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Philippine Festival Essay

1. The Black Nazarene
* A life-sized statue of Christ is carried through town by barefooted men yelling, “Viva Señor, while huge crowd tries to touch the statue. * January 9 at Quiapo Church in Manila
2. Sinulog
* The festival is characterized by a very long parade with many groups of persons dressed in colorful costumes, finding their way through the streets while dancing the Sinulog. * Held every year on the third Sunday of January in Cebu City. 3. Ati-Atihan

* the wildest among Philippine fiestas
* Held every January in the town of Kalibo in the province of Aklan on the island of Panay. The second Sunday after Epiphany. 4. Dinagyang Festival
* To honor the Christianization of the natives and to respect the Holy Child Jesus. * A tribute in honor of Señor Sto. Niño whom Ilonggos believe was very miraculous in times of famine and drought. * celebrated every fourth weekend of January in Iloilo City 5. Panagbenga Festival

* Showcases the many floral floats and native dances.
* held yearly during the month of February
6. Sibug – Sibug Festival
* celebrated during their foundation day
* colorful Ethnic Street dancing with rituals illustrating good harvest, wedding and healing rituals * province of Zamboanga Sibugay on February 26
7. Sandugo Festival
* the March 16, 1565 treaty of friendship and brotherhood between the Spanish explorer and captain general Miguel López de Legazpi and Bohol’s chieftain, Datu Sikatuna * Tagbilaran City held in the month of March.

8. Pahiyas Festival
* Believed to be one of the Philippines’ most extravagant and most colorful, is held in honor of San Isidro Labrador and is the farmers’ thanksgiving for a rich and bountiful harvest. * Held annually
in Lucban, Quezon every 15th day of the hot summer month of May.

9. Santa Cruzan /Flores de Mayo
* “Queen of Filipino Festivals”. 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. * held annually in the warm month of May

10. Pintados festival
* Tacloban City
* Recalls Pre-Spanish history of the native Leytenos from wars, epics and folk religions. The most expected aspect of the Pintados festival are the festive dancers, painted from head to toe with designs that look like armor to resemble the tattooed warriors of old. 11. Kadayawan Festival

* A celebration of the plentiful harvests of fruits and orchids during the season * celebrated every 3rd Week of August in Davao
12. The feast of our lady of peñafrancia
* Considered the biggest and most popular religious event in the Philippines, * Bicolanos from here and abroad will flock to that progressive city to pay honor to the Virgin of Peñafrancia, * Celebrated on the third Saturday of September in Naga City, Bicol Philippines. 13. Masskara festival

* A smiling mask, which is the symbol of the fiesta, was conceived by the organizers to show the happy spirit of the Negrenses despite experiencing bad times in the sugar industry. * takes place here Oct. 1-20, Bacolod City

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