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PHILIPPINE FESTIVALS, FIESTAS AND LOCAL CELEBRATIONS IN MAY 2014

SUMAKAH FESTIVAL
Antipolo City, Rizal
May 1 | SuMaKaH is an acronym for Suman, Mangga, Kasuy and Hamaka, the icons that make  Antipolo a must-see destination during May time aside from the pilgrimage. It is a month long celebration with activities such as : Grand Opening Parade and Street Dancing Exhibition every May 1.

DUYOG PANDAY
Notre Dame Village, Rosary Heights, Cotabato City
May 1 | Celebrated in honor of St. Joseph, the worker, featuring trade fair, beauty pageant, street dancing and sports competition.   

ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER FIESTA
Montevista , Compostela Valley Province
May 1 | Celebration for the feast of St. Joseph the worker.

STA. CRUZAN
Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur
May 1 | A religious activity celebrated every First Sunday of May.

PASTORES FESTIVAL
Gapan City, Nueva Ecija
May 1 | Celebrated every May 1st to honour the miraculous patron saint of Gapan City, Nuestra Sra Dela Virgen Divina Pastora. This colorful, vibrant festival spiritually strengthens the faith and devotion to Virgen Divina Pastora.  

DINENGDENG FEASTIVAL & Town Fiesta
Agoo, La Union
May 1 | It is celebrated as part of the town fiesta.  Featuring 101 families eating Dinengdeng, trade fair, fluvial parade, beauty contest, street dancing, Mayflower Festival, Amazing Race, Kite Festival, bloodletting, Pabingo and concerts.  

SAGALAHAN
Malabon City
May 1 | A grand procession of celebrities, models and beauty queens wearing the creation of some of the top fashion designers of the city. It is an offshoot of the traditional Santacruzan/Flores de Mayo, which is an offering of flowers to the Blessed Mary for the bounties received.  (The procession starts along the vicinity of City Hall of Malabon and ends at Barangay Hulong Duhat)

SANTACRUZAN (Pateros)
Municipality of Pateros
May 1 | A parade of charming candidates of Bb. Pateros wearing delightfully colored gowns of their choice.

TROMBA FESTIVAL
Baras, Rizal
May 1 | The celebration is derived from the ancient Spanish religious festival in honor of the Nuestra Señora de Turumba. Afternoon procession and street dancing is preceded by a Pagoda parade held in Baras River.

PISTA NG PRODUKTONG PILIPINO
Boardwalk Beach Resort (Subic, Olongapo City)
May 1 | Pista ng Produktong Pilipino Manufacturers & Exporters Association, Inc. (PPPMEAI) together with ATMACS/Events On Line in cooperation with SBMA, will be mounting the biggest summer event in Subic, Olongapo City. The event will be held at the Boardwalk Beach Resort. Following are the activities: summer beach party, all night music with guest celebrities and show bands.

DAVAO GULF REGATTA
Davao Oriental
May 1 – 4 | A regionwide float parade representing all municipalities along the gulf, converge in one place featuring decorated bancas and vintas of different designs for competition.

PASINGGATAN FESTIVAL
Taytay, Palawan
May 1-5 | Pasinggatan Festival comes from the word “singgat” meaning to shine or luster, an apt name for festival whose events bring out the best in people from their talents to their personalities.

PATTARADAY FESTIVAL - ARAW NG SANTIAGO
Santiago City
May 1-5 | Pattaraday which means unity is an Ybanag word, it is celebrated on the occasion of the founding anniversary of Santiago. It celebrates the unity of the ethno-linguistic groups that have merged in the city to make it the melting pot of culture of Region 02 and contributed to the city’s progress and development-unity in action. Highlighted with the presentation of the Comedia – a moro-moro dance made famous by the Spaniards to stress the power of Christian Religion over the Moorish non-believers; other activities include beauty pageant,  grand batalla presentations and  a grand street dancing parade and exhibition with performers from other cities, provinces and regions.  

TIKANLU FESTIVAL
Tagudin, Ilocos Sur
May 1-6 | TIKANLU is an acronym of tinubong, kankanin, lubilubi, in celebration of their native and One Town One Product that coincides with their patronal fiesta. Activities include street dancing, trade fair, balikbayan night, singing & beauty contests.

HUNDRED ISLANDS FESTIVAL
Alaminos City, Pangasinan
May 1-7 | The event aims to revive the Hundred Islands not just as a beach destination but also an excellent venue for agri-tourism fairs (fish/oyster/vegetable/fruit exhibitions).  Features singing contest, ballroom dancing, bar tending competition and acoustic nights.  

VIVA VIGAN FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
Vigan, Ilocos Sur
May 1-7 | A festival in a setting replete with history and heritage, cultural treasures and reminiscences, the Viva Vigan Festival of the Arts has become one of the biggest cultural events in the North. Scene stealers are the Calesa Parade, Santacruzan, Inabel Fashion Show, Ramada contest, concerts, traditional games and the 2nd Vigan heritage amazing race.   

SUMMER FESTIVAL: PILIPINYAHAN
Tagaytay City
May 1- May 7 | The Pilipinyahan Fest is conceptualized by Tagaytay tourism council in coordination with the Local Government unit to promote the pineapple as the most appealing agricultural product in the locality.

SUMMER FESTIVAL: SANTACRUZAN
Tagaytay City
May 1- May 7 | Parade of beauties from Tourism Oriented and related Establishments of the city.

100 ISLANDS FESTIVAL
Lucap, Alaminos, Pangasinan
May 1-7 | A merry making and festivity in Western Pangasinan featuring thanksgiving Mass at the seashore of Lucap

ARAQUIO OF PENARANDA
Penaranda, Nueva Ecija
May 1 and 8 (1st & 2nd Sunday) | The Araquio Festival is a traditional procession and dramatization of the finding of the Holy Cross by St. Helena and her son, the Emperor Constantine.  Similarly the “komedya” or “moro-moro” is carried out on in some villages such as Poblacion (2nd Sunday of May), Las Pinas (May11-12),  Sto. Tomas (1st Sunday of May), San Jose (3rd Sunday of May) and Pinasahan (May 21-22). Dating back from the Spanish colonial period, the festival features vivacious beats of brass.  

MADAHOM FESTIVAL
Caramoan, Cam. Sur
May 1-8 | Held during the feast of its patron saint, St. Michael the Archangel.  It is a salute to and a celebration of life – its richness and abundance of blessings as Caramoan is endowed with untapped natural resources and many beautiful unexplored islands as well as its white sugary sand beaches that lure foreign and local tourists and investors.   

PAHINUNGOD FESTIVAL
Calape, Bohol
May 1-10 |  10-day fiesta commemorating the town’s rich ancestry and devotion to the San Vicente Ferrer - its town saint and the Calapenhons “pahinungod” (offer) to come home annually.

ISABELA DAY: BAMBANTI FESTIVAL
Isabela
May 1-11 | Anniversary of the establishment of the civil government of Isabela in honor of Queen Isabela II.  Activities like agro-industrial trade and tourism fairs, parades, sports events, beauty pageant and others are conducted to entertain visitors.  

FLORES DE TAGUMEÑO FESTIVAL
Tagum City
May 1-30 | A cultural celebration that revives the Roman Catholic traditions of fiesta introduced during Spanish era in the Month of May.

BALANGAY FESTIVAL
Butuan City
May 1- 31 | It is a month-long fiesta celebration of Butuan City. Several activities are lined up for the celebration like Mutya Hong Butuan Pageant, Sports Fest and Santacruzan.

SANTA CRUZAN
Malolos City, Bulacan
May 1-31 | The procession in honor of the Holy Christ is held in practically all towns and cities in the whole province. Every parish celebrates the ending of the Flores de Mayo during the last week.  

SAGALAHANG BAYAN
Navotas Centennial Park, Brgy. Bagumbayan North, Navotas City
May (1st week) | A popular event held in the city usually celebrated with a parade of young beautiful Navoteñas representing the fourteen (14) barangays of the city. Generally, the young women in the parade are the candidates and winners of Mutya ng Navotas. Each is carried on a bamboo arch and the parade is usually accompanied by a drum and lyre band or Ati-Atihan to make it more festive.

LUYANG DILAW FESTIVAL
Marilao, Bulacan
May 2| The name Marilao originated from a plant (shrub) that abundantly thrived in swampy areas during Spanish era. The matured plant bears light yellow flower & the edible roots are colored dark yellow (dilaw). The yellow roots became famous and used for various purposes now we called "luya". The purpose of the festival aims to inculcate to the residents & the youth, the love and appreciation of the origin of the town.  

SUBLIAN FESTIVAL
Bauan, Batangas
May 2 | The municipality of Bauan celebrates the Sublian every May 2nd. This festival aims to revive the centuries-old tradition of dancing the Subli, an indigenous dance of Bauan. This dance ritual is being done to pay homage to the Holy Cross of Bauan.

SALUBONG (HOLY CROSS FESTIVAL)
Alitagtag and Bauan, Batangas
May 2 | A festive celebration of meeting the Holy Cross of Bauan and the Holy Cross of Alitagtag at Binukalan Shrine at 8:00 am. The celebration is highlighted by a program and praises  for the Holy Cross accompanied by street dancing and finally at 2:00 p.m., the Holy Cross of Bauan returns to the Parish Church of Bauan where the jubilation culminates.

BOA-BOAHAN “ALINSANGAN” FESTIVAL
Nabua, Camarines Sur
May 2 | A colorful cultural festival of pagan origin.  Derived from the dialect, “alinsangan”, a word that describes the characteristics of the people living in the early settlements.  It is a festival showing fertility and thanksgiving.

DAYAW DALAN FESTIVAL
San Jacinto, Ticao
May 2-3 | Dayaw is an old Tigaonon term which means “to show off, parade or display”. In its strictest meaning, dayaw is to present with pride what is distinctly and essentially inherent in a person. Dalan on the other hand, means in olden times, a mountain trail which now includes path, street and highway. Dayaw Dalan Festival symbolizes the best of what the municipality of San Jacinto have as a town and as a people. The festival is held in honor of its patron saint, Santo Cristo de Burgos.

JOURNEY TO MT. HAMIGUITAN
San Isidro, Davao Oriental
May 2- May 5 | A trek to Mt. Hamiguitan which is the site of the 600 hectare Bonsai field: Pygmy Forest

FEAST OF THE HOLY CROSS
Sta. Cruz, Marinduque
May 3 | Fiesta of Sta. Cruz in honor of the Holy Cross. Religious, cultural and civic activities are lined up for the event.

CARABAO-CARROZA FESTIVAL
Pavia, Iloilo
May 3 | Established since 1973 and considered as one of Iloilo’s oldest festival, visitors are treated with an extensive showcase of 18 gaily-decorated carrozas with painted carabaos and their muses clad in their best Filipiniana attire. Another attraction in the festival is the 110-meter lane racetrack for the Carabao-Carroza Race.  

BAWANG (GARLIC) FESTIVAL
Sinait, Ilocos Sur
May 3 | Annual festival to promote the major product of the town, garlic or “bawang”.  Festivity includes street dancing competition in garlic-inspired costume, selection of Miss Garlic Festival, biggest garlic contest and longest most creative twined garlic.

DUMAROKDOK FESTIVAL
Botolan, Zambales
May 3-4 | A festival highlighting Domarokdok, the native dance of Botolanenos.  Activities include streetdancing, sports competition and search for Mutya ng Botolan. It also celebrates the feast day of their patron Saint, Sta.Monica. 

RIT-RITEMONG CAYONG FESTIVAL
Sarrat, Ilocos Norte
May 3-5 | This is what the Sarratenos call their fiesta which stands for liberty, courage, leadership, unity & brotherhood even in the most certain pain of death.  

PAMUHUAN FESTIVAL
Pinamungajan, Cebu
May 4 | As the largest producer of coconut and bangus in Cebu, Pinamungajan celebrates their bountiful harvest in the Pamuhuan Festival. It is also a time to celebrate the fame brought to the town by its sons and daughters.

1ST SAKUTING FESTIVAL
Dolores, Abra
May 5-7 | The 2nd municipality of Abra Province to implement programs and activities which are truly reflective to the preservation of the culture and the arts, practices, traditions, socio-economic and livelihood activities of Dolorenians.

DAWA FESTIVAL
Gonzaga, Cagayan
May 5-10 | An event to coincide with the town fiesta of the municipality aggressively promoting the one-product-one-barangay scheme in their agri-industrial trade fair.   

2ND BIBO GINGOOG INTER-BARANGAY BUNTING DISPLAY CONTEST
Gingoog City
May 5-14-22 | A local competition of buntings with the use of indigenous and recycled materials as the main element of the various artistic creations.

BACOOR MARCHING BAND FESTIVAL
Bacoor, Cavite
May 6-8 | Day 18:00am- Festival Opening Ceremony in Bacoor Plaza10:00am- 8:00pm- Food and Product Expo2011 in Bacoor Town Plaza and Heritage Display in Bacoor Parochial School7:00pm onwards- Pantalan Bacoor Oyster and Mussel Night and Festival Street Party in Bacoor Town PlazaDay 28:00am-8:00pm- Food and Product Expo2011 in Bacoor Town Plaza and Heritage Display in Bacoor Parochial School1:00pm-4:00pm- Fiesta Karakol5:00pm-7:00pm-Karakol ProcessionDay 37:00am onwards- Fiesta ng Bayan8:00am-8:00pm-Food and Product Expo2011 in Bacoor Town Plaza and Heritage Display in Bacoor Parochial School 2:00pm-6:00pm-National Marching Band Competition6:30pm- 9:00pm-Awarding Ceremonies and Live Entertainment in Starmarine Complex9:00pm- “Bacoor Explosion” Grand Fireworks Display in Starmarine Complex

JOSE ABAD SANTOS DAY
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
May 7 | The entire province of Pampanga remembers the patriotism of one of the City of San Fernando's illustrious sons, Chief Justice Jose B. Abad Santos, who was martyred by firing squad in Malabang, Lanao on May 7, 1942 by the Japanese for his refusal to pay allegiance to the Japanese flag. He is remembered for his famous words, "It is a rare opportunity to die for one's country.  Not every Filipino is given this chance".

MANTAWI FESTIVAL
Mandaue City, Cebu
May 7 | A showcase of the city’s historical heritage and identity promoting the city as industrial and tourist hub, that involves the Spanish regime through street dancing, dioramas, floats, heroes and great personages as higantes, food festival and sports events.

BASI FESTIVAL
Naguilian, La Union
May 7 | Objective of the event is to promote “basi”, a wine made from sugarcane. Activities include street dancing, Search for Ms. Naguilian, agri-trade fair, farm tour & amusement games.  

LABIG FESTIVAL
Claveria, Cagayan
May 7-9 | Celebrated with street parades, boat rowing competition, beauty pageant and OFW night, among others. The extensive use of  ‘labig’ the leaf of a palm tree called  ‘palma brava’, which is grown abundantly in Claveria, for costumes is encouraged. Note : soon to be changed to Lakay-lakay Festival   

SAS-ALLIWA FESTIVAL
Natonin, Mt. Province
May 7-15 | An annual cultural celebration which aims to enrich the culture of Natonin.  It showcases the traditional as well as modern games of the people of this municipality.

BALSA FESTIVAL
Matabungkay, Lian, Batangas
May 8 (every 2nd Saturday) | A festival that centerpieces the Balsa as a way of relaxation by the Matabungkay Beach Resort.  The celebration is culminated by a race and decorating contest for  the Balsa.  The festival is spearheaded by the Matabungkay Beach Resort and Hotel and the private sector of Lian, Batangas.

SUMMER SPORTS FESTIVAL
Tagum City
May 8-14 (2nd week) | Celebration of sportsmanship and camaraderie, through simultaneous tournaments of different sports events.

FLORES DE MAYO SA MAKATI
Glorietta, Makati City
May 8- May 15 | One of the biggest processions in Metro Manila participated in by young ladies representing the 33 barangays of Makati, tourism-related establishments, local and government offices corporations based in Makati.

AGAWAN SA SARIAYA(SAN ISIDRO FESTIVAL)
Sariaya, Quezon
May 8-16 | This is a thanksgiving celebration to the Lord for the good harvest and abundance of their agricultural production. The May 15 celebration in Sariaya mirrors the townfolks generosity in spirit, their faith in the Divine Providence and their ingenuity in craft production and culinary traditions. The celebration of the Sariaya folks during feast of San Isidro Labrador makes it unique from other May 15 celebrations in the Province.

MAYOHAN SA TAYABAS(SAN ISIDRO FESTIVAL)
Tayabas, Quezon
May 8-16 | A thanksgiving event marked with agro-trade fair and the famous  Agawan ng Suman in honor of San Isidro Labrador, patron saint of farmers, for the good harvest and abundance of agricultural produce.

DE GALERA FESTIVAL
Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro
May 9-12 | An annual event showcasing Puerto Galera’s rich historical heritage, culture and abundant natural resources.  The highlight of the event is a fluvial parade at the sea joined by devotees of Our Lady of Fatima.  The wooden boats are elaborately decorated in a tropical setting.

GLOBAL BALIK-BUTUAN PROGRAM
Butuan City
May 9-22 | A grand reunion for all Butuanons residing abroad and other parts of the country to come home and reunite with old friends, classmates, and relatives especially during the Balangay Festival and Adlaw Hong Butuan.

SAGING FESTIVAL
Lazi, Siquijor
May 10 | A celebration of harvest of its major agricultural product, bananas. The festival depicts the growing cycle of this famous fruit from planting to harvesting in dance form.

FEAST OF OUR LADY OF BIGLANG AWA_(MARINDUQUE)
Boac, Marinduque
May 10 | A celebration in honor of the Patroness of Marinduque

ARAMANG FESTIVAL
Aparri, Cagayan
May 10-11 | ‘Aramang’ is an exotic and palatable soft-shelled shrimp harvested sustainably in Aparri year round; export quality dried ‘aramang’ is marketed in Japan, Taiwan and other parts of the country. The event also features a fluvial parade of more than a hundred fishing boats showcasing the fishermen’s way of life. 

KAYAPA TOWN FIESTA
Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya
May 10-12 | The residents of this upland town celebrate their fiesta with parlor games, people’s night, streetdancing from the different IP groups  

MAKALAWAN “PINYA” FESTIVAL
Calauan, Laguna
May 10-15 | Promotes the juicy and sweetest pineapple or "pinya" as main agricultural product of the town of Calauan.

PALONG FESTIVAL
Capalonga, Cam. Norte
May 11-13 | Highlighted by a street dancing and agro-industrial fair which expresses local folk’s gratitude for their town’s name etymology and signifies the abundant presence of rooster available in the locality.  Held also in celebration of their Black Nazarene’s Feast Day on May 13.

BALWARTE SA GUMACA
Gumaca, Quezon
May 11-15 | Huge arches placed on the strategic locations are lavishly decorated with the most colorful farm produce, local delicacies, horticultural products, palm fronds etc.

PAUKYABAN FESTIVAL
Butuan City
May 11-30 | It is an agro-industrial show that featured species of plants and flowers in a display of unique landscapes.

MANO PO SAN ROQUE FESTIVAL
Mabolo, Valenzuela City
May 12 | A streetdancing and procession along the city’s major thoroughfares in commemoration of the Feast of San Roque highlighting the customs and traditional celebration of the festival.

MANO PO SAN ROQUE FESTIVAL
Valenzuela City
May 12 | Street dancing and procession along the city’s major thoroughfares in commemoration of the feast of San Roque, highlighting the customs and traditional celebration of the festival.

VILLAVERDE TOWN FIESTA
Villaverde, Nueva Vizcaya
May 12-14 | Festivities features the typical celebration of the town fiesta with baratillos, parade, playground demonstration and people’s night.   

SANTA CRUZAN IN BAGUIO
Baguio City
May 13-14 | A fashion show featuring beauties and designers from North Philippines

SARAKAT FESTIVAL
Sta. Praxedes, Cagayan
May 14 | The town fiesta highlights the production of Sarakat products made of sarakat leaves grown locally to produce hats, mats, bags in an agro-industrial trade fair with street dancing and other events.   

ALBAY DAY
Albay
May 14 | The Provincial Government of Albay has declared May 14 as "Albay Day" starting May 14, 2004 and every year after. The celebration which falls in May during the annual month-long Magayon Festival

ARANA’T BALWARTE SA GUMACA (SAN ISIDRO FESTIVAL)
Gumaca, Quezon
May 14-15 | Huge arches placed on strategic locations are lavishly decorated with the most colorful farm produce, local delicacies, horticultural products and palm fronds which are offerings of the local townsfolk to San Isidro, patron saint of farmers, for their bountiful harvest, good fortune and prosperity. The decors are mounted on frames that are playfully lowered and raised to the delight of guests, children and local townsfolk who joyfully reach out and compete with each other to share the goodies.

PULILAN CARABAO FESTIVAL
Pulilan, Bulacan
May 14-15 | Hundreds of work animals, mostly carabaos, are led on a parade in the streets of the town every 14th and 15th of May to honor its patron saint, San Isidro Labrador. The carabaos decorated with garland and shaved for the occasion, genuflect or kneel in front of the church. Witness the colorful Carabao Festival and religious activities of the town. The celebration is manifested by hanging all sorts of fruits, candies, food crops and multi-colored kipings on bamboo poles. The affair is highlighted by kneeling of carabaos in front of the church and the symbolic floats.  

Pahiyas Festival | Photo Credits to sam0623pcl

PAHIYAS FESTIVAL
Lucban, Quezon
May 14-15 | One of the country’s biggest, and most colorful harvest festival every May 15th, along with the harvest festivals of the towns of Tayabas, Sariaya, Gumaca and Tiaong. These are the Philippines best known harvest festivals to honor San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers. Known as the “Pahiyas”, the festival is deeply rooted in the traditional celebration of the townsfolk in thanksgiving for bounty harvest. Decorations called “Kiping”, leaf-shaped and multi-colored rice paste wafers which are used to decorate the facades of the homes along with fruits and flowers from nature. The visual and culinary feast has gained national and international recognition. The Lucban town center is a permanent facility for merchandising crafts and delicacies including special events that showcases the lifestyle of its environs.

FEAST OF SAN ISIDRO LABRADOR/CARABAO FESTIVAL
Angono, Rizal
May 14-15 | Farmers pay tribute to their patron saint, San Isidro Labrador with a colorful and joyous procession of carabao carts carrying a myriad of local products. Prizes are awarded to the strongest and most beautifully decorated carabao. Likewise, a carabao paper mache contest is being held and included in the parade.  

TOWN FIESTA (SAN ISIDRO LABRADOR)
Medina, Misamis Oriental
May 14-15 | Parade/cultural/trade fair

FIESTA BICOLANDIA CRUISE “PEÑAFRANCIA PILGRIMAGE”
Cebu City
May 14-18 | Bringing the best of the Bicol region showcasing its products, festivals, arts and crafts, among others highlighted by the procession of Our Lady of Peñafrancia joined by the Bicol Association of Cebu and Marianne devotees.

TINAPAY FESTIVAL
Cuenca, Batangas
May 15 | An annual festival conceived as thanksgiving to their patron saint, Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage for a bountiful life.

KAGASANGAN FESTIVAL
Moalboal, Cebu
May 15 | Kagasangan comes from the Cebuano word of the same name which means “corals”. It is the highlight of the town’s annual town fiesta and celebrates the town’s main tourist attraction - its corals. Moalboal, the diving capital of the Philippines, takes prides as having one of the most bountiful and breathtaking coral formations thus giving the town an abundance of fish catch.

PANALAMINAN FESTIVAL
Roxas, Palawan
May 15 | Panalaminan is a Cuyunan word which means “to mirror”.  The festival’s name refers to both the municipality’s history as a repository of silica sand used in producing mirrors and glassware and to its’ claim of being the reflection of Northern Palawan beauty, with Roxas as a point of the bountiful convergence of Agri-Fishery and Ecotourism.

SINAGINGAN FESTIVAL
Palocpoc, Mendez, Cavite
May 15 | An annual celebration promoting the señorita banana as the most appealing agricultural product in the locality.

ONGGOYAN FESTIVAL
Malimono, Surigao del Norte
May 15 | Celebrated with much gaiety and funfare. It features agro-Industrial fair, beauty contest, sports festival and street dancing depicting movement of monkeys.

FEAST IN THE HONOR ST. VINCENT FERRER
Dipolog City
May 15 | Dipolog City fiesta celebrated with motocross, concerts and beauty pageants

SAN ISIDRO FESTIVAL_ (PANDANAN)
Luisiana, Laguna
May 15 | An annual celebration in honor of farmer’s patron saint San Isidro Labrador.

SUNDUAN
Brgy. La Huerta, Parañaque City
May 15 | Sunduan is the Filipino term for “fetching”. This celebration features a parade of escorted young ladies holding colorful parasols. Brass bands fetch each pair and parade around the town.  

ARINGAY FESTIVAL
Lasam, Cagayan
May 15-21 | Fiesta celebration highlighting the agricultural product of Lasam, the Aringay Rice variety with agri-industrial trade fair, street dancing and other activities.   

LAPYAHAN FESTIVAL
San Remigio, Cebu
May 16 | Lapyahan Festival celebrates one of San Remigio’s treasures, its beaches. Having the longest shoreline in Cebu Province, San Remigio is a primary destination of both local and foreign tourists alike because of its powdery white sand beaches.

GAKIT FESTIVAL
Angadanan, Isabela
May 16 | The town celebrates the use of ‘Gakit’ , Gaddang  word for raft, by the tribes of Angadanan as their mode of transport; Gakit is used to transport passengers and goods from one town to another  through the mighty Cagayan River.

IIKALAHAN/KALANGUYA FESTIVAL
Imugan and Malico, Pangasinan
May 16 | Witness the songs and dances of the tribe, their way of life, indigenous games, especially how the community is taking care of the environment.

MAUBANOG FESTIVAL
Mauban, Quezon
May 16-17 | A seven-day cultural extravaganza that features the town’s colorful history, amiable people, tasty cuisine and its locally fermented wine which can only be found in Mauban.

HARANA FESTIVAL “Karantahan nin Pagranga”
San Jose, Camarines Sur
May 16-21 | The festival features local talents and young artists in its efforts to promote cultural awareness, tourism development and youth empowerment in the District of Partido.  Highlighted by the Bicol Love Song Cultural Competition, other activities are also lined up to drumbeat the affair.

PAHOY-PAHOY FESTIVAL (SCARECROW)
Cabliga, Samar
May 16-24 | A grand parade and street dancing of people in scarecrow costumes to celebrate a good harvest.

OBANDO FERTILITY RITES
Obando, Bulacan
May 17-19 | Couples who are childless, maidens and bachelors can take this occasion to appeal for heavenly intercession and dance to please the Virgin of Salambao, San Pascual de Bailon and Sta. Clara. Farmers also thank the Virgin for bountiful harvests.  

SANGGUTAN FESTIVAL
Barugo, Leyte
May 18 | A dance of the drinkers honoring the age-old process of wine-making.

ARAW NG SARANGANI
Sarangani
May 19 | Highlights include bancarera, ballgames, Masbol Festival, Band competition, religious & cultural nights & horse fight.

GRAND AMMUNGAN FESTIVAL: NUEVA VIZCAYA DAY
Province of Nueva Vizcaya
May 19-24 | Anniversary celebration of the establishment of the civil government of Nueva Vizcaya highlighted by an agro-industrial trade fair, street parades, float competition, cultural presentations by indigenous groups participated by the 15 towns of the province and others activities.

SARUNG BANGGI FESTIVAL
Sto. Domingo, Albay
May 19-27 | A fun-filled summer activity to immortalize the song Sarung Banggi and pay tribute to its composer Potenciano Gregorio. It showcases a variety of cultural and religious activities, food and sports fest, Beauty Search, folksong fest, agro-industrial fair and many more.  

FARMERS FESTIVAL
Bacarra, Ilocos Norte
May 19 | A festival that highlights a street dance parade participated in by cressed up framers; agro-industrial trade fair; contest of the biggest farm harvest and livestock, “Pinaka” contests agro products.

MAGDADARAN TALIP FESTIVAL
Carasi, Dumalneg, Nueva Era, Adams
May 19-20 | Commemorates the ancient peace pact that has brought lasting peace between and among ethnic tribes that brought forth rich culture, customs, indigenous traditions and fellowship with stronger ties not only among themselves but also with the Ilokanos who intermingled with them.  

SARANGANI BAY FESTIVAL
Glan, Sarangani Province
May 19-21 | The festival pays tribute to the importance of the Bay which for years has sustained life because of its rich marine resources.  The festival is also a venue to inculcate to all stakeholders the importance of protecting and conserving the bay through eco-tourism.  

BANWAHON FESTIVAL
Barangay Mat-i, Surigao City
May 20 | An ethnic dance competition depicting customs and traditions as well as the culture of early inhabitants of Barangay Mat-i Surigao City

LUBI FESTIVAL
Maria, Siquijor
May 21 | This festival celebrates the main source of food and livelihood in Maria, Siquijor, the “Lubi” or coconut. The festival is celebrated with a dance which commemorates the progressive succession of manual manipulation on the fruit of the coconut during harvest. A prelude to the annual town fiesta, some of the highlights are trade fairs and market bazaars, which are located at the town center.

MALABON FOUNDATION DAY
Malabon City (Citywide)
May 21 | Highlights the services being provided by the local government & non-gov’t. organizations by showcasing the city’s rich cultural traditions.

TABANOG FESTIVAL ARAW NG BALINGASAG
Balingasag, Misamis Oriental
May 22 | Kite flying competition features the most colorful, most artistic, the biggest kite and smallest kite.

FEAST OF ST. RITA DE CASCIA (CITY FIESTA)
Gingoog City
May 22 | Cultural and sports activities and Fun Games .

LUBI-LUBI (COCONUT) FESTIVAL
Gingoog City
May 22 | A cultural dance festival of the city featuring coconut as one of its major agricultural products.

QUEEN CITY INTERNATIONAL RUN
Cebu
May 22 | More fun and funky than Olympic in effort. Runners from all over the world join the 13-kilometer marathon.  A $1000 prize awaits the first to cross the finish line. 

LAYAG FESTIVAL
Rapu-Rapu, Albay
May 22-27 | A weeklong festivity coinciding with the feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia.  The festival name was taken from a local word “layag” or sail boat which is a primitive means of transportation of the early people of Rapu-Rapu.  It depicts the people’s journey of faith.

KABASAN FESTIVAL
ComVal, Brgy. Villarica and Pichon
May 22-28 | Celebration of Kabasan week.

PANAGYAMAN FESTIVAL
Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya
May 23-25 | Anniversary of the establishment of the civil government of Nueva Vizcaya. Activities include street parades, street dancing, cultural shows, float parades and contest, sports events by municipality, agro-industrial fairs, others.

GUIHULUGAN FESTIVAL
Guihunlngan, Negros Oriental
May 24 | The Festival celebrates the city’s historical treasure that was lost to the sea hundreds of years ago. A street “Mardi Gras” commemorates their lost treasure while thanking the town’s patron saint for the year’s bountiful harvest. Street bazaars, agri-fairs, beauty pageants, town concerts and fireworks competition are also part of the town’s festivities.

BOLIBONG KINGKING FESTIVAL
Loboc, Bohol
May 24 25 | A music and dance festivity depicting the history, folklore and traditions of the Lobocanons. Bolibong Kingking is a term applied to the drums and gongs and their rhythm used to accompany the supplication dance ritual in frong of the Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the 2nd Patron of Loboc.

KAOGMA FESTIVAL
Pili, Camarines Sur
May 24-31 | A week-long celebration of the of the foundation anniversary of the Province of Camarines Sur. The festival features numerous activities such as cultural expositions, sports events, beauty pageant, procession and Grand Parade.

KATANG FESTIVAL
Calauag, Quezon
May 25 | A festival highlighting the Higanteng Alimango as their icon. The feast celebrates the abundance of mud crab in the province.

GABII SA KABILIN
Cebu City
May 25 | Patterned after Lange Nacht der Museen or Long Night of the Museums in Berlin, Germany, museums and other cultural establishments in the city remain open late into the night on the last Friday of May.

MALUMAGPAK CHALLENGE
New Bataan, Compostela Valley
May 26- May 30 | A trek to Mt. Manurigao-Malumagpak, one of the region's newly discovered eco-tourism destinations.

BINUYUGAN FESTIVAL
Maitum, Sarangani Province
May 27 | “Binuyugan” comes from the Ilocano word “buyog” which could be understood as “accompanied by or coupled with.” This is clearly presented through street dancing competition which presents a diverse interpretation depending on the cultural background of participating barangay.  Agro Trade Fair is another principal attraction held inside the Maitum Forest Park showcasing local products.

PINTOS FESTIVAL
Bogo City, Cebu
May 27 | ‘Kuyayang’ is a courtship dance of the Bogohanons that is staged before the community during fiestas. This street mardi gras as a cultural tourism festival of Bogo manifests the cultural heritage of the town and serves as an avenue for cultural conservancy of the city.

SINUGBOAN FESTIVAL
Garcia-Hernandez, Bohol
May 27 | Sinugboan is a term closely related to the Cebuano word ‘sugbo’ meaning to wallow. The festival highlights the town’s annual commemoration of her foundation day. Activities include agro-industrial fair, recognition program for achievers, various games and a street dancing competition where the storyline focuses on the creation and establishment of Garcia-Hernandez.

SAGAWAK FESTIVAL
Malalag
May 28 | Sagawak is a great volume and forceful flow of water that the Lumads believe to cast away the evil spells. The spells are buried at the bottom of the deepest sea and eventually brings harmony, unity and progress amongst the people. This is an annual festival which entails the rich culture, unique customs and worthy traditions of the Tagacaolos of Malalag.

DAPUGAN FESTIVAL
ComVal, Mabini
May 28 | Dapugan is a common kagan and mansaka word which means gathering. The gathering celebrates the abundance of coastal resources of Mabini.

NATIONAL FLAG DAY
Rizal Park Iligan city
May 28 | Honoring of National Flag. Activities include a commemorative program at the Rizal Park, display of the evolution of the flag and ceremonial retiring of old and tattered flags.

PROVINCE OF TARLAC FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY
Tarlac City
May 28 | A one-week affair which celebrate the founding anniversary of the Province of Tarlac, coincide with the National Flag Day which is May 28. The celebration starts with the flag raising ceremonies, celebration of mass, then followed by the opening of the agri-trade fair, and other activities like Palaro ng Lahi, Pistang Bulilit, Senior Citizens' Night, Pageant Night, variety show, battle of the bands and fireworks display.   

WAGAYWAY FESTIVAL
Imus, Cavite
May 28 | It is a celebration commemorating the bravery and patriotism of the revolutionaries who won in the Battle of Alapan in Imus, Cavite a hundred and twelve years ago.  The event derived its title “Wagayway” from the fact that the first Philippine flag which was sewn by Marcela Agoncillo in Hongkong was furled on May 28, 1898 in Imus following a victory by local revolutionaries against the Spanish forces. 

KALAYAAN FESTIVAL
Provincewide, Cavite
May 28- June 12 | The festival aims to strengthen and promote  the rich history and culture of the province of Cavite.

TOWN FIESTA (BALINGOAN)
Balingoan, Misamis Oriental
May 29 | Parade / cultural shows

ROSQUILLOS FESTIVAL
LILOAN, CEBU
May 29 | The town of Liloan has always been associated with one of Cebu’s primary delicacies – the Rosquillos.  The festival traces the product’s history – from its humble beginnings in 1907 until it was named “rosquillos” (after the Spanish word, rosca) by Pres. Sergio Osmeña to what it is today.  

FLORES DE MAYO (Mandaluyong)
San Felipe Neri Church, Brgy. Poblacion, Mandaluyong City
May 29 | Mary, the Mother of Christ, is the Patroness of the City of Mandaluyong. The city folks pay tribute to her by way of a procession called Flores de Mayo, a culmination of a month-long floral ceremony that displays lovely maidens of the city in fabulous gowns and under arches of summer blooms. Today, the festival has become a fashion event where movie stars and beauty queens act as “Sagalas”.

SANTACRUZAN SA INTRAMUROS
Intramuros, Manila
May 29 | Department of Tourism together with Intramuros Administration will bring back the glamour of the 1900s Manila Carnival Queen in this year’s Santacruzan sa Intramuros.

GRAND STA. CRUZAN
Botolan, Zambales
May 29 (Last Saturday) | A culminating procession participated in by local townfolks children and adults from different barangays elegantly dressed following the traditional practice of Santa Cruzan. 

GRAND SANTACRUZAN (Tacloban City)
Tacloban City
May 30 | Search for the Cross by the Saintly Queen Helena. Parade of sagalas and parol (lanterns). An inter-barangay competition in Tacloban is also practiced.

PADARAW FESTIVAL
Bulan, Sorsogon
May 30 | A festival showcsing colorful costumes fashioned from the abaca fiber. It is highlighted by a grand street presentation wherein the participants are clad in colorful costumes using the abaca fibers.

BAGABAS BEACH INTERNATIONAL ECO-ARTS FESTIVAL
Daet, Camarines Norte
May 30-June 6 | It is the showcase of the meeting of the community and the artist, a festival that looks to the product of this interaction and impresses the equal importance of community participation in the artistic process, with the main goal of conserving the environment.  

HUDYAKA FESTIVAL
Zamboanga del Norte (ZaNorte)
May 30-June 9 | A week-long celebration featuring agro-industrial fair, sports, concerts and cultural shows.  This is a concoction of the different festivals of the 25 municipalities and two cities of Zamboanga del Norte where festival champs of each town and city converge in a single jubilation.  It is also celebrated as Linggo ng Zamboanga del Norte.

TAPUSAN FESTIVAL
Alitagtag, Batangas
May 31 | Tapusan honors the Holy Cross on the last day of May. Floral offerings are laid at the foot of the cross during the afternoon ceremonies in the town church. The observance peaks on the 31st of May with a colourful procession during which the cross is mounted on a gaily decorated float, together with other floats swathed with lights, silken fabrics and freshly cut blooms to honor the various Marian images.  

SANTACRUZAN (ZAMBOANGA CITY)
Zamboanga City
May 31 | Parade of beauties with Reyna Elena carrying the Holy Cross.

MAMANG-OS FESTIVAL
Tuy, Batangas
May (no definite date) | Conceived to recognize the value of sugar industry in 6 municipalities of Western Batangas (1st District) at the same time to honor the hardwork of sugar cane farmers and promote their livelihood.

CALAUAN “PINYA” FESTIVAL
Calauan, Laguna
May (no definite date) | An annual event which started in 1999. The festival aims to promote pineapple and other agricultural products of Calauan.  It features cultural presentation and exhibit performances, mardi gras, street dancing, pineapple float parade, pineapple and native products décor contest.  

SUMMER BEACH FESTIVAL
Mabini,-Pantukan, ComVal
May (All weekends) | A month-long beach sports activities that advocate the conservation of marine resources being a protected seascape/landscape in Comval. It features water and land based sports, music and dance during the night.

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