Holidays and Festivals in the Philippines
The Philippines has a grand total of 18 holidays and non-working days for 2018. Holidays are indispensable for planning your trips (especially if they fall on long weekends), so these definitely deserve your attention!
You can’t miss out on the splendor and creativity of festivals all over the various provinces, either. Local festivals are both celebration and remembrance: feel the enthusiasm and excitement in the air, while taking the time to respect traditions that have been carried out for centuries, bringing us together as one community.
For your convenience, we’ve compiled the full list of 2018 festivals and holidays below, along with some suggested destinations. Happy browsing!
These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.
Holy week begins on Maundy Thursday and ends on Palm Sunday. Businesses are closed for part or all of the four days.
March 31, 2018 is Black Saturday and considered special non-working holiday
Bangus Festival, first celebrated in 2002, was the brainchild of former mayor Benjamin S. Lim, who wished to emphasize the local bangus industry and promote Dagupan as the Bangus Capital of the World.
A week-long celebration which is observed to have various events like information caravan of the province’s services, agricultural trade fair, forum, cultural plays and performances, and culminates in a grand parade featuring every municipality of the
Araw ng Kagitingan
Araw ng Kagitingan is a non-working holiday that is part of a long weekend in the Philippines. World War II veterans parade in different cities in the Philippines on this day.See our recommendation
Marinduque Crowds of town people dress up as a Roman legionaries and figures from the Bibles. The festival takes place in Marinduque during Holy Week and culminates in the re-enactment of the beheading of Longinus. Entire towns are converted into huge st
The five day celebration aims to promote the preserved rich cultural heritage of batanes and introduce their locally manufactured food products to local and international tourist visiting their province. Even the stage was decorated with dried products s
The Banga Festival is a week long event celebrated in the city of Balanga City, Bataan. It is said that the name Balanga, which is the capital of Bataan, came from the word “banga,” the tagalong term for pot used in cooking. The Banga Festival is cel
Rodeo Masbateno festival
One of the largest annual events is the Masbate Rodeo known as “Rodeo Masbateno” which usually takes place every April.
Pagibang Damara Festival
Pagibang Damara Festival is celebrated every April 19th-22nd in San Jose City, Nueva Ecija. A "damara" is a makeshift shelter made from kawayan (bamboo) and nipa, built at the center of ricefields as a protection from the sun's heat or from rain.
La Laguna Festival
The event showcases competitions such as dragon boat race, brass band ,flora and fauna farms, cook fest, trade fair and the choreographed sound and sight fireworks.
An annual event just as most of the Philippines festivals are, Aliwan is all about celebrating the diverse culture of the locals. The fiesta brings together multiple festivals to gather in Pasay City. Due to the sheer magnitude of the fiesta, the city th
Pista’y Dayat Festival (Sea Festival) is a thanksgiving festival celebrated annually during the first two weeks of April. It celebrates the bountiful harvest of abundant fishes.
P'gsalabuk is a Subano term that means "togetherness". is the most grandest celebration of the City of Dipolog.
Sibit-Sibit Summer Festival
The name Sibit-Sibit was derived from the name of small paddle-driven bancas used for fishing during the early days when Brgy. Barreto was yet called Sitio Maquinaya. During fiestas, fisherfolk hold banca race using pure human strength to win the competi
Locals and guests from nearby islands enjoyed games familiar to any fiesta, such as catch the piglet, catch the goat and catch the chicken. Each catch was gleefully taken away by their new owners, perhaps to be prepared and shared with neighbors on the l
The Dinengdeng Festival (English: vegetable dish), is the official festivity event of the municipality of Agoo, La Union, Philippines. It is held annually in summer in celebration of a dish by which its name is derived from
Viva Vigan Festival of the Arts
Viva Vigan Festival of the Arts held every first week of May, the festival started in 1993 by the SVAHAI to promote awareness of the value of the historic town.
is a religious-historical beauty pagent held in many cities, towns and even smll villages throughout the Philippines during the month of May. One of the most colorful May-time festivals in the Philippines which depicts the finding of the Holy Cross by Q
Magayon Festival was the first festival throughout the Philippines that came up with a month-long celebration in May 1999. This idea was conceptualized by Governor Al Francis C. Bichara himself who was then really focused on the growth and development of
Mayawmayaw Festival of Pinabacdao
The Mayaw-Mayaw Festival is an annual thanksgiving celebration every 10th of May. The festivities are highlighted with dance and drama contests, cultural presentations and street dancing competition.
The Manggahan Festival of Guimaras is an identity festival commemorating the anniversary of the province as being an independent province. It is held every 22nd day of May which depicts the cultural heritage of the province and also to emphasize the prom
One of the highlights of Biliran Provincehood Anniversary on every 11th of May, the festival is a celebration of the Biliranons’ endeavors as one people with “hudyaka” or merriment. It showcases the various festivals of it’s component municipalit
Mano po San Roque festival
A streetdancing and procession along the city's thoroughfares in commemoration of the Feast of San Roque highlighting the customs and traditional celebration of the festival. Called "Sayawan sa Calle" Festival, the festival which is centered in the Chur
At the core of this festival, is the celebration of a bountiful harvest. Locals revere great harvests, and there is no better way to celebrate this than with elaborate festivals. The beauty of it for the intrepid traveller, perhaps, is the fact that this
Gakit Festival is an annual festival held on May 16th to 17th at the Cagayan River. Participants of the festival offer fruits, vegetables, poultry, and livestock as thanksgiving for their abundant bounty located in Angadanian, Isabela.
Grand Ammungan Festival
Anniversary celebration of the establishment of the civil government of Nueva Vizcaya highlighted by an agro-industrial trade fair, street parades, float competition, cultural presentations by indigenous groups participated by the 15 towns of the provinc
Arguably the most well-known event in the southern region of Philippines’, Sarbay festival is considered a must attend for many tourists.
El Circulo Fernandino
The El Circulo Fernandino (ECF) is an annual social gathering of Kapampangan leaders, businessmen, and prominent people from other sectors of the society.
Hudyaka ZaNorte Festival
The highlight of Hudyaka Festival is to showcase the extreme cultural talents of the people from Zamboanga Del Norte. The parade showcases the cultural street dance moves, acts and routines which is such an extravagant competition between the representat
The Balangay Festival is also a celebration in Butuan, Agusan del Norte to commemorate the coming of the early migrants that settled the Philippines, on board the Balangay boats. When the first Spaniards arrived in the 16th century, they found the Filipi
The festival derives its name from a Cuyunon terms that means 'meeting', and true to its meaning Baragatan is a convergence and coming together of the people of Palawan to celebrate its history and rich culture.
The Philippine’s Independence Day is a national holiday so government offices are closed. There are absolutely no classes in all schools.
Daet Pineapple Festival
this festival is the unique pineapple its self , named the “Queen of Formosa” pineapple well known for its sweet flavour and is only produced in this region.
A celebration of the Foundation anniversary of Agusan del Sur, a week-long socio-cultural and arts exposition of indigenous tribes in the entire Agusan valley and displaying their skills and gracefulness in dancing as part of their ritual activities.
Payuhwan Festival Batanes
The Payuhwan Festival in Basco Batanes. This is the annual Foundation Anniversary of the province of Batanes. To show the unity of their people.The Payuhwan Festival is the biggest and a major celebration of the Batanez Region.
It has been a yearly tradition to celebrate the Cavite City Water Festival more popularly known as "REGADA" every June
Aggao nac Cagayan
Ang Aggao ng Cagayan ay taunang pagdiriwang sa Cagayan tuwing ika-dalawampu’t tatlo hanggang dalawampu’t siyam ng Hunyo. Ito ay bilang paggunita sa anibersaryo ng pagkakatatag ng gobyerno sibil ng bayan noong ika-dalawampu’t siyam ng Hunyo taong 15
Calumpit Libad Festival
A fluvial procession of well-decorated pagodas is held on the river every 23rd of June right before the annual town fiesta in honor of St. John the Baptist. Townfolks gaily sing, dance and frenzily douse water to "baptize" passers-by - prepare to get wet
The Taong Putik Festival is an annual feast held every June in Bibiclat, Nueva Ecija where devotees soak themselves in mud and cover their body with dried banana leaves to celebrate the Feast of Saint John the Baptist.
Parada ng Lechon
The celebration is held annually on June 24, and the feast day of San Juan (Saint John the Baptist). Lechon is one of Batangas delicacy, and even in other provinces in the Philippines. It’s a main dish most batagueños have for celebrations or fiestas.
Wattah Wattah Festival
San Juan City is the smallest city in the heart of Metro Manila. It is among the smallest political subdivisions. They celebrate the feast of St. John the Baptist by throwing water to each other, and to the rest of the passer-bys going through their city
Lami-lamihan is an annual festivity that showcases the rich culture of the Yakan tribe. It also honors the founder of Basilan, Pedro Javier Cuevas, also known as Datu Kalun. On this festival people are dressed in colorful costumes to participate in horse
Kalilang sa Ranao
A celebration of the misty and majestic Lake Lanao, and the communities which depend on it.
The Pintados Festival displays the rich cultural heritage, incorporating native music and dances, of the people of Leyte and Samar. The Leyte Kasadya-an Festival of Festivals, meanwhile, showcases the unique culture and colorful history of the Province o
The Diwal Harvest Seafood Festival
The Diwal Harvest Seafood Festival is held every 2nd weekend of July. The Diwal is a rare bivalve found abundantly along the coastal waters of Roxas City and Capiz. Ten years ago it disappeared from the waters of the City and Province because of illegal
The province of Cotabato has always been a place that’s been avoided thanks to long years of conflict. It wasn’t until 1999 that the city had something to be proud of: the annual T’nalak Festival.
Sandugo Festival is a yearly historical event that takes place every year on the month of March, in the island of Bohol. This festival honors the celebration of a local Philippine leader Datu Sikatuna's blood compact and association or treaty of friendsh
The Sublian festival, a two week long celebration which culminates every year on the 23rd of July, is rooted in the Batangueños devotion to the town’s patron: the Holy Cross in Bauan and Agoncillo, and the Sto. Niño in Batangas City.
Sta. Anang Banak Taguig River Festival
A fluvial parade in honor of the town patroness, St. Anne. The thrills and excitement of the fishes are replayed year after year by the "pasubo" where fluvial parade participants in colorful boats and spectators by the riverbanks toss goodies of fruits a
Water Lily Fest
The Lotus and Water Lily Festival is an annual event that celebrates global culture in the wild wetlands of Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens. At this free family fun celebration, visitors enjoy cultural exhibitors, hands-on activities, lotus tea tasti
Kahimoan Abayan Festival
Kahimoan Abayan Festival in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, the feast is held in honor of St. Anne (Santa Ana), known to protect the residents along the Agusan River from man-eating crocodiles. The celebration includes the holding of a prayer on boats for
Niyogyugan Festival is celebrated every 12th to 19th of August located in Lucena City, Quezon. Niyogyugan is a portmanteau derived from the word niyog (coconut) and yugyog (to move to a beat). The highlights of festival was giving thanks for the blessing
Its name derives from the friendly greeting "Madayaw", from the Dabawenyo word "dayaw", meaning good, valuable, superior or beautiful. The festival is a celebration of life, a thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, the bounties of h
Ninoy Aquino Day
Kalivungan Festival will once again showcase Cotabato's diverse cultures, traditions and way of life. There will be activities such cultural presentations, ethnic dances, rituals, music, native games and display of native and agricultural products from t
National Heroes Day holiday
The Bugwas festival is held every august in san juan, siquijor province. The festival is held on the last week of August every year. The Bugwas festival is San Juan's way of celebrating a bountiful and abundant harvest in honor of their patron saint, St.
Buyogan is a cultural feast that is celebrated annually in the month of August. The word “buyog” refers to a bee in which the town of Abuyog, Leyte got its name. Abuyog is the home of the famous Buyogan Festival that brings pride to the Leyteños for
Higalaay Festival (Kagay-an Festival)
the City of Cagayan de Oro transforms into an interesting broadway of festivity filled with series of entertainments, lively and exciting events both civic and cultural, social and traditional, integrated together to form into core events as official act
Talakudong comes from an Ilonggo word “kudong” which means a “headcovering” worn by the early settlers of Sultan Kudarat. One of the highlights of the Talakudong Festival is the streetdancing where contingents showcase the Kudongs that are used p
Tuna Festival is an incredible part of General Santos City. The city’s other moniker is ‘Philippines’ Tuna Capital’, thanks to the abundance of tuna fish.
Padul-ong - Borongan Festival
The festival commemorates the day they received the image. It depicts a mythical presentation on how the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary was inexplicably transported to Borongan City all the way from Portugal.
Highlight of this annual celebration is the grand parade which was enjoined by different agencies found in the province together with the convergence of all tribes thru street dancing portraying the different culture and history of the province
Bonok-Bonok Maradjao Karadjao Festival
It is a day-long colorful festival marking the Surigao City’s annual fiesta celebration which is celebrated in honor of the city's patron, San Nicolas de Tolentino. The main feature is the "Bonok-Bonok", an ethnic Mamanua (IPES) dance performed by the
Megayon Festival celebrates the unity among the three early settlers of the province who contributed to the founding of Zamboanga del Sur Province: the Subanons (or Subanen), the Muslims and local settlers. “Megayon” is a Subanen word which means “
Agal-agal festival (Seaweed Festival) is a grand celebration that is made every year to tribute seaweed and seaweed powder production due to its significance to the livelihood of the people and the economy of the Province
Angot Festival is annually performed on 28th day of September during the town Fiesta in honor of St. Michael the Archangel, the Patron Saint of Prosperidad. The festival is characterized by a ritual called “Bat-ad”. The ritual is usually performed by
Dalit Festival is Tangubanon's simple way of saying "Mabuhay and Welcome to Tangub" as they celebrate the feast of Saint Michael, the Archangel every September 29th at Tangub City, Misamis Occidental. Dalit means "offering," that shows the extraordinary
The MassKara Festival (Hiligaynon: Pista sang MassKara, Filipino: Fiesta ng MassKara) is an annual festival with highlights held every fourth Sunday of October in Bacolod, Philippines.
Buglasan Festival is also known as “The Festivals of Festivals” here in Negros Oriental. It is considered as the grandest celebration that occurs annually to celebrate camaraderie and peace among one another’s town and municipality. Buglasan Festiv
All roads in Mindanao lead to Zamboanga, as the "City of Flowers" celebrates its grand, annual Hermosa Festival. The vintas, those colorful native sea boats, once again make their appearance in a fast-paced, race-till-you-drop regatta. There's also a wea
Every October of each year, the Kasanggayahan Festival is celebrated in Sorsogon in commemoration of its foundation as a Province. It is a province-wide festival, with the center of activities in Sorsogon City.
The Catandungan Festival was celebrated every October to commemorate the foundation anniversary of Catanduanes as a province independent from Albay. Among the featured special events were a surfing competition, the pantomina street dance, a beauty pagean
Olongapo Grand Mardi Gras
A festival featuring street-dancing along Magsaysay Ave. with acoustic bands and stand-up comedians playing to the merriment of residents. Highlight of the event is the Halloween parade participated in by SBMA officials and employees, locators and school
All Saints' Day
November 2, 2018 is a special non-working holiday
All Saints' Day
November 2, 2018 is a special non-working holiday
The town of Bacarra staged the Baca-Bacarra Festival. It was started in the year 2005 as a revival and preservation of their cultural heritage.
The Higantes Festival
The Higantes Festival of Angono Rizal is one of the most grandiose celebrations of the province. The festival is so called because the festival is replete with 12 foot paper mache giants which is aptly called “higantes”.
The Binirayan festival is an event celebrated in the province of Antique in the Philippines. "Binirayan" literally means "where they sailed to"
Meguyaya, a Teduray term for thanksgiving for the bountiful harvest, is an annual festival celebrated every December. The festivities incorporate street dancing competition depicting tri-people culture, Teduray, Moro and Settlers.
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