April a typical festival month
April / La Castellana, Negros Occidental
Banana Festival is a harvest festival held every April showcasing the different variety of banana found abundant in this town. Booths, floats and costumes made of banana are displayed during this festival.
An agricultural trade showcase of the bountiful harvest of the municipality, particularly banana with a beautiful float showing the most beautiful girls in nice costumes, and bananas.
La Castellana is a rural town situated at the base of Kanlaon Volcano. It is named after the famous “Paseo de La Castellana” in Madrid Spain. It is famous for its natural springs, water falls and scenic spots. It is an agricultural town engaged in sugarcane,rice and banana farming. It is home of many festivals namely Bailes de Luces, Banana Festival and Senior San Vicente Ferrer Feast Day where devotees far and near attend to for healing.
Picture of: La Castellana website
LILIW GAT TAYAW FOOTWEAR FESTIVAL
End April / Liliw, Laguna , several days festival
A colorful event highlighted by a parade of floats featuring the agricultural and industrial products of Liliw, but most of all the ‘tsinellas’ or slippers.
Picture from: Manila Traveler
ALLAW TA APO SANDAWA
2nd week of April / Kidapawan City, North Cotabato
Allaw Ta Apo Sandawa marks the gathering of various Mindanaon tribes in Kidapawan City to honor Mount Apo as the country’s highest peak. Because of Mount Apo’s height, it has been considered as sacred ground. The annual gathering is celebrated during the second week of April.
Picture from: Skyscraper city dot com
ARAW NG KAGITINGAN
April 9 / Mt. Samat, Bataan
Commemoration of the Fall of Bataan, the last province to surrender to the Japanese in World War II.
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. There are small parades in different localities in the Philippines but the Araw ng Kagitingan’s main highlight occurs when the country’s president gives a speech at the Mt Samat shrine, in the Bataan province, to commemorate the heroism of the Filipinos and American troops during World War II.
Picture found on various websites.
PANAAD SA NEGROS
April / Bacolod City (april 9-15, 2012)
Panaad is the Hiligaynon word for “vow” or “promise”; the festival, started in 1993, is a form of thanksgiving to Divine Providence and commemoration of a vow in exchange for a good life. The celebration is held at the Panaad Park, which also houses the Panaad Stadium, and is participated in by the 13 cities and 19 towns of the province. For this reason, the province dubs it the “mother” of all its festivals. It is a showcase of trade, tourism, commerce and industry, arts and culture.
It features 32 festivals that brings together 13 cities and 19 towns of Negros Occidental. In theme booths that showcase their history, culture, trade, agriculture, tourism and other industries.
The annual PANAAD sa NEGROS FESTIVAL held at the Panaad Park and Stadium, Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City.
It has dance competitions, firworks displays, sport competition, different music competitions, trade fair, folk dance, beauty pageant, pop concert, beautiful costumes, and much more.
Picture from: Byahilo dot com
Rodeo Masbateño Festival
Mid April / Masbate City, Masbate
Rodeo Masbateño Festival is again taking the center arena to showcase the best of the Masbateño culture. Rodeo Masbateño is the only Rodeo event in the entire Asia held at the Cattle Capital of the Philippines, Masbate. Local cowboys compete in western style rodeo events like bull riding and steed wrestling. Local amusements like the Carabao racing is also an attraction.
Held in April every year, Rodeo Masbateño Festival showcases ten competitive events for cowboys with their calves. One of the main highlights and the most awaited event is the “figure of eight” competition where the cowboy criss-cross around a group of barrels . There are also games for women such as the calf wrestling, bull riding, calf lassoing and carambola. And there is a grand parade.
Picture from: Aaron Vicencio
ANGKAN-ANGKAN or KA-ANGKAN
April 16 / Marikina City, Metro Manila
Marikina is a riverine community which was established earlier than the Spanish colonization.
The Ka-Angkan Festival kicks off Marikina’s festival season. It celebrates the value of kinship and belongingness and the solidarity of the city’s multi-clan makeup. The “Ka-Angkan Festival, whose perennial theme is “Ka-angkan ko, mabubuting tao,” has a familiar fiesta flavor. Banners pennants, banderitas, and the invigorating sounds of drums and bugles are standard fare, as well as the parade of clans. Members of each clan turn up in huge numbers, proudly proclaiming their bansag or special title, be it derived from their clannish occupation, distinct features, traits, or mannerisms. A lot of the families have nicknames such as Sili (Chili) and Kalabaw (Carabao).
Ankan-Ankan is a feast of clans celebrated as a tribute to the native residents of the city who formed the community and shaped the city’s own culture and tradition.
Old families from Marikina build tents on the festival area and display all kinds of artifacts and pictures of the family through the years. If you are lucky you will be invited to share a meal with them and talk about their and your family.
April / Pakil, Laguna
Every year during the months of March, April and May, the people of Pakil, in the province of Laguna celebrates the Turumba Festival. It commemorates the seven sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is held 7 times each year between the months of March, April and May. The first is held on the Friday before Palm Sunday and the last falls on Pentecost Sunday.
Here’s a brief history of how this tradition began:
During the late 18th century, some fishermen saw a picture of the Blessed Virgin Mary caught in their net while fishing in Laguna de Bay. The fishermen then decided to bring the image to the nearest church they could find. When they reached the seashore, all efforts to bring it to the church was futile because the image became so heavy. the following morning a lot of people gathered around the image because of the news that it was immovable. When the priest arrived, he and the people vowed that they would make an annual pilgrimage to the image. in doing so, they succeeded in bringing it to they church.
On the way to the church some of the people started dancing and singing in praise of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This singing and dancing is what we call turumba and many devotees today sing a song that was written especially for the said event.
Picture is from: Sidney Snoeck’s SariSari Store
TUNGOH AD HUNGDUAN
April / Hungduan, Ifugao
Ifugao rice terraces are a world heritage spot. Thousands of tourists visit this area every year. The rice terraces are several thousand years old.
A feast held after the planting season, on a mountain top, wherein the rest of the municipality and tourists are invited to a cultural night of songs, dances, ethnic parades featuring the authentic Ifugao wear and interesting ethnic games.
Mayor Pablo Cuyahon said that the event is a showcase of the municipality’s ethnic and indigenous cultural activities in the forms of ethnic games, dances and songs interspersed with agro-industrial fair and athletic competitions.
Other rare activities are the climbathon, a mountain race to Mount Napulawan and rat tail collection contest. The said activities added fun to the mountain folks as they enjoyed dancing the Ifugao native dance.
Pictures of: Lakas dot com and Hungduan municipality website
3rd weekend April / Barangay Tambaliza, Concepcion, Iloilo
Tampisaw, a Hiligaynon term that mean “to frolic or playfully wade in the water,” is Concepcion’s way of celebrating Earth Day.
Known for having the most beautiful seascape in the province, the festivity emphasizes the necessity of conserving our natural resources with activities such as the Fluvial Parade, Agro-Fishery Fair, Motorized Banca Race, Game Fishing Festival,island hopping, mountain trekking, search for Miss Tampisaw, and a Tampisaw dance competition, Tree Planting and other environment education activities. The gem of the 3-day event is the Mutya sang Tampisaw.
It is really a fiesta for the community with sports events between street teams and the like.
Picture from: Conception website
3rd Saturday April / Pasig City, Metro Manila
Sunduan “Feast of Sta. Rosa de Lima”
Brgy. Bagong Ilog and Brgy. Sumilang share one patron saint – Santa Rosa de Lima. This is a miraculous image found by two fishermen from Bagong Ilog and Sumilang. These Barangys hold their respective fiestas every other year. The Image is fetched by the celebrating barangay from the other barangay. They have a very colorful procession for the Sunduan.
Activities: TUNOG PINOY – Battle of Drum and Lyre, ABRA…CADABRA… – magic show, SIGE IKEMBOT – dance show, BIRITAN NA – Adult singing contest, Ms. DREAM GIRL – Gay Beauty Contest; Talent competition, basketball with the stars, Concert, Parade and Procession, and many more. Picture from: William Buenaventura at Flickr dot com
April 21 / Peñablanca, Cagayan
A boat-rowing race on the waters of scenic Pinacanauan River.
KADAUGAN SA MACTAN FESTIVAL
End April / Bgy. Mactan, Lapu-Lapi City, Cebu
The festival of Kadaugan sa Mactan is known to be celebrated in Cebu, Philippines in the month of April as the defeat of Magellan by Lupa Lupa is re-enacted annually at the beach of Barangay Mactan where the event had actually taken place (Mactan Shrine). This is a major attraction for the tourists and the locals in the city and draws a lot of crowd.
The 3 ships of Magellan are represented by the bancas or canoes and they are made to lead a river procession up to the beach. This act is followed by the re-enactment of the planting of the Magellan’s Cross leading to the final act of Lapu-Lapu’s victory. Kadaugan sa Mactan literally implies about the ‘Victory of Mactan’. It was also called Bahugbahug sa Mactan or ‘Melee at Mactan’ when it was initially staged in 1981. The exact time of the commencement of the festival mostly depends on the tidal conditions and otherwise it is known to begin at around 8 in the early morning hours. This festival is mostly celebrated on the 27th of April with much grandeur and pageantry. This festival grants the Cebuano people a good opportunity to re-visit the days of Mactan Battle between Magellan and Lapu-Lapu and also to celebrate their history and events.
Picture from: Cebu Festivals
GOTAD AD HINGYON
2nd week April / Hingyon Municipality, Ifugao; the annual cultural festivity would be held every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday on the second week of April.
Ethnic thanksgiving with cultural fair by Ifugaos in Hingyon. A traditional thanksgiving festivity featuring native songs and dances.
The activities for the three-day “Gotad ad Hingyon” would include cultural presentations of songs and dances, ethnic games and practices, sports, concerts, game and amusements, trade and agro-fairs, beauty pageants and searches and any other activities not contrary to morals and good customs of the people in the municipality.
Picture (hudhud kids) from: The Pensieve
ON TO MAYON
End April / Legazpi City, Albay
A mountain climbing expedition to the country’s most popular volcano, the majestic Mt. Mayon. Its steep and rugged terrain is a challenge to adventurers and mountain climbers to conquer this beautiful volcano.
HINUGYAW SA HINIGARAN FESTIVAL
End April / Hinigaran, Negros Occidental
A week-long festivity which culminates with a grand parade featuring street dancing performers in their colorful costumes.
The Hinugyaw Street Dancing Competition is one of the highlights of Hinigiran’s 33rd Hinugyaw Festival. Six barangay clusters dancing to the official Hinugyaw beat wearing Malay inspired costumes made of Capiz shells and indigenous materials. Hinugyaw is a local dialect that means to rejoice. The Hinigaranons celebrate this one-week annual town fiesta in thanksgiving for all the graces the town and its people have received.
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Last week of April / Cangmating Sibulan, Negros Oriental
Yagyag is the vernacular for spawning, to lay eggs or spread, propagate and grow. The process refers in particular to the crabs and other marine creatures which gather during the months of October to December in Sapa, one of two springs found in Barangay Cangmating of Sibulan.
The creatures lay and float their eggs during high tide, to mature in the swamps in the coming months, people from the neighboring barrios from Agan-an to Maningcao would come in groups for nature’s marine bounty which are harvested for food and as material for crafts.
The festival is a showcase of local arts and culture, fashion and unity. It features Mardi grass type streetdancing and related events. This is also an occasion for trading and barter, and celebration.
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April – May / Dagupan City, Pangasinan
Yearly, the festival features various events together with their major events such as Bangus cooking competition, Gilon Gilon Street Dancing Competition, Bangus Foodstrips, Bangus ed Carosa (a float parade), Bangus Rodeo, the Kalutan ed Dagupan, and Pista’y Dayat or the Sea Festival. These events before and during the Bangus Festival are very much anticipated by many.
What started off as a simple celebration and thanksgiving festival of the Pista’y Dayat has evolved into a nine-day socio-economic program of activities.
Pictuires from: Bangus festival
April – May / Lingayen, Pangasinan
Thanksgiving festival for the year’s bountiful harvest from the sea.
Pista’y Dayat Festival (Sea festival) is traditionally a thanksgiving festival observed every April in Lingayen, Pangasinan. It celebrates the bountiful harvest and abundant fishing from the sea. The events feature mass offering on beautiful beaches and fluvial parade. Local menfolk are looking forward to the search for the fairest lass in the Gulf, also known as the Mutya ng Dagat.
From being a local thanksgiving festival, Pista’y Dayat has grown into Pangasinan’s grandest festivity. It lasts for two weeks and is held at the Lingayen Beach. Among the anticipated events in the festival is the grand parade of Pangasinan festivals wherein the nine well-known festivities of the province are featured, namely Galicayo Festival of Manaoag, Pandan Festival of Mapandan, Longganisa Festival of Alaminos, Sugpo Festival of Binmaley, Mango and Bamboo Festival of San Carlos City, Puto Festival of Calasiao, Binongey Festival of Anda, Sawali Pista’y Dayat.
Picture from: Sunday Punch
GOTAD AD KIANGAN
April – May / Kiangan, Ifugao
A thanksgiving festival Ifugao-style featuring sports, arts and native rituals.
April / Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
A 2-day gamefishing tournament which includes other activities like angling clinic, seafood festival, exhibits and film showings.
Other months full with fiestas?
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