NATIONAL ARTS MONTH

Whole month of February / Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila and elsewhere in the Philippines.
A tribute to the talent and creativity of the Filipino artists, highlights world-renowned Filipino masters, as well as the new generations influencing the local arts scene.

PAMULINAWEN

Around February 10 / Laoag City, Ilocos Norte
february, pamulinawen  festival, expatinthephilippines.comThe Pamulinawen Festival celebrates the city’s founding as well as the feast day of its patron saint, William of Maleval, who died on February 10 way back in the year 1157 AD. The festival’s highlight is a parade and a street-dance competition.
The most popular of the old songs of music-loving Ilocanos is the “Pamulinawen.” It is believed that it was created by an Ilocano troubadour of pre-Hispanic times who was inspired by the sweetness of an Ilocana. The maiden might have been resplendent with character traits cherished by the women of Ilocandia and for this reason the troubadour must have called her “Pamulinawen” which according to the text of the song is the sweetest and most illustrious names among Ilocanos of old. The song is now known by that name.

FISTAHAN

2nd week of February / Davao City
Fistahan is a culinary festival that features Davao’s best fish dishes.

TINAGBA FESTIVAL

February / Iriga City, Camarines Sur
february, tinagba festival, expatinthephilippines.comThe first harvest offering tradition, that coincides with the Feast Day of Our lady of Lourdes. Bicolanos derived this truly wonderful festivity from the early rituals, offering their harvest to their own Gods to appease him and seek for bountiful harvest. Colorfully decorated bull and carabao carts loaded with newly harvested crop, fruits and vegetables, are the centerpiece of a long parade that ends with a mass at Grotto located at Calvary Hills. An Iriga way of giving thanks for a bountiful season.
Picture from Skyscraper city dot com

SERENATA

February 11 / Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila
Muntinlupa City’s version of “brass band heaven” – a loud, lyrical night hosted by more than thirty bands from all over the city.

SUMAN FESTIVAL

February 17-19 / Baler, Aurora
february, suman festival, expatinthephilippines.comThe biggest and grandest of all feasts in Aurora is a parade of floats uniquely designed. Main streets and homes are decked with suman, a native delicacy.
A weeklong celebration marked by trade exhibits, fairs and competitions capped by the Search for Ms. Aurora. Suman (súmahn) is the filipino steamed rice cake. It comes in as many different forms as there are provinces, but the basic recipe is waxy (sweet) rice wrapped in leaves, then cooked.
Picture from Lutong Bahay.

BABAYLAN FESTIVAL

February 19 / Bago City, Negros Occidental
february, babaylan festival, expatinthephilippines.comBabaylan Festival was conceived to highlight the Babaylan, a character in pre-Spanish Visayas. The Babaylan has a very important and powerful role in the community. Although oftentimes portrayed as a woman, a Babaylan can also be a man. He is a doctor, herbalist, artist, medium, adviser, agriculturist and more, all rolled in one very interesting character.Witness the dances and rituals during the festival highlight.
Picture from Flickr dot com

PABIRIK FESTIVAL

February 1 to 2 – Paracale, Camarines Norte
The festival is highlighted by “pabirik” street dancing, with flair and glitters, depicting the gold mining industry in the province.

SALAKAYAN FESTIVAL

First week of February , Miag-ao, Iloilo
february, salakayan festival, expatinthephilippines.comSalakayan, coined from a Hiligaynon term “salakay” or “to attack”, is a street dance-drama that merges arts, lore and customs of the town.
It tells of personal power and daily activities of the people. The main theme depicts the victorious battle waged by the locals against Muslim marauders sometime in 1754. An important historical occasion for the people of Miag-ao, this annual festivity attracts guests to its weeklong activity of Food Fair, Agro-industrial and Trade Fair, Fluvial Parade, Higante contest, Literary Musical contest, Evening Socials and the hablon and patadyong Fashion show. The Gigantes Festival, personifying the prominent persons in Miagao’s history in large well-made mascots, is also a highlight of the Salakayan Festival.
Picture from Ilonggos.net

TINAPAY FESTIVAL

February 7 to 13 / Cuenca, Batangas celebrates
february, tinapay festival Cuenca, expatinthephilippines.comCuenca, a town in Batangas is known for its panaderos (bakers) and best known with the tasty tinapay (bread) that these panaderos bake. With these, the local Government of Cuenca organized a festival called the “Tinapayan” where most bakers in town show workmanship at its best in “Tinapay Festival,” for the celebration of good tidings for the feast of San Isidro Labrador.
Cuenca also portrays ala-Pahiyas of Lucban, Quezon with the house-decoration contest using bread as ornaments.
Picture from Youscoop dot tv

SERENATA PASAY

February 14 / Pasay
One of the most progressive cities in the Metro Manila and even in the whole Philippines, showcases a series of musical extravaganza like rondalla and brass band concerts captivating and mesmerizing the audiences in open-air concerts situated at the patio of Sta. Clara Church.

FESTIVAL OF HEARTS

Around and on Febrary 14 / Tanjay City, Negros Accidental,
one of the young city in the country culminates its annual Festival of Hearts that offers a truly captivating two -week celebration of romance, love and affection. The grand celebration falls on the Valentines Day as it features Harana (Serenade), Baile ng Bayan (Town Fiesta filled with dance til you drop), Mass Wedding / Renewal of Vows and the coronation of the Miss Valentines winner. This celebration is truly a Festival to look for since you’ll be able to feel the love in the air and the tender loving care seems to be contagious.

ITIK-ITIK FESTIVAL

february, Itik-Itik festival, expatinthephilippines.comlast Sunday of February in Brgy. Kalawaan in Pasig City.
Features the “itik” or native duck. The celebration includes street dancing, duck cooking contest, outrigger boat race, fluvial procession.
A lot of colorful activities take place during this fiesta. A duck egg race, biggest duck egg contest, duck catching, swimming contest, best cooking duck receipt, dancing and of course a parade in honor of the barangay’s beloved patroness, St. Martha.
The patroness of Barangay Kalawaan is St. Martha, considered the patron of cooks & washerwomen. For local people she is the patroness of duck-raisers. The fluvial procession is conducted with a pagoda carrying the image of Santa Martha stepping upon a crocodile. Her banca pulls another with a gigantic crocodile. On top of the crocodile is a bayani (hero) dancing while holding a bolo (sword). Legend has it that it was Santa Martha who was dancing on top of the crocodile.
Picture from My sariSari store

PANAGBENGA – BAGUIO FLOWER FESTIVAL

February / Baguio City
february, panagbenga festival, expatinthephilippines.comThe celebrations are held for over a month sometimes while its peak periods are the parade weekends. The Panagbenga, also known as the Baguio Flower Festival, showcases floral floats, native dances, a flea market, food street, and other Panagbenga-related activities such as Pony Boys Day, the Flower Tee Golf Tournament, a barangay garden competition,
Panagbenga, which translates to “a season of blooming” is the most visited celebration of Baguio City.
The Panagbenga’s phenomenal rise to the top of the Philippines’ Fiesta Calendar since 1995 is a testament to creativity and industry of Baguio residents show-casing the wonderful community spirit complementing the city’s lovely natural environment and rich cultural heritage, that makes the Panagbenga draw tens of thousands of visitors every February.
Picture from Little Miss Kessa

KALILANGAN FESTIVAL

February 27 / General Santos City
february, kalilangan festival, expatinthephilippines.comKalilangan is derived from the rootword “Kalilang” which typically means celebration or commemoration in the Maguindanaon dialect.
In a broader perspective, kalilang projects a positive and dynamic meaning for it engulfs the artistic, humane and altruistic aspects of social interaction that takes place in any occasion or celebration.
Kalilangan means festival, feastivity or jubilee. It is a social gathering marked by exchanging of amenities among traditional leaders, elders, allies and subordinates in varying tones.
It is also a pageantry of unique and colorful ethnic rites, rituals and traditions like marriage celebrations, religious ceremonies, anniversaries, funerals, enthronement of royal dignitaries, thanksgiving and other social forms of social, political and economic activities.
It celebrates the “friendly co-existence with all the people of General Santos City”. Activities include agro-industrial trade fair, cultural presentation, culinary arts contest, Pagana, Kulintangan, ethnic musical instrument competition and Kidig-Kidig sa Dalan.
Picture from philippine faces

INTERNATIONAL BAMBOO FESTIVAL

Last week of February / Las Piñas City, Metro Manila
Highlights include organ concerts, exhibits at St. Joseph’s Parish, an international bamboo musical competition and trade fair on bamboo crafts.
see also my post about the concert: Bamboo Organ festival

GULING-GULING FESTIVAL

The day before Ash Wednesday February / March / Paoay, Ilocos Norte
Check for more information on the March page

KAAMULAN FESTIVAL

Second half of February to March 10/ Malaybalay City, Bukidnon
Check for more information on the March page

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