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The Philippines Famous Festival Calendar in 2021 [UPDATED]

When planning your trips around the Philippines, make sure to experience at least one of the festivals in the country. Don’t miss out or you will be missing out. There are thousands of festivals celebrated each year around the Philippines. We’ve made it easy for you and made THE ultimate list of major festivals/events in the Philippines for the year 2021.

The origin of most festivals in the Philippines is rooted in Christianity, dating back to Spanish colonial period celebrating many communities' patron saints. They are originally encouraged by Spanish to coincide with Christian holy days. It plays a vital role and acts as a major instrument in spreading Christianity throughout the country.

Festivals or locally known as “fiesta” can be cultural, religious or both. Though festivals in the country are not limited to Christian origins but many also focus on Islamic or indigenous concepts. The reason for having a fiesta is to honor the local community patron saint, to commemorate local history and culture, to promote the local products and celebrate bountiful harvest. They can be marked by Holy Masses, processions, parades, theatrical play and reenactments, religious or cultural rituals, trade fairs, exhibits, concerts, pageants and various games and contests. Of more than 42,000 known major and minor festivals in the Philippines, the Philippines has traditionally been known as the Capital of the World's Festivities.

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Benefits of Going Into Philippines Festivals

  • You will get a better understanding of the Philippine culture by the stories portrayed through dances, music, festival parade clothing style and materials used, and local products showcases

  • You will meet more fun travellers both local and foreign

  • You will experience merry-making the local Filipino style

  • You will consume sumptuous local delicacies and get drunk for sure

  • There will be a chance that you may be invited into a local family home to eat and celebrate with them and they might show you around the city for free to

  • If you happen to experience #5 and you were able to nail being a good guest, then they may also give you a “pabaon” (free extra foods for take away)

Plot your vacation, plan your trip around the major Philippine festivals and events in the country, plan your adventures and trips and then share with your friends. The more you prepare for it in advance the more people you can tag along your holiday.

Festival Calendar for the Year 2021

January 2021

  • Feast of Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila

    A day-long procession for the statue of the Black Nazarene done by its devotees. The devotees prepare for this each year to honor the “Poong Nazareno”. Most of them don’t wear shoes because there will be a high tendency that they will lose them anyway.

  • Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo

    This is a religious festival celebrated by the devotees of the Infant Jesus, Santo Niño. It’s the oldest festival in the Philippines. This is a good opportunity to also visit the island of Boracay or Islas Gigantes. Make sure to add this after your festival experience.

  • Sinulog Festival in Cebu

    A religious parade and cultural festival held in Cebu to commemorate the Infant Jesus, Santo Niño. Go and explore the Queen City of the South and its other destinations within Cebu island. Some of which are Badian canyoneering, MoalBoal diving, sardine run, Pescador snorkeling and Sumilon island hopping.

  • Vigan Fiesta and Longganisa Festival in Vigan, Ilocos Sur

    An annual food festival that showcases the province’s unique dish, the Vigan Longganisa. Discover other tourist spots in this heritage city and the Ilocos province.

  • Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo

    A religious-cultural festival that celebrates the devotion to the Infant Jesus, Santo Niño. Explore more of this province or have a day trip to Guimaras where you can find great secluded beaches and the sweetest mango variety listed in the Guiness Book of World Records.

  • Apribada Festival in Donsol, Sorsogon

    An annual festival that celebrates the prosperity of whale sharks “butanding” in the province. Sorsogon is one of the destinations being promoted by the Department of Tourism to see whale sharks because they practice ecotourism.

  • Bagoong Festival in Pangasinan

    A food festival that showcases the province’s most favorite condiment, the fish paste called bagoong). Check Pangasinan tours that you can add to your itinerary.

February 2021

  • Panagbenga Festival in Baguio

    An annual flower festival created to uplift the citizen’s spirits and celebrate the season of blooming in Baguio). Make the most out of your time in the City of Pines with Baguio tours.

  • Malasimbo Festival in Quezon City

    A yearly music and arts festival that aims to showcase both local and international performers and artists. This was previously held annually in Puerto Galera

March 2021

  • Island Garden City of Samal Festival in Samal Island

    A week-long festival celebrating the culture and the people of Samal Island. Add Talikud Island in your itinerary when you visit Samal. Thank me later.

  • Strawberry Festival in La Trinidad, Benguet

    A month-long festival celebrating the strawberry farming industry. Strawberry byproducts such as jams and wines are displayed for the attendees, and many tourists flock to the strawberry farms during this month. Have a side trip to Baguio or Banaue Rice Terraces or both if you happen to make it to Benguet. These areas are a bit cold for local Filipino people like me.

April 2021

  • Moriones Festival in Marinduque

    A lenten rites held on Holy Week in Marinduque. A folk-religious festival dedicated to Longinus, one of the soldiers who crucified Jesus but had a change of heart when he witnessed his own miracle. It does not only serve as a tourist attraction, but also a good way of remembering Jesus’ suffering in the cross.

May 2021

  • Manggahan Festival in Guimaras

    A week-long celebration in Guimaras to celebrate the abundance of mangoes and how it helped sustain their province throughout the years. Mangga literally translates to mango, one of the sweetest in the world. Guimaras also holds some of the underrated beaches in the country. If you feel adventurous, you can rent a bike and drive around the island while you are there.

  • Pahiyas Festival in Lucban, Quezon

    A vibrant colorfilled festival celebrating the bountiful harvest of the province and thanking San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of peasants, farmers and laborers.

June 2021

  • Pintados Festival in Tacloban

    A folk-cultural festival remembering the tattooed indigenous Cebuano and Visayan warriors, also known as “pintados”. Different municipalities in Tacloban join various competitions to showcase their culture and identity.

July 2021

  • Pagoda Festival in Bulacan

    A religious festival memorializing the discovery of a miraculous cross that sailed on the Bocaue River 200 years ago. It is celebrated by tons of fluvial Bocaue pagodas running around the river. People throw water to other bancas or pagodas thus making them wet and it’s so much fun to be a part of it.

August 2021

  • Kadayawan Festival in Davao

    An annual celebration of Davao's bountiful harvest, diversity of culture, and prosperity in the province). Find Davao tours that you can add to your itinerary.

September 2021

  • Bicol Food Festival in Naga City

    A food festival that aims to promote Bicolano food and showcase their unique culture through cuisine. They are known to have an extra spicy taste to their food compared to the rest of the country. They even have a spicy icecream. Make the most out of your time in Bicol by visiting Legazpi and see the perfectly cone shaped active volcano, Mount Mayon.

  • Tuna Festival in General Santos City

    An annual festival celebrating the abundance of tuna in the province, which earned them the nickname of “Tuna Capital of the Philippines”. Don’t forget to visit Sarangani Island.

  • Peñafrancia Festival in Naga City

    A religious festival showcasing the passionate devotion to the patroness of the province, Our Lady of Peñafrancia.

  • Dalit Festival in Tangub City

    An annual festival celebrating their patron saint, St. Michael the Archangel, for all the blessings they’ve received throughout the years.

October 2021

  • Kasanggayahan Festival in Sorsogon

    A joyous festival held annually in Sorsogon to celebrate their independence and their strength in the face of adversity.

  • Zamboanga Hermosa Festival in Zamboanga City

    A colorful festival dedicated to Nuestra Señora del Pilar. It’s often celebrated with the regatta, street dancing, and more festivities showcasing their culture.

  • Masskara Festival in Bacolod

    A colorful festival started in the 1980s to uplift the spirits of the locals. The highlight of this festival are the different colorful masks worn by the participants which earned Bacolod the term of “City of Smiles”. Be sure to make more time in your itinerary to visit Lakawon Island, Carbin Reef and Sipalay area. If you happen to love underwater, Sipalay specifically in Dunjugan, is the best on our island that I can recommend.

  • Lanzones Festival in Camiguin

    An annual festival celebrating the bountiful harvest of lanzones and its impact on the province’s economy. You can add Cagayan de Oro (CDO) into your itinerary when you go to Camiguin. Try the whitewater rafting and the vertical bivouac adventures.

November 2021

  • Gigantes Festival in Angono, Rizal

    A religious festival celebrated in honor of San Clemente, the patron saint of fishermen. The highlight of this festival are the puppet-like paper-mâché giants.

December 2021

  • Whole month of December

    December is a Christmas celebration for all Filipinos. You will see company Christmas parties, Christmas decorations everywhere especially in malls and we play Christmas songs from as early as September. Filipinos from abroad make sure to come home over the holidays and spend time with their loved ones.

Final Thoughts

Whichever month you choose to visit in the Philippines, for sure it will be an amazing experience. Start planning your trip by checking out some of the best Philippines experiences around the festivals dates to your itinerary and read more articles on destinations in the Philippines.

If you have not seen it yet, check out our complete Philippines Travel Guide too.

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