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PHILIPPINE FESTIVALS, FIESTAS AND LOCAL CELEBRATIONS IN DECEMBER 2014

Here is a list of Filipino festivals, fiestas and local celebrations in the month of December 2014.

KABAKAHAN FESTIVAL
Padre Garcia, Batangas | December 1
A gathering of Garcianos to promote tourism through Livestock Auction Market, which is said be the largest in Asia.  The festival includes Rodeo 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 competition and animal decoration.

SINUKWAN FESTIVAL
San Fernando, Pampanga | December 1-7
The sinukwan Festival heralds the unique culture and distinct beliefs of the Kapampangans through a colorful street dancing parade

HUGYAWAN DALANSAYAW
Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental | December 1-7
Hugyawan means “merrymaking and is the main concept of the celebration and presentation of the street dancing 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.

GALICAYO FESTIVAL
Manaoag, Pangasinan | December 1-9
A province-wide cultural and religious celebration in honor of Pangasinan’s patroness

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LUGLUGAN - PANCIT MALABON FESTIVAL
Malabon City | December 1-10
To commemorate the feast of Immaculate Concepcion, Malabon’s patron saint.

KAMUNDAGAN FESTIVAL
Naga City | December 1- 31
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.

KALAMAY FESTIVAL
San Enrique, Iloilo | December 2
This festival revolves around the culture, tradition, lifestyle and livelihood of the which is the sugar industry and its eco-tourism potentials. The festival features a dance-drama depicting the flourishing sugar (kalamay) industry in San Enrique.

SINADYA SA HALARA FESTIVAL (THANKSGIVING)
Roxas City, Capiz | December 3- December 8
It means “joy in sharing and thanksgiving” in the local dialect. Previously celebrated as two separate events, the Sinadya and the Halaran now take center stage on the first weekend of December. There’s a lot to share and be thankful for, say the Roxas cityfolk, and its all in this special occasion- there’s a “Diana” fireworks display, a sumptious foodfest and a grand dance festival.

YUGYUGAN FESTIVAL
Pagsanjan, Laguna | December 3- December 12
The festival features the history and culture of Pagsanjan through music and dance performed by students in Pagsanjan in street dancing seven nightly programs.

CHRISTMAS SYMBOLS FESTIVAL
Tangub City | December 6
Display of different indigenous of Christmas symbols; a most spectacular display of Christmas lights and decors including a Christmas Carol Contest.

PAG-ALAD FESTIVAL
San Fernando, Romblon | December 7-8
Commemoration  of the transfer of the town of Azagra (Punta Kawit) to Sitio Pag-alad because of the scarcity of water. It also celebrates in thanksgiving the festivity of Our Lady of Immaculate Concepcion.

ADYAWAN FESTIVAL
San Teodoro, Oriental Mindoro | December 8
This festival is celebrated coinciding with the Feast of Immaculate Conception.  The activity displays the many uses of coconut – from its leaves, trunks, down to its root.  Adyawan is one variety of this “tree of life” that is common among the Iraya-Mangyans of San Teodoro.  The festival further highlights the culture and tradition of this indigenous group.

COCO FESTIVAL
San Teodoro, Mindoro Oriental | December 8
A religious festival honoring the Immaculate Conception. It features activities such as street dancing, parade of floats, etc., centered on the town’s agricultural bounty: Coconut.

TAG-ANITOHAN
Tudela, Camotes Island, Cebu | December 8-9
The festival is a street dancing and ritual contest participated by the community. It is history retold of the richness of the town’s origin from immortals to the time of the Christianization until it was separated from its mother town of Poro in the year 1911.

LAMBAYOK FESTIVAL
San Juan, Batangas | December 12
LAMBAYOK is the acronym for lambanog, palayok and karagatan, the famous tourist products and destinations that contributed much to the economic growth of San Juan.  The celebration coincides with the foundation day of San Juan, Batangas.  The highlights of the event includes street parade, court dancing competition, agri-tourism fair and search for Ms. San Juan.

KASADYAAN FESTIVAL (MARDI GRAS)
Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental | December 12-14
Initiated by Foundation University to add color to the local community''s Christmas season. The fifty year old tradition is the longest established festival in negros Oriental. The celebration of merriment includes filed presentation, beauty pagents and frolics and culminates in Kasadyaan mardi gras.

BOD-BOD FESTIVAL
Tanjay City, Negros Oriental | December 14-16
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

KANYONG KAWAYAN FESTIVAL
Kidapawan City, North Cotabato | December 14 20
A unique activity to discourage the use of dangerous pyrotechnics during the yuletide season. A citywide contest features the firing of bamboo canons using empty milk cans as projectiles.

SAN FERNANDO GIANT LANTERN FESTIVAL
San Fernando, Pampanga | December 14-20
Giant lanterns of participating barangays measuring from 14 feet to 18 feet in diameter in multi-colored designs and patterns thrill and delight the spectator with their kaleidoscopic patterns of light danced to the music of accompanying bands.

PANTATAN FESTIVAL
Zarraga, Iloilo | December 15- December 19
The main purpose of this festival is to promote the town of Zarraga as one of the major producers and trading center of “pantat” in Panay Island. Among the festival activities are the ff: Grand Parade & Street Dancing, Pantat Cooking Contest, Search for Lin-ay sang Zarraga and many more.

SOSOGON FESTIVAL
Sorsogon City | December 16
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

ARAW NG MONTALBAN/PAMITINAN FESTIVAL
Rogriguez, Rizal | December 21
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 Montalbe├▒os.

TULTUGAN FESTIVAL
Maasin, Iloilo | December 21-27
Tultugan is the Hiligaynon and Kiniray-a word for the indigenous bamboo drum. It is the emerging festival of the province and the region.

PUTO FESTIVAL
Calasiao, Pangasinan | December 26-28
Celebration of the town’s major produce, rice cake (puto).

HANDURAW FESTIVAL
Dapitan City | December 27-31
Rizal's Death Anniversary December 30 is declared a national holiday. Dapitan City, which served as Dr. Jose Rizal's home for 4 years in exile, highlights this occasion every year with activities that focus on his life, works, and ideas.

KALIUGYON FESTIVAL
Libacao, Aklan | December 28- January 1
Kaliugyon means, kali for kalye or streets and ugyon for unity or union in the streets. Libacaonons go out for a wild revelry of merrymaking to celebrate the coming of the New Year.

HORSE FESTIVAL
Plaridel, Bulacan | December 29-30
A herd of horses with colorful tilburies parading in the streets of Plaridel in reverence to St. Apostle. It is held every 29th and 30th of December.

KALUSKOS BAMBOO ARCH FESTIVAL
Cardona, Rizal | December ( month long)
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.  Preparation of the materials for the arch produces squeaky sounds like the kissing of the snakes, cockling of chickens and marching horses, thus its name “Kaluskos”.  As part of Cardona’s culture and preservation of artistry, the town’s local executive passed a resolution creating the Kaluskos Bamboo Arch Festival.

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