National Events

National Zero Waste Month


Proclmation No. 760 s 2014 declares every month of January as Zero Waste Month.

Sto. Niño Month


The Sto. Niño month celebrates the oldest religious image in the Philippines.

Feast of the Black Nazarene

January 09

This feast is celebrated at the heart of Manila- Quiapo. Devotees come from all over the metropolis to participate in this annual event honoring the hundred-year-old statue of the Black Nazarene.

Sinulog Festival

January 15

This is an annual festival held in Cebu, which commences nine days before the third Sunday of January.

Ati-Atihan Festival

3rd Sunday of January

This is a celebration in honor of the Infant Jesus, the town’s patron. Ati-Atihan, observed in honor of the Child Jesus. Ati-atihan means ‘making like Atis,’ that is, pretending to be like the aboriginal natives that once inhabited Aklan. This involves smearing oneself with soot to darken the skin and dressing up in tribal finery. The start of the procession is signaled by drums and whistles, and later punctuated by shouts of “Hala Bira!”

The Dinagyang Festival

4th Sunday of February

Dinagyang is a Hiligaynon word extrapolated from dagyang meaning “merrymaking” It celebrates the feast of the Infant Jesus and the pact between the Datus and the locals.

National Arts Month


The National Arts Month is spearheaded by the Office of the President and the National Commission of Culture and the Arts (NCCA) enjoining the public for festivities celebrating the culture and talent of the Philippines. Throughout the country, the NCCA, art and culture groups, along with local government units, will be running several Philippine culture-related projects, the biggest of which being the Philippine International Arts Festival (PIAF), now on its third year, and which brings together the best the Filipino has to offer in a proud showcase to the world.

World Wetlands Day

Worldwide - February 02

February 2 of each year is WWD, marking the date of adoption of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in 1971.

Paraw Regatta

3rd Sunday of February

This festivity features racing events between local outriggers in the strait between Iloilo City and Guimaras Island.

Taytay Hamaka Festival

February 10 to 16

This is a seven-day event showcasing the artistry, craftsmanship and various talents of the people of Taytay.

The Tinagba Festival

February 11

This is a harvest-offering affair for Our Lady of Lourdes. Farmers parade in carabao-drawn carts filled with the best of local produce while Agtas come down from the mountain to dance.

International Bamboo Organ Festival


This is a ten-day series of cultural events with a focus on the unique bamboo-made organ, made by Fray Diego de la Cera, and found only in Las Piñas.

Baguio Flower Festival


This is a relatively “new” event in the country’s summer capital. Similar to the Rose Bowl Parade of the U.S., this festival is highlighted by a parade of floats made entirely of fresh blossoms from local horticulturists.

Ollalion Festival

February 14

The festival celebrates the Kalinga culture through its sports, crafts, and indigenous food.

Babaylanes Festival

February 19

This highlights the culture of the first settlers of Bago City before the Spanish colonizers arrived. As defined by Negros historians, the babaylan is a doctor, herbalist, artist, adviser, herbalist, seer, diviner and agriculturist.

Kalilangan Festival

February 20 to 27

This features cultural shows, a civic/military, agro-industrial fair, sports competition, and a beauty pageant.

Kaamulan Festival

2nd week of February to March 10

This is a three-day gathering of Bukidnon’s various ethnolinguistic groups in Pines View Park. It includes a performance of traditional rituals.

Lenten Season


Lent is a penitential period, involving the dual disciplines of abstinence and fasting.

National Women's Month


The National Women's Month Celebration eveyr March is part of the worldwide observance of the International Women's Day (IWD). Proclamation No. 227 s. 1988 provides for the observance of the Month of March as Women's Role in History Month.

World Wildlife Day

Worldwide - March 03

National Women's Day

March 08

RA 6949 declares the eighth day of March of every year is hereby declared as a working special holiday to be known as National Women's Day

Malasimbo Festival

March 10 to 12

Malasimbo Festival has four pillars: music, arts, indigenous people, and environment. The festival is well known for bringing some of the most versatile musicians. In the event, the Malasimbo grounds is decorated with world-class artwork by various talented Filipino and visual artists, also showcasing indigenous peoples’ work.

International Day of Forests

Worldwide - March 21

UNESCO-ITI World Theater Week

Worldwide - March 21 to 27

World Theatre Week is an occasion for theatre artists of varied disciplines in performance and media arts to celebrate the power of Theatre to bring people together and an opportunity to share with audiences the wealth of each country’s heritage, history, habitat, theatrical traditions and expertise modeling cultural caregiving for marginalized sectors and disadvantaged youth exemplified in the Philippine program of the Earthsavers Dreams Ensemble honored as UNESCO Artists for Peace;

World Water Day

Worldwide - March 22

Philippine Water Week

4th week of March

Island Garden City of Samal Festival

1st week of March

This is a week-long celebration of Samal’s founding anniversary held every first week of March.

Anibina Bulawanun Festival

March 8

This is an eight-day multi-themed annual festival that culminates on the province’s foundation day, March 8. It is a colorful and joyful celebration of the province’s rich agricultural harvests, abundant mineral resources, governance’s feats, trade and tourism fair, and a showcasing of the people’s culture and traditions. The Al-law Ng Kalomonan (Tribal Day) falls on the 7th day of Anibina.

Holy Week

March to April

This is a week-long event honoring Jesus Christ’s death on the Cross.  The Palm Sunday is held on the fifth Sunday of Lent where churchgoers bring palm and leaves to re-enact the arrival of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem.  Holy Thursday is held with a Visitaa Iglesia where Catholics visit at least 7 churches. A “Pasyon” or narration of Christ’s life through singing is held; On Good Friday, believers re-enact the sufferings and death of Christ on the Cross. Easter Sunday is highlighted by “Salubong” or dawn processions held in various parts of the country.*

Moriones Festival

Holy Week

This is a week-long celebration participated in by male penitents in costumes who parade around town. On Good Friday, they reenact the story of Longinus, a centurion, blind in one eye, who speared Jesus’ side. Christ’s blood fell on his blind eye, miraculously restoring it, leading to his conversion.

Centurion Festival

Holy Week

This is believed to be the origin of Marinduque’s Moriones Festival and is as colorful.

Ang Pagtaltal

Good Friday

This is a procession of flagellants and devotees in biblical attire that ends in the Balaan Bukid Shrine.

Pangalap Ritual

Good Friday

This is a ritual where believers crawl through the Catilaran cave chanting prayers in the hope of gaining supernatural powers to ward off evil spirits.

Witches Festival

Holy Week

Siquijor is popularly known throughout the country for “witchcraft”. A “Witches Festival” is held at Crocodile Hill overlooking the Bay of Lazi and the Mindanao Sea. When the moon is full, the sorcerers, called magbabarang gather herbs, roots and live insects, throw these into a giant cauldron filled with boiling water, then sit in a circle around it while mumbling incantations. This is followed by dancing and ends in an exclusive ritual in a secluded cave at dawn.

Harvest Month


Harvest Festival is a celebration of the food grown on the land. Thanksgiving ceremonies and festivities are conducted to give thanks for successful harvests.

Month of Planet Earth

Worldwide - April

The observance of this event support activities that would highlight the promotion of earth sciences towards a better society

Moriones Festival


This is marked by the presence of men wearing masks (“moriones”) and garbed in what passes off for Roman centurion costumes to dramatize the story of Longinus, the blind centurion whose sight was restored by the blood that spurted from the side where Longinus speared Christ. This is held during the Holy Week in Marinduque.

Centurion Festival


It recounts the Passion play and is performed on the city’s streets.



This is a seven-day feast in honor of our lady of sorrows highlighted by a procession and a dance (to the beat of a turumba song).

Lami-Lamihan Festival

April 14 to 16

Began in 1983 by former mayor Wilfrido Furigay, the festival showcases the rich Yakan traditions. This is highlighted by a parade and a horse race.

International Earth Day

Worldwide - April 22

Kadaugan sa Mactan

April 27

This is mainly the re-enactment of the Battle of Mactan along the islands’ beach.

Flores De Mayo / Santacruzan


Santacruzan is held annually in the warm month of May and is considered to be the "Queen of Filipino Festivals". Beautiful town belles are selected to participate in this colorful pageant parade. The stars are selected not for their looks alone, but for their embodiment of traditional feminine qualities. It is a week-long street pageant in almost every town; from the dirt road barrio to the metropolis honoring beautiful Philippine maidens and their handsome escorts under the hand-carried bamboo arc’s decorated by fragrant native flowers.

Month of the Ocean

Worldwide - May

Month of Ocean promotes sustainable development of coastal and marine resources and ensure that the marine environment is protected from all forms of degradation

Flores de Mayo


Literally translated, it means “Flowers of May”and highlights a procession honoring Virgin Mary. Coinciding with it is the Santacruzan, re-enacting the search of Queen Elena for the cross upon which Jesus Christ was crucified. The town or city’s loveliest ladies grace the occasion.

Pasalamat Festival

May 1

This is a labor and thanksgiving festival marked by street dancing and a parade of farm products.

Magayon Festival

May 1

This is a showcase of Albay’s culture and arts marked by exhibits, parades, shows, and sports.

Pista y Dayat Festival

May 1

This is a seaside festival and a thanksgiving day by local fishermen for a bountiful year.


May 2

This is a re-enactment of the 13th-century rite of offering chains of coconut embryos called boa to deities. They believe that doing so would mean a prosperous year.

Carabao-Carozza Race Festival

May 3

This is an event where carabaos (water buffaloes) pull decorated bamboo carts in a 400-meter course race.

Lanahan Ritual

May 1 to 3

This the ritual performed by the Bagobos involving the making of medicinal oil (lana) after their pilgrimage to Mount Apo.

Balanghai Festival


This commemorates the coming of the early migrants from Borneo and Celebes. It is said that they came to Agusan in balanghai or wooden boats.

Tapusan Festival


This is a month-long celebration honoring the Holy Cross.

Barangay Boat Festival

May 11

This is a fluvial festival held annually in honor of Saint Peter Thelmo, the town’s patron saint.

Carabao Festival

May 15

This is an event honoring. San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers. Carabaos are paraded and blessed by the town priest.

Events and Holidays

New Year's Day

January 01, 2018
Regular Holiday


January 02, 2018
Regular Holiday

Maundy Thursday

March 29, 2018
Regular Holiday

Good Friday

March 30, 2018
Regular Holiday

Araw ng Kagitingan

April 09, 2018
Regular Holiday

Labor Day

May 01, 2018
Regular Holiday

Independence Day

June 12, 2018
Regular Holiday