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Top Choice Cultural in Iloilo

Dinagyang Festival

Celebrating the Santo Niño with outrageous costumes and dances, this three-day mardi gras–style party takes place in the fourth week of January. If you miss it, see the colourful exhibition at City Hall (8am to 5pm…
Festival in Masbate

Moriones Festival

Marinduque’s Moriones Festival began in 1807 when Padre Dionsio Santiago, a Mogpog parish priest, organised a play based on the story of Longinus (or Longino), one of the Roman centurions assigned to execute Christ.…
Cultural in Cebu City

Sinulog Festival

Cebu’s epic annual Sinulog Festival draws pilgrims from around the Philippines. Celebrated on the third Sunday of January, the Sinulog, or Fiesta Señor, is the Feast of Santo Niño (the Christ Child) and is marked by…
Music in Puerto Galera

Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival

Launched in 2011, the Malsimbo Festival has quickly blossomed into the Philippines' top open-air music festival, drawing a mix of top Pinoy talent and a few international acts. It takes place every February in a gra…
Cultural in Masbate

Aroroy Wacky Rodeo

Taking place in the town of Aroroy in May, this rodeo pits brave cowboys against a particularly cantankerous creature, the crab. Events include crab races, crab catching, parades, dancing, and the mass consumption o…
Cultural in Kalibo

Ati-Atihan Festival

This fantastic festival is the nation’s biggest and best mardi gras, it most likely dates back to the days of the Borneo settlers. Described by its promoters as a mix of ‘Catholic ritual, social activity, indigenous…
Cultural in Masbate Town

Rodeo Masbateño

If you come to 'the Wild East', make it the second week of April, when Masbate hosts a four-day rodeo extravaganza and cowboys and cowgirls from all over the island take part in bull-riding contests, barrel racing (…
Religious in Manila

All Saints' & All Souls' Day

What Day of the Dead is to Mexico, All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2) is to Manila as hundreds of revelers gather at both the North Cemetery and Chinese Cemetery. The two spots become one b…
Religious in Manila

Black Nazarene Procession

The Black Nazarene, a life-size and highly revered statue of Christ in Quiapo Church, is paraded through the streets in massive processions on 9 January and again during the week before Easter (Holy Week). Thousands…
Cultural in Kiangan

Bakle'd Kiangan

If you arrive here around the last weekend of August, you may be able to participate in the Bakle'd Kiangan, a local festival that celebrates a bountiful rice harvest; during this time, locals don traditional dress …