20 festivals in the Philippines spanning music, art, food, and sports

20 festivals in the Philippines spanning music, art, food, and sports:

Music Festivals:

  1. Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival – A festival combining international and local music and arts, held in Puerto Galera.
  2. Wanderland Music and Arts Festival – An annual festival in Manila featuring local and international indie talent.
  3. Sinulog Invasion – A dance music festival held in Cebu during the Sinulog Festival.

Art Festivals:

  1. Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival – Promotes, produces, and honors cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers.
  2. Ateneo Art Awards – An annual art event that recognizes young Filipino visual artists.
  3. Art in the Park – An affordable art fair featuring a diverse range of artworks from galleries and independent artists.

Food Festivals:

  1. Mango Festival – Held in Guimaras Island, celebrating the rich abundance of the sweetest mangoes in the world.
  2. Tuna Festival – An event in General Santos City celebrating the abundance of tuna in the area.
  3. Pahiyas Festival – A colorful feast in Quezon Province, thanking San Isidro Labrador for a bountiful harvest, with houses decked in agricultural produce.

Sport Festivals:

  1. Palarong Pambansa – An annual multi-sport event involving student-athletes from 17 regions of the Philippines.
  2. Ironman Philippines – A triathlon event held in Subic Bay.
  3. Siargao International Surfing Cup – An international surfing competition held in the renowned Cloud 9 in Siargao Island.

Cultural Festivals:

  1. Ati-Atihan Festival – Held in Kalibo, Aklan, in honor of the Santo Niño (Infant Jesus), involving tribal dance, music, and indigenous costumes.
  2. Sinulog Festival – A grand fiesta in Cebu City in honor of the Santo Niño.
  3. Panagbenga (Baguio Flower Festival) – A month-long annual flower festival in Baguio City featuring floats that are covered with flowers.
  4. Kadayawan Festival – A week-long celebration in Davao City, celebrating the city’s cultural heritage and its abundance of flowers, fruits, and other produce.
  5. Pintados Festival – In Tacloban City, a cultural-religious celebration honoring the body-painting traditions of the ancient tattooed “pintados” warriors.
  6. Kali-Kalihan Harvest Festival – Held in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, it celebrates the province’s sugarcane industry with a “kali” (sword) dance.
  7. Moriones Festival – Held during Holy Week on the island of Marinduque, it is a folk-religious festival that reenacts the story of Longinus with colorful Roman costumes.
  8. Higantes Festival – Held in Angono, Rizal, a festival of giant papier-mache effigies, originally a form of protest during the Spanish era when the town was still a hacienda.

As always, be sure to check the current information about these festivals, as dates and details may change due to various circumstances.