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Kabankalan Sinulog

A wild street party in La Carlota, Negros, in which dancers are daubed in black in honour of the island’s Negrito people and a feast is held to honour Santo Niño (the child Jesus).
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Sinulog Fiesta

The granddaddy of Cebu’s fiestas sees celebrants engaged in a unique sinulog dance, a unique two-steps-forward, one-step-back shuffle meant to imitate the rhythm of the river.
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Dinagyang Fiesta

In Iloilo on Panay, this mardi gras–style festival honours Santo Niño with extravagant costumes and dancing.
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Chinese New Year

The Lunar New Year used to be celebrated by the Chinese community only, but has become popular among all Filipinos in recent years; there are dragon dances, street parties and huge fireworks displays in Manila and p…
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Bamboo Organ Festival

Music lovers gather at the church of Las Piñas, near Manila, to listen to organists play the world’s only bamboo organ.
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Panagbenga Flower Festival

For an entire week the streets in the northern mountain city of Baguio come alive with song and dance, and there are floral parades with some spectacular floats.
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Kaamulan Festival

The town of Malaybalay in Bukihan on Mindanao, is the setting for this celebration of unity between the tribal people in the area, through dance, song, storytelling, eating and drinking.
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Senakulo & Pabasa

Passion plays (senakulo) are staged in various parts of the country in the week leading to Easter, while pabasa or pasyon, a recitation of the passion of Christ, is held in many neighbourhoods. The most famous senak…
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Crucifixion Ceremonies

The country’s most bizarre and controversial celebrations are the crucifixion re-enactments that occur in several towns, most famously in San Fernando (Pampanga), north of Manila, where devotees are literally nailed…
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Lenten Festival of Herbal Preparation

In barangay San Antonio on the ‘spooky’ island of Siquijor, traditional healers strut their stuff to big crowds. Dozens of faith healers and witch doctors gather around a big pot, chanting and preparing a medicinal …