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April Events

A full listing of the major  April festivals and celebrations in the Philippines from the Philippine Department of Tourism.

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March Events

As a predominantly Christian (Catholic) country, the main legacy of more than 300 years Spanish colonization of the Philippines and the Filipino people dominate the observations during the Lent season. It  culminates in what is still called "Holy Week" (that falls around late March to early April depending on the Christian calendar).

It may likely be only in the Philippines where the Thursday and Friday of the "Holy Week" are declared official national holidays.  In fact, the Wednesday may also be declared a holiday by the President to allow Filipinos from the Metro Manila area to their pilgrimage back to their hometown, all throughout the Philippines.

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February Events

A full listing of the major February festivals and celebrations in the Philippines from the Philippine Department of Tourism.

The Philippines, having been under Spain and the United States, assimilated a number of Western holidays and celebrations but given a certain twist to integrate Filipino customs and values. The spirit of Valentine's day is encapsulated in various "Festivals of the Heart" in February that focus on Filipino tradition, like the Harana (Serenade).

With a significant Filipino Chinese population that is integral part of the culture -- the younger generation prefer to call themselves "Tsinoy" to signify their Chinese origins as well as allegiance as Filipinos -- the Chinese New Year is celebrated with public festivities in almost every major metro areas in the country.

The "Panagbenga Festival of Flowers" in Baguio City (Benguet) has become a major celebration.  Situated in the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR) of Northern Luzon, many of the participants from the region also highlights the Igorot culture of the region.

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January Events

A full listing of the major January festivals and celebrations in the Philippines from the Philippine Department of Tourism.  The early January festivals continue the Christmas holidays culminating on 6th January -- the official Three King's Day.  However, many of the  January festivities  associated with the Baby Jesus ("Santo Nino") continue all the way up to the end of the month.

Some of these celebrations have become world renowned, including the "Ati-atihans" especially the celebrations in Kalibo, Aklan. During the past decade, perhaps because of its sheer location in Cebu City, the major gateway city in both Visayas and Mindanao, the Sinulog festival (Cebu City) has dwarfed all the other Santo Nino festivities.

In Metro Manila, the "Feast of the Black Nazarene" (Quiapo Church, Manila) attracts religious devotees from the metro region.  The procession of the "Black Nazarene" around the community creates gridlock in the heart of city.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 07 September 2010 06:28 )

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December Events

A full listing of the major December festivals and celebrations in the Philippines from the Philippine Department of Tourism. The listing does not do justice to what the days of December among Filipinos of all ages.

Especially among the young, think of the combination of the Halloween, American Thanksgiving during the last week of November, and the Christmas holiday season well before the 25th of December and New Year's Eve. It is choice "Homecoming" month for many of the more than ten million Filipinos living abroad.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 07 September 2010 05:14 )

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November Events

A full listing of the major November festivals and celebrations in the Philippines from the Philippine Department of Tourism.

It is not included in the list, but "All Saints Day" on November 1st is almost a National event, i.e., it is celebrated in almost all parts of the Philippines to honor the departed in each family.

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