November Fiesta Guide
Popular Philippine Festivals
BANAAG Philippine Festival
November 1 | Anilao, Iloilo
A dance-drama competition using light and all its forms as a medium .
This “dance of lights” is the first of its kind in the region.
BELEN SA MAKATI
November 1- December 16 | Makati City
Conceived in 1987, façade of buildings along the City business district particularly Ayala and Buendia Avenue are decorated by creches and complemented by locally made lanterns in celebration of Christmas on the birth of Jesus Christ.
November 1- December 24 | Luneta Park, Surigao City and Provincial Gym, Surigao del Norte
A month long Christmas bazaar display and activities which include: Light –up a tree, lanterns/Christmas tree making contest.
Lantern parade, display of all winning entries of Lanterns and Chirstmas trees and Rondalla contest.
Painit sa Pasko is also held during the Misa de Galleon on the 16th to 24th of dec.
Mass goers converge at the park to buy and eat Surigaonon delicacies.
SAN CARLOS CITY FIESTA
November 4 | San Carlos City, Negros Occidental
A three-day religious festivity honoring the patron saint, San Carlos Borromeo, featuring Pintaflores Festival, fluvial parade, processions, sports exhibitions, body painting contest and concerts.
November 5 | Negros Occidental
A historical festival that commemorates the victory of the Negrenses’ bloodless revolt against the Spaniards in 1898.
PINTAFLORES FESTIVAL (HONORING ST. CHARLES BORROMEO
November 5 | San Carlos City, Negros Occidental
The emerging festival of San Carlos City, highlighs the traditional fiesta celebration in honor of its patron Saint San Carlos Borromeo on the first week of November.
It features street dancing by "tribes" dressed in colorful ethnic-inspired costumes, their bodies painted with flower designs reminiscent of the tattoed Visayans of the Pre Spanish Negros
EL CINCO DE NOVIEMBRE / KANSILAY Philippine Festival
November 5 | Bago City, Negros Occidental
November 5, 1898 will be remembered by the Negrenses as a day of bloodless revolts against the Spanish colonizers.
This patriotic event is celebrated with an annual cultural festival.
ANGONO ARTS Philippine Festival
November 5- November 25 | Angono, Rizal
The festival aims at creating awareness and appreciation of Philippine Art and Culture; and promoting arts and culture as vital attraction for local and foreign tourists.
Rizal has the potential of becoming a tourist destination particularly in the field of arts and crafts.
It is known as the home of various national artists, musicians, and other equally creative artists.
VISAYAS-MINDANAO DRUM AND BUGLE CORPS
November 6- November 13 | Mindanao Area / Cagayan de Oro City
Drum and bugle competition from different schools / civic organizations from the Visayas and Mindanao.
HELOBONG FESTIVAL (T’BOLI)
November 9- November 11 | Lake Sebu, South Cotabato
One of the prettiest places in the Philippines becomes even more attractive this month, as its native residents celebrate a week-long cultural fiesta.
See the T''Boli culture in its colorful best through the natives'' traditional songs, dances and crafts.
November 11 | Dumalag, Capiz
A cultural and fiesta celebration.
KAHILWAYAN FESTIVAL/CRY OF STA. BARBARA
November 17 | Sta. Barbara, Iloilo
Anchored upon the Cry of Santa Barbara Celebration, Kahilwayan Festival is a cultural festival in a dance-drama form which is a reenactment of sort of the struggle for freedom by our very own local folks led by the heroic Gen. Martin G. Delgado.
Aptly dubbed as Kahilwayan Festival, Kahilwayan being an Ilonggo/Hiligaynon word which means Freedom or Liberty, it highlights the quest of the Ilonggos to attain freedom through their fierce independent spirit.
LA UNION SURFING INVITATIONAL/SURFING Philippine Festival
November 17- November 19 | Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union
An all Filipino managed surfing competition.
A community based tourism activity where surfers from around the Philippines are invited to compete and have fun at one of the best surfing destinations in the country
P’YAGSAWITAN FESTIVAL (ECO-TOURISM)
November 18- November 25 | Maragusan, Compostela Valley
The municipality of Maragusan, Compostela Valley celebrates its foundation day with a trip to the outdoors—quite literally—as its residents highlight their hometown’s ecotourism potential.
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BAGUIO ARTS Philippine Festival
November 18 | Baguio City
An exhibit of the different artworks and art pieces of the various Cordillera artists in different art media.
URUKAY Philippine Festival
November 18- November 19 | Anini-y, Antique
It is inspired by a local custom whereby a wedding feast is observed no matter how poor or humble the bride and groom are in this celebration, there is much fun and good natured teasing.
November 20- November 25 | Mambusao, Capiz
A cultural and fiesta celebration
LAPU-LAPU CITY FIESTA
November 21- November 22 | Lapu-lapu City, Cebu
Join in colorful rites to honor the Virgin of the Rule, patron of Lapu-lapu City.
KALIMUDAN FESTIVAL (TRIBAL FIESTA)
November 21 | Isulan, Sultan Kudarat
It is another tribal fiesta down in Mindanao, with just about every major ethnic group joining in the fun.
Cultural sharing is the theme here, its message clearly displayed in the timeless songs and dances of these native folks.
One need not be a Manobo, Tiruray or T’boli to take part in the fun—all you need are the right clothes, the right moves, and a genuine desire to go totally tribal!
SANDUROT Philippine Festival
November 22 | Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
Is a joyful celebration of the people of Dumaguete, their innate hospitality, friendliness, and their propensity to live harmoniously with people of different race, religion, and cultural beliefs.
Through the course of history and to the present time, the people of Dumaguete have always been known to welcome strangers from different shores and countries, and to live with them in complete peace and understanding.
CORDILLERA Philippine Festival
November 22 | Baguio City
A showcase of the various tribal dances, rituals and songs of the Cordilleras.
BENGUET FOUNDATION DAY
November 23 | Benguet
The Ethnic Igorots make their presence felt once again in Benguet as they hold a grand canao (the local word for “party”) at the Benguet provincial capital grounds.
Ritual sacrifices are made, followed by a series of chants and prayers made in the native language.
Tribal performances come next.
No touristy stuff here, just a healthy dose of of traditional Cordillera culture.
HIGANTES Philippine Festival
November 23 | Angono, Rizal
A fiesta of "gigantic" proportions highlighted by a grand procession of 10-feet high papier mache puppets, surrounded by a crowd of drenched, water-fighting revelers.
KABKABAN Philippine Festival
November 24- November 25 | Carcar, Cebu
The festival is not just a religious fanfare in honor of the town’s patroness, St.
Catherine of Alexandria, but a cuLtural catalogue of the town’s historical periods and industry like shoemaking, as well as their arts that is showcased through street dancing and parade
BAGUIO TOSSED SALAD FESTIVAL
November 25 27 | Baguio City
A record breaking attempt to showcase the heaviest tossed salad and served to the public
FEAST OF SANTA CATALINA
November 26 | Mansalay, Mindoro, Oriental
Palarong Lahi, an array of games very native to Mindoreños and Filipino, joined in by all games enthusiasts.
November 27 | Dagupan City
Panangedayew, Pangasinan word meaning to uplift.
Acitvites include garden show beside the Dagupan Astrodome, trade fair of Pangasinan’s pride like Bonuan bangus, bagoong, peanut brittle, quilted products housewares and locally made Christmas decors.
QUEEN CITY INTERNATIONAL RUN
November 27 | Cebu
More fun and funky than Olympic in effort.
Runners from all over the world join the 13-kilometer marathon.
A $1000 prize awaits the first to cross the finish line.
ANNUAL PINATUBO TREK (A MARCH TO PEACE TRANQUILITY)
November 30 | Brgy.
Sta Juliana, Capas Tarlac
A annual event to commemorate the world-famous eruption of Mt.
Pinatubo heralded the world over as the biggest and geologic uphearal of the20th century.
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Philippine Convention and Visitors Corp.
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