September Festivals In The Philippines
The following are September Festivals in the Philippines
1. Hirinugyaw Festival
Hirinugyaw, a street dancing festivity participated by various agencies and non-governmental organizations in the Municipality of Cabatuan. This is also the opening salvo of the 10-day celebration
of the Feast of San Nicolas de Tolentino on September 1-10 every year.
Date Range: Sept. 1 Sep to Sept 10
Location: Cabatuan, Iloilo
Commemoration and Main attractions: In honor of the Feast of San Nicolas de Tolentino
2. Diyandi Festival
The Diyandi Festival of Iligan is the official title of the city’s month-long celebration. This celebration is to promote their cultural identity and to honor their city’s patron saint. The council of Iligan City proposed a resolution to establish Diyandi Festival as the tourism Name and. In 2004, the council approved the resolution and this is Diyandi Festival born.
Today, the festival is more developed and approved into more festive, colorful and more cultural celebration. The word “diyandi”becomes the trademark of Iligan's extended celebration.
Location: Iligan City
Commemoration and Main attractions: In Honor of St. Michael the Archangel: the Patron Saint of Iligan City
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3. Hin-ay Festival
Hin-ay Festival in Irosin, Sorsogon is a celebration remembering the feast day of their patron saint St. Michael the Archangel and the rediscovery of the town’s cultural heritage which is celebrated in the month of September.
The event traces the difficulties of the town’s people in the different stages of its history and in addition intends to renew the passion of the people in the development of the community of Irosin. So come and celebrate the Sorsogon Festivals to have fun, to have more fun in the Philippines.
Date Range:Sept 1 to Sept 29
Location: Irosin, Sorsogon
Commemoration and Main attractions: celebration remembering the feast day of the town’s patron saint, St. Michael the Archangel
4. Bicol Food Festival
Bicol Food Festival is a cuisine such as pinangat and laing (variations of gabi leaves in coconut of a particular age); Bicol Express (hot stuff); the tinotongan (chicken and green papaya or other combinations, cooked in coconut scorched with live coals bringing a uniquely delectable flavor to a dish which could only have been concocted in Albay); inolokan or tinolmok (a mixture of fresh water crab and young coconuts, spiced and wrapped in gabi or tender squash leaves, gently simmered in coconut oil); pecadillo (haruan or dalag) or fresh water fish , liberally spiced and cooked in coconut full of green vegetables like pechay) cocido (Spanish for cooked, but refers to sinigang, Albayano style, but definitely more delicate and brings out the flavors of the ingredients rather than just sour up the whole dish).
Location: Naga City, Camarines Sur
Commemoration and Main attractions: Festival of Bicol Cuisine
5. Tinu-om Festival
Tinu-om Festival is a celebration of town's history and its popularly craved delicacy, tinuom is made of native chicken that souped with spices – tomatoes, onions, garlic, ginger, and lemon grass and wrapped in banana leaves.
This is one of the highlights of the 10-day fiesta celebration of the municipality and is a colorful explosion of music and dances.
There are competing groups (called tribes or “tribu” in the local dialect) composed of students from six secondary schools in Cabatuan.
Date Range: Sept 1 to Sept 5(1st week)
Location: Cabatuan, Iloilo
Commemoration and Main attractions: celebration of the town's history and its popularly craved delicacy,
6. Sarakiki – Hadang Festival
Sarakiki – Hadang festival takes the name from the local term ‘Sarakiki’ which describes the frenzied movements of a rooster that try to court a hen or challenges another rooster to a fight. “Hadang” refers to the olden day rituals which performed by the locals of Calbayog as offering to the gods.
During the festival, the Participants perform the rhythmic dance which is thought to cure people who are sick and bring a good harvest.
Date Range: Sept 1 to Sept 8
Location: Calbayog City
Commemoration and Main attractions: Features street dancers dressed as cocks
7. Feast of Nuestra Señora del Buensuceso
The patron of the City of Parañaque was canonized on 08 September 2000 and from then, it is celebrated yearly with a special Mass followed by a procession and a program for the entertainment of the local followers
Date Range: Sept 1 to 9 Sept 9
Location: Parañaque City
Commemoration and Main attractions: Feast of Saint Nuestra Señora del Buensuceso
8.Hinugyaw Festival / Cotabato Province Foundation Anniversary
Hinugyaw festival highlights the province’s foundation anniversary. Activities consist of civic parade, ethnic dances presentations, sports activities held in tourism attractions site and the agri-trade fair.
Date Range: Sept 1
Location: Kidapawan City
Commemoration and Main attractions: province’s foundation anniversary
9. Tuna Festival
Tuna Festival is an incredible part of General Santos City. The city’s other given name is ‘Philippines Tuna Capital’ because of the abundance of Tuna Fish.
The yellow fin tuna fish abound in the waters that surround the city. In effect, this makes the city one of the leading producers of tuna. What’s more, General Santos is recognized as a golden source of tuna. Little wonder the locals thoughtfully organized a festival, the Tuna Festival.
Date Range: Sept 3 to Sept 5
Location: General Santos City
Commemoration and Main attractions: abundance of tuna fish
10. Sinab'badan Tribal Festival
The Sinab’badan Tribal Festival will be held on the 5th and 6th of September this year. It is one of the prized festivals of the town of Sta. Cruz in Davao del Sur. In fact, both local and foreign tourists flock to the province to celebrate this festivity with the locals.
The Sinab’badan Tribal Festival is a merriment dedicated to the unity of various tribes in the municipality. Here, the art, music, dances and other cultural features of the different indigenous groups are showcased. It is a great spectacle of the rich culture of the town of Sta. Cruz and its tribes.
Date Range: Sept 5 to Sept 6
Location: Santa Cruz, Davao del Sur
Commemoration and Main attractions: dedicated to the unity of various tribes
11. Buyloganay Festival
Buyloganay Festival is celebrated every September 10 in honor of its patron saint, St. Nicholas of Tolentino.
“Buyloganay” is a word typical of an Ivisan culture characterized by the gesture of unity and cooperation.
Date Range: Sept 6 to 10 Sept 10
Location: Ivisan, Capiz
Commemoration and Main attractions: in honor of its patron St. Nicholas of Tolentino
12. Am-among Festival
In 2005, a cultural festival was born in Bontoc, Mountain Province to commemorate its Foundation Day. This celebration is known as Am-among Festival. The Kankana-ey term “am-among” means fellowship or gathering of clans. The celebrated from September 7-16 every year.
The annual festival features the traditional games and indigenous culture of the residents of Bontoc. The people of 16 barangays gather together to participate in different activities which also consist of inter-school folk dance contest, beauty pageant, agro-industrial exhibit, art and literary competitions. The highlight of this festival is the colorful street dancing presentation where contingents from different barangays show the tribal dance movements and steps. Performers wear costumes which are usually made from indigenous materials. A different tradition that local officials practice during the culmination day is serving free lunch to all present in this gathering.
Date Range: Sept 7 to Sept 16
Location: Bontoc, Mountain Province
Commemoration and Main attractions: features the traditional games and indigenous culture
13. Busig-on Festival
Busig-on Festival based on the epic of Busig-On of Labo town which exemplifies heroism and Bicolano values. This features the town’s distinct historical values and sentiments through talent and skills competition featuring the town’s places of interest.
Date Range: Sept 7 to Sept 8
Location: Labo, Camarines Norte
Commemoration and Main attractions: town’s distinct historical values and sentiments through talent and skills competition
14. Sipong Festival
Sipong Festival is colorful and lively mardi gras festival participated in by the different barangays, local and national offices in a choreograph street dancing. Magnificent floats and spectacular head dresses can also be viewed during this event. This annual merry making marks the Charter Day celebration of Bais City.
Date Range: Sept 7
Location: Bais City, Negros Oriental
Commemoration and Main attractions: annual merry making
15. Padul-ong Festival
A mythical presentation of how the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary was mysteriously transported to Borongan from Portugal and its association to the Lady in White who frequented the Hamorawon Spring and caused its water to miraculously heal the people of Borongan. The festival is held in line with the celebration of the Fiesta of Borongan City. Other socio-cultural activities are also held during the week.
Date Range: Sept 7
Location: Borongan City, Eastern Samar
Commemoration and Main attractions: procession of the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary
16. Kawayan Festival
Kawayan Festival means Bamboo Festival. It is the fiesta celebration of the provincial government of Abra. It is located at northern part of the Philippines, in the Cordillera region where the majority of its people belong to Itneg tribe.
It is celebrated annually on March 9th for their founding anniversary and in appreciation of the abundance of bamboo in the region.
Aside from the street dancing and ethnical programs where gongs and bamboo musical instrument are played, in their program which includes the different products and crafts made from bamboo.
Anyone who visits Abra will be amazed by its untouched nature and cultural values and traditions.
Date Range: Sept 7
Location: Maragondon, Cavite
Commemoration and Main attractions: Bamboo
17. Kinaiyahan Festival
Kinaiyahan Festival is an annual celebration if the town of Dauin, Negros Oriental. This feast is to honor their patron Saint, St. Nicholas of Tolentino, every 10th of September each year. Kinaiyahan This Festival is a thanksgiving for having an abundant harvest from both agricultural and marine industry. Dauin is famous because of the abundant banana. It was interesting how the place got its name. It was said that there was this one huge tree that towered among all the trees in the place during the time of the Spaniards. This tree was called Calawin. People believed that it was inhabited by dwarves.
Date Range: Sept 7
Location: Dauin, Negros Oriental
Commemoration and Main attractions: in honor of patron St. Nicholas of Tolentino
18. Karatong Festival
Folks of Dulag, Leyte previously call it as Sinulog Festival. But now, they have changed it into Karatong Festival. It has the same concept with Sinulog dance: the struggle against calamities like floods and starvation, the beat coming from the drums and bugles, the never-ending faith and worship to Sto. Niño, and the plot of Christianity conversion. Also, they add Karatong as the main element of the festival.
A karatong is a bamboo – made percussion instruments that have been useful to the native of Leyte. It was used during the Muslim Moro attacked, when you strike it against small pieces of wood or another bamboo, it will produce sounds indicating various signals to alert the community of an impending danger. It also used to call for balangay meetings and special gatherings. These days, some believe that specific beats from the karatong was corresponded to some purpose of the call whether if it was the beginning of the harvest session or the distress call. Unfortunately, this tradition was long gone and found its way into folk- the forgotten stories of Dulag.
Date Range: Sept7
Location: Dulag, Leyte
Commemoration and Main attractions: karatong
19. Taal Lake Festival
Taal Lake is a very popular tourist attraction in Batangas City. It is the third largest lake in the country. It is also known for having a tiny island (or the Vulcan point) that is within a lake- which refers to the crater that is located on the Volcano Island or the Taal Island itself located in Lake Taal with in the island of Luzon. The Taal Lake Fest is being held every 8th of September which commemorates the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Different activities are being launched such as food and trade fair, photo contest, pageants, fireworks display and the highlight of the event which is the fluvial procession also called the Marian Peace Regatta. It is said that the parade is a symbolism of peace, life, and family where devotees take boat rides led by the Archdiocese of Lipa City.
Date Range: Sept 8
Location: Taal Lake
Commemoration and Main attractions: fluvial procession also called the Marian Peace Regatta
20. Tambobo Festival
Tambobo is a Hiligaynon term for “a storehouse, warehouse or a storage structure for agricultural products, or other goods that are stored and kept until a demand or need arises.” The festival, as the term denotes, is the presentation of the municipality’s incomparable and unequaled bliss of human, material, and natural wealth. Witness and enjoy its cultural performances marked by a lavish feast thanking God for the crops that would sustain their community.
Date Range: Sept 8 to Sept 10
Location: Ajuy, Iloilo
Commemoration and Main attractions: cultural performances
21. Minuluan Festival
Minuluan Festival is an annual culture and arts festival celebrating the unique identity of the Talisaynons. Held every September 4-10, it motivates the present generation to cherish traditions and rich culture of the past and the bravery of their ancestors. The festival is also celebrating the feast of its patron saint, San Nicolas de Tolentino which falls on the 10th of September.
Date Range: Sept 8 to 10 Sept 10
Location: Talisay City, Negros Occidental
Commemoration and Main attractions: in honor of San Nicolas de Tolentino
22. Panagdadapun Festival (Araw ng Quirino)
Panagdadapun Festival is located in Cabarroguis, Quirino. Panagdadapun is Ilocano term that means assembly. This Highlight of this annual celebration is the grand parade which was enjoined by different agencies found in the province together with the convergence of all tribes thru street dancing portraying the different culture and history of the province .
It is being celebrated every September 7th-10th of the year.
Date Range: Sept 8 to Sept 10
Location: Cabarroguis, Quirino
Commemoration and Main attractions: Showcasing their culture
23. Singkaban Festival
Singkaban Festival is an annual provincial event of Bulacan where a week-long celebration of Bulakenyo culture and arts are presented. It showcases the traditional arts of the literary form “Balagtasan,”folk dances and the traditional songs known as “kundiman.”
The main focus is on the singkaban, a Bulakenyo art of creating an entrance arch and other attractive materials mainly from bamboo.
The street dance and float parade is the main event of the festival it is where representatives from different Bulacan towns, as far as San Jose del Monte and San Miguel, travel to Malolos during the festival season.
These events showcase local culture, heritage and artistry of Bulacan and the various towns' entries feature all things Bulakenyo. The singkaban (bamboo artworks), which the festival was titled, is a prominent theme, especially in the entry of Hagonoy town.
Date Range: Sept 8 to Sept 15
Commemoration and Main attractions: Highlights the history, culture and tradition of Bulacan province.
24. Flomolok Festival
The name Polomolok was derived from the B’laan term “FLOMLOK’ which means hunting grounds. The place where the Poblacion is presently located was known for its abundance of wild life. There were no roads and the lowlanders make friends with the B’laan highlanders and utilized them as guides. Aside from a rich hunting ground, Polomolok had so numerous creeks with free flowing water coming from the hillsides. Those cool and clear flowing water encouraged foreigners to settle.
The folks of Polomolok celebrate this by showcasing the local products and a mix of socio-cultural activities. Polomok is the Home to one of the world’s largest pineapple plantations. Every September 2 to 16 they commemorated the Foundation of Polomok with true South Cotabato flair.
Date Range: Sept 9 to Sept 11
Location: Polomolok, South Cotabato
Commemoration and Main attractions: showcasing the local products
25. Parada ng Kakanin / Festival of Nuestra Señora de Aranzazzu
The Parada ng Kakanin is a celebration of the foundation day of Nuestra Señora de Aranzazu and was introduced by Monsigñor Manuel Balbago. After the parade, delicacies were given to all for free.
Date Range: Sept 9
Location: San Mateo, Rizal
Commemoration and Main attractions: Kakanin
A street dancing and tableau presentation depicting the abundance of tamban (fish) and nipa (Palm) in their place
Date Range: Sept 9
Location: Cagayan de Oro City
Commemoration and Main attractions: street dancing and tableau presentation
27. Sayaw Lahi Festival
A festival featuring all native dances performed on the streets by different schools and barangay communities. The other highlights are the school band competition, live-band concerts, and awarding of outstanding Naujenos.
Date Range: Sept 10
Location: Naujan, Oriental Mindoro
Commemoration and Main attractions: native dances performed on the streets
28. Surigao City Fiesta(San Nicolas de Tolentino)
Surigao City Fiesta celebration in honor of San Nicolas de Tolentino. Different activities are lined for this celebration.
Date Range: Sept 10
Location: Surigao City
Commemoration and Main attractions: in honor of San Nicolas de Tolentino
29. Banhayan Festival/Feast of San Nicolas de Tolentino
A yearly thanksgiving celebration for the patron San Nicolas de Tolentino. It is the same as the celebration of the Ati-atihan of Kalibo, Aklan and Sinulog of Cebu. “baklad” is also recognize as the main work of the people from Brgy. Cupang and Brgy. Buli. Baklad is fishing on the lake, which is a part of the festival.
30. Langaran Festival
Plaridel became a municipality in 1907 and its original name was Langaan, after the river that drains along its shorelines. Coconut and rice are the town’s main crop. Municipal fisheries produce more than enough fish for its need.
Date Range: Sept 10
Location: Plaridel, Misamis Occidental
Commemoration and Main attractions: Coconut and Rice
31. Beachurero Festival
15 – km beach cleans up along the shoreline of Tacloban City with community volunteers as participants held in line. It is also the celebration of the International Coastal Clean Up Day. Started since 1998.
Date Range: Sept 10
Location: Tacloban City
Commemoration and Main attractions: celebration of the International Coastal Clean Up Day.
32. Bansaulog Festival
The term ‘Bansaulog’ is a combined word for Bansalan and saulog, which is the visayan translation for celebration. So if the two words are combined, they would create a compound word that means “Kasaulogan sa Bansalan” (Celebration in Bansalan).
More than a few activities and programs annually held by the private sectors and local government. It consists of lyre and drum presentation, street dancing presentation, cheer dance presentation, Hiphop Dance Competition, street dancing presentation showcasing the place’s cultural heritage and Agricultural Day giving value to the Municipality’s agricultural products.
33. Kapakyanan Festival
Although the main agricultural crop is rice, a great portion of the town’s land is planted with citrus and tropical fruits (rambutan, lanzones, and durian). These fruits are shipped in large quantities to Metro Manila and neighboring provinces. Victoria is presently known as the “fruit basket “of Oriental Mindoro. Kapakyanan Festival is a fruit fiesta highlighting the abundance of fruit produce of the town. Kapakyanan is a Mangyan term which means “kasaganaan” or abundance.
34. Golden Harvest Festival
A grand display of varied products of rice and corn through rice and corn village competition , cooking contest, float, street dancing and tableau, and fashion show promoting the products of rice and corn through a creative and beautiful gowns/ barongs and other Filipino costumes.
35. Bansalan Festival
Bansaulog Festival, which means “Kasaulogan sa Bansalan”, a week-long celebration in honor of the town’s Foundation Day. Highlights of this activities are Drum and Lyre Presentation , Cheerdance Presentation, Street Dancing showcasing the Bagobo cultural heritage, Hip-hop Dance Competition, Little Miss Tourism Pageant and Agricultural Day showcasing the Agricultural products of the Municipality.
36. Voyadores Festival
Voyadores Festival is one of the most awaited festivals of Bicol, commemorated the feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia and held every 3rd week of September.
Bicol Region Patron is Our Lady of Peñafrancia. Every Second Friday of September the festivity begins, where the image of the Virgin of Peñafrancia is carried by hundreds of male devotees from her shrine to Naga Cathedral. Voyadores Festival main highlight is the ceremonial fluvial procession along the Naga River where the centuries-old image becomes an object of a stirring religious event.
Voyadores Festival is a street dance re-enactment on where the transfer of the image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia from the Basilica to the Metropolitan Cathedral. Voyadores which means “Mandaragat”, is named after the male devotees (voyadores) who accompany and carry the Virgin's image in a procession and this is called Translacion for a novena at the Metropolitan Cathedral.
37. Bungag Dagtabinal Festival
Street dancing parade and competition.
38. Bañamos Festival
This festival is a toast to the hot spring bath of Los Baños coinciding with the founding anniversary of the Municipality of Los Banos, which features beauty pageant, science discovery exhibit, street dancing competition, and Makiling Quest Adventure Race.
39. Peñafrancia Festival (Camarines Sur)
A religious festival honoring the feast day of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Bicol region Patroness. The festivity begins every second Friday of September when the image of the Virgin of Peñafrancia is carried from her shrine to Naga Cathedral by hundreds of male devotees. The main highlight is the fluvial procession along the Naga River.
Date Range: Sept 17
Location: Naga City, Camarines Sur
Commemoration and Main attractions: Features a novena or 9 days of devotion.
40. Galaan Festival
In this festival, you would learn simple ways on how to plow the field and plant crops. This festival also has a trade event where various crop is being showcased and sold at a reasonable price.
Date Range: Sept 17
Location: Don Victoriano Chiongbian, Misamis Occidental
Commemoration and Main attractions: Showcase of variety farm products.
41. Peñafrancia Festival (Cotabato City)
Peñafrancia Festival is celebrated in honor of Our Lady of Peñafrancia Festival, it is preceded with a Holy mass and processions of colorful buntings, banana trunks, flowers and a brass band for its traditional fluvial procession at the Rio Grande to join or watch the procession in fulfillment of a vow, from the Immaculate Conception Cathedral to a waiting landing craft (barge) decked and hosted by the Bicolano Association of Cotabato City. This annual event is some sort of the same event in Naga City.
42. Karansa Festival
The people of Danao known as Danaowanons celebrate the Karansa Festival through dancing. They commemorate this as a thanksgiving for their bountiful blessings and accomplished work they received from the town's patron saint, Sr. Sto. Thomas de Villanueva.
The annual festival is celebrated every third week of September usually during the 19th to 21stday of the month.
“Karansa” is a local term which means to rejoice and have fun.
One of the well-known products of Danao City is pottery. The majority of Danaowanons’ livelihood is from clay ceramics. Karansa were performed by the pottery makers while waiting for their clay pots to be baked. They usually drink tuba (coconut wine) to relax and at the same time dance as an expression of thankfulness after a hard day’s work.
Basic dance steps of Karansa:Kiay (sway), Kurug (shake), Karag (jitter) and Karahay.
Danaowanons are tagged as excellent “Dancing potters” because they import pottery and is a profitable industry.
Karansa Festival started in 1999, it highlights different events and activities such as street dancing competition.
43. Kabuhian Festival
Every 16th day of September, a weeklong festival called Kabuhian is celebrated in the town of Ronda, Cebu.
This is the celebration of the town’s annual fiesta which features a myriad of activities. Such activities consist of a trade fair, a livelihood forum and a street dancing competition participated by the different barangays. This competition aims to encourage the sense of creativity of the town folks to create and perform a dance with movements that depict various livelihood programs of the town.
Date Range: Sept 18 (3rd Sunday)
Location: Ronda, Cebu
Commemoration and Main attractions: celebration of the town’s annual fiesta
Talakudong comes from an Ilonggo word “kudong” which means a “headcovering” worn by the early settlers of Sultan Kudarat.
One of the highlights of the Talakudong Festival is the street dancing where contingents showcase the Kudongs that are used prominently in their dance steps.
Part of the dance is a reenactment of the giving of the golded kudong by Christian settlers to the Sultan of Buluan for the peace and prosperity enjoyed by the residents in the area.
While the spectator is treated to intricate formations and dance presentations, it also gives tribute to the town’s history and figures.
Kudongs are simple salakots worn by our farmers to protect themselves from the sun and rain.
At the Talakudong, the humble salakot is transformed into beautiful art pieces thru paint, sequins, okirs, leaves and flowers.
Performers raise and wave the kudongs while dancing and chanting to native drums.
The kaleidoscope of colors and movement take you in and make you want to join in on the fun.
Tacurong’s Talakudong Festival may be a small town festival for some, but it delivers big-heart performances.
Date Range: Sept 18
Location: Tacurong City
Commemoration and Main attractions: street dancing where contingents showcase the Kudongs that are used prominently in their dance steps
45. Binulig Festival
Binulig festival is celebrated as a sign of thanksgiving for abundant harvested bananas the whole year round.
this festival also honors the panaboans mixed culture and unique traditons as a whole. This festival consists of
many different activities like shows and presentations (where the actors and actresses wear colorful designed panabo themed outfits) trade events, exhibits, and dance showdowns.
Date Range: Sept 19 to Sept 25
Location: Panabo City,Davao del Norte
Commemoration and Main attractions: this festival also honors the panaboans mixed culture and unique traditons as a whole. This festival consists of many different activities like
shows and presentations (where the actors nd actresses wear colorful designed panabo themed outfits) trade events, exhibits, and dance showdowns.
46. Sinawug Festival
Sinawug Festival an annual event of thanksgiving of the Lumads, it is done in the river. This is their only way in transporting their goods and a source of livelihood and drinking water.
47. Pasalamat Festival
The town of Dao in Capiz is known for their Pasalamat Festival which is celebrated every September 20-22 of the year.
A 3-day celebration is packed with religious, cultural and tourism promotional events showcasing the solidarity of the residents.
This is also a manifestation of gratitude to their patron saint Sto. Tomas de Villanueva.
“Pasalamat” is the annual theme that has given Dao a great opportunity to showcase their unique cultural heritage and inherent values. They mainly show their faith and devotion to Almighty God through the intercession of their patron saint for a year-round blessing. The culmination day is particularly focused on their annual feast.
As time goes by, they added various activities to continue showing the visitors how “pasalamat” can be expressed.
Date Range: Sept 20 to Sept 22
Location: Dao, Capiz
Commemoration and Main attractions: in honor to their patron saint Sto. Tomas de Villanueva
48. Coco Festival
Highlights the coconut products of the town in an agri-industrial trade fair and other activities, the town having the large number of coconut trees in the region based on a survey by the provincial agriculturist office of Cagayan.
Date Range: Sept 20 to Sept 27
Location: Sanchez Mira, Cagayan
Commemoration and Main attractions: the highlight of this festival is their coconut products
49. Patabang Festival
The splendid Patabang Festival gives identity to the festivities of the people of Tapaz.
Every September 20th to 30th, they joyfully celebrate this festival which is coined based on
the people’s sense of heartfelt generosity and helping each other which is reflected in their day to day living.
Pagpatabang is a precious trait of Tapaznons and is best shown in occasional times of diligence and hardwork such as working in farms particularly during planting and harvesting season, bayanihan where a group of volunteers carry a house and transfer it from one place to another, assisting in the preparation of food during special occasions such as thanksgiving, weddings, and fiestas. This spirit of helping one another is celebrated through street dancing, concerts, and merry making and is common among the simple lives of Tapaznons.
Date Range: Sept 21 to Sept 30
Location: Tapaz, Capiz
Commemoration and Main attractions: This spirit of helping one another is celebrated
through street dancing, concerts, and merry making and is common among the simple lives of Tapaznons.
50. Burdang Lumban Festival
Held every 21st of September, Burdang Lumban Festival is a way to celebrate the beautiful embroideries that contribute the growth of Lumban’s economy and preservation of a culture. This event is also for the locals to show their talents when it comes to delicate embroideries that are truly world class.
Embroiderers display their items and are sold in the town fair together with other products of Lumban.
Embroidery is the people’s main source of income for generations. it involved almost 80% of the town’s population.
Date Range: Sept 21
Location: Lumban, Laguna
Commemoration and Main attractions: to celebrate the beautiful embroideries that contributed to the growth of Lumban’s economy and preservation of a culture.
51. Ma-tzu Festival
The Ma-tzu festival is a unique religious celebration intertwining Chinese and Roman Catholic beliefs.
Ma-tzu is a Chinese goddess of the sea and the Virgin of Caysasay, which is venerated by the Filipino-Chinese as the reincarnation of Ma-tzu. She is said to give protection and intervention to fishermen and sailors.
From Ma-cho temple in San Fernando the Pilgrim bring the image of Ma-Tzu to the Basilica f St. Martin in Taal to enshrined the Virgin of Caysasay.
Then the pilgrims return to Ma-Cho Temple for thanksgiving celebrations such as parades and processions.
52. Dumalondong Festival
Yearly convergence of all tribal leaders in the province highlighted with the performance of authentic tribal rituals by the tribal priests.
Date Range: Sept 23
Location: Esperanza, Agusan del Sur
Commemoration and Main attractions: Tribal rituals
53. Sambuklod Festival
Sambuklod is an acronym for “Sambayanang Buhay at Umuunlad Kasama si Lorenzong Dakila”.
If it is kept in shorter terms, then it would imply the word UNITY. Knowing that many of the parishioners came from different ethnic backgrounds and went on to form a whole new community, unison among its inhabitants has always been vague.
With Sambuklod, the vision of unification among the diversified folks is already possible.
The Festival includes a parade of floats and street dancing competitions, which is the highlight of the affair.
Sambuklod brings forth team spirit and cooperation among the people, the ingredients essential for their community’s progress towards growth not only in their socio-economic life but also in their spiritual development.
Date Range: Sept 25 (last Sunday)
Location: San Jose del Monte, Bulacan
Commemoration and Main attractions:The Festival includes parade of floats and street dancing competitions, which is the highlight of the affair.
54. Anihan Festival (Ilolo City)
September in Dueñas is a special month, the start of the harvest of many agricultural crops.
This is the last day of the month where the feast in honor of the Patron, St. Jerome.
The week-long celebration is a way of thanksgiving after having a good harvest and surpass the trials and cries during lean months.
The ANIHAN FESTIVAL started in CY 2003. The main feature is the Tribe Competition which is characterized by an interpretative dance depicting the practice , street dancing and customs and traditions of the Dueñasanons.
This is an expression of thanksgiving for abundant production of agricultural crops. Likewise, to add color to the festivity, search, a parade with float and muses of the contesting tribes, and coronation of Miss Anihan are also being conducted.
Other activities include agro-industrial fair, food festival, garden show, and games like “Laro ng Lahi”.
This is to showcase the different varieties of native foods, ornamental plant and delicacies, and thriving agricultural crops in the municipality. This occasion also provides the Dueñason leisurely time to play the various indigenous games of the past, develop camaraderie and sportsmanship among various sectors of the neighbourhood.
The Anihan Festival is an annual activity spearheaded by the Anihan Festival Committee the full support of the Local Government Unit of Dueñas with.
Date Range: Sept 25 to Sept 30
Location: Dueñas, Iloilo
Commemoration and Main attractions: The last day of the month is the feast in honor of the Patron, St. Jerome. showcase the different varieties of ornamental plants, native foods, and delicacies, and thriving agricultural crops in the municipality.
55. Agal-Agal Festival
Agal-agal is a term for seaweed which is an abundant commodity of Tawi-tawi.
The Seaweed (Agal-agal) Festival is a celebration that will compete with famous national festivals with its enchanting presentations and costumes.
It is bombarded with dances routines and dramatic acts depicting the life and culture of the Sama way of living.
The Pangalay, a Muslim dance, will be hypnotic with its graceful body movement paired with elegant gestures of the fingers.
The representatives of 11 municipalities will compete in a grand performance of Agal-agal harvest, Pangalay dance and the Sama way of life.
All of which revolves around a body of water.
Date Range: Sept 25
Commemoration and Main attractions: grand performance of Agal-agal harvest, Pangalay dance and the Sama way of life.
56. Nuang Festival
San Agustin town in Isabela is famous for being the number one producer of Murrah buffalos or carabaos in the Philippines as well as prime supplier of carabao milk. To give tribute to farmers’ best allies, the local officials initiated Nuang Festival to showcase their finest breed of buffalos during Nuang Festival every 26th day of September. Nuang is the Ilocano term for buffalo.
The highlight of the festival is the water parade of more than 500 carabaos with their caregivers who lead the animals to cross the river. Other activities include buffalo race, milking contest, games, and display of dairy products.
In 2012, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) recognized San Agustin as the Dairy Capital of Region 2 when
the products made from carabao milk become one of the most favorite candy delicacies in the country.
Many groceries and malls sell products made from this town.
Date Range: Sept 26
Location: San Agustin, Isabela
Commemoration and Main attractions: The highlight of the festival is the water parade of more than 500 carabaos with their caregivers who lead the animals to cross the river.
57. Megayon Festival
Megayon is a Subanen word for “unity”.
The festival is a week-long gathering held in September to celebrate the unity that contribute to the three settlers and the founding of Zamboanga del Sur: the Subanons (or Subanens), the Muslims, and the local settlers
The festival is also held to celebrate the founding of Zamboanga del Sur and, to a smaller extent, the rich harvest of crops.
Because of these reasons, the Megayon Festival is considered as Zamboanga del Sur’s official festival.
The festival highlights the cultural diversity of the three groups of people that populate Zamboanga del Sur.
The main staples of the celebration include the unique cultural dances of each group.
They proudly displayed the traditional costumes as well as arts and crafts, which shows off the diversity of each settler group.
Date Range: Sept 27 to Sept 30
Location: Zamboanga del Sur
Commemoration and Main attractions: Thanksgiving festival
58. Anihan Festival (Lobo, Batangas)
Anihan Festival, a celebration of the people of Lobo in Batangas, its a cultural heritage and practice as a way of thanking god for a bounty produce.
It is represented by all barangays showcasing various products produced.
Lobo is abundant in the production of tamarind and made into wine, rice custard apple, buli fabrics, corn kernels, and many more.
The main events of this festivity is street parade and dance competition. The people of Lobo celebrate this festivity, rain or shine.
One of the much awaited festivity in Batangas. Everybody is invited and the people of Lobo are accommodating.
Location: Lobo, Batangas
Commemoration and Main attractions: The main events of this festivity is street parade and dance competition.
59. Djanggo Festival
This commemorates centuries-old cultural and religious tradition based on the life of Patron St. Michael.
Date Range: Sept 28 to Sept 29
Location: Gattaran, Cagayan
Commemoration and Main attractions: Commemorates centuries-old religious and cultural tradition based on the life of St. Michael
60. Banigan Festival
The most awaited Banigan Festival will be held at Basey, Samar on September 28.
Basey is the municipality in Samar province. The people of Basey will be celebrating the Banigan Festival again as an annual event on September 28 until September 29. Banigan Festival is also known as Kawayan – Banigan Festival. This festival is a yearly dance parade of different kinds of mats. This festival shows the 2 main source of livelihood in Basey. These are the bamboo weaving and the mat weaving. It is being celebrated up until now to continue the tradition that has been passed to them for many years.
Date Range: Sept 28
Location: Basey, Samar
Commemoration and Main attractions: shows the main source livelihood which is the bamboo weaving and the mat weaving
61. Pagay Festival
Pagay is an Ilocano term for rice, the primary trade mark and livelihood economy of Alicia. Pagay Festival was made.
Being one of Isabela’s major tourist attractions, Pagay is the first festival to be ever established in the history of Town of Alicia. The thanksgiving of the people and love for celebration were the bases for creating the fiesta which will serve as the towns cultural identity that will surely recognize Alicia and will promote pagay, the municipality’s major agricultural product.
62. Pitlagong Festival
Pitlagong festival is Argao’s religious festival that celebrated the town’s traditions and its tuba industry. This festival started last 2006. It also showcases homegrown products and talents.
It was celebrated in a form of prayer in honor of St. Michael the Archangel the town’s patron.
Pitlagong is a cleaning tool for the bamboo container or sugong that holds the tuba. Before converting to Christians, coconut wine or tuba was offered to their ancestral Gods. Tuba was also presented to the first Spanish guest headed by Ferdinand Magellan by Rajah Humabon.
Date Range: Sept 28
Location: Argao, Cebu
Commemoration and Main attractions: in honor to the town’s patron, St. Michael the Archangel.
63. Kaplag Festival
A dance ritual showcasing Mahaplag’s agricultural blessings and bountiful harvest. Kaplag is a Visayan word which means “Can Find”.
Kaplag festival is celebrated for abundant harvest all year round, this festival consists of dance rituals, street parades, trade events, etc.
Date Range: Sept 28
Location: Mahaplag, Leyte
Commemoration and Main attractions: dance ritual showcasing Mahaplag’s agricultural blessings and bountiful harvest.
64. Kialegnon Festival
Partaken by the Kialegnon tribes, this occasion lays emphasis on thanksgiving celebration for a good harvest and
showcasing of diverse culture in Magsaysay, a municipality of Davao del Sur. For those who are coming in to Davao del Sur to witness Kialegnon fiesta, expect for its joyfulness and so much fun on September 28. Its main highlight every year is its popular Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan.
Since the town is known for its passion for music, you may also anticipate singing competitions which are usually held every Sunday night in line with the celebration.
The festivals’s name derives from the word “Kialeg” in respect of Datu Kialeg, a B’laan datu who battled against the bandits during his time in order to
defend his community. For this reason, the community was named after him.
Date Range: Sept 23 to Sep 28
Location: Magsaysay, Davao del Sur
Commemoration and Main attractions: Weeklong celebration of the town’s culture, harvest festival
65. D'Dalaylay Festival
Jalajala, Rizal will be celebrating again the feast day of Saint Michael the Archangel on September 29.
As it features street dances joined by different barangays and schools and a parade wherein people wear artistic and ingenious attires.
For the information of everyone, the D'dalaylay is a celebration as part of giving thanks to the town's inhabitants.
It represents the prime products of the town. D stands for Dairy, Da coming from the last syllables of Isda (Fish), Lay from Gulay (Vegetables),
and another Lay from Palay (rice/rice grain/rice seed/unhusked rice/rice plant). The celebration lasts for seven days with each day having programs and activities that each Jaljaleños can really enjoy.
Date Range: Sept 29
Location: Jalajala, Rizal
Commemoration and Main attractions: the D'dalaylay is a celebration as part of giving thanks to the town's inhabitants.
Dalit Festival, held every September 29 is celebrated in honor of St. Michael the Archangel, Tangub City’s patron saint.
Dalit means offering, the people’s offering of thanksgiving for the blessings the people received from the Almighty through the years.
Dalit Festival is held with pageantry befitting a grand celebration. And to make it more festive and widely participated, the festival became a contest among the clustered barangays of the city (Barangay Category) and participants from neighbouring cities and municipalities (Invitational Category). Their new added attraction is The Search for Dalit Festival Queen. It is a contest among the lead dancers as to dance grace and rhythm, body proportion and beauty of the face , focus and projection, and costume. She is the main attraction during the whole group presentation. The first two years, the contest is held on the night of September 28. In the last two years in was held right after the showdown or ritual presentation.
Date Range: Sept 25 or Sept 29
Commemoration and Main attractions: Showcases local rituals, dances, and way of life.
67. Banigan-Kawayan Festival
The most awaited Banigan Festival is usually held at Basey, Samar on the end of the month of September. Basey is the municipality in Samar province.
The people of Basey will be celebrating the Banigan Festival again as an annual event on September 28 until September 29.
Banigan Festival is also known as Kawayan – Banigan Festival. This festival is a yearly dance parade of different kinds of mats.
This festival shows the 2 main source of livelihood in Basey. These are the bamboo weaving and the mat weaving.
It is being celebrated up until now to continue the tradition that has been passed to them for many years.
Date Range: Sept 29
Location: Basey, Samar
Commemoration and Main attractions: Celebrates the banig and the kawayan crafts industry.
68. Angel Festival
Earth will feels like heaven once Angel Festival will took place.
Angel Festival in San Rafael, Bulancan is celebrated since 2002. It is celebrated in honour of the seven archangels.
Different school in San Rafael, Bulacan will participate in the street dancing competition. The participants are in different angel costumes.
69. Pangalipay Festival
The official town fiesta in Magsaysay, Palawan is the Pangalipay Festival held every September 29.
The festival is celebrated in honor of their patron saint, St. San Miguel.
The Catholic Church considered St. Michael the Archangel as the angel of sailors, grocers, marines, police and sick people.
Pangalipay is a Visayan word which means to be happy. Magsaysay features a very joyful and colourful fiesta which can be seen through.
The main attraction of festival is the street and folk dancing. The performances are accompanied by an upbeat band where the dancers wear colourful costumes which are usually made of indigenous materials.
They have set their reputation by winning numerous times in the Baragatan Festival dancing competition of Palawan.
Date Range: Sept 29
Location: Magsaysay, Palawan
Commemoration and Main attractions: the main attraction of their fiesta- the street and folk dancing.
70. Lapay Bantigue Dance Festival
Lapay Bantigue Dance FestivalIt is celebrated annually during the City Anniversary on September 30.
This event highlights the traditional folk dance created by “Lola Felisa” many years ago, when she imitate the graceful movement of the seagull (locally known as Lapay).
Cultural Center of the Philippines recognized the dance as one of the official folk dances of the country.
This dance was also recognized during the Spanish Colonization.
LAPAY-BANTIGUE DANCE is the hovering of birds more commonly known as seagulls or the LAPAY, is one of the most typical and beautiful scenes in Barangay Bantigue, Masbate.
Date Range: Sept 29
Location: Masbate City
Commemoration and Main attractions:This event highlights the traditional folk dance created by “Lola Felisa” many years ago, when she imitated the graceful movement of the seagull.
71. Sinu-og Estokada Festival
The Sinu-og Estokada Festival of the Municipality of Jagna is held every 29th of September.
The festival portrays the victory of the Christian soldiers over the marauding pirates and likewise shows the celestial conflict of good and evil.
Estokada means fighting or fencing with bladed instruments. The fencing movements in a regular beat should be modified to keep in time.
The street dancing participants are costumed either as good or rebellious angels.
Date Range: Sept 29
Location: Jagna, Bohol
Commemoration and Main attractions: The festival portrays the victory of the Christian militia
72. T'boli Tribal Festival
Every third week of September, the T'boli celebrates and the whole of South Cotabato unites in joining. Not only just local tourists but people from all over the world as authentic T'boli tribes showcase their talent with ethnic sports and cultural dances.
Gongs and native music fill the air as true festive spirit is shared.
South Cotabato 6 major tribes (T´boli, Ubo, Manobo, Kalagan, Maguindanao, Tasaday) come together as one during this fiesta celebrating the feast of Sta. Cruz as. There are horse fights, cultural and traditional dances and most definitely,the cultural games that make this celebration more enjoyable and a must-attend.
Date Range:September (3rd week)
Location: South Cotabato
Commemoration and Main attractions:A gathering of the major ethnolinguistic groups in the province.
73. Tumandok Festival
The annual four-day Tumandok Festival comprises many artistic displays of tourism in Iloilo. Residents of Iloilo City are given the chance to witness the possible tourist destinations in each Iloilo municipality. It also gives chances to tourism students to go on the field and take note of the town’s products and industry so that they can feel the part of tourism officers.
Tumandok Festival is a combination of festival presentations and destination setting and is the localized form of Philippine Travel Mart and WOW Philippines projects of DOT (Department of Tourism). The two happenings were mixed so that the other municipalities can similarly gain the experience.
Date Range: September (3rd week)
Location: Iloilo City
Commemoration and Main attractions: the chance to witness the possible tourist destinations