Events and Celebrations (Cebu)
- People in Cebu love to celebrate festivals or are fiesta-loving people.
- Cebu has one of the most colorful and world-renowned festivals in the Philippines and they celebrate it with excitement and high spirits.
- Cebu celebrates different festivals in different towns and cities.
- Cebu celebrates fiestas with religious rituals and dancing in the streets to the beat of the drums.
Traditional Festivals in Cebu
3rd Sunday of January (Cebu City) People shout “Viva Pit Señor”. The Sinulog is Cebu City’s most popular and grandest festival. It is celebrated every 3rd Sunday of January in honor of the Señor Sto. Niño. Foreign and local tourists flock to Cebu City for this celebration and join in the procession and the grand mardi gras. The Sinulog is a dance-prayer expressing devotion to the Holy Child. it is a popular belief among Cebuanos that this dance-prayer is the most effective way of getting favors from the Sto. Niño. This festival is world-renowned and the most extravagant festival in Cebu. The Sinulog festival is celebrated in honor of the holy child Senior Santo Niño. The highlights of this festivities are the street dancing where merrymakers dance to the beat of the pit senor drums.
19th of January (Poro, Camotes Island) It is celebrated every January in honor of patron Sto. Niño de Poro. Beloved memoir of a living past, Tagbo is the cornerstone from which this great municipality has sprung. Rich in cultural heritage and deep in spiritual values, Tagbo is a very significant event precluding the birth of a town very dear to the hearts of her sons and daughters.
10th Of February (Catmon) The town of Catmon is famous for its tasty “bodbod” and thus is the focus of the festival. The street dancing competition is participated by the different barangays has its dance movements, the movement of making the bodbod with the costumes in bodbod concept.
Kadaugan sa Mactan
22nd – 27th of April (Lapu-Lapu City) A weeklong commemoration of the historic battle of Mactan between the Spanish Conquistador Fernando Magallanes and Mactan Chieftain Lapu-Lapu. The festival features various activities highlighted by the series of musical productions culminating with the famous battle, food street, and live band entertainment.
February – Movable (Mandaue City) Organized by the Cebu Equine Owners, Breeders and Sportsmen Association (CEOBSA), the Kabayo festival is supported by the DOT. The festival promotes sports tourism, ecotourism and agri-industrial tourism awareness in the country. The highlights include the parade of horses, horse racing competition and the best decorated “tartanillas” or horse-drawn carriages and features a bazaar and flea market.
14th of February (Consolacion) The festival is part of the town’s commemoration of their founding anniversary. It is a mardi gras parade and street dancing along the main thoroughfares with participants using a creative design of “sarok”, a native hat used by the farmers to protect them from the heat of the sun.
18th March (San Francisco, Camotes Island) named after the soli-soli plant which abounds around the lake Danao which is used for mat, bags and hat weaving and other handicrafts. its freestyle street dancing competition uses soli-soli plant as its dominant material. The festival adds color to the feast of St. Joseph the Worker.
3rd Sunday of April (Santander) The festival focuses on the town’s famous delicacy, the “tostado”. The street dancing which is the highlight of the festivity uses the different movements of making tostado in the dance participated in by the different barangays.
Easter Sunday (Daan Bantayan) Starts on Easter Sunday and ends with a street dancing on the seventh day after Easter. Haladaya means “Halad Kang Datu Day”, the leader of the first Malayan settlers in Daan Bantayan. Highlights include the fluvial parade where patron saints of the different barangays will be placed in decorated bancas or motorized outrigger boats and paraded in the sea.
Easter Sunday (Minglanilla) Showcases the “Sugat” in which the town is known for many years since. The street dancing depicts the joy felt by the believers when Christ is resurrected. The celebration is grander since it will be followed by a day-long game and entertainment that highlights the endowment of Minglanilla’s history, trade, and arts.
Events and Celebrations (Davao)
- Davao City, in the Philippines, is one of the most celebrated tourist destinations. As bright and dazzling this city is, the festivals celebrated here are even more frolic and fun. People flock from different corners to indulge in the extravagant rituals and ceremonies of these fiestas. You will witness the best essence of Philippines culture here along with some of the most delicious delicacies. Once you experience these Davao City festivals, you will be so much engaged in the dance and musical lights, that you would forget all the worries of your life.
Traditional Festivals in Davao
Araw Ng Dabaw
Every March 16 This is a week-long celebration of the founding of the city that culminates every 16th of March with a socio-civic and military parade, sports competitions, and fireworks. One of the highlights of the celebration is the selection of the Mutya ng Dabaw (Miss Davao) from among the most beautiful ladies in the land every 15th of March.
Every 3rd week of August This internationally renowned festival is a weeklong celebration and thanksgiving for nature's bountiful harvest. Celebrated annually every third week of August. The activity coincides with the harvest time of Davaoeños exotic fruits and the blooming of the waling-waling (vanda sanderana). The festival culminates with its most famous and much-awaited grand floral parade (where one can see countless and breathtaking mobile floats full of real and fresh flowers) and the dancing in the streets.
Pasko Fiesta sa Davao
Entire month of December Pasko Fiesta sa Davao is an integration of festive and competitive Christmas activities showcasing colorful lightings and array of decorations in barangays, public parks, roads and buildings, and a series of competitive performances showcasing the community's creativity and talents while keeping alive Christmas traditions. During this season, the city pulsates with exciting sights and sounds, barraged with mall sales, bazaars, food festivals, and night markets filled with wholesome entertainment day and night.
Chinese New Year Festival
Created under Executive Order No. 01, series of 2009, the Davao Chinese New Year festival celebrates the harmonious relations of the locals with the city's Chinese community as it promotes the development of the Chinatown - covering R. Magsaysay Ave., Monteverde Ave., Sta. Ana Ave. and Leon Garcia St. - as one of the major historical, economic and cultural centers of the city. Festival highlights include a motorcade, film showing, exhibits, temple visits, nightly entertainment and the Chinatown Night Market.