Philippine Festivals in January – The best festivals to Experience!

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My 3 Favorite festivals are coming up! Hard to decide which one to go to since 2 of them fall on the same weekend and the next one falls the week after.

 Sinulog Festival -January 19-20

Ati-atihan Festival – January 19-20

Dinagyang Festival – January 26-27

 

 Here is the rest of Festivals all over the  Philippines for January.

STO. NIÑO FESTIVAL 
January | Nationwide
A grand procession of over two hundred well-dressed images of the Child Jesus.

BULAKLAKAN FESTIVAL 
January 1 | Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila
Annual procession, parade of flowers and costumes

ATI-ATIHAN FESTIVAL 2007 
January 1- January 15 | Kalibo, Aklan
Scene of a yearly celebration in honor of Sto. Nino held every third week of January, popularly known worldwide as Ati-Atihan. So called because Aklanons, domestic and foreign tourists, wipe soot on their faces and done ethnic paraphernalia and masquerade around town as Negritos and make merry and dance in the streets to the beat of ambulant ethnic troubadours.

AGUMAN SANDUK 
January 1 | Minalin, Pampanga
Description The Aguman Sanduk of Minalin is celebrated in the afternoon of January 1, while the rest of the country takes a break from the previous night’’s New Year revelry, and there’’s no one to catch the boys and men of this sleepy fishing town wear their mother’’s lipstick and put on their wive’’s dresses

FEAST OF THE THREE KINGS 
January 2 | Gasan, Marinduque
A feast honoring the three kings who are visiting houses around the Poblacion of Gasan

BAILES DE LUCES 
January 5 | La Castellana, Negros Occicental
The town’s celebration of Charter Day and a befitting culmination of the Christmas season, the festival is conceptualized as a festival of hope and thanksgiving. Thanksgiving for all the blessings received in the year that was and hope for a prosperous new year. Its unique feature is the use of lights or “luces” as props and adornment and its nocturnal festivities and streetdancing

KURALDAL 
January 6 | Sasmoan, Pampanga
The Kuraldal of Sasmuan occurs during the week of the town fiesta on January 6, when Kapampangans from neighboring towns gather in front of the chapel of St. Lucy and dance for favors all night

KADAYAW FESTIVAL 
January 7 | Pambujan, N. Samar
Thanksgiving for the blessings received by the municipality

BANDI FESTIVAL & BAYLUHAY FESTIVAL 
January 8- January 15 | San Joaquin, Iloilo
Festivals featuring the biggest “bandi” (sweet delicacy) in Western Visayas and the Reenactment of the Barter of Panay.

BINANOG FESTIVAL 
January 8 | Lambunao, Iloilo
Binanog is a yearly festivities celebrated by the Lambunaonos every January in honor of infant Jesus. Binanog means a pool of dance by the people in hinterland of Lambunao. The following are the Binanugan, the dance depicting the movement of the birds, the Inagong sayaw-sayaw, a celebration dances and the Dinagmay, the courtship dance. The dance movement is accompanied by lively drum beatings.

LINGAYEN GULF LANDING ANNIVERSAY 
January 9 | Lingayen, Pangasinan
Lingayen, Pangasinan (6 hours from Manila by land) Commemoration of the liberation of Pangasinan from the Japanese invasion led by Gen. Douglas McArthur on Jan. 9, 1945

FEAST OF THE BLACK NAZARENE 
January 9 | Quiapo, Manila
An intense, day-long festival highlighted by a mammoth procession through the streets.

BINIRAY FESTIVAL (Fluvial procession) 
January 9 | Romblon
Sto. Niño-inspired revelry and fluvial procession.

ARAW NG KORONADAL “HINUGYAW FESTIVAL” 
January 10 | Koronadal
Translated literally, it means “Day of Koronadal” and indeed it is. Hinugyaw Festival, dubbed as the “Festival of Festivals”, is a celebration of the different cultures that has dwelled on the fertile valley of Koronadal for many years now.

SINULOG (KABANKALAN) FESTIVAL 
January 10- January 16 | Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental
Revelers garbed in distinctively colorful costumes with bare bodies painted in black soot take to the streets to the riotous and frenzied beats of drums celebrating the feast of El Señor Sto. Niño.

SINULOG FESTIVAL 2007 
January 12 22 | Cebu
Cebu’s biggest and most popular festival in honor of the Holy Image of Senyor Sto. Niño

MALATARLAK FESTIVAL 
January 13- January 20 | Tarlac City, Tarlac
The festival features various contingents of school children garbed in grass-inspired costumes – painted with black soots – all merrily dancing to the beat of local tunes and ethnic instruments made of bamboo.

MAKATO STO. NIÑO FESTIVAL 
January 15 | Poblacion Makato, Aklan
The ati-atihan festival of Makato dates back before the Spaniards came to sow the seeds of Christianity into this land. During the celebration, thousands of Catholic devotees from all over the country and those from abroad felt the urge to come and join in the wholesome, frolic and religious fervor of thanksgiving to the Holy Child, Sto. Niño.

PASUNGAY FESTIVAL 
January 15 | San Joaquin, Iloilo
Celebrated every 3rd Saturday of January. This spectacular & exciting event find its origin on a hillside in one of the inland barangays of the municipality when resting farmers witness for the first time the fight between the two raging bulls, set loose by their herdsmen. It caught the fancy of the barangay folks and soon it became a popular entertainment in most barangay fiestas. During the municipal fiesta, the best bulls from different barangays are pitted against each other by weight category in a “Bull Derby”. 


KINARADTO FESTIVAL 
January 15 | Buenavista, Guimaras
This cultural festival makes maximum use of the rich cultural tradition of the oldest municipality of the province. The presentation of songs, dances and musical tableau depicts the various influences Buenavista has been subjected to. Celebrated in honor of the town’s patron saint, Sr. Sto. Niño, Kinaradto promises the participant loads of unforgettable positive experiences. 


BATAN ATI-ATI MALAKARA FESTIVAL 
January 15 | Poblacion Batan, Aklan
The participants celebrating this festival wear masks made up of paper mache and prepared costumes. The festival is celebrated in honor of the Sto. Niño with merry making for a bountiful harvest, peace and prosperity, street dancing along the streets and plaza of the poblacion. A holy mass is celebrated before the start of the contest on Sunday morning proceeded with a parade of participating tribes.

IBAJAY ATI-ATI MUNICIPAL AND DEVOTIONAL FIESTA 
January 16- January 22 | Ibajay, Aklan
A religious feast in honor of its patron saint Sto. Niño, held by transferring the holy image of the patron from Ibajay Cathedral Rectory and enthronement at St. Peter Parish Church, by way of amusing the image from where it was originally discovered and brought to the church.

KAHIMUNAN FESTIVAL 
January 16 | Libertad, Butuan City
Butuan’’s version of the Sinulog of Cebu which has an equally lively and spectacular street dancing.

PANGISDAAN FESTIVAL 
January 16 | Brgy. Tangos, Navotas
One of the highlights of the Navotas Day celebration featuring a street dancing and float competition focusing on the fishing industry.

CARACOL FESTIVAL 
January  | Glorietta 4 Park Makati City, Metro Manila
Official Festival of the City of Makati by virtue of resolution No. 251 of Jan. 21, 1991 displaying the call of the local Government for the protection and conservation of our ecology.

BANSUDANI FESTIVAL/FEAST OF THE DEVINE SAVIOR 
January 17 | Bansud, Mindoro Oriental
A thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest which coincides with town fiesta. It features dances and cultural presentations by schools and barangay communities.

SADSAD SA KALYE 
January 19 | Janiuay, Iloilo
“Sadsad Sa Kalye” is a dynamic mass presentation expressing the beliefs, views, visions and aspirations of the Janiuaynons based upon tradition, historical experiences, and culture of the people of Janiuay. It is a street-dancing affair buoyed by the kaleidoscopic prism of cultured grace and fineness that reflects the embodiment of all that are beautiful in man’s body and soul. “Sadsad” is a native word meaning dance.

PANDOT SA BACOLOD 
January 20 | Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
A true to life dramatization depicting the life of Bacoleños during the Spanish times and the life of being a Catholic

BINULIGAY FESTIVAL 
January 20 | Jamindan, Capiz
A cultural and fiesta celebration.

ALTAVAS STO. NIÑO FESTIVAL 
January 21- January 22 | Poblacion Altavas, Aklan
This day marked the end of the Fil-American war in Altavas. Since then, January 22 is being celebrated as an Annual Thanksgiving and Armistice Day in Altavas. Later, the date was adopted as its municipal town fiesta. This is the continuation of the joyous celebration of peace when Fil-American war ended in this municipality.

HALAD SA STO. NIÑO FESTIVAL 
January 21 | Midsayap, North Cotabato
The annual fiesta celebration of Midsayap, Cotabato in honor of its patron, Señor Sto. Niño. Highlights are street dancing and the theater parade contest.

PANUBASON FESTIVAL 
January 22- January 25 | Valderrama, Antique
An annual festival of young Valderramanian talents. A festival created to discover and develop special talents from aspirants in the field of music, dances and sports. The festival is also a thanksgiving festival for the good and abundant crops during their respective harvest season. And such are displayed and shared during the event. A Mardigra Competition participated by the LGU elementary and secondary level highlights the festive mood.

LONGANIZA FESTIVAL 
January 22 | Vigan City,
It features the “Longest Longaniza” with the hope of entering to the Guinness Book of Records as the longest longaniza of the world.

HUGYAW FESTIVAL 
January  | New Lucena, Iloilo
Street dancing competition.

FEAST OF OUR LADY OF PEACE AND GOOD VOYAGE 
January 24 | La Carlota City
These features cultural shows and traditional fiesta activities like procession, traditional games and cultural presentation.

DINAGSA ATI-ATIHAN FESTIVAL 
January 24- January 30 | Cadiz City, Negros Occidental
A weeklong celebration every 3rd week of January in honor of our Patron Saint, the Señor Sto. Niño. Various programs are lined up such as motocross, drum and bugle corps competition, Ginoong Cadiz and Search for Mutya ng Cadiz. These are a few of the many programs during the celebration. This spectacular revelry features “Ati” tribes garbed in their colorful costumes dancing to the fast and deafening beat of drums while carrying the image of the Holy Child Jesus. This year, activities will start on January 22-29.

STO. NIÑO FESTIVAL 
January 25 | Malolos, Bulacan
The biggest expression of devotion to the Holy child Jesus in the entire Luzon island.

SAUG FESTIVAL 
January 25 | Lemery, Iloilo
A festival which features eight (8) districts portraying different situations or scenes on the real purpose of Saug. Saug is a local term/dialect which means to transfer wood/other farm products from one place to another by means of karosa (sled).

LUBAY-LUBAY FESTIVAL 
January 25 | Cauayan, Negros Occidental
Lubay-Lubay Festival portrays and preserve the early culture of Cauayanons in facing adversities, hardships and difficulties as well as abundance, plenty, prosperity and sufficiency, and to foster the spirit of unity, cooperation, camaraderie and thanksgiving especially for the blessings endowed by the Almighty.

DINAGYANG FESTIVAL 2007 
January 26 28 | Iloilo City
Street dancing characterized by frenetic stomping of feet and hypnotic drumbeating. It is a colorful whirl of thousands of people dressed in unique costumes dancing & chanting all day and night.

HANDURAWAN FESTIVAL 
January 27- January 28 | Laua-an, Antique
A Foundation Day celebration of the municipality with various programs: hakwaton, boxing, traditional games, ati-ati and mardigras presentation, Lin-ay kang Laua-an Pageant, Kan-anay sa Plaza, Upas karbaw, Bugal ka Laua-an, Diana, comedia show, launching of municipal theme song, cultural show, municipal products parade.

PANAGBENGA – BAGUIO FLOWER FESTIVAL 2007 
January 27- March 12 | Baguio City
Also known as the Baguio Flower Festival, it will be the 10th holding of this annual event which will showcase the City of Baguio as a City of Flowers. The Floral Street Parade will be held on February 25 and the Floral Float Parade on February 26.

SANA-AW FESTIVAL 
January 27 | Jordan, Guimaras
Primarily a celebration of the economic endeavor that made Jordan what it is today. Sana-aw also pays tribute to the skillful artisans and the enduring workers in an endearing characterization through dance drama.

HINIRUGYAW FESTIVAL 
January 29 | Calinog, Iloilo
The festivity and fun of the people of Calinog reach a peak during the feast day of the Child Jesus or Sto. Niño. The poblacion is festooned with multi-colored traditional decorations inviting everyone to glorify the Lord. Hirinugyaw, a visayan term for jubilation and rejoicing, traces its roots with the enthronement of the replica of Sto. Niño de Cebu in 1970.

FEAST OF ST. BLAISE (MUNICIPAL AND RELIGIOUS FIESTA) 
January 31- February 3 | Sebaste, Antique
An annual pilgrimage festival both celebrated by the religious community and the municipal, local gov’t unit in honor of St. Blaise. Every year, thousands of pilgrims provincewide and even from other regions travel to Sebaste to seek homage and intercession to the Patron Saint of Sebaste.

BALOT SA PUTI FESTIVAL 
January 31 | Pateros
One of the highlights of the Pateros Town Fiesta celebration

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