Festivals in the Philippines | September Guide
So many festivals in the Philippines would have kept us busy this month had coronavirus not existed. Yes, it’s sad to think the BER months kicked in with many cancelled events. Anyhow, let’s just remember the awesome fiestas around the country and let’s hope for the better days to come soon.
Festivals in the Philippines: September Chills & Thrills
This month highlights the fiestas in honor of St. Michael the Archangel & the miraculous Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia. However, we also celebrate a lot more — from harvests to arts and crafts.
So let’s jigger in September with these awesome festivals in the Philippines — in memory or virtually!
Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival
September 8-10 / Surigao City
Coinciding with the Feast of San Nicolas de Tolentino, Bonok-Bonok Festival is always the most awaited event in Surigao City. Inspired from the Mamanua dance bonok-bonok, the festival celebrates their indigenous ancestry & bounties.
September 19-23 / Basey, Samar
Basey in Samar is known for its enchanting landscapes. But it also takes pride of its age-old traditions in mat weaving & bamboo crafts. And every 3rd week of September, this quiet town runs in frenzy as it bursts into dancing, music, trade fairs & just anything you can think about Filipino fiesta.
September 13-29 / Naga City
Moreover, in South Luzon, Peñafrancia Festival is the biggest Marian celebration in the Philippines. It is in honor of the loving miraculous mother of Bicol, Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia. During this time, millions of devotees flock to her shrine in the beautiful city of Naga. Also, aside from the procession, visitors look forward to its culinary & trade fairs, parties & pageants.
Truly, the list of festivals in the Philippines is never complete without Peñafrancia Festival.
Burdang Lumban Festival
September 22-23 / Lumban, Laguna
Notably, burda or embroidery is a folk craft known among the people of Lumban in Laguna. Notably, it’s one of the best embroidery towns in the country. And nowhere is this time-honoured artistry best celebrated than here. Make your way to a maze of embroidered stuff, delicious Filipino snacks & exciting rural dances as well as music all in one celebration.
September 23-27 / Bongao, Tawi-Tawi
Indeed, Agal-Agal Festival and Kamahardikaan sin Tawi-Tawi is one of the farthest festivals in the Philippines. Usually, the capital town of Bongao hosts this grandest gathering of seafaring Muslims. While it may not have the glitz of big city festivals, this one, nonetheless, fills you with rare cultural experiences.
September 23-29 / Iligan City
Diyandi is one of the must-see festivals in the Philippines. Interestingly, it brings together its tri-people in one festival space honoring Señor San Miguel. These are the Higaunon indigenous people, the Christians & the Muslim Maranaos. Of course, the celebration is never complete without the usual street dancing, parties, carnival, trade fairs, exhibits and many more!
September 29 / Tangub City
Tangub City is home to many beautiful festivals. However, among its well-known events is Dalit Festival in celebration of the feast of St. Michael the Archangel. Surely, being home to the famous Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe, expect excellent street dancing spectacles and many other pageantries.
Lapay Bantigue Dance Festival
September 28 / Masbate City
Lapay Bantigue is a rural folk dance imitating the movements of the seagull or lapay commonly found in Barangay Bantigue in Masbate City. In fact, this same folk dance is the inspiration of this cultural festival celebrating the arts, culture, nature and bounty of Masbate.