Top Ten Festivals In the Philippines

The Philippines has a wide selection of festivals. Why of the Philippine festivals do you like best? Vote for it and explain why you love that festival!
The Top Ten
1 Sinulog Festival of Cebu City

For me the Sinulog Festival in Cebu City is the grandest of all Philippine festivals. Why? It is a combination of religious and cultural activities held every month of January in Cebu. It is a religious activity since it is the fiesta of Sr. Sto. Nino de Cebu and millions of devotees all over the Philippines will come to Cebu to join the fluvial procession, solemn procession and most specially to attend the highly celebrated mass at the Basilica church in honor of Sr. Sto. Nino. It is also a cultural activity since it showcase the Sinulog Grand Parade participated by different contingents not only in Cenu but also out of town contingents all over the Philippines.

Aside fm its historical significance, this festival has been rooted from its religious devotion to the baby Jesus popularly known as "Sto Nino". For almost 500 years since finding the unscathed replica of Sto. Nino in a burning hut, this tradition is gaining reputation and attendance year after year.. Not just for the merry making and street dancing but most importantly, in celebration and thanksgiving for the blessings received, prayers answered and most of all for choosing Cebu as his final resting place. There's just so much peace and love during the saturday procession. A sign that He is present and enjoying everything. It gives me goosebumps every time He passes in his flower adorned glass casing.. He looks so alive..

SINULOG is not just simply but the most elegant, joyful and the grandest of all grand festivals in the Philippines cleanly performed by the indigenous contingents very smooth flowing through your sight compared to other festivals that are performed very exaggerate unlike Sinulog as smooth as water flows in a river, without any limitation in musicality because Sinulog does not focus only in a cultural way but more on religious aspects, musicians are allowed to use different instruments to make Sinulog more beautiful visually and in audio in honor to our child Jesus Christ Sr. Sto. Nino, VIVA! VIVA! VIVA!...

Sinulog Festival is the best... Because its not only about dancing, colorful costumes and make-ups, but it shows the rich culture not only of a cebuano but also as a pilipino.. And this festival helps our economy, more specifically our tourism because many foreigner want to watch and be part of this spectacular event every January. It may be too hard to watch the dancers dancing in the street but I assure u, you will never get board. Lively music? Its everywhere.. Every beat makes you dance.. And Sr. Santo Nino will protect you and watch you.! :D LONG LIVE SINULOG FESTIVAL!

2 Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo City

Dinagyang is the most awarded festival in the country, that's why its called the queen festival of the Philippines, it is a combination of religious, cultural and historical activities which the culmination is on the 4th Sunday of January... Dinagyang is the trendsetter & one of the unique festivals unlike others, they are mostly synonymous with each other. A street dancing of good choreography & style, speed, energy and precision and the drumbeats that could stir you senses to dance and go with the beat... The most awaited contingent and consistent top 5 winners in Aliwan... A world class performance and loads of invitation locally and abroad. A festival with a full package, the beat, the dance, vibrant colors and nice costume and theater as its best.. Dinagyang is the best among the rest!

Nothing else to say... The awards and citations cited below are the proofs of its excellence. What separates Dinagyang from other festivals in the country is it's uniqueness and adeptness to history, culture and ethnicity, as seen on it's heart thumping tribal music, hair raising fast paced movements style and choreography. The concept presented by performers are well researched and always a reminiscent of aboriginal (aetas/atis) way of life. As for the record, Dinagyang Festival is the first and only festival in the world to be recognized by no less than the United Nations to promote the UN-Millenium Dev't Goals!

Why I voted Dinagyang Festival? Because it is simply amazing! From the drum beats to exciting and energetic dances, it simply WOW's the audience with their spectacular performance. Dinagyang is now the Queen Festival of the Philippines, Best Tourism Event in the Philippines, most invited festival abroad, and a Hall of Famer with 4 straight wins at Aliwan Fiesta, the Philippines festival of festivals. Dinagyang festival is also a pioneer for other festivals in the country. It inspires other festivals to do the same drum beat that Dinagyang does, but Dinagyang beat is different and it is the best. For me Dinagyang Festival best represents the Philippines because of its devotion to Senior Syo. Nino. and by the way, it is during Dinagyang Festival that you can experience the best night life in the country!

No other Festival can duplicate Iloilo's Dinagyang, always wanted here and abroad. Every year Iloilo's Dinagyang is invited to performed around the world. Check Aliwan Festival record if who is the Hall of Famer, No one can equal Iloilo's Dinagyang and the mother of all Festival in he Philippines now and forever. Mapa "WOW" ikaw if you witness Iloilo Dinagyang Festival. So colorful, full of energy and the drum beat is awesome. It's a world famous Festival. No OTHER Festival is more Better than Iloilo's Dinagyang. The Best, The Greatest and always The No. ONE.

3 Masskara Festival of Bacolod City

Every time the tourism department would make an advertisment of everything unique about the Philippines, Masskara festival never fails to make an appearance because it is a true example of the filipino spirit, that despite all the natural calamities that visited our country, we can still stand up and give a big bright smile to the world.

Masskara Festival simply reflects how festive the Bacolod culture is and as well as how Filipinos dwell with negativities by putting a smile in every faces. A unique festival that every Filipino should be proud of locally and internationally!

In my own opinion masskara is the most colorful and meaningful festival because it shows happiness despite of the problems that carry shoulder of an individual person but still they can strive and survive to the disasters given by our god...

Masskara simplifies not only happy people nor happy thoughts the true beauty how hospitable we the Bacolodnon are. Being the sugar capital the smile and the gracefulness attracts more people to come and witness the Rio De Niros madrigals of Masskara Festival celebrated October 1-25. , 2014.

4 Ati-Atihan Festival of Kalibo, Aklan

The Ati-Atihan is the Mother of all Philippine Festivals, the oldest and most well-preserved festival in the country. The festival itself is no creation of a local government or a recreation of history. It has always been celebrated with black paint and riotous drum since the precolonial era. It is even mentioned in Pigafetta's chronicles when they landed in Panay.


The Granddaddy of All Philippine Festivals by Lonely Planet, the largest travel guide book publisher in the world

The Mother of All Philippine Festivals World Costume Festival

World's Best Festival by Fest300

The Mardi Gras on this side of the World

The Best Festival in the Philippines

The Best Street Party in the Philippines

The Oldest Festival in the Philippines. It has inspired many other Philippine Festivals including the Sinulog Festival of Cebu and Dinagyang of Iloilo, both adaptations of the Kalibo Ati Atihan Festival.

YOUR UNSCRIPTED FUN IS HERE. No Choreography needed

Super fun! Everybody gets to join in! Also said to be miraculous for sto. Nino is said to posses healing powers. At this time of the year every street is also turned into a place where you can have fun! Where there is much dancing and boozes for the party lovers!

Original and more on the culture of the ati community and their lifestyle also. that's why, the ati-atihan festival is crowned as the mother of all Philippine festivals because of its originality and uniqueness among the other festivals.

5 Kadayawan Festival of Davao City

In this festival fruits are celebrated. But these are not you're ordinary kind of fruits. Each and every one of them unique. For example... The Durian - "King of the Fruits" and Mangosteen - "Queen of the Fruits". The fruits are also cheapest here. The floats in this festival are very colorful thanks to the flowers grown in the cities. And this fest is know internationally.

The festival that emphasizes Thanksgiving for bountiful harvest regardless of religion, culture, tribe, etc. It's a culmination of the people and their gratefulness for the blessings they receive portrayed in colorful costumes, parades, skits, and floats which has been quite popular to both local and tourists alike. It's a site to see!

Kadayawan is the people's festival. It's a thanksgiving for the year that was and the year which will be. A celebration of the city's icons - the Philippine Eagle, Mt Apo, Durian, and Waling Waling. And most of all, it's a celebration of all festivities in Davao making it the King of Festivals in Davao.

Kadayawan festival od davao is the most grandest and peaceful festival in the philippines.. Unlike kadayawan and dinagyang kadayawan festival is more fun.. Of them all It can make people more happy while joinoing the philippines most biggest festival..

6 Ati-atihan Festival In Batan, Aklan

I love festival in Aklan

I loved the festival.

7 Panagbenga Festival of Baguio City

Panagbenga is the best festival of the Philippines.. Its More colorful, more mersmerizing, happier than the other festival and more luxurious than the ROSE (parade) FESTIVAL OF THE United States OF AMERICA.. More than 6.5 million tourists (foreigner/local) are arriving in baguio just to watch the grandest and the mother festival of the north.

I'm not from Baguio but me and my family visits Baguio all the way from manila just to join the feast. Thumbs up for a very fun feast and well disciplined Baguio people. I salute you.

Worldclass.. Performances. And the most visited festival by foreign tourists not just because of its ambiance but because of its hospitable people..

Many tourists and people from other places went to join the celebration of Panagbenga.

8 Bailes de Luces of La Castellana, Negros Occidental

Bailes de Luces of La Castellana (literally translated as Dance of Lights) is a Festival of Hope and Thanksgiving. Celebrated every 30th of December (Street Dancing Competition) and 5th of January (Arena Showdown) Bailes de Luces is a spectacular festival that showcases the Filipino's creative mind couple with the wildest of imagination. The most colorful festival in town that utilizes technology through the use of Light Emitting Diodes that radiates colorful rays of lights throughout the performance. A Festival that is best watched live for one to experience the magical interplay of colorful lights wrapping every dancer's body. A one of its kind Festivity. The One and the only in the world. Performing in one Varity show of a national television (ABS-CBN's It's Showtime), La Castellana's Bailes de Luces gained not just a score of 9.9/10 but also a minute or more of standing ovations from both the judges and the viewers. A truly peculiar, spectacular and grandious Festival. Vamos a ...more

One of a kind festival... The blend of dancing lights and colorful costume and headdress of the dancers makes it more delightful... You don't want to wink your eye while watching for you not to miss anything... Watching it once makes you comeback for the next time...

Great acheivemnent to all those who made La Castellana, a small town in central Negros Occidental, truly be proud of. I remember during the sixties that our little town was named "little Texas county" where every weekends you've see dead people. KUDOS!

The most wonderful, fantastic and unique festivals in Philippines, Its wonderful because of the lights that dancers used, fantastic because of the the dancers on how they timing by on/off the lights. Fantastic because it's different from the other festivals! :D

9 Pasigarbo sa Sugbo Festival, Cebu Province

Pasigarbo sa Sugbo is Cebu's Festival of Festivals. This showcases anything that the Cebu Cities and municipalities can offer. This enables the not so known part of Cebu to become well known not just to Cebuanos but also to other people and so that they will be aware of the abundance of nature that anywhere in Cebu had.

Pasigarbo sa Sugbo Festival is CEBU'S FESTIVAL of FESTIVALS... Every AUGUST more than 40 COMPETING CEBUANO FESTIVALS from different CITIES and MUNICIPALITIES in CEBU commence in one stage to create a one great spectacle showcasing the different products and culture of each town through dance thus called PASIGARBO SA SUGBO which literally means PRIDE OF CEBU in English. This years Editiion of Pasigarbo sa Sugbo will be held on AUGUST 11 in line with CEBU PROVINCE'S 443rd Anniversary.

One of the best festival is Pasigarbo sa Sugbo... Its one of a kind hence it's a festival of festivals... A showcase of culture, local products and as well as promoting tourism in each town/city of the province of cebu.

Cebu's Festival of Festivals. The biggest Festival competition in the province for at least 44 competing Municipalities showcasing their respective festivity.

10 Ati-ati Festival of Ibajay, Aklan

The most wonderful and unique festival in the Philippines

It's so very nice it amazing

The Contenders
11 Sugat - Kabanhawan Festival of Minglanilla, Cebu

For me the festival of kabanwanan is a beautiful and more fun

This festival transcends religion

Its all in minglanilla

Glory glory glory
jesus. Jesus. Jesus

12 Buyogan Festival of Abuyog, Leyte

It is very pleasant to see especially the flowers that are used in this Festival. Colorful, wonderful and all I can say is wow... ! So, you must try to watch this festival. I live in Davao but still, that doesn't erase the fact that this festival is awesomeee...

For me really ought to qualify the buyogan festival. Due continent anywhere in the Philippines ever really known buyogan since settled their festival. And they are the most popular with bees.

August 27! The date you should not miss.. Buyogan Festival of Abuyog Leyte with its colorful Grand Parade and mind blowing ritual performances!

Mark that date on your calendar.

Buyogan festival is considered as one of the prestigious festival in the Philippines because of its beautiful dancing bees and flowers and considered as its world class performance...

Proud to be leyteno proud to be abuyognon

13 Bonok-Bonok Festival of Surigao City

You must see this festival because it is jaw dropping one, also the dances have very nice choreography and they uses very colorful, attractive and unique costume that makes you amaze. so what are you waiting for come to Surigao City and watch the breath taking Bonok-Bonok Festival

I like it because
Its very beautiful festival in the world

It's a fiestival that showcase the original settlers in northern mindanao, the "mamanwas".

My wonderful festival in me

14 Inagta Festival of Siaton, Negros Oriental

The oldest festival in the province of Negros Oriental. Truly a celebration of authentic Negrense culture! The dance ritual was Christianized upon the arrival of the Spanish colonizers. After the foundation of the parish of Siaton. St. Nicholas of Bari was chosen as the towns patron saint and since then the religious image of San Nicolas is carried and paraded around the town proper and included in the Inagta dance ritual. Shouts and chants of Viva! Senyor San Nicolas! And responded by the people with Viva!

A festival which originated from pre-hispanic era. It has a unique dance formation and choreography. The dance movements are derived from the forest animals abundant in Siaton during those times like Monkey, snake, wild chicken, frog, wild boar. The town of Siaton in the southern tip of Negros Oriental was home to a large number of negritos "Agta" they already inhabit the coastal areas and the river banks of Siaton in the early 14th century.

I love inagta festival... Cause it's the festival of my hometown... And not just that it is the most oldest festival in negros oriental... And it's is really historical

It's a classic and not the same with other festival.

Its patronizing a saint as catholic yet respecting the mother nature,

For Filipinos we all know that before being Catholic we believe na nature, diwata sa tubig, sa hangin and to name the few

15 Pintados Festival of Leyte

Pintados was the term used by Spanish colonists to describe the tattooed indigenous Cebuano Visayan people. They were found on the islands of Cebu, Bohol, eastern part of Negros, Samar and Leyte in the Bicayas (Visayas) region of the Philippines.

Yes a lot of experience I've ever enjoy this festival.. Festival of lights is highly appreciated, experinced more fun in tacloban

I like this festival so much

Ano kaya and pintados festival

16 Ati-atihan Festival In Makato, Aklan

Makato ati-atihan festival so wonderful and most happy...!

17 Halaran Festival of Roxas City, Capiz

Halaran festival is one of the best festivals in the Philippines


18 Pahiyas Festival of Lucban, Quezon

May 15 3 day to go to the most colorful festivals in the world! Pahiyas!

I love to the place where a lot of fruits that I have seen...

The Best Queen Festival of Southern Tagalog!

Unique, as thousands local n foreign tourist arrive yearly to see dfestival

19 Ati-atihan Festival In Altavas, Aklan
20 Buglasan Festival, Negros Oriental

Buglasan Festival showering tourist spots of the 20 towns and 5 cities throughout the province of Negros Oriental - 1st ever experience unlike other festival. Buglasan Festival promote Negros Oriental as province of best kept tourism secret in the Philippines.

We have lots of festival dances to offer. It's a province wide celebration and a collection of festival of festivals. Come and visit Dumaguete City every 2nd week of October to celebrate with us.

I love Buglasan Festival because it showcased how really rich the province of Negros is. It even gives us a glimpse of each municipalities tourism and cultural qualities.

Buglasan Festival is one of a kind...

21 Binirayan Festival of San Jose, Antique
22 Bantayan Festival of Guimbal, Iloilo

Bantayan festival shows the bravery anh heroism of the early guimbalanons to defend the town guimbal againts moro pirates. And now its became a festival with a unique chanting and dance drama competition... Guimbal where fun and excitement never ends.

I love bantayan

23 Pintaflores Festival San Carlos City

Pintaflores is the best festival of negros occidental... and san carlos is the 2nd livable city of the world lugar sg gwapa and san carlos

Magnificent, vibrant, lively festival of all time

The greatest festival of all time!

24 Sinulog Festival of Carmen, Cebu

Sinulog in Carmen Cebu is one of the amazing festival. WOW! ITS VERY WONDERFUL AND THE BEST IN OTHER FESTIVAL

25 Tinapahan Festival of Lemery, Batangas

Its batangenio favorite fish,.,. And it's a smoken food

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