January

Here are the list of festivals in the country for the month of January.

Binalabal Festival
January 1
Tudela, Misamis Oriental
The Binalabal Festival is held on 1 January to welcome in the new year. It dates back to the 1930s when townsfolk began wearing masks to disguise their identity, slowing evolving over the years to become a general celebration in the hope of prosperity for the coming year. The festival begins the night before with the Masquerade Ball and continues until noon the following day when a Grand Parade goes through the town of Tuledo.

Kuraldal Festival

January 6 (up to the next 5 days)
Sasmuan, Pampanga
Kuraldal Festival is a celebration for Sta. Lucia, the patron saint of Sasmuan, Pampanga. It starts January 6, the Feast of the Three Kings, and ends 5 days after, with a ritual dance along the street after a mass. Similar to the devotees of the Feast of the Black Nazarene, people from the town and around the world gather on this particular day to ask Sta. Lucia her divine providence.

Hinugyaw Festival
January 8 to 10
Koronadal City, South Cotobato
Hinugyaw Festival, dubbed as the “Festival of Festivals”, is a celebration of the different cultures that have lived on the fertile valley of Koronadal for many years.

Lingayen Gulf Landing Anniversary

January 9
Lingayen, Pangasinan
Commemorates the landing of General Douglas MacArthur and the Allied Forces in Luzon in 1945.

Feast of the Black Nazarene

January 9
Quiapo, Manila
 
The life-sized wooden carving of Jesus walking towards his crucifixion is—along with the Santo Niño de Cebú—one of the most revered objects in the Philippines. It was carved in Mexico and brought to the Philippines in 1606. The Traslación (“transfer”) is a re-enactment of the moving of the statue in 1787 from Intramuros (the historic part of Manila) to the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene where it resides today. Each year over 12 million devotees scramble to touch the image of Jesus as it is carried through the streets of Manila in a procession that can last up to 20 hours.

The procession begins at Quirino Grandstand around 5:30am (the Black Nazarene having been moved there beforehand) and makes it way back to Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (often called Quiapo Church) late at night on the day or in the early hours of the following morning. Devotees walk barefoot in penance to the walk that Jesus himself made.

Coconut Festival
1st to 2nd Week of January
San Pablo City, Laguna
 
A week long celebration held in early January in honor of Saint Paul the Hermit, the patron of San Pablo. The Coconut Festival or “Coco Fest” started in 1996 and today includes street dancing, float parades, and street concerts. The festival also honors the importance of the coconut to the Philippines, and many of the street dancers costumes are made from parts of the coconut tree.

Minasa Festival

2nd week of January
Bustos, Bulacan
The Minasa Festival is the official festival of Bustos, Bulacan Province. It is held in the second week of January, aligned with the Sto. Niño. The week-long festival includes street dancing, fireworks, and fairs selling local merchandise. Visitors will also be able to sample the Minasa Cookie—a rectangular, wafer cookie for which the town is famous.

Batingaw Festival

January 13
Cabuyao, Laguna
The Batingaw Festival commemorates the legendary “Kampanang Ginto (Golden Bell)” which Cabuyao is known. The celebration always starts with the simultaneous ringing of church bells, which believes, bring good agricultural harvest. Highlights of the five-day festival includes the colorful street dancing, singing contest, trade fair exhibits & fireworks.

Halad Festival

3rd Sunday
Midsayap, Cotabato
Annually, the townsfolk of Midsayap prepares for its colorful street dancing and parade competition popularly known as the “Halad sa Sto. Niño Festival” as part of its grand fiesta celebration, which is held every third Sunday of January. The Halad Festival is celebrated in honor of the town’s patron saint Señor Sto. Niño.thanksgiving.

Feast of the Santo Niño

3rd Sunday
National
Liturgical feast of the Santo Niño de Cebú according to the Philippine National Liturgical Calendar.

Sinulog Festival

3rd Sunday
Cebu City, Cebu (variants in Kabankalan City, Maasin City, Balingasag Misamis Oriental, Cagayan de Oro City, Butuan City, and Southern Leyte throughout the year)
The Sinulog Festival is one of the most famous festivals on the Philippine calendar, attracting millions of visitors each year. At the center of it all is the full-day procession—the Grand Parade—for which dancers come with vivid costumes and choreographed routines from all over the country. The Grand Parade takes place on a Sunday about mid-way through the festival and begins at 4am at the Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino where the statue is housed in glass casing. There are also street parties, fairs, booths, and other cultural and religious events during the festival.

The festival, like a number of others in the Philippines, is held in celebration of one of the country’s most famous historic relics: the Santo Niño de Cebú. This was the statue of the baby Jesus that was handed to the Rajah of Cebu by the Portuguesel-born Spanish explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1521—one of the most important events in the Catholic history of the country. The word Sinulog in fact refers to the flowing movements of the dancers who act out the scenes of this Spanish encounter.


Silmugi Festival

January 20
Borbon, Ceby
Silmugi Festival falls on 20th January in honor of its patron saint where in Silmugi is an old name of the town of Borbon. One of  their highlights is a street dancing that  involved a folk prayer for  bounitful harvest.

Accordng to the history Silmugi River located in between the barangays of Poblacion and Cadaruhan which the river played a big part during Borbon's formulation as a town. When the river was so big and wide the boat can make a travel. Theres also a rainwater from the mountain barangays cascaded and flowed into the ocean. It  became  the  main gateway of many residents who lived in the mountains and hillside of Borbon when they visited the coastal barangays to do their barter and trade business.

Bayluhay Festival
3rd Week
San Joaquin, Iloilo

The Bayluhay Festival is a festivity in the municipality of San Joaquin, Iloilo. It is being celebrated on the 3rd week of January, which is a commemoration about the island’s barter that led to the inhabitation of the Malays in the Philippines. It is a festival that has a religious and historic theme that reflects its own history.

Different rituals that have been a part of their culture will once again be performed as part of the festival’s tradition. War dances will be performed which has been said that to be capable of warding off evil and protecting people from harm. Other important cultural trends will be executed much to the delight of the locals and tourists who come to see the event.

Colorful rituals, dance performances, and cultural reenactments are just some of the events you don’t want to miss at the Bayluhay festival. There will also be pageants, competitions, and other exciting portions you should watch out for. Loud drumbeats and multicolored attire accompany this merry making festivity which will be a feast to your eyes. Witness this town celebration and see a part of the Philippines’ rich ethnicity and be amazed of the greatness in how the Filipinos preserve its cultural identity.

Bambanti Festival
3rd Week
Isabela Province
Bambanti is an Ilocano word for scarecrow, which the province considers as protection despite the common notion that it rouses fear. Created with colorful straws and grasses wrapped in farmer’s clothing, bambanti has always been the icon and mascot of the festival.

The Bambanti Festival is 2018 Aliw Award’s Hall of Famer for Best Festival Practices and Performance by being a three-time winner from 2015-2017.


Ati-Atihan Festival 
3rd Sunday
Kalibo, Aklan
One of the oldest festivals in the Philippines which over the course of its 800 year history has evolved into both a tribal and religious festival. The Ati-Atihan originated around 1200 CE as a celebration of a pact between the indigenous tribe and ten Malay chieftains who were fleeing from the island of Borneo, but later with the country’s colonization and conversion of its people to Christianity, the festival took on a religious meaning and today celebrates (like many other festivals in the Philippines) the Santo Niño.

Ati-Atihan is a week long event known for its street parties, dancing competitions, daily snake-dances, and general flamboyance. The festival has since spread to other cities but the one in Kalibo is the origin and still the best. kalibo.org has a schedule for the week.

Batan Ati-Ati Malakara Festival 
3rd Weekend
Batan, 
The participants celebrating this festival put on paper mache masks matching prepared costumes. The festival is observed in honor of the Santo Niño with merriment and street dancing along the streets and plaza of the town center for an abundant harvest, prosperity and peace. A holy mass is celebrated on Sunday morning prior to opening the contest proper in a parade of participating tribes.

Sikhayan Festival 
January 18
Sta. Rosa, Laguna
Sikhayan stands for Sikap Kabuhayan, an annual festival celebrating the Roseñian’s spirit of enterprise which through the decades has fueled Santa Rosa’s economic growth.  It recognizes the contributions made by Santa Rosa’s sectors, from farmers, fisherfolks, artisans, workers and entrepreneurs big and small, to the city’s continuing progress.

Coinciding with the city’s founding as a separate and independent town in the Province of Laguna, the Sikhayan Festival showcases the Roseñians perseverance and determination to improve their lives and that of their communities.  It is a festival that pays tribute to the people’s unrelenting and resolute effort, to their profound sense of community, to their deeply rooted cultural heritage, and to their enterprising spirit. As proven by its history, the Roseñians have worked hard and the Sikhayan Festival is the people’s way of giving thanks and looking forward to a much better future.

Dugoy Festival
January 18
Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro

DUGOY FESTIVAL is a celebration of the Dugoy Spirit or camaraderie between and among various cultures found in the town of Sablayan. It celebrates the harmonious ties of the lowland settlers and the Mangyan tribes. The week-long festival is celebrated with cultural shows, street dancing performances, and other exhibits beginning every January 18. Its celebration coincides with the town fiesta. The highlight of the festivity is the street dancing where as many as 20 groups with 1,000 members participate. The street dancing showcases the different ethno-cultural groups of the Mangyan, as well as those that came from different parts of the Philippines and eventually settled in Sablayan.

Feast of San Sebastian Martir 
January 20
Lumban, Laguna
Every year, on the eve of the town fiesta on Jan. 20, residents of this laid-back town in Laguna province honor their patron saint, Sebastian the Martyr, through a procession along the Pagsanjan River.

After the afternoon Mass at San Sebastian Chapel, townsfolk carry the statue of Saint Sebastian down to the Pagsanjan River where an ornate boat awaits. The statue is placed on the boat, with some devotees boarding the vessel.

The boat navigates the river until it reaches the edge of town, where the statue is unloaded and carried to the parish church.

Locals douse the statue and themselves with water the whole time—from the chapel to the river and from the river to the church. Some use a tabo (dipper), and others pails, while children ready their plastic water guns.

Longganisa Festival
January 22
Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Longganisa (or Longaniza in Spanish) is a sausage similar to chorizo which is flavoured with local spices and differs considerably from region to region. In the Philippines they are typically eaten for breakfast with rice or fried eggs. The Vigan Longganisa is a fat, short little sausage which uses local garlic and sugar cane vinegar giving it a distinct flavour. The Longganisa Festival is typically celebrated in Vigan City on 22 January each year, just a few days before the Vigan City Fiesta on 25 January.

Feast of San Ildefonso de Toledo
January 22 to 24
Tanay, Rizal Province
In glorifying and commemorating the feast day of San Ildefonso de Toledo (Jan 23) and Our Lady of Guadalupe (Jan 24), the Municipality of Tanay celebrates Tanay Town Fiesta every January 22-24 of each year. The events include a Band Drill and Parade every January 24.

Halamanan Festival 
January 23
Guiguinto, Bulacan
Halamanan is a festival which celebrates in their adoration for plants, of trees, and of blossoms since these manifestations of nature give them a decent method to bring home the bacon. It praises the integrity gave to them by Mother Nature. This celebration additionally commended the establishment day of Guiguinto. There are a considerable measure fo fun exercises and occasions amid this celebration. There are scene show, cultivating expos, seedling spreads, blossom cuttings, bloom arrangments, plant developing, inside and outside improvements. It would be an extraordinary celebration for the individuals who love to plant and for the individuals who love to take a gander at the excellence of Mother Nature. You can even appreciate seeing road artists in their beautiful ensembles and effortless movements. Guiguinto is known to be the Garden Capital of the Philippines consequently the celebration.

Pabirik Festival 
January 23 to February 2
Paracale, Camarines Norte
The Pabirik Festival is celebrated every last week of January up to the day of town fiesta on the second day of February. The highlight of the event is the Pabirik Street Dancing Competition. All schools in Paracale competed showing different representation how Nuestra Señora De Candelaria defended the town against the Moro invaders.

If you are wondering what is “PABIRIK”? Pabirik is an essential tool used by miners in Paracale. Usually it is made of a strong circular wood. Just look at the photos below. The participant in Street Dancing Competition holds a Pabirik. Pabirik festival the festival of Paracalenos in Camarines’s Norte I have seen I lot of celebration of the festival it was disgracing even it was perform every year it was disgracing to the people they prepared very codfishes of celebrating to a good perform on the actual event.

Dinagyang Festival 
4th Sunday
Iloilo City, Iloilo
Dinagyang is Iloilo City’s version of the Ati-Atihan Festival. While the festival in Kalibo, Aklan gets the most attention, the Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo City is equally deserving of its place on the Philippine calendar. The festival dates back to 1967 when a replica of the Señor Santo Niño was brought to Iloilo City from Cebu, and it has been called the Dinagyang Festival since 1977—Dinagyang being a term used to refer to “revelry” in the Ilonggo dialect. Today the festival includes tribal dance competitions, street parties, and firework displays.

Ibajay Ati-Ati Municipal and Devotional Fiesta
4th Sunday
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.

Kannawidan 'Ylocos' Festival
January 27 to February 12
Vigan, Ilocos Sur
This festival at the end of January celebrates the best of Ilocos Sur culture, from traditional dress and folk dance to tribal rituals and marching band contests.

The Bayanihan Dance Company is the much awaited event of the celebration. It is presented by world-class performers showcasing the Beauty of the Philippines through dances, music, and sounds. Spectators are clapping with joy because of their great performances, graceful movements, and excellent rendition of songs while playing native musical instruments.

A food festival is also held at Plaza Salcedo. There is fireworks display after the meal, lighting up the sky with a million colorful specks and flashes.

One interesting event of the festival is the annual “Pinaka”contest where locals exhibit their amazing farm and fishery products and livestock. Another activity that catches the attention of the visitors is the gathering at Vigan Plaza Hotel, where Ilocos Sur comes back to the olden times and participants wear their old-fashioned dresses as they party to the tune of old songs and drown in the memories of old Ilocos.
 
Dinagsa Ati-Atihan Festival 
Last Week
Cadiz, Negros Occidental
The Dinagsa is a weeklong celebration with the rhythmic beating of drums and honoring the Señor Sto. Niño (Infant Jesus). Performers are painted in black or covered with soot to portray an “ati” (one of the many indigenous peoples of the Philppines).

The festival is packed with fun activities such as the Dinagsa Queen, the Ati-atihan competition, and the Lamhitanay festival. It's one of the most awaited fiestas in the province of Negros Occidental.

The Lamhitanay is a unique feature of the Dinagsa. All kinds of people (visitors or residents) in Cadiz City roam the streets to smother paint on each other's faces. (So prepare to get dirty, as saying “no” or getting angry at them is taken as an insult! If you don’t like it, better stay at home. This isn't something you experience often, though, so just enjoy the festivities!)

Hirinugyaw-Suguidanonay Festival
Last Week
Calinog, Iloilo
From a Visayan term for “jubilation” or “rejoicing,” Hirinugyaw was inspired by the Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo City and has become a feast with success for the people Calinog through a festivity showing the town’s devotion to the Child Jesus and highlighted as it turns out in celebration for the feast of Sto. Niño.


Santo Niño de Malolos Festival 
Last Sunday
Malolos, Bulacan
The city of Malolos, Bulacan comes alive as the Sto Niño de Malolos Festival takes place on the last Sunday of January.  Visitors from all over Luzon and beyond come in droves to take part in the festivities and pay homage to the Santo Niño.

The Sto Niño de Malolos Festival is held during the last Sunday of January, The biggest and largest expression of devotion to the Holy Child Jesus in the Luzon island, celebrated every last Sunday of January. The festivities begin with an exhibit of "Santo Niño" (Holy Child) and culminate in a grand procession of hundreds of folk, antique and new statues of the Holy Child in different depictions. The highlight of this festival is the hundred year-old antique miraculous image of Senor Sto Nino de Malolos.

Candle Festival
January 31 to February 2
Candelaria, Quezon
A 3-day festival to show the devotion of the people through the “Nuestra Senora de Candelaria” or the “Candlemas Virgin”. A candle float parade and street dancing competition are among the highlights.

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