February Fiesta Guide
Popular Philippine Festivals
SALAKAYAN Philippine Festival
February 1- February 6 | Miag-ao, Iloilo
The festival is a week-long cultural presentation of Miag-ao shown through various activities like food fair, agro-industrial, and trade fair, photo exhibit literary and musical program, beauty pageant, street and ballroom dancing, sports events and many others.
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PABIRIK Philippine Festival
February 1- February 2 | Paracale, Camarines Norte
Held in the town of Paracale, the festival is highlighted by “pabirik” street dancing, depicting the gold mining industry in the province.
BICOL ARTS Philippine Festival
February 1- February 28 | Legazpi City
A week-long festival showcasing the region’s arts and culture, crafts and agro-industrial products coming from the six (6) provinces and three (3) cities of Bicol. It coincides with the celebration of the National Arts Month every February.
FESTIVAL OF HEARTS
February 1- February 14 | Tanjay City, Negros Oriental
In celebration of Valentines, the city tourism council of Tanjay is coming up with a festival of romance showcasing a nightly Harana, Baile ng Bayan, Mass Wedding/Renewal of Vows and coronation of SK''s search for Miss Valentines.
NATIONAL ARTS MONTH
February 1- February 28 | Nationwide
A tribute to the talent and creativity of the Filipino artists,
highlights world-renowned Filipino masters, as well as the new generations influencing the local arts scene.
LAVANDERO Philippine Festival
February 1- February 6 | Mandaluyong
As part of the week-long Mandaluyong Day celebration, the
unique festival focused on the city’s ancient tradition of washing clothes in the once clean and clear waters of the Pasig River. Amusingly, focal point of the festival is the men participants washing clothes instead of women.
FESTIVALS OF HEART
February 1- February 28 | Tanjay City, Negros Oriental
In celebration of Valentines, the city tourism council of Tanjay is coming up with a festival of romance showcasing a nightly Harana, Baile ng Bayan, Mass Wedding/Renewal of vows and coronation of SK’s Search for Miss Valentines.
SUROY SA SURIGAO
February 1- February 28 | Surigao City
An activity initiated by the City Tourism Office that provides opportunities for participating groups to explore Surigao’s best thru island-hopping adventure, cave exploration and canoeing to the lush mangrove areas and other interesting sites.
FEAST OF OUR LADY OF CANDLES
February 2 | Jaro, Iloilo City
The biggest and most opulent religious pageantry in Western Visayas with the blessing of candles and a procession of the Nuestra Señora de Candelaria and the Fiesta Queen and her court.
February 2- February 10 | Laoag City, Ilocos Norte
The word means "Ilocano Maiden"; a festival showing Ilocano Customs and Virtues.
THE 30TH INTERNATIONAL BAMBOO ORGAN Philippine Festival
February 3- February 11 | Las Piñas
A ten-day series of cultural events, with a focus on the unique bamboo-made organ made by Fray Diego de la Cera found only in Las Piñas.
February 6 | Legaspi City
Chinese New Year Celebration featuring activities like Dragon / Lion Dance, Chinese Cultural Program and others.
KALI-KALIHAN HARVEST Philippine Festival
February 6 | Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental
A harvest festival with a street dance showing their cultural heritage the art of "kali" otherwise known as "arnis" or "escrima", the traditional martial arts of the Filipino people since the 7th century.
TINAPAY Philippine Festival
February 7- February 13 | Cuenca, Batangas
An annual activity conceived by the town as thanksgiving to their patron saint, Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage for a bountiful life.
GULING-GULING FESTIVAL (STREET DANCING)
February 9 | Paoay, Ilocos Norte
Exciting and calendrical rites in Paoay where townsfolk and
their guests participate in singing and dancing in the street, dressed in their native costume, the antique and attractive “Abel paoay Kimona” with matching tapis or pandiling, adorned with century old jewelries
February 9- February 15 | Davao City
A culinary festival that features Davao''s grilled tuna specialties such as "panga and buntot".
CHINESE NEW YEAR
February 9 | Region-wide
The Chinese community celebrates the Chinese New Year with pomp & color through a dragon dance.
CHINESE NEW YEAR
February 9 | Nationwide
The Chinese community celebrates the Chinese New Year with pomp & color through a dragon dance. This parade is performed at the prominent malls and department stores, and the giving of moon cakes.
BULANG-BULANG Philippine Festival
February 9 | San Enrique, Negros Occidental
A cultural identity moving high spirited, resilient, an interlude with the life of a cock or rooster, in unity with the nature, an icon of the sportive game of chance and arguably not as a gambling promotion, but basically Filipino Tinobaganon.
DAVAO CHINESE NEW YEAR
February 9- February 17 | Davao City
A festive New Year Celebration of the Filipino Chinese Residents
PABALHAS SA TABLAS
February 11 | Candoni, Negros Occidental
The concept of “Pabalhas sa Tablas” originated from the actual history of Candoni, where a group of settlers (composed of Isabeleños, Hinigaranon, Ilonggo, etc.) decided to look for a land in which they can call their own.
SPRING FESTIVAL (CHINESE LUNAR NEW YEAR)
February 11 | BAguio City
The Chinese community in Baguio usher in 2005 as the Year of the Wooden Rooster with fireworks and funfare including a parade along the city''s major thoroughfares
TINAGBA FESTIVAL (BOUNTIFUL HARVEST)
February 11 | Iriga City, Camarines Sur
A tradition of the first harvest offering coinciding on the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes. Derived from the early rituals of the ancient Bicolanos offering their harvest to their own gods as a form of thanksgiving and to seek favor for a more bountiful harvest throughout the year. A long parade of colorfully and grandiosely decorated bull and carabao carts, carrying newly harvested crops, ending with a mass before the Emerald Grotto at Calvary Hills. Here all the offerings are blessed, then distributed to indigent families.
PHILIPPINE INTL. HOT-AIR BALLOON FI
February | Omni Aviation Complex, Clark Field, Pampanga
YES! Some 30 flying superstars known as hot-air balloons are making their grand performance to treat thousands of people to a three-day air-sporting extravaganza filled only with fun, excitement and friendly competition.
PAMAYPAY NG CALOOCAN Philippine Festival
February 12 | Caloocan City
One of the highlights of the city''s Foundation Day, showcasing the use of teh "Pamaypay"/fan as traditional tool to the surging heat as exhibited in techno-modern folk street dancing competition.
TIBURIN HORSE RACE
February 12 | Libertad, Pasay City, Metro Manila
One of the highlights of the Sta. Clara Feast Day, about 100 horses have been trained to participate in this exciting and thrilling horse race.
A beauty competition to boost the eco-tourism project of the country
“SAMBALILO” HAT Philippine Festival
February 13 | Paranaque City, Metro Manila
FEAST DAY OF STA. CLARA
February 13 | Pasay City
Different activities are lined up in celebration of Sta. Clara’s Feast Day. Some of the highlights include the Serenata and The Tiburin Race. Serenata is a series of rondalla and brass band concerts and a revival of open-air musical performances held at the Sta. Clara patio, while the Tiburin Race is an exciting and thrilling horse-racing at Cementina and Libertad streets. About 100 horses have been trained solely for this event.
LOCAL MEDIA FAMILIARIZATION TOUR
February 13- February 19 | Cagayan de Oro
A one day excursion to media design to update on the new adventure of Cagayan de oro.
FESTIVAL OF HEARTS
February 14 | Tanjay City, Negros Oriental
In celebration of Valentines, the city tourism council of Tanjay is coming up with a festival of romance showcasing a nightly Harana, Baile ng Bayan, Mass Weddings/Renewal of Vows and coronation of Search for Miss Valentines
February 14 | Pasay City
A series of rondalla and brass band concerts. A revival of open-air concerts held at the patio of Sta. Clara Church.
“HARANA: KARANTAHAN NIN PAGRANGA” (A
February 14 | San Jose, Camarines Sur
The festival feature local talents and young artists in its effortsa to promote cultural awareness, tourism development and youth empowerment in the District of partido. Highlighted by the Bicol Love Song Choral Competition. Other activities are lined up to drumbeat the affair.
AURORA DAY AND SUMAN Philippine Festival
February 14- February 19 | Baler, Aurora
Celebration of the foundation of the province of Aurora which celebrated on the very day of birth of the Late Lady Aurora Quezon that coincide with the grandest festival, the Suman Festival.
APAYAO PROVINCE FOUNDATION
February 14 | Apayao
A provincial celebration marking the creation of Apayao as a separate province with cultural activities and the trade fairs.
KALINGA PROVINCE FOUNDATION
February 14 | Kalinga
A provincial celebration marking the creation of Kalinga as a separate province with cultural activities and trade fairs featuring the Ulalim.
BLOOMING HEARTS DAY
February 14 | Baguio City
Mass Wedding with longest kissing scene to be held in Baguio City in celebration of Valentine''s Day
TAPOK (HANALULU, HAWAII)
February 17- February 20 | Cagayan de Oro
A grand gathering of Filipinos particularly coming from various parts of Northern Mindanao who for a reunion and forum on the Regions development ; a prelude to Duaw Cagayan in 2006 project of DOT
TRABAHONG INHENYERO, PROGRESI PILIPINAS:
AN ENGINEERING JOB FAIR AND EXPOSITION
2 events in 1 - job fair and exhibition for engineers
PHILIPPINE MILITARY ACADEMY ALUMNI HOMECOMING
February 18- February 19 | PMa, Baguio City
Annual gathering of military officers and their families in Baguio who graduated from PMA, the premier military school which trains the elite corps of the Armed Forces of the Philippines
KAP’YAAN Philippine Festival
February 18- February 20 | Jose Abad Santos, Davao del Sur
Founding Anniversary of the creation of the municipality; agri-trade fair and civic military parade
ILOILO PARAW REGATTA
February 19- February 20 | Iloilo City
An exciting race among outriggers in the strait between Guimaras and Iloilo City.
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KALILANGAN Philippine Festival
February 19- February 27 | General Santos City
Celebrates the "friendly co-existence with all the people of General Santos City". Activities include agro-industrial trade fair, cultural presentation, culinary arts contest, Pagana, Kulintangan, ethnic musical instrument competition and Kidig-Kidig sa Dalan.
BABAYLAN FESTIVAL (RITUALS)
February 19 | Bago City, Negros Occidental
A festival newly conceptualized by the City of Bago and celebrated during the Charter Anniversary every 19th of February. Babaylan Festival is based on the rituals performed by the Babaylans, like rituals on marriage, baptism, healing, harvest and others. Babaylans get their healing powers from the unseen spirits.
CEBU INTERNATIONAL FURNITURE AND FURNISHING EXHIBITION
February 20- February 28 | Cebu
With Cebu X promoting Cebu as the Design Destination in Asia, an exhibition is scheduled by the end of February showcasing Asia’s best furniture designs expertly executed by master craftsmen.
MUTYA NG CARAGA
February 20 | Urios College Gym, Butuan City
This beauty search is one of the highlights of the annual celebration of the founding of the Caraga Region.
BALSAHAN Philippine Festival
February 20 | Sibunag, Guimaras
Balsahan is Sibunag’s way of immortalizing the mystical Sibunag river which snakes its way through most of the town’s barangays. A major geographical feature of the town, the river holds many interesting myths and legends that are sure to tickle one’s imagination, and whet one’s appetite to unravel its secrets. Use the balsa in your trek for some satisfying discoveries – you will be pleasantly rewarded.
ASINAN Philippine Festival
February 20 | San Lorenzo, Guimaras
Marvel at how the ordinary salt has gravitated the people of San Lorenzo into an annual gathering with all the delicious trimmings of specialty products. Not everything in the Asinan festival is salty though, as there are the spicy seafoods, the juicy citrus, the crispy nuts. With the proper blend of the unique hospitality and the natural smiles of the people and one will hunger for more of the Asinan spectacle.
February 23- February 25 | CARAGA
A grand celebration of the creation of CARAGA Region
60TH ANNIVERSARY WORLD WAR II
February 23- September 3 | WW II Sites
60th Anniversary of WW II "A Salute to Valor"
SIBUG-SIBUG Philippine Festival
February 23 | Zamboanga Sibugay
Highlighted by colorful ethnic street dancing with rituals depicting good harvest, wedding and healing rituals.
ARAW NG ZAMBOANGA SIBUGAY
February 24 | Zamboanga Sibugay
A civic-military parade kicks off the celebration. Agri-trade fair, sports competition, cultural presentation and selection of Bb. Zamboanga Sibugay are also held.
MANLAMBUS Philippine Festival
February 28 / Escalante City, Negros Occidental
The coastal waters of Escalante were then teeming with fishes that catching them could be done simply by clubbing, hence "manlambus" which means to strike with a club. The festival is also a commemoration of Escalante's glorious and colorful past.
CEBU CITY CHARTER DAY
February 24 | Cebu City
In celebration of Cebu City''s Charter Day, related activities like civic parade, cultural presentations attended by Cebu Officials and guests at the Cebu city hall.
3RD MINDANAO DIVE CONGRESS/FIESTA
February 24- February 25 | Davao City Samal
A gathering of diving enthusiasts, promotion of dive areas, exhibits, fun dives, aqua sports competition, scubasura; discovery dive; scuba lessons; concert for a cause; dive safari
February 25 | La Trinidad, Bengued
The maiden launching of an annual Agri Tourism Trade Fair featuring the various products of the BLIST area which will complement the activity highlights of Panagbenga 2005. Adivay which means "fun" will be held in La Trinidad Benguet.
PHILIPPINE INTERNATIONAL FURNITURE SHOW (PIFS) 2005
February 26 - March 4
Showcasing the best of Philippine furniture
PANAGBENGA - BAGUIO FLOWER Philippine Festival
February 26- February 27 | Baguio City
Also known as the Baguio Flower Festival, it will be the 10th holding of this annual event which will showcase the City of Baguio as a City of Flowers. The Floral Street Parade will be held on February 26 and the Floral Float Parade on February 27.
HIL-O - HIL-O Philippine Festival
February 26- February 28 | Maayon, Capiz
A cultural and fiesta celebration.
DIA DELA CIUDAD DE ZAMBOANGA
February 26 | Zamboanga City
A celebration to honor the historical event when Zamboanga was converted into chartered city. Activities include street dancing, cultural dance festival and a regatta.
ITIK-ITIK Philippine Festival
February 27 | Pasig City, Metro Manila
The Itik-Itik Festival is held every last Sunday of February in
Brgy. Kalawaan. Men, women and children take part in the activities and merrymaking. The significant event is not only limited to colorful activities, sumptuous food, revelry and fun, but also draws people closer to God and to one another. It is a rich showcase of Filipino culture and tradition usually celebrated on the Feasts of the barangay’s beloved patroness, St. Martha.
MANIAMBUS Philippine Festival
February 27 | Negros Occidental
"Maniambus" is a Visayan term meaning to strike with a club because its coastal waters were them beaming with fish that catching could be done simply by clubbing.
SAMBAYAN Philippine Festival
February 28- March 31 | Tobias Fornier, Antique
A celebration of rites called samba/paned. This describe two kinds of rituals, one held on the hills (or mountains) and other held along the seacoast perform to ask for rain, to thank the ancestral spirit for good harvest.
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