Have you been to any festivals in any parts of the world? Have you felt the urge to want to go back to experience with the local people celebrating the festival at hand? Now, tell me if you haven’t yet and we will get to that. Who hasn’t been even once in their life get to see with their naked eye crowded festivals with joy and dances from performers? You? Well, there’s a chance for you to know the best festivals and let me focus in the Philippines. If you’re culturally inclined and interested to know more about these, continue to read the rest of the article and have an idea of the 5 best festivals in the Philippines.
1. SINULOG FESTIVAL IN CEBU CITY
This is the best among the 5 festivals to be mentioned. Sinulog Festival is celebrated every 3rd Sunday of January. It is a combination of prayer and dance honouring the Senor Santo Nino or the child Jesus. This festival is among the most crowded festivals in the Philippines and when I say most crowded, I literally mean walking toward the end of the road or wherever you want to go because there is no place for taxi to roam or jeepneys to drive. Why? Cebu alone is crowded and when Sinulog comes, people from nearby provinces come and celebrate it with them. The costumes and the dances are more than excellent and fascinating. The costumes are really out of nowhere and you wonder where they got the idea of those. A lot of events are lined up such as Fun Run, parade, Cultural shows, night events, partying and more.
2. MASSKARA FESTIVAL IN BACOLOD CITY
This festival is held yearly in Bacolod, Negros Occidental and also celebrates it every 3rd weekend of October nearest the 19th day of October. Bacolod is known for the city of smiles. You must know that most Filipinos you encounter are friendly and give you a bright smile which gives you the feeling of being welcomed. To let you have an insight of the festival, it consists of Street dance by performers with their masks which had feathers, beads, colourful paints, and plastic on it. The main subject of these masks are smiling facial expressions. Who would want to ignore these smiles right? Not just any smiles but HUGE SMILES! As we all need happiness in the world, this became famous because of its unique and original theme.
3. DINAGYANG FESTIVAL IN ILOILO CITY
This festival is also a mixture of religion and culture based on Iloilo City. It is celebrated every 4th Sunday of January to honor the Christianization of the natives and respect of the child Jesus. Here’s a tip. I mentioned above that Sinulog is celebrated every 3rd week of January so if you want, you can have your next festival in IloIlo city since it’s right after the Silunog party. The events that are held in this festival are of course street dancing, (this will never be absent in any festival), Miss Dinagyang and others. For the sound production, they use PVC pipes for most of it and it makes you even awed by their creativity using these tools to make the festival more cultural and not too modern. They also have a mascot which they call Dagoy that stands 6 feet and 9 inches tall. This is their official mascot to symbolize friendship and bliss.
4. PANAGBENGA FESTIVAL IN BAGUIO CITY
Baguio city is called as the Summer Capital of the Philippines. As the summer capital of the Philippines, you would expect people to come for cold weather to cover the hot seasons in the summer. The coldness of this place brings a lot of flowers to the land. It is rich in agriculture and flowers that made up this festival. The word “Panagbenga” means Blooming Flowers Festival in English. This means blooming season celebrated at the month of February. This includes floats that are beautifully covered with fresh flowers. What is amazing is that when this festival is celebrated, flowers are set up along the street and closes it to any vehicle.
5. BUYOGAN FESTIVAL IN ABUYOG, LEYTE
The term “buyog” refers to bees which is the insect that produces honey. This festival is celebrated in August 29 and would highlight the Buyogan parade. Dancers imitate the action of bees and children that surround it also imitate the buzz sound of bees. The costumes are great and it would depict what bees look like and imitate their color.
Many say it’s more fun in the Philippines. YES! It is true for all and these festivals will let you gain experience if you’re here to celebrate it with us. These are famous all over the world with patrons to honor since culture in the Philippines is most significant to the people living. You can’t shake it off, you can’t deny, but you will have to experience for you to appreciate and let the world know the top 5 best festivals in the Philippines.