Festivals in the Philippines | April Guide
It’s officially summer! And yeah, you know what it brings — beach vacations & more fiestas! This month, the best festivals in the Philippines are a mix of the religious, cultural & harvests. So get yourselves dolled-up for these exciting fiestas happening back-to-back around the islands.
With the Holy Week staged in the middle of April, the nation stands still for a while to reflect. However, this season also brings a different kind of celebration. It is something that brings all together the solemnity of lent & the theatrics of age-old Christian traditions.
Hello Summer, Hello Festivals in the Philippines!
Festivals are a great way to savour the best of your out-of-town holidays. It offers a glimpse of the culture of the place you’re visiting as well as enjoying its wealth of travel attractions.
We round up the best of summer festivals in the Philippines kicking in with April. So, let’s go!
April 1-7 / Bontoc, Mountain Province
Lang-ay means to share the happiness, wisdom, love & peace in i-Bontoc language. In addition, it shows the very rich culture of the people of Mountain Province. Come up to Bontoc & witness a solid Cordilleran festival filled with activities of the indigenous kind.
4th Week of April / Sabtang, Batanes
This is the northernmost festival happening in the Philippines. Set in Sabtang Island in Batanes, Vakul-Kanayi celebrates the rich culture of the Ivatans. It particularly takes pride of its grass weaves of vakul, a headpiece & kanayi, a vest worn in the field. Although the execution is very simple but it is profound with traditional games, songs & dances.
April 10-13 / Malaybalay, Bukidnon
Furthermore south, Kaamulan Festival is the grand thanksgiving celebration among the indigenous hilltribe communities of Bukidnon. Running since the mid-70s, Kaamulan is one of the best festivals in the Philippines because of its well-balanced executions of cultural integrity & tourism in one spectacle. Truly, this one you must not miss!
Panaad sa Negros
April 8-14 / Bacolod City
Panaad sa Negros showcases the exquisite culture of the Negrense people. This weeklong festival brings together all the towns in a show of dances, music, theater & everything Negrense. In fact, being here is like touring the entire province & getting a glimpse of what each can offer.
Holy Week / Boac, Marinduque
Festivals in the Philippines is never complete without the Moriones in Marinduque. Not to mention that it is one of the longest running festivals in the country & probably the best “senakulo” presentation. While it’s really a lenten show, it also beautifully incorporates the pageantry of marching centaurions like no other.
Holy Week / Siquijor Island
As mysterious as it already is, Siquijor fires up its mystique during the annual Healing Festival. Usually set on a Good Friday, the healers of the island gather together to make their concoctions of remedies. Witness a differently beautiful yet deep experience of spirituality combining folk Christianity & the supernatural.
April 26-May 8 / Manila
Catch the biggest gathering of all the best fiestas in the country all in one show — Aliwan Fiesta! Feel the vibe, listen to the music & see the colours of the different festivals in the Philippines in a 2-week jampacked presentation.
April 5-May 3 / Lingayen, Pangasinan
Pistay Dayat or feast of the sea tells you of the bounties of the water in Pangasinan, being known for having beautiful islands & producing abundant marine life. But this also brings together all the festivals in the province making it the grandest celebration you should put in your bucketlist.