Welcome to the country that bills itself “The Fiesta Islands”!
The Filipino calendar is replete with fiesta celebrations, most of them religious in inspiration. From the Sinulog Festival in Cebu, Ati-atihan in Kalibo, Dinagyang in Iloilo and Feast of the Black Nazerene in Quiapo Metro Manila in January; the Panagbenga in Baguio City in February; the Moriones Festival in Marinduque during Holy Week (March/April); the Flores de Mayo in Metro Manila, Pahiyas in Lucban in May; the Pintados Kasadyahan Festival in Tacloban, Parada ng mga Lechon in Balayan, Batangas in June; the Kadayawan Festival in Davao in August; the Maradjao Karadjao Festival in Surigao in September; the Masskara Festival in Bacolod in October; the Higantes Festival in Angono in November; the Grand Lantern Festival in San Fernando, Pampanga in December and many more.
The fiesta is the Filipino’s ultimate expression of community. It is “eternity experienced in a single hour”, when the past is remembered, the present is celebrated, and the future is welcomed in a few moments of tribal kinships. If you are a visitor to the Philippines, no matter how temporary, during those moments you are fully embraced into the shared memories and joys and dreams of the Filipino nation.