Ala eh! Festival is the biggest, grandest and most colorful event in Batangas. Held annually, this celebration commemorates the foundation anniversary of the province. Its’ name Ala eh! Festival is a weeklong celebration, packed with various events and activities that aims to unite the local government units, private sectors and stakeholders in showcasing the culture, products, arts, tradition and history of each municipality. Among the activities are the Trade Fair, Photo Contest, Film Festival, Mutya ng Batangan, Voices Songs and Rhythms and Grand Street Dancing and Float Parade.
A pre-Christmas eco-cultural activity organized by the municipality featuring its anthurium farms, sericulture center, the Amburayan river, caves and the Santa Claus Mountain in Balakbak.
A month long celebration of the Nativity of Christ featuring a mardi gras, fireworks, and lantern design competition, Christmas Cantata. A Musical festival spearheaded by the Catholic Vicariate inviting International artists and performances is another highlight of the event.
Tangub City, Misamis Occidental
The first Fiesta de los Toros, highlighting bull runs was conceptualized to pay tribute to its patron, St. Francis Xavier, a native of Navarre, Spain. Among its activities are the Parada de los Torros which features cows and carromatas in a colorful parade, each with distinct theme representing Filipino creativity; Blessing of the Cows, through the intercession of St. Francis Xavier, the community prays that the male and female cows will be blessed by God and that good quality Batangas beef may be produced in the future; the Baliar ala Toro, a dance competition participated by various schools in Nasugbu; the Suwagan ng Toros, where paper mache cows ran after spectators of the parade and the Fireworks Display, which is the festival’s last official act.
A province-wide cultural and religious celebration in honor of Pangasinan’s patroness, the Blessed Virgin Mary. It highlights sunset procession and Thanksgiving mass afterwards, street dancing competition, symbolic lighting of giant Christmas tree at the plaza, agri-trade fair, variety shows. Search for Ms. GalicayoCamilliana- a beauty pageant centered by the beauty of Mama Mary.
A gathering of Garcianos to promote tourism through livestock Auction Market, which is said to be the largest in Asia. The festival includes Rodel ala Garciano such as “cattle down large cattle”, karambola, rope slicing and bull whipping; carrera de paso, airgun shooting competition, powerful voices and greatness singing contest, street dancing and court dancing competitions and animal decoration.
Kaluskos Bamboo Arch is a very significant folk art produced by Cardona’s local artisans. This kind of folk art is traditionally used in different celebrations which include the town fiesta, yuletide season, weddings, anniversaries and birthdays among other significant events in the locality. The arch is made of bamboo, decorated and crafted by hand.
A month-long celebration of the town’s charter anniversary and the Birth of Christ highlighted by events such as “Kiri-Kiti”, “pastoras” beauty pageant, agro-industrial fair, civic parade and cultural shows.
Integration of festive and competitive Christmas activities showcasing colorful lightings and array of decorations in barangays, public parks, roads and buildings, and a series of competitive performances
Cotta, Ozamiz City
A month long celebration showcasing different Parols at Plaza de los Recoletos complimented with nightly shows at Cotta stage participated in by the city’s barangays and other line agencies in observance of the yuletide seasons.
An annual Christmas celebration by lighting and decorating the main thoroughfares in Cebu starting from the Capitol down to Plaza Independencia. Other activities include: nightly cultural shows presented by the different schools, parol, Christmas tree and daygon competitions.
Tanjay City, Negros Oriental
A month long Christmas festivities featuring cultural presentations and contests participated in by Tanjay residents, civic organizations and business establishments. Tanjay, with its myriad holiday lights and Christmas trees become a virtual “Christmas City” during the festival that begins on December 01 and ends on the feast of the Three Kings
‘Kawayan’ is the vernacular term for bamboo and is the major source of livelihood/income in Alegria. The street dancing competgition is based on the kawayan and is slated during the town’s fiesta in honor of Saint Francis Javier
Hugyawan means “merrymaking and is the main concept of the celebration and the presentations of the streetdancing contingents, whose members come from all parts of the province. The main goal of hugyawan is to showcase the unique way of life of the inhabitants of Negros Oriental, and at the same time, capture the customary response of the Negrenses towards Nature, Fate, and God has gifted him with, thanksgiving through celebration, merrymaking and revelry
Commemoration of the transfer of the town of Azagra (Punta Kawit) to Sitio Pag-alad because of the scarcity of water. It also celebrates a thanksgiving in honor of Our Lady of Immaculate Concepcion.
Inagta is a native folkdance with ethnic and tribal roots and it’s probably the oldest folkdance in Negros Oriental since it is danced originally by the Agta people or Negros who are the first settlers of the Negros Island. A leading account significantly defines the “Inagta”as a religious tradition as it was told that this is being performed specifically in honor of Siaton’s patron saint. San Nicolas de Bari. Catholic Agtas perform the Inagta as a dance of worship and thanksgiving and until now their descendants never fail to perform it.
The annual Duman Festival is a culinary exposition cum cultural show where people can eat the best Kapampangan food "al fresco" and in the comfort of traditional and contemporary Kapampangan songs and performances under the shadow of the Sta. Rita Parish Church. The festival is also in honor of the local delicacy called Duman. It is a Christmas delicacy that is made from young gluttonous rice which is a variety of palay. It originated from the tradition of pounding and winnowing unripe glutinous rice (lacatan) and turning it into a light pale gold or green delicacy called "duman." The glutinous rice is harvested just before it gets ripe and continuously pounded amidst song and merriment
In 2008, the ISDA Festival retplaced the latter. The current name reflect the creeping consciousness on environment a issues that has become the current vogue. It is also a fitting reminder for our people to give importance to our fast-dwindling resources nowadays the fish. Tabagak or Sardines fish is famous in our town. However, no matter what the theme, format or title is, the affairs will always be a fishful celebration, more so when spirits flow freely
Roxas City, Capiz
The festival is a street dancing and ritual contest participated by the community. It is history retold when the town has suffered a severe drought and famine. One of the natives dug the roots of a wild cassava with uncooked fish called “kinilaw”. At that time, the root crops were named as “Calibre” but was later changed to “Balanghoy” when a certain deaf woman named Balang was carrying the Calibre roots in her hands and was asked by some visitors on what was she carrying. Since the old woman was deaf, one of her neighbors shouted, “Balang Hoy” which the visitors mistook as the name of the rootcrops she was carrying
A grand celebration of the City’s patroness highlighted by a fluvial parade or Caracol along Puerto Princesa Bay. Burunguyan and nightly cultural presentation of the different barangay and civic organizations of Puerto Princesa City are being held.
The festival of lights means the installation of miniature lights to trees, plants and structures in and around the municipal park to add more color and spirit of the Filipino traditional Christmas celebration. Holy procession of the image of the Immaculate Conception will pass in front of the municipal Hall building where a ceremony is held. It stops for a few minutes for a relevant message from the Mayor and the Parish Priest, with a short program, followed by a formal switch-on of lights, held every 8th of December at 6PM that is simultaneously highlighted by Christmas music and fireworks display. There are also the annual competition of the Daygon and Parol that the community awaits yearly
A two-day celebration of Taal town fiesta. Taal residents convene themselves at the riverbank where several bancas are anchored. The image of Our Lady of Caysasay is carried by the devotees in a fluvial procession at the Pansipit River and through the streets of Taal and finally brought to Basilica of Taal. On the next day, the image of Our Lady of Caysasay along with St. Martin de Tour, the patron saint of Taal Basilica joins the evening long procession. During the procession, chosen girls dressed in white, stop at the street corner and hail the Virgin by reciting Luwa or praises to the Virgin Mary until it reaches again the Basilica.
Toslob Festival is a celebration of thanksgiving for the bountiful graces that the municipality has received from the Almighty, through the intercession of its patroness, the Immaculate Concepcion. It showcases the gratitude of its people through dance and merrymaking. “Toslob” meaning “dip, was the word where confusion arose between the Spanish Civil Guard and a native couple which in turn became the origin of the municipality’s name, Oslob.
The Festival of Lights and literally means “DIWA NGA MASANAG”. It is also a thanks giving celebration of the LGU to the people during Christmas time.
Initiated by Foundation University to add color and merriment to the local community’s Christmas season. There will be a mardi gras parade, field presentations, beauty pageant and frolics. At fifty years old, the FU mardi gras is the province’s oldest running festival
Activities include Agri-Trade, Tourism & Technology Fair w/c depicts “sheen of the North” & food festival at the plaza plus cultural presentations. A National Surfing Competition is also staged during the event organized by the La Union Surf Club at the surfing area in San Juan.
The festival’s primary feature is the Belen-making contest participated by the residents to showcase their inherent creativity and resourcefulness in crafting life size Nativity scenes from local indigenous materials found within the geographical boundaries of Sariaya, from the foot of Mount Banahaw in the north, to the shores of Tayabas Bay in the south. A giant Belen serves as the centrepiece of the celebration.
Tanjay City, Negros Oriental
The festival gives emphasis to this native delicacy made of glutinous rice, coconut milk, sugar and salt. It features the Biggest Bod-bod that would weigh as much as eighty kilos and requires ten persons to prepare the delicacy, and the Smallest Bod-Bod that would come served inside a matchbox. Bod-bod making contest gives the Tanjayanons the chance to show their natural expertise on the art of making the delicacy. While Bod-bod eating contest will give the town’s visitors the real treat of their lives when they outdo each one in consuming a winnow (nigo).
“Kasulad” is a time of thanksgiving, in the interior town of Pamplona for the benefits given the townspeople by the harvest of the coconut plantations. The name derives from the three principal elements used in working the plantations which is the “ka-sulad”,” Su-gong”, and “lading.
An interpretative folk-festival related to the celebration of Christmas tradition. It reenacts the rejoicing shepherds who sang the first Christmas Carol during the birth of Baby Jesus in Bethlehem. Participants are clad in colorful costumes with the traditional “arco” as they sing and dance to the tune of “Pastores A Belen.
A weeklong celebration, starts on Sunday & ends on Saturday. Simballay is a Mansaka word which means thankgiving and togetherness.
The Sosogon Festival gives significance on the birth of Sorsogon City. It showcases and highlights the history of the City and likewise focuses on Pili, being its indigenous crop.and its importance in the local economy. Various activities are lined up to drumbeat the affair
The founding anniversary of the town formerly called Montalban. The highlight of the celebration is the Pamitinan Festival culled after the famous Pamitinan Cave or Cave of Bernardo Carpio, which aims to preserve its contribution to the historic quest for independence by the 8 Katipuneros led by Gat Andres Bonifacio. Likewise a street dancing competition is held to depict the multi-faceted culture of the Montalbeños.
A parade-competition of the largest parol ( Christmas lanterns), participated by various towns. The culminating activity is the display of the glittery, colorful and multi-patterned giant lanterns, which usually measure within 14-18 feet in diameter.
Balaoan, La Union
Treasures of Balaoan on display. Glimmering artistry, creativity & ingenuity of Ilocanos displayed in products and crafts. Glittering colors of culture & life spelled out in traditional songs and street dancing. Abundant crops in local cuisine & drinks could be savored at the trade fair.
A Christmas tableau of biblical events and re-enactment of the search for a room by Virgin Mary and St. Joseph are highlighted by a grand parade. The town of Kawit comes to life with the festivities that trace the various events in the Old Testament and culminates in the radiant celebration of the Nativity of Christ in the parish church at midnight mass on December 24.
Celebration of the town’s major produce, pottery. Featured are street dancing pantomiming the steps in making clay pots. Cultural performances can also be seen during this time.
Celebration of the town’s major produce, rice cake (puto)considered as the “white gold” of the town and sold 24 hours a day along the rows of stalls at the town proper .Some of the highlights are Best Puto design contest, Best ways to present puto, street dancing and cultural performances.
Bacnotan, La Union
From December 27 to 30, the town celebrates its annual town fiesta which is highlighted by the Honey Festival. “Diru” its local name is now an industry w/c is becoming one of the source of income in Bacnotan, La Union. Bottled honey is packed at DMMMSU Bacnotan.
An acronym for Inter Barangay Triathlon the term “Ibtor” is an Ilocano word connoting endurance, which the sports are all about.