Top 10 Best Festivals in the Philippines

The Philippines has a wide selection of festivals. Which 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..

The best of the best island Philippines has to offer the world. Uniquely pinoy brand of merry making as witnessed by no less than one million visitors yearly. Grandiose showcase of tribal talents all across the vast number of islands in the country. One of the most colorful festivities ever held yearly and has myriad followers globally. When we speak of grand festival not only in the Philippines but also in all festivities Cebu's Sinulog is truly one of the best.

The Sinulog tradition is reflective of the customs and rituals prior to the arrival of the Spaniards. The Filipino nation has overcome many trials under different colonizers but we pulled through the dark pages of our history. Our heritage is worth remembering, not just for the Cebuanos but for all Filipinos and what is a better way of doing so than the Sinulog festival? It is both a thanksgiving celebration and festivity in honor of Sr. Sto. Nino. To our Divine Providence for guiding us Filipinos all throughout the years. Pit Senyor!

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!

Its amazingly-crafted performances of tribes really amazes every spectators to come up with brilliant comments of the festival's grandeur and festivity. No other places in the Philippines that you can feel the same feelings I felt when hearing the drum beats, colorful costumes, and brilliant dance choreography. Reminder not to forget the Delgado St. For the delicious foods of all city hotels and restaurants are displayed, ready to taste... Expect Iloilo that every Dinagyang you can see me on your festive and fun-full streets... See you all!

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!

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!

3 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.

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.

I experience almost all of the festival all over the country and I can say that Ati-atihan is the best festival I ever experienced. You know why?
* no need to buy ticket just to witness the tribe performances.
* from Monday-sunday street dancing ( you can join and dance like a tribe member, you can also borrow their costume for you to take your famous selfie.
* friendly people
* budget wise (perfect)
* well preserved festival ( they just want to celebrate not just for a price)

4 Masskara Festival of Bacolod City

Masskara (a combination of the English word "mass" and the Spanish "kara, " meaning "face") is a Festival that started in the early 1980s, when world prices for sugar plummeted; and Bacolod City, the country's sugar CAPITAL, was hit by a major crisis.

The city government and artists banded together to find ways to lift the people's spirits (not to mention their deteriorating economy), so they decided to throw a party!

Held every third weekend of October or on the closest weekend to October 19, it dramatizes the steadfast character of the Negrenses and symbolizes what the people of the City of Smiles do best: putting on a happy face when confronted with challenges.

When you go to the Masskara Festival, the fun pageantry will give you several days of visual overload. People garbed in elegant and ingenious costumes dance on the streets, their masks reflective of the jovial Negrense spirit. Costumes are made with fabrics of different colors and patterns, embellished ...more

There are many Sinulog Festivals in the Country... Dinagyang and Ati-atihan are just even its variations... There is only one Masskara Festival in the country... And it's totally different from all religious festivals... And the party-atmosphere is experienced every place in the city which is Nirvana!

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!

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 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.

7 Buyogan Festival of Abuyog, Leyte

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.

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...

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 a all packed festival. Considered as a world class festival and top ten in the Philippines now-a-days.

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!

Because only festival in the Philippines use a lights on dance parade and contest, and besides everyone enjoy on this festival.

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.

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.

In this competition all the festivals in all the municipalities of Cebu showing their talent in dancing that represents the meaning of their festival and also their culture...

10 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.

Colorful and vibrant festival.

The festival of east..

Leyte is my home town

The Contenders
11 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...

12 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...

13 Paraw Regatta Festival of Iloilo City

Paraw Regatta is the symbol of Ilonggos' resiliency amidst calamities and challenges. Indeed, Iloilo has underwent so many trials but she remains dignified and respected. Just like Paraw Regatta, the country's oldest sailing festival, Ilonggos year after year showcases spectacular sailing boats with magnificent paintings of Ilonggo Artists. It is both a display of Ilonggo Culture and tradition. This is one proof that navigation for the Ilonggos has been an old practice. In fact, the festival is done nearby the Country's FIRST MARITIME SCHOOL in Villa Arevalo, Iloilo City. Could this be one proof that Ilonggos dominated the number of Filipino Saefarers?

Paraw Regatta is the symbol of Ilonggos' resiliency amidst calamities and challenges. Indeed, Iloilo has underwent so many trials but she remains dignified and respected. Just like Paraw Regatta, the country's oldest sailing festival, Ilonggos year after year showcases spectacular sailing boats with magnificent paintings of Ilonggo Artists. It is both a display of Ilonggo Culture and tradition. This is one proof that navigation for the Ilonggos has been an old practice. In fact, the festival is done nearby the Country's FIRST MARITIME SCHOOL in Villa Arevalo, Iloilo City. Could this be one proof that Ilonggos dominated the number of Filipino Saefarers?

14 Sinulog Festival of Carmen, Cebu
15 Hinulawan Festival of Toledo City, Cebu
16 Halad Inasal Festival of Talisay City, Cebu
17 Dinagat Festival of Cordova, Cebu
18 Hinatdan Festival of Ginatilan, Cebu
19 Ati-atihan Festival In Batan, Aklan

I love festival in Aklan

I loved the festival.

20 Bangus Festival of Dagupan City

Bangus Festival is very enjoyable. I hope next this Bangus Festival 2014 is more attractive and more activities that people attach there attentions. And I hope more cleanliness in the City. God Bless DAgupan!

Most visited and participated festival in northern luzon...

Best festival in the phil.

The best tasting milkfish famously known as bangus all over the world

21 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

22 Hermosa Festival of Zamboanga City
23 Kalilangan, Gensan

Proud to be generals! Love tuna!

This the culture you watch out.

24 Sugat-Kabanhawan Festival of Minglanilla, Cebu

Its all in minglanilla

25 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

This festival is ancient and too old, originated from pre-hispanic era. it is unique and appreciating. Philippines are really a creative & a happy country

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