Festivals in the Philippines | February Guide
Festivals in the Philippines give us more reasons to love the season. And February is not only a time for Valentine soirees, but also a month full of art & cultural festivals.
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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
Of course, Binondo is the hub of everything Chinese in the Philippines. Likewise, it is 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
2019 Update: Cancelled
Really, 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.
February 15-March 4
All roads lead to Baguio City every last week of February for the season of blooms, Panagbenga Festival. It celebrates Cordillera’s history, traditions, art & harvest. Truly, it delights its audience with jampacked activities like flower parades, concerts, food & trade fairs. March 2-4, 2019 sets the highlight activities.
February 27-March 3
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 sweep the last week spilling over to March. This includes colorful street parades, variety shows as well as handicraft exhibitions.
Celebrating Laoag’s founding anniversary, Pamulinawen is one of the must-see festivals in the Philippines. In the forefront, it 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. The grand parade is on Feb 9, 2019.
Commemorating its pagan past, Camarines Sur brings to the streets of Iriga City its rituals of thanksgiving for bountiful harvests. Exciting street parade, colorful floats as well as agro-trade fairs create the Tinagba vibe. Above all, since Iriga is the heartland of Bicol’s Rinconada district, expect to find some unique treats in this week-long fiesta.
Bayawan City is not called the Agricultural Capital of Negros Oriental for nothing. After all, it supplies the entire region with golden yields of crops. Also, it is home to some good finds like suman. And the stars of this festival are nothing less than the “tawo-tawo” or the scarecrows, the farmers’ humble heroes. Anticipate frenzy dances, folk songs & lots of 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. The Bamboo Organ Festival came after its restoration in Germany in 1975 to celebrate its uniqueness. In fact, it is the longest running music festival in the country today.
Barely new to the Philippine festival scene, Bago City in Negros Occidental takes pride of its Babaylan Festival. The Babaylans are indigenous healers, shamans & community leaders. Their rituals from birth to death & all that they do from harvest, healing & protection are showcased in a unique merry-making. Most importantly, it too is replete with the spectacle of signature festivals in the Philippines.
Furthermore, in Binuangan, Misamis Oriental, Patunob Festival honours the Lady of Lourdes. This religious fiesta celebrates their bounties as well as their devotion to their patron saint. Above all, the festival highlights the ritual of blessing the devotees, a tradition carried out for many years.
Festival of Lights
Indeed, Tangub City isn’t shy about its love for lights. In fact, every December, they hold the grandest light-filled Christmas symbols. And come February, northern Mindanao glows once more in the biggest Festival of Lights. And if you missed the old-school field demonstration, this one’s a delightful comeback with flickers as twist.