Whether you are a Filipino who wants to get a deeper appreciation of your own culture or you are a foreigner who wants to experience what it is like to have fun in the Philippines the traditional way, here are the best fiestas in the country you shouldn’t dare to miss:

1. Sinulog Festival in Cebu CitySinulog Festival

Date:

Every 3rd Sunday of January

Highlights:

  • Combination of cultural and religious activities
  • Millions of people joining from all over the country
  • Santo Niño procession after Sunday mass
  • Mass at the Basilica church
  • Fluvial Parade, early Saturday morning

2. Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo CityDinagyang Festival

Date:

Every 4th Sunday of January

Highlights:

  • Hailed as the Best Festival Event in the Philippines by the Association of Tourism Officers in the country
  • Dance competition known as Ati-Atihan
  • Kasadyahan street dancing
  • Drum beats

3. Masskara Festival in Bacolod CityMasskara Festival

Date:

Every 3rd Weekend of October

Highlights:

  • Symbolizes the resiliency of the Filipinos as well as the locals’ love for happiness and fun
  • Participants wearing colorful and intriguing masks
  • Street dancing
  • Dance parade and party for Electric Masskara on a Saturday night
  • Carnivals

4. Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo, AklanAti Atihan Festival

Date:

Every 3rd Sunday of January

Highlights:

  • Parade of the Ati-Atihan Festival
  • Religious celebrations for Santo Niño de Kalibo
  • Great for party lovers with lots of dancing and booze

5. Kadayawan Festival in Davao CityKadayawan Festival

Date:

Every 3rd Weekend of August

Highlights:

  • Celebrating the icons of the city, including durian, Mt. Apo, Waling Waling, and the Philippine Eagle
  • Street Dancing called Indak Indak sa Kadalanan
  • The floral parade featuring colorful floats while people in ethnic costumes dance to the beat of the drum
  • Tribal style fun

6. Panagbenga Festival in Baguio CityPanagbenga Festival

Date:

Every Last Sunday of February

Highlights:

  • Parade known as the Grand Flower Float Parade
  • Street parade

7. Pahiyas Festival in Lucban, QuezonPahiyas Festival

Date:

Every 15th of May

Highlights:

  • Procession that honors Saint Isidro Labrador
  • Witnessing houses ornamented with kiping and harvests
  • Food, food, food

8. Cutud Crucifixions in San Fernando, PampangaCutud Crucifixions

Date:

Every Good Friday at 3PM

Highlights:

  • Three penitents are nailed to the cross at 3PM
  • Passion play

9. Hot Air Balloon Festival in Clark, PampangaHot Air Baloon Festival

Date:

2nd or 3rd Week of February from Thursday to Sunday

Highlights:

  • Hot air balloon flight
  • Fly-in of hot air balloons and evening glow

10. Ligligan Parul (Lantern Festival) in San Fernando, PampangaGiant Lantern Festival

Date:

Every Second Saturday of December

Highlights:

  • Showdown of giant colorful lanterns
  • Lanterns are around 40 feet in diameter with thousands of light bulbs
  • Grand exhibit for Christmas

It is a known fact that Filipinos love to have fun with friends and family. There is a long list of festivals in the country, but with the ones mentioned above, you will surely have a memorable time whether as a spectator or as a participant.