Festivals in the Philippines | June Guide
Are you ready to get wet & wild? Brace yourselves as the festivals in the Philippines in June bring you lots of water fun & more artery-clogging food trips!
June signals the coming of the rainy season. However, celebrations of the feast of St. John the Baptist, the saint of baptism highlight this month’s fiesta scenes in the country. Much like Songkran in Thailand & Thingyan in Myanmar, fun splashes & parties douse these festivities.
Festivals in the Philippines: It’s More Fun in June
Following the scorching heat of summer, it’s time to cool down as we welcome the rains of June & the months to come. But it’s also time to unbutton those pants as more fiestas mean more food! So let’s get in on with June!
Parada ng Lechon Festival
Balayan, Batangas / June 14-24
So what are festivals in the Philippines without lechon? At Balayan in Batangas, they take this season of deliciousness with so much revelry. Parties, parades, street dancing & lots of lechon will make you love this month!
Lechonan sa Baroy Festival
Baroy, Lanao del Norte / June 10
For one day, let this quiet town of Baroy in Lanao del Norte take you to an artery-choking but deliciously wild fiesta of the happiest pig on earth! Imagine crunchy golden skin, succulent & tender meat that clings to the rib & spice-rubbed belly. Ahhh, this is how they make your day here.
Tabaco City, Albay / June 21-24
Enjoy back-to-back fun at Tabaco’s Tabak Festival. This city at the foot of Mount Mayon is popular for staging one of Bicol’s most attended festivals. And all for one good reason: pure awesomeness. In fact, the list of festivals in the Philippines wouldn’t be complete without this.
Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur / June 12-17
Every mid-month of June, all roads in Caraga Region leads to Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur as it celebrates Naliyagan Festival. Now on its 26thyear, it rejoices its rich Manobo culture, thanksgiving & the founding anniversary of the province. Truly, it’s what every Agusanon says, “it’s more fun in Naliyagan”!
Gotad ad Ifugao
Lagawe, Ifugao / June 15-22
The sound of the gangsa echoes the loudest at the annual Gotad as Ifugao. Set in Lagawe, this weeklong fiesta showcases indigenous dances & music. Moreover, there’s traditional food & crafts, and the myriad of Ifugao rituals to poke the culture-curious in you.
Daet, Camarines Norte / June 15-24
“To make friends” in the Bicolano language is called “daet”, a fitting name for a town that brings together the sweetness of friendship & its Formosa pineapple. This pineapple festival is the only one of its kind in Bicol & indeed a must-see, must-taste fiesta to experience.
Sorsogon City, Sorsogon / June 20-30
Of course, nowhere is this humble nut given so much celebration than in its home of abundance in Sorsogon. Pili Festival coincides with the feast of Saints Peter & Paul that also means a double treat of fun & spectacle for all.
Basco, Batanes / June 21-26
Batanes steals the festival scene in the north of the Philippines every last week of June as it celebrates Batanes Day. Albeit simple, this occasion is never short of fun. Witness how the Ivatans party in the most coveted travel destination in the country.
Piat Sambali Festival
Piat, Cagayan / June 23
Many say, to understand the Filipinos’ way of life, you have to know its immense love for Mama Mary. In Cagayan Valley, she is revered as the Our Lady of Piat & is the reason for celebrating Piat Sambali Festival. It also commemorates the Christianization of the Itaois people in this side of north Luzon.
Batac, Ilocos Norte / June 23
While every town in the entire Ilocandia claims to have the best empanada, Batac, however owns the space in celebrating this delicious goodness. In addition to rejoicing this age-old culinary tradition, Empanada Festival also boasts of other Ilocano values, arts & crafts.
Cagwait, Surigao del Sur / June 21-24
If festivals in the Philippines mean beach party to you, then come to Kaliguan Festival in the surfing town of Cagwait in Surigao del Sur. Here, the beach is the epicenter of happenings. So come & get splashes of fun!
Tacloban City, Leyte / June 27-29
Pintados-Kasadyaan is Leyte’s festival of festivals celebrating its indigenous tattoo traditions. Moreover, it also coincides with the feast of the miraculous Sto. Niño de Leyte in Tacloban City. This festival gathers all the festivals in the province in one festive space.
Tacloban City, Leyte / June 29
Be enthralled by the parade of lighted floats, street parties & food extravaganza as Tacloban City brings you Sangyaw Festival. Indeed, this annual spectacle is a must-experience in Eastern Visayas, at least once in your life.
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