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Philippines travel and 10 unique festivals
1. Ati- Ati festival
Ati- Ati festival is known as the largest and the most colourful spring festival in Philippines. The festival is annually celebrated in the third week of January in the centre of Aklan province in Panay Island.
In the thirteenth century, long before the Spaniards came to the Philippines, light- skinned immigrants from the island of Bomeo in Indonesia arrived on Panay. The local people ooff Panay, the Ati (negritos), a small and dark (black) kinky- haired people, sold them a small piece of land an allowed them to settle down in the lowlands. The Atis themselves lived more upland in the mountains.
2. Sinulog festival
The famous Sinulog festival in Cebu City is held every year on the third Sunday of January. The festival is characterized by a very long parade with many groups of persons dressed in colourful costumes, finding their way through the streets while dancing the Sinulog. To distinguish the festival from the popular Ati- Atihan Festival on Panay island, this festival is characterized by a different dance.
This Sinulog dance, is now traditional and ritual dance in honour of Santo Niño. The dance is accompanied by the sound of the drums: all the time moving two steps forward followed by the one step backward. Though the dance is already very cold, the parade is rather young. 1980 was the first year that the parade was organized.
3. Dinagyang festival
The Dinagyang festival is celebrated every fourth weekend of January to honour the Christianization of the natives and to respect the Holy Child Jesus. On this day, streets of Iloilo City will once again come alive as the Ilonggos celebrate the annual festivity. It is a very colourful parade couple with dramatization in honour of the patron Saint Sto Niño as the object of performs offerings and prayers amidst the cracking of drums and shouts of "VivaSeñor Santo Niño”. The thundering of "HalaBira" by the tribe members makes the celebration a lively one. It is also a very popular tagline used by Ilonggosto express their warm participation during the"Dinagyang" celebration.
Dinagyang is an annual event, when the whole town rejoices,shouting their pride of being an Ilonggo and telling their culture. It is a wonderful looking back to the past. It is not just a celebration, it is a religious evangelization. Going back to Iloilo is more like a past fulfilled and a looking forward for future celebrations. It is our culture. The Aeta culture. That's why it is painting the town black.
4. Panabenga festival
“Panabenga” means “a season of blomming”. Not like other festivals, Panabenga Flower Festival lasts to January with the peak activity of weekend.
The festival is annually held in February in Baguio city. In the festival, the city is covered by lovely and colourful flower car and pretty dancers.
5. Moriones festival
Moriones festival on Marinduque island is lasted in a week from 14th to 20th, April, called Holy week. It is the most important festival of Philippines people.
The word "Morion" refers to the visor of the helmet that is associated with the armor of Roman soliders. The word "Moriones" refers to the local inhabitants who dress up in costumes and masks of Roman soldiers during Biblical times. These costumed locals are farmers and fishermen who engage in the street theater as a form of penitence.
For seven days, from Holy Monday to Easter Sunday, the masked and costumed Moriones march around town scaring children and making a ruckus in a reenactment of the search for Longinus, the Roman centurion who pierced the side of the crucified Christ.
6. Aliwa Fiesta Festival
Aliwan Fiesta festival is an annual event organized in Manila, the capital of Philippines in the fourth week of April
Ailwan Fiesta festival is firstly organized in 2003 by Mamila Bradcasting Company and Philippines cultural centre.
7. Pahiyas festival
Organized in 15 May every year, Pahiyas is one of the most colourful festivals in Philippines. Like hundreds of festivals of the country, Pahiyas festival is a festival to honour a Holy. Pahiyas festival is organized to honour Isidro Labrador, who blessed crops for famers.
The festival is organized in Lucban, Sariaya, Tayabas and other towns in Quezon province, the south of Manila.
8. Pintados festival
With Sangyaw festival, Pintados- Kasadyaam festival is annually happened in June in Tacloban city which is not only economic centre of Philippines but also the most developed city of Philippines.
The liveliest activities in Pintados festival are activities to celebrate cultural and religious tradition of the city, introduction program the talent of the city, bustling parade, dancing on the streets and competitions.
9. Kadayawan festival
Kadayawan festival is annual organized in the third week of August in Davao, Philippines. The festival is a celebration of wonderful life, thanksgiving festival for the gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, the result of harvesting and the serenity of life.
10. MassKara festival
MassKara festival- the festival of smiles is annually organized in the October in Bacolod city, Visayas island, Philippines. The name of MassKara is a cooperation of “Mass” word- many people in English and Cara- face in Spanish. Therefore, MassKara means “there are many smiling faces”, which explains the outstanding feature of masks and radiant smiles.
Now, MassKara is becoming the most important festival of Philippines, attracting more and more local people and foreign tourists.