Festivals in the Philippines | February Guide
Festivals in the Philippines give us more reason to love the season. February is not only a time for Valentine soirees, but also a month full of art & cultural festivals.
Fill your month with lots of love & festivals in the Philippines!
Dubbed as the national arts month, the entire country turns into a live stage as masterpieces take the spotlight. Top all the art frenzy with landmark fiestas & you’ll surely end up with 28 days of fun in the islands.
Chinese New Year
Binondo is the hub of everything Chinese in the Philippines. It is also the center of the Chinese New Year celebration. This 1-day event gathers a throng of visitors all served with a lauriat of lion & dragon dances, lucky charms, food & fireworks.
Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival
Pampanga’s skies come to life every February when hot air balloons fly over the vast fields of Central Luzon. Originally staged by the Department of Tourism & aviation enthusiasts, it aims to help the region bring back the vibe that was lost to the 1991 eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. Today, the event does not only showcase hot air ballooning but also aerobatics, paragliding, micro & ultralight flying, sky diving & kite flying.
All roads lead to Baguio City every last week of February for the season of blooms, Panagbenga Festival. It celebrates this part of Cordillera’s history, traditions, art & harvest. Being one of the biggest festivals in the Philippines, it delights its audience with jampacked activities like flower parades, concerts, food & trade fairs.
From the Maguindanao word meaning “celebration”, Kalilangan is General Santos City’s way of showcasing its bounty as a prime agro-industrial city. While the festival runs for the entire month, its highlight activities are held on the last week. This includes colorful street parades, variety shows & handicraft exhibitions.
Celebrating Laoag’s founding anniversary, Pamulinawen is one of the must-see festivals in the Philippines. This month-long merrymaking displays the Ilocanos’ folk traditions such as the comedia, parade of calesas & street dancing. But one thing you shouldn’t miss in Pamulinawen is sampling Ilocano food in their food bazaars.
Commemorating its pagan past, Camarines Sur brings to the streets of Iriga City its rituals of thanksgiving for bountiful harvests. Creating the Tinagba vibe are its exciting street parade, colorful floats & agro-trade fairs. Iriga is the heartland of Bicol’s Rinconada district so expect to find some unique treats in this week-long fiesta.
Bayawan City is not called the Agricultural Capital of Negros Oriental for nothing. It supplies the entire region with golden yields of crops & home to some good finds like suman. The stars of this festival are the “tawo-tawo” or the scarecrows, the farmers’ humble heroes. This thanksgiving is brought to the streets on a merrymaking filled with dances, songs & food.
International Bamboo Organ Festival
Hailed as a National Cultural Treasure, the bamboo organ in St. Joseph’s Parish in Las Pinas City dates back to 19th century. After its restoration in Germany in 1975, the International Bamboo Organ Festival was staged to celebrate this unique musical instrument. It is the longest running music festival in the country today.
Barely new to the Philippine fiesta scene, Bago City in Negros Occidental takes pride of its Babaylan Festival. The Babaylans are regarded as the indigenous healers, shamans or community leaders. And their rituals from birth to death & all that they do from harvest, healing & protection are showcased in a unique merry-making replete with the spectacle of signature festivals in the Philippines.