Philippines Festivals are part of this country’s history. As a visitor, you are set to experience exciting fiestas whenever you visit. The locals believe that nothing sets the step for the country at large than an energetic festival. The most exciting thing is the fact that just about every city has its own local chapter of different festivals all year round.
Cagayan de Oro
- Holy Week Trek On Holy Thursday (the eve of Good Friday) each year in March or April, the locals of Cayagan de Oro head to Malasag Hill where they march the 3 km Via Crucis, or Way of the Cross. This show of faith that marks the fourteen stations of the cross ends at the Corsillo Retreat House.
- In January, one of the most exciting Philippines festivals is the Dinagyang Festival held in the city of Iloilo on every 4th Sunday of the month. This religious and cultural spectacle involves making merry and lots of dancing in reverence of Gian Carlo.
- Sinulog Festival brings the streets alive with its ritualistic dances, inspired by the flow of the Cebu River. This is a remarkable festival, and it attracts tourists from all over the world. With one of the longest festival parades in the country, you want to plan ahead of time by scheduling your visit prior to the 3rd Sunday (of January) when it is held.
- Pahiyas Festival held on 15th May annually, is a celebration to appreciate bountiful harvests especially in Lucban. It is impossible to talk about festivals in Philippines without making mention of Cutud Cruxificions. This festival involves the re-enactment of Jesus Christ’s death. This festival’s highlight is the nailing of three locals to the cross.