Looking for a probinsya to go to for a fiesta? Are your traveler’s feet itching to go somewhere but aren’t quite sure where? Here is a list of Philippine Festivals for the month of February for you to go to!
February 1- February 9 in Miag-ao, Iloilo
Salakaayan means to “attack” and the week long festival is usually celebrated with a lot of dances that is almost like a street dance drama (Think West Side story, Hiligaynon style)
BICOL ARTS FESTIVAL
February 1- February 28 in Legazpi City
A week-long festival showcasing the region’s arts and culture, crafts and agro-industrial products coming from the six (6) provinces and three (3) cities of Bicol. It coincides with the celebration of the National Arts Month every February.
February 1- February 6 in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
This festival is part of the Mandaluyong Day celebration and commemorates the time when the Pasig river was still clean – so clean that people used to wash their clothes in it. It also pays tribute to the lavanderas by having the men participate in washing clothes.
SUROY SA SURIGAO
February – May in Surigao City
This is more of an activity than a festival where the local government of Surigao offer different activities for local and international tourists such as game fishing, snorkeling, sightseeing tours, island hopping tours and even spelunking! Check out the official website for more information
FEAST OF OUR LADY OF CANDLES
February 2 in Jaro, Iloilo City
The biggest religious feast focuses on a procession of the Virgin Mary and the blessing of candles.
February 4 – February 10 in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte
The word means “Ilocano Maiden” and the festival is a celebration of dance, food and life! Experience street dances, a food fiesta and nightly street pagentry!
THE 39TH INTERNATIONAL BAMBOO ORGAN FESTIVAL
February 20 – February 26 in Las Piñas
This year commemorates the 39th year of the festival. This year, they will be playing music from the Spanish Golden age and guest performers include Colin Andrews, Carsten Linck and Armando Salarza. For more information and details, you can check the official website.
GULING-GULING FESTIVAL (STREET DANCING)
February 5 in Paoay, Ilocos Norte
This festival is said to be 400 years old and features the traditional Abel Iloko cloth and local folk dances. Traditionally celebrated before Holy week, it’s almost akin to the Western Mardi Gras where there is an indulgence of merry-making before one atones for their sins for Lent.
KALI-KALIHAN HARVEST FESTIVAL
February 3 – 7 in Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental
Although this is mainly a harvest festival, the Kali-kalihan festival also highlights the traditional Filipino martial art of Kali or Arnis/Escrima.
February 7- February 13 in Cuenca, Batangas
A thanksgiving festival in honor of the town’s patron saint’s blessing of a bountiful life and harvest, the tinapay festival features bread and lots of it!
February 1 – February 15 in Davao City
Fistahan is a play on words, combining “fish” and “pistahan”. The festival features one of Davao’s best known treasures: the tuna, especially the “panga” or tuna jaw and the “buntot” or the tuna tail. Just shows you how amazing pinoys are with utilizing every single part of the tuna.
PABALHAS SA TABLAS
February 11 in Candoni, Negros Occidental
This festival is like the Thanksgiving of the west wherein a group of settlers from Isabela, Ilo-ilo, etc, decided to look for a place and land they can call their own and settled in Candoni.
PAMAYPAY NG CALOOCAN FESTIVAL
February 12 in Caloocan City
Celebrating the city’s Foundation day is what the Pamaypay festival is all about. Street dancing is featured, using the pamaypay or traditional fan as the focal prop.
“HARANA: KARANTAHAN NIN PAGRANGA” (A MUSIC FESTIVAL)
February 14 in San Jose, Camarines Sur
A fairly new festival, Harana is more of a music festival similar than a fiesta. Local and national artists perform and fill the streets with music, drumbeats and induce you to impromptu dancing!
AURORA DAY AND SUMAN FESTIVAL
February 14- February 19 in Baler, Aurora
The suman is one of the most popular rice desserts in the Philippines and the best way to enjoy it is through the Suman festival in Baler, Aurora. The festival also coincides with the foundation day celebration of the province.
BABAYLAN FESTIVAL (RITUALS)
February 19 in Bago City, Negros Occidental
The Babaylan Festival is based on the rituals performed by the Babaylans – the priests and priestesses of the old Filipinos. The mysticism of the babaylans are said to bless relationships, harvests and cure illnesses.
February 22 – 27 in General Santos City
Primarily a celebration of the city’s foundation day, the festival also showcases the indigenous musical instruments such as the kulintang and kubing. Activities include agro-industrial trade fair, cultural presentation, culinary arts contest, Pagana, Kulintangan, ethnic musical instrument competition and Kidig-Kidig sa Dalan.
PANAGBENGA – BAGUIO FLOWER FESTIVAL
February 1 – March 2 in Baguio City
This year’s Panagbenga celebration is long but sporadic with the festival activities help on each Sunday of February until March 2nd. The most anticipated flower festival in Baguio will not only showcase the blooms but also the produce that made Baguio such a popular tourist destination.