Philippines has hundreds of festivals and most towns have their own celebrations in addition to the popular festivals we are familiar with. Lasting anywhere between a day to an entire month, Philippine Festivals are mostly religious and cultural celebrations that attract thousands of local and foreign tourists because of its fun and colorful vibe.
Here’s a list of Festivals in the Philippines in September: Peñafrancia Festival Where: Naga City When: 3rd Sunday of September What is it all about? Every 3rd Sunday of September, the people of Naga City are busy celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Penafrancia. According to records, each year gathers over 6 million devotees in the Bicol region just to witness the Peñafrancia Festival. Diyandi Festival Where: Iligan CIty When: September What is it all about? Diyandi Festival is Iligan City’s annual thanksgiving celebration. It features ceremonial dance offering of the union of the Maranao men and Higa-onon women in marriage as well as the offering of their union and harvest to the patron saint. The term Diyandi is an Iliganon word which means merriment or celebration.
Tuna Festival Where: General Santos CIty When: Septermber 5 What is it all about? General Santos City’s Tuna Festival commemorates the city’s Charter Anniversary. It is an annual event held every fifth of September. It takes its pride to the fishing industry as the major economic activity of the city. Tuna parade and other activities featuring the different tuna products and the sumptuous Sashimi Night made up the festivities.
Bonok-Bonok FestivalWhere: Surigao City When: September 10 What is it all about? The Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival in an annual event held in Surigao City to honor Señor San Nicholas de Tolentino, the city’s patron saint. It is a day long event marked by street dancing festivities. It’s a Surigaonon’s way of thanksgiving for the bountiful blessings. Talakudong Festival Where: Tacurong City When: September 18 What is it all about? Talakudong Festival is Tacurong City’s annual event held held every 18th of September. Talakudong is derived from an Ilonggo word “kudong” which means head covering. The week long festival features a float parade and agro-industrial fair showcasing Tacurong’s best agricultural and industrial products. Dalit Festival Where: Tangub City When: September 29 What is it all about? Dalit Festival, held every September 29 is celebrated in honor of Tangub City’s patron saint, St. Michael the Archangel. Dalit means offering, the people’s offering of thanksgiving for the blessings the people received from the Almighty through the years. It is Tangubanon’s simple way of saying “Mabuhay and Welcome to Tangub” that shows the extraordinary way of fostering, friendship, unity, and love of all Tangubanons to their visitors. Rituals and dances that portrays the Filipino way of life are some of the various activities and presentations. Did we miss something out? Do you know of any major Festivals in the Philippines not included in the list celebrated in September? Please let us know in the comment below. If you are from the local tourism office and you would like your Festival included in this list, please email me with the name of the festival and short description. Thank you!