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.
Panagbenga Festival Where: Baguio City When: February What is it all about? Panagbenga is a month-long yearly flower festival happening in Baguio City every February. Known as “Baguio Flower Festival”, Panagbenga was created as a tribute to the city’s abundance of flowers as well as to rise above the devastation of the Luzon earthquake in 1990. The festival features floats that are covered with different type of flowers. Paraw Regatta Festival Where: Iloilo City When: February What is it all about? Considered as the oldest traditional sailing event in Southeast Asia, the Iloilo Paraw Regatta Festival is the Philippines’ biggest sailing event happening annually every February. Seafarers race their colorful Paraws (sailboats) in the straits between Iloilo City and Guimaras Island.
Hot Air Balloon Festival Where: Clark, Pampanga When: February What is it all about? The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is all about everything that flies! It started in 1994 with the main goal of jump-starting the economy of Central Luzon. This four-day hot air balloon event is now the biggest and longest-running aviation sports event in the Philippines.
Did we miss something out? Do you know of any major Festivals in the Philippines not included in the list celebrated in February? 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!