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    Festivals in the Philippines February to December 2013 - schedule of Activities, celebration and highlights

    Philippines is very rich in culture that makes it stand-out from other countries. Annually, major activities and festivals is celebrated which signifies triumph, bountiful harvest and jubilation in every part of the country. We focused here the upcoming events from February to December 2013 for the schedule, celebration and major highlights of the festivities.

    Panagbenga Festival: Baguio City, February 1-March 3, 2013
    First on our list is the Panagbenga Festival which is now on their 18th year with a theme
    “A Blooming Odyssey.” Panagbenga, which translates to "a season of blooming" is the most visited celebration of Baguio City and considered one of the best in the Philippines.


    Panagbenga Festival Float Parade
    Photo: Panagbenga Festival Float Parade

    It showcases floral floats, native dances, a flea market, food street, and other Panagbenga-related activities such as Pony Boys Day, the Flower Tee Golf Tournament, a barangay garden competition.

    Here is the schedule for 2013 Panagbenga Festival:
    February 1 (Friday) - Grand Opening Parade, Drum and Lyre Competition
    February 23 (Saturday) - Grand Street Dancing Parade
    February 24 (Sunday) - Grand Float Parade

    February 25 (Monday) - Session Road in Bloom

    March 2 (Thursday) - Pony Boys' Day
    March 3 (Friday) - Closing


    18th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta: Clark, Freeport Zone Pampanga, February 21-24, 2013

    This year theme “A Weekend of Everything that Flies” is sure to give excitement and wonderful experience for the expectators of this annual event to be held at the Omni Aviation Complex at Clark.




    Aside from the Hot Air Balloon competition, The Breitling Jet Team is scheduled to fly their acrobatic supersonic jets, with the exception of Friday, February 22. More info here.





    38th International Bamboo Organ Festival: St. Joseph Parish Church, Las Piñas City, February 21-27, 2013

    This annual event is handled by the Bamboo Organ Foundation, Inc., a non-stock non-profit organization founded to preserve and maintain the historic Bamboo Organ.The Foundation organizes the annual International Bamboo Organ Festival held at the Las Piñas Church which has its mark in the international music scene with many foreign artist and musicians participating the event.
    Bamboo Organ Festival 2013 Las Pinas
    Photo: Bamboo Organ Festival 2013
    Schedule of Activities:
    February 21 (Thursday) - Gala Night
    February 22 (Friday) - Concertate
    February 23 (Saturday) - Concert under the trees
    February 24 (Sunday)- Evening of Organ Music
    February 26 (Tuesday) - Evening of Chamber Music
    February 27 (Wednesday) - Concertate


    Sibugsay Festival in Zamboanga Sibugay, February 21-27, 2013
    Sibugsay is a Subanen term and is a combination of two verbs: sibug, which means to move forward, and bugsay, which means to paddle.

    Series of activities have been prepared with emphasis on pro-ecology. It inludes fluvial parade and annual paddle racing to raise environmental community consciousness; street-dancing competitions based on the annual theme connected to Sibugay concept; cultural presentations and exhibits intended for cultural preservation.

    Sibug-Sibug Festival in Zamboanga Sibugay, February 26, 2013
    The Festival is marked by colorful ethnic dancing and rituals in celebration of good harvest. The ethnic dancing depicts good harvest, wedding and healing rituals.

    Caracol Festival in Makati City, February 27, 2013
    The Festival is initiated by the Makati Government to promote the conservation of ecology. The festival is participated mostly by students representing different schools. Participants are dressed in colorful animal costumes.


    Paraw Regatta Festival in Iloilo, March 3, 2013
    The Paraw regatta is a race among seafarers on colorful sailboats called Paraws in the straits between Guimaras Island and the city of Iloilo. From a simple boat race, it transforms into a festival of various activities.
    Paraw Regatta Festival 2013 celebration
    Photo: Paraw Regatta Festival 2013

    Kaamulan in Bukidnon (Ethnic Cultural Festival of Bukidnon) in Bukidnon, March 10, 2013
    “Kaamulan” is from the Binukid word “amul” which means “to gather”. It is a gathering of Bukidnon tribespeople for a purpose. It can mean a datuship ritual, a wedding ceremony, a thanksgiving festival during harvest time, a peace pact, or all of these put together.

    Crowd-drawing events such as the Motocross, Off-road Competition, Rodeo, Amateur Boxing, Invitational Basketball Tournament, Adventure Races, concerts, and several others are roped into the festivity. Garden Show, Food Fest, Kaamulan Bazaar, Agri-fair, and Livestock Show are among main highlights.

    Araw ng Dabaw Festival Davao City, March 16-17, 2013


    araw ng davao 2013 logo
    Photo: Araw ng Davao 2013
    Davao celebrates its birthday in a grand gala fashion befitting the largest city in Mindanao. The Araw ng Dabaw festivities come complete with a jam-packed, seven-day schedule of trade fairs and cultural presentations. There''s also a colorful civic-military parade and a citywide beauty pageant, featuring the smartest, most charming ladies this side of the islands.

    The 76th Araw ng Dabaw 2013 Official Schedule of Events

    MUTYA NG DABAW TALENT SHOWCASE
     Feb. 20 • 4pm • NCCC Mall Activity Area


    HULAGWAY SA RAW NG DABW PHOTO CONTEST
     Feb. 20- Mar. 16 • City Information Office

    76TH ARAW NG DABW OPENING PROGRAM
     Feb. 25 • 7am • Quezon Park

    ARAW NG DABAW SPORTSFEST
     Feb. 26- Mar. 24

    MUTYA NG DABAW SEMI-FINALS
     (Selection of 5 Grand Finalist)
     Feb. 27 • 5pm • Abreeza Ayala Mall

    MUTYA NG DABAW COMMUNITY PROJECT ACTIVITY
     Mar. 1 • Whole Day • Various Barangays

    DAVAO: THEN AND NOW EXHIBITION
     Mar. 1-16 • 10am- 9pm • SM City Davao Annex

    HUDYAKAAN SA ARAW NG DABAW
     Mar. 1-17 • 6pm- 2am • Bolton Extension


    MUTYA NG DABAW GRAND CORONATION NIGHT
     Mar. 2 • 6pm • Davao City Recreation Center

    PHOENIX ARAW NG DABAW MARATHON
     Mar. 10 • 5am • SM Lanang Premier to SM City Davao

    SAYAW PINOY
     Elementary and High School Categories
     Mar. 13 • 6pm • San Pedro Street (fronting Agila Stage, Rizal Park)

    Adult Category - Kanta Dabaw & Laban Labandz Finals
     Mar. 14 • 6pm • San Pedro Street (fronting Agila Stage, Rizal Park)

    SAYAWAN SA DA'N COMPETITION
     Mar. 15 • 7am • Carousel Route: San Pedro Street to Bolton Street to Bonifacio
     Street to Pelayo Street

    DATU BAGO AWARDS NIGHT
     Mar. 15 • 7am • The Royal Mandaya Hotel

    LANKUBAN: MUSIKA SA DABAWENYO CONCERT
     Mar. 15 • 7pm • Hudyakaan Stage at Bolton Extension

    THANKSGIVING MASS
     Mar. 16 • 6am • San Pedro Cathedral

    PARADA DABAWENYO
     Mar. 16 • 7am-12nn • Roxas Avenue to San Pedro Street

    PAHALIPAY CONCERT NI MAYOR SARA UG VICE MAYOR RODY DUTERTE
     Mar. 16 • 6pm • Rizal Park

    Pak'kaat Kallo in Magpet, Cotabato, March 25-31, 2013
    Pak'kaat Kallo is an annual festival in celebration of bountiful harvest of Manobo Tribe in Magpet, Cotabato held every Lenten Season.

    Cutud Lenten Rites in Cutud, Pampanga, March 29, 2013
    The San Pedro Cutud Lenten Rites is a Holy Week re-enactment of Christ’s Passion and Death complete with a passion play culminating with the actual nailing of at least three flagellants to a wooden cross atop the makeshift Calvary.


    Cutud Lenten Rites Pampanga 2013
    Photo: Cutud Lenten Rites Pampanga 2013

    Moriones Festival in Boac, Magpoc, Marinduque, March 31, 2013

    Moriones is an annual festival in the province of Marinduque that signifies Holy Week starts from Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Sunday.

    Moriones Festival Marinduque 2013 Parade
    Photo: Moriones Festival Marinduque 2013
     The main attraction of the festival is the Morions, those having mask and imitates biblical Roman soldiers.
    Moriones Festival Marinduque 2013 Boac Marinduque
    Photo: Morions at Boac, Marinduque
    Photo Credit: ike jamilla
    Schedule of Activities
    MARCH 24, 2013 – PALM SUNDAY
     05:00 am – Holy Mass
     06:30 am – Holy Mass
     07:00 am – Blessing of Palms
                   - Hosanahan & Procession (a celebration of Christs Entry to Jerusalem)
     08:00 am – Holy Mass
     03:00 pm – Holy Mass
     04:00 pm – General Station of the Cross

    MARCH 25, 2013 – HOLY MONDAY
     05:30 am – Holy Mass
     07:00 am – Participation in the GRAND PARADE
     08:00 am – Pilgrimage
                   – Registration of all Morions
     10:00 am - Opening of LEGIONS PHOTO EXHIBIT
     10:00 am - Opening of the Marinduque Moriones Festival Trade Expo
     03:00 pm – Moriones Parade Around the town
     06:30 pm – Morions Torch Parade (MISTAH)
     07:00 pm – mass & Installation of New MISTAH Members

    MARCH 26, 2013 – HOLY TUESDAY
     04:00 am – Pagbasa ng Pasyon sa mga Barangay ng Boac
     05:30 am – Holy Mass
     07:00 am – Pagbasa ng Pasyon
     08:00 am – Registration of Morions
                   – Visita Iglesia to 7 Parachial Churches in the Province
     09:00 am – Morion Parade
     04:00 pm – Morion Parade

    MARCH 27, 2013 – HOLY WEDNESDAY
     05:30 am – Holy Mass
     08:00 am – Participation in the GRAND PARADE / Community Parade of Costumes
     10:00 am - Maskara Mo, Kulayan Mo
     03:00 pm – Sacrament of Confession
                   – Morion Parade
     04:00 pm – Holy Mass
     05:00 pm – Religious Procession
     07:00 pm – SENAKULO

    MARCH 28, 2013 – MAUNDY THURSDAY
     05:00 am – Holy Mass
     08:00 am – Chrism Mass / Morion Parade / Battle of the Morions
     10:00 am – Maskara Mo, Kulayan Mo
     03:00 pm – Morion Parade
     05:00 pm – Celebration of the Last Supper & Washing of Apostles Feet
     06:00 pm – Start of Vigil at the Blessed Sacrament
     07:00 pm – SENAKULO (The Last Supper)

    MARCH 29, 2013 – GOOD FRIDAY
     09:00 am – Via Crucis (Way of the Cross Re-Enacted along the street of Boac)
     10:00 am – Maskara Mo, Kulayan Mo
     01:00 pm – The Seven last Words
     03:00 pm – Celebration of the Passion of Christ
     04:00 pm – Veneration of the Holy Cross
     05:00 pm – Religious Procession

    MARCH 30, 2013 – BLACK SATURDAY
     08:00 am – Survival KAbugsakan
     09:00 am – Morion Parade
     10:00 am-Maskara Mo, Kulayan Mo
     03:00 pm – Morion Parade ( All Morion Groups)
     07:00 pm – SENAKULO (The Beheading of Longhinus)
     08:00 pm – Torch Parade
     09:00 pm – Celebration of the Resurrection of Christ
                   - Blessing of Fire and Bonfire

    MARCH 31, 2013 – EASTER SUNDAY
     04:00 am – SALUBONG ( ritual and dance celebrating the appearance of the Risen Christ before the Blessed Mother
     05:00 am – Holy Mass
     06:30 am – Holy Mass
     08:00 am – Holy Mass
     09:00 am – CHASE OF LONGHINUS (Day Version) and Morion Parade
     10:00 am – PUGUTAN SA ARAW NG LINGGO NG MULING PAGKABUHAY


    Lamilamihan Festival in Lamitan, Basilan, April 14 or 21, 2013

    Flores de Mayo/Santacruzan (Flowers of May) May 2013

    Viva Vigan Festival in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, May 1-5, 2013

    Pahiyas Festival Lucban, Quezon, May 15, 2013
    Lucban San Isidro Pahiyas Festival 2013 schedue of activities, venue announced

    Coming Up...
    Mudpack Festival in Negros Occidental, June 15-16, 2013
    Parada ng Lechon in Balayan, Batangas, June 24, 2013
    Pintados/Kasadyaan Festival in Tacloban City, June 29, 2013
    Sandugo Festival in Bohol, July 1-31, 2013
    Kadayawan sa Dabaw in Davao City, August 17-18, 2013
    Penafrancia Viva La Virgen Festival in Naga City, September 21, 2013
    Lemlunay (T'Boli Tribal Festival) in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, September 16-18, 2013
    Hermosa Festival in Zamboanga, October 12, 2013
    Lanzones Festival in Camiguin, October 19, 2013
    Masskara Festival in Bacolod City, October 19-20, 2013
    Higantes Festival in Angono Rizal, November 23, 2013
    Giant Lantern Festival in San Fernando, Pampanga, December 21, 2013

    Mark your calendar now and get ready for the festival you want to go with. We will update this post for schedule of activities, and other important details for each festivities. Bookmark this page now, Like Us on Facebook and Follow @mysummitexpress on Twitter.

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