Festivals in the Philippines | November Guide
2020 UPDATE: Due to Covid-19, these festivals in the Philippines in November aren’t pushing through. This post is just a reminder of the wonderful times we had & the better days we look forward to in 2021.
Oh yes, before we all jump into the frenzy of Christmas, let these festivals in the Philippines heat up your November calendar!
Unlike the previous months, there aren’t too many festivals anymore around the country. By this we mean festivals that are worth spending money on flights, accommodation & what-have-yous.
Perhaps, everyone’s gearing up for the twinkling season & saving up for December’s next-to-next events.
The Best of November Festivals in the Philippines
However, there are a few exciting festivals in the Philippines that are a must-experience in November. So let your hair down in these awesome events offering the best preludes to non-stop fun ‘til the year ends.
Here are Travel Trilogy’s top picks for the month.
Lake Sebu, South Cotabato / Nov 8-11
First is Lake Sebu, the home of the T’boli indigenous community. They are most famous for their handwoven textile called the t’nalak. Come up to this wonderful highland community during Helobung Festival & be enthralled by their exquisite art & culture. Surely, this one’s a fantastic cultural experience you wouldn’t want to miss!
Angono, Rizal / Nov 22-23
Truly, the list of festivals in the Philippines is never complete without Angono’s Higantes Festival. On this day, giant papier-mâché puppets parade around town replete with all the shebang of any Pinoy fiesta. Higantes Festival traces its roots back to the Spanish-time hacienda-ruled Angono. Also, it honours San Clemente, the patron saint of fisherfolks.
Oroquieta City / Nov 17
Next is Pasungko, dubbed as the Festival of Festivals in Misamis Occidental. It celebrates their rich Subanen heritage & the bounties of life in the Province. Pasungko relives their Subanen traditions & rituals narrated in the pageantry of awesome performance art.
Maragusan, Compostela Valley / Nov 18-25
Yes, it’s a double celebration in Maragusan every November! It’s their founding anniversary & the annual P’yagsawitan Festival. With these, also expect double treats folks! P’yagsawitan rejoices their colorful Mansaka heritage & the richness of harvests.
Carcar, Cebu / Nov 15-25
Indeed, Carcar may be known for having the best lechon in Cebu. However, it is also popular for being the home of one of the best festivals in this side of the Province. Yes, expect fun street dancing, parties, beauty pageants & loads of lechon this season!
Isulan, Sultan Kudarat / Oct 28-Nov 26
Finally, just when you think that there aren’t any festival in Sultan Kudarat, think again. Let Kalimudan Festival show you how grand they celebrate each year. They may not be a popular tourist destination. But you’d be surprised at how much effort & budget they put in for Kalimudan. Come & be in for some wows!