracle. They also throw towels to the police who guard the statue and ask them to rub the towel on the statue in hopes of carrying some of that power away with them.The statue is also brought out on Good Friday.The feast and procession, though, are a truly Filipino experience.

Date range: every 9th day of January
Location: Quiapo, Manila
Commemoration and Main attractions: Black Nazarene (Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno)

16. Biniray Festival Romblon


Biniray Festival Romblon


It is a festival for celebrating the devotion of the people in Romblon to their religious beliefs. This event celebrates Senor Santo Nino. It is somewhat similar to the Sinulog Festival in Cebu. There are a lot of presentations and activities during this celebration like singing and dancing presentations but the most sought after part of the event is the flotilla of vessels.
This is the part where the locals show how the Spaniards tried to take the image of Santo Nino and then leave Romblon and eventually show that these were mere futile attempts. The image is then paraded all around the town aboard a beautifully decorated float with colorful flowers.

The people who accompany the float are covered with colorful body paintings. The parade is done seven times to signify the number of attempts the Spaniards undertook to escape with the image.

Date range: 2nd week of January
Location: Romblon
Commemoration and Main attractions: celebrates Señor Santo Niño

17. Binanog Festival


Binanog Festival


The Binanog Festival is a yearly festivity that happens from January 10-16 in Lambunao, Iloilo. This event is done in honor of the infant Jesus.

It is a celebration that features several activities, dance rituals, performances, and competitions that add fun and color to the festival attracting crowds of locals and tourists for a week-long merriment. One of the traditional dances showcased here is the Binanog dance of the Panay-Bukidnon ethnic community.

The Binanog dance is inspired by the “banog,” a Filipino term for hawk. The dance imitates the movement of a hawk, which makes it an interesting performance to witness. The dance consists of three forms.
One is the “Binanugan,” which is the imitation part, the “Inagong sayaw-sayaw,” which is the celebratory dance, and the last part is the “Dinagmay,” a courtship dance.
These ritual dances are made more dynamic with the dancers’ brightly colored costumes and lively beats.

Date range: 2nd week of January
Location: Lambunao, Iloilo
Commemoration and Main attractions: in honor of infant Jesus

18. Araw ng Koronadal “Hinugyaw Festival”


Hinugyaw Festival


A festival highlighting the province’s foundation anniversary. Activities include civic parade, ethnic dances presentations, sports activities held in tourism
attractions site and agri-trade fair.

Date range: 2nd week of January
Location: Koronadal City
Commemoration and Main attractions: ethnic dances

19. Coconut “Coco” Festival

Coconut festival


Coconut festival is an event that honors the sanctity of the coconut tree in the country, one of the trees that grow well in many parts of Philippines. The botanical name of the coconut tree is Cocos nucifera, and visitors are often awed by the various benefits of this versatile plant. The coconut fruit is known as ‘buko’ to the locals.

The meaty part of the coconut fruit is usually eaten that way, or prepared in different recipes. Coconut water on the other hand is a refreshing drink particularly during summer. Other parts of the coconut tree are used for a wide array of functions.

Date range: 2nd week of January
Location: San Pablo City, Laguna
Commemoration and Main attractions: in honor of their patron Saint Paul the Hermit

20. Makato Santo Niño Festival


Makato Santo Niño Festival


This event is a festival celebrated by devout Catholics in honor of the Child Jesus more commonly referred to as Santo Nino. The image of the Child Jesus is brought out from the church and is brought around the town.

The image is accompanied by street dancers who perform alongside the drums and other instruments. These dancers wear very colorful and eye catching costumes. Throughout the day you can attend mass since there are several done during that day. The church also conducts baptisms during the celebration. You can also witness a procession.

There are a lot of contests which take place after the parade. For instance: the beauty contest and the Ati-Atihan competition. This festival is more commonly referred to as the Ati-Atihan. It has been celebrated back when the Spaniards came to the Philippines and brought Christianity with them. Numerous Catholics travel to Aklan to enjoy the festivities while also celebrating their faith.

Date range: 2nd week of January
Location: Makato, Aklan
Commemoration and Main attractions: in honor of Santo Niño

21. Pasungay Festival


Pasungay Festival


In San Joaquin, Iloilo, the bullfighting is left between the two bulls, or more specifically the “kalabaw” or the Water Buffalo.These bulls are groomed and handpicked months before the festivities, to ensure the success of the fight.

There’s nothing more disappointing than going to a fight and just see them staring at each other. It would be like American Idol without the “nuisance auditions”.

Date range: 2nd Saturday of January
Location: San Joaquin, Iloilp
Commemoration and Main attractions: bullfighting

22. Kahimunan Festival


Kahimunan Festival


The Kahimunan Festival is an annual festivity at Barangay Libertad, Butuan City. Held every third Sunday of January, Kahimuan is Butuan City’s version of the Sinulog of Cebu.

It is the gathering of locals and tourist in celebration of the Sto Nino. The Kahimunan Festival got its name from a local dialect of the Manobo tribe which means ‘gathering.’ Thus, it is a gathering to give thanks in honor of the child Jesus. Besides the highlight of the festival, which is a grand parade of colorful costumes’, and dancing with the idol of Sto Nino

Date range: 3rd Sunday Of January
Location: Libertad, Butuan City
Commemoration and Main attractions: celebrating of Sto. Niño

23. Pangisdaan Festival


 Pangisdaan Festival

They organized “Pangisdaan Festival” because they want to give thanks due to the blessings that the city received. There are Parades in the street, dancing in the street and displaying of different delicacies from various schools within the local community.

Date range: 2nd week of January
Location: Navotas City
Commemoration and Main attractions: fishing industry

24. Kinaradto Festival



Kinaradto Festival

Kinaradto Festival is an annual festivity held at Buenavista, Guimaras every third Sunday of the Month of January. The feast is held in honor of the town’s patron saint, Sto Nino. The festival is like the Sinulog of Cebu where participants, clad in their colorful and vibrant costumes dance with the image of Sto Nino in a parade filled with loud music and dancing.

The festivity also include presentations of dances, songs, and musical displays that mimics the different influences that the town of Buenavista has experienced throughout its history as the oldest municipality of the province.

Date range: 3rd Sunday of January
Location: Buenavista, Guimaras
Commemoration and Main attractions:

26. Batingaw Festival


Batingaw Festival


The Batingaw Festival is celebrated yearly in Cabuyao City, Laguna from January 10 to 16. Since the festival remembers the Kampanang Ginto in Cabuyao City which the people believe that ringing of the church bells will bring good agricultural , it starts with a parade of the Kampanang Ginto or the Golden Bell, floats and a motorcade of vehicles participated by the local governments, public and private schools and business establishment in the city.

There is a joyful week long activity of street dancing, trade fairs, and singing contest. The fireworks display at night marks the peak of the celebration likewise the announcement and awarding of winners and finally, the declaration of the Search for Cabuyao’s Mutya and Lakan where the winner will represent the city to the National.

Binibining Pilipinas contest.
Date range: 2nd week of January
Location:Cabuyao City, Laguna
Commemoration and Main attractions: festival remembers the Kampanang Ginto in Cabuyao City

27. Bayluhay Festival


Bayluhay Festival


The Bayluhay Festival is the start of the weeklong celebration in San Joaquin, Iloilo every January. It is celebrated every 3rd week of January. The festival echoes the town’s distinctive mixture of cultures.

The historical and religious theme reflects the history of Panay of which the Aetas bartered with the Datus of the Malays during the 13th century. Hence, Malay and the Aetas have embraced the cultural trends through the series t rituals.

The rites of passage that evolved from the war dance or dinapay was performed during the Malay-Aeta exchange, to ward off evil and protect them from harm are authenticated by the “maarams” or medicine men or healers in the area.

Date range: 3rd week of January
Location:San Joaquin, Iloilo
Commemoration and Main attractions: highlights the municipality's history

28. Kawayan Festival


 Kawayan Festival


Magdalena recently held its first Kawayan Festival to mark the town's 185th Foundation Day. The colorful festival celebrates the native bamboo and its role in the culture and livelihood of the town and to promote bamboo-based industries.

Liga ng mga Barangay national president James Marty Lim was special guest at the festival, and together with Magdalena town officials led by Mayor David Aventurado Jr., congratulated the Magdaleños for their initiatives to promote the local bamboo industry.

Date range: January 16 to 18
Location: Magdalena,Laguna
Commemoration and Main attractions: festival celebrates the native bamboo and its role in the culture

29. Ati-Atihan Festival


Ati-Atihan Festival


The Ati-Atihan Festival is a feast held annually in January in honor of the Santo Niño (Infant Jesus), concluding on the third Sunday, in the island and town of Kalibo, Aklan in the Philippines. The name “Ati-Atihan” means “to be like Atis” or “make believe Ati's”.

Itas were the primary settlers in the islands according to history books. They too are the earliest settlers of Panay Island where the province of Aklan is situated. The festival consists of tribal dance, music, accompanied by indigenous costumes and weapons, and parade along the street. Christians and non-Christians observe this day with religious processions.
It has inspired many other Philippine Festivals including the Sinulog Festival of Cebu and Dinagyang of Iloilo City, both adaptations of the Kalibo's Ati-Atihan Festival, and legally holds the title “The Mother of All Philippine Festivals” in spite of the other two festivals' claims of the same title.

Date range: 2nd week of January
Location: Kalibo, Aklan
Commemoration and Main attractions: in honor of first Borneo settlers,and Sto. Niño

30. Caracol Festival



Caracol Festival


Caracol Festival as it is celebrated every third Sunday of January in Makati’s central business district is close to becoming a lot like a MGM grand extravaganza. But underneath the glitter and spectacle, the festival is in a way unique among Philippine fiestas since it honors Mother Nature and urges for preservation of her bountiful gifts.Unlike other traditional festivals that have begun centuries ago, the Caracol sa Makati was recently conceived.

It started as a Fiesta Island program of the Department of Tourism in 1989 until on January 21, 1991, when the city government of Makati made it as its official city festival.Caracol is a Spanish word for snail. The city of Makati has viewed the shell of a snail as a symbol of protection from the harshness of life and had adapted the idea for its annual festival.

Date range: 16th of January
Location:makati City, Metro Manila
Commemoration and Main attractions:Caracol Festival displays the campaign for protecting and conserving our ecology.
31. Batan Ati-Ati Malakara Festival


Batan Ati-Ati Malakara Festival


Join in the thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest and a good new year as well as honoring the Sto. Nino in Batan. Paper Mache prepared costumes are worn by participants and street dances are performed before the festival commences a Holy Mass is held

Date range: 2nd Week of January
Location: Batan, Aklan
Commemoration and Main attractions: thanksgiving

32. Bansudani Festival


Bansudani Festival


It is a religious celebration which is undertaken by Roman Catholics within the area. This festival is often referred to as the Feast of the Divine Savior.

In addition to being a religious feast, it is also a town feast. The people give their thanks to the Divine Savior for providing them with such an abundant harvest during the previous year and more abundant harvests to come during the year.

You can enjoy the dances presented during the festivities as well as the cultural presentation. It also shows the unity of the people since these presentations are prepared by the schools and the barangay communities. For each day of the festivities, there are certain activities which you can enjoy.

Date range:2nd week of January
Location: Mindoro Oriental
Commemoration and Main attractions: in honor of Feast of the Divine Savior
33. Feast of the Divine Savior/Bansudani


 Feast of the Divine Savior/Bansudani


It is a religious celebration which is undertaken by Roman Catholics within the area. This festival is often referred to as the Feast of the Divine Savior.

In addition to being a religious feast, it is also a town feast. The people give their thanks to the Divine Savior for providing them with such an abundant harvest during the previous year and more abundant harvests to come during the year. You can enjoy the dances presented during the festivities as well as the cultural presentation. It also shows the unity of the people since these presentations are prepared by the schools and the barangay communities.

Date range: From January 17 to 19
Location:Bansudan, Oriental Mindoro
Commemoration and Main attractions:A thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest, the festival features dances and cultural presentations.

34. Sikhayan Festival


Sikhayan Festival


Held every 18 January, the Bayanihan Foundation Parade is a street fest displaying the bayanihan or Filipino command spirit of cooperation which makes seemingly in possible feasts realization. The event highlights the four evolution of the town from aquatic, agriculture, professional and to an industrial progressive city.

Date range:18th of January
Location:Santa Rosa City Laguna
Commemoration and Main attractions: highlights the four evolution of the town from aquatic, agriculture, professional and to an industrial.

35. Dugoy Festival


 Dugoy Festival


The Dugoy Festival is an annual festival in the municipality of Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, Philippines. It is celebrated during the town fiesta and through street parades and street dancing which feature the Mangyan culture.

It is becoming popular in recent years and is now in its seventh year. The municipality of Sablayan in the province of Occidental Mindoro is quite exceptional for aside from being endowed with rich forested mountains and biodiversity such as endemic tree species, birds, and the endangered tamaraw; lakes, falls, rivers, and caves; and productive coral reefs and agricultural lands, the whole municipality celebrates every January.

18 The Dugoy Festival by virtue of the Sangguniang Bayan Special Ordinance No. 2002-02.



 The Dugoy Festival by
The event showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Indigenous Peoples, specifically that of the Mangyan People, through activities such as street dancing, exhibits, and cultural shows.
The street dancing remains the highlight, as participated by at least 20 groups that brought together about 1,000 members and attracted thousands and thousands of spectators.
The street dancing showcases the different ethno-cultural groups not just of the Mangyan People but also of those groups that came from almost all parts of the archipelago and subsequently have settled in Sablayan.

The festival's main concept is to promote and celebrate the Dugoy Spirit of camaraderie among peoples of different culture and the harmonious relationship with nature of the Sablayeños. The costume depends on the traditional costumes worn by the members of the ethno-cultural group represented.

Through the years, however, the organizers and participants shifted and added twists of modernity in the ways costumes are used to make the celebration more lively, vibrant, and colorful without losing the original intention of the revelry. Music used by the groups vary, some utilized recorded modern songs while most stick to the use of indigenous materials for musical instruments to produce familiar sounds of nature.

Date range:18th of January
Location:Sablayan,Oriental Mindoro
Commemoration and Main attractions: to promote and celebrate the Dugoy Spirit of camaraderie among peoples of different culture

36. Tagbo Festival


Tagbo Festival


The word “tagbo” means to meet. Legend has it that centuries ago there was a battle between two tribes in Poro. Then a gentle giant named Panganuron intervened and he was able to stop the feud. Panganuron told them that each tribe shall go in their own direction until they reach a point of convergence.

The tribes converged and built a town there which they named Poro.This is one of the major events in Cebu during the month of January. It is observed so that Santo Nino de Poro can be honored. Santo Nino de Poro is their patron saint.

It is also celebrated to remember the birth of their town. You can witness their culture and traditions during the festivities. You can also watch their street dancers perform while wearing astoundingly beautiful costumes.

Date range: 16th of January
Location: Poro,Cebu
Commemoration and Main attractions:to revive the history of the town



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