With social distancing as part of the safety protocols, of course, festivals are banned this year. This applies to all sorts of festivals including fiestas and religious festivals which are pretty famous here in the Philippines.
Something that might not come as a surprise, but there’s always a Philippine fiesta happening every month. From the more popular ones like the Pinagbenga Festival in Baguio City, Masskara Festival in Bacolod City, and Sinulog in Cebu City to the “less” popular ones, visitors won’t surely run out of festivals and fiestas to experience here.
Since it’s October, it’s most likely everyone – including the rest of the world – is missing festivals extra hard. This is probably because this month, in particular, celebrates Oktoberfest which most countries have adopted in their way including the Philippines. But aside from Oktoberfest, there are plenty of other fiestas and festivals around the country that we also miss.
Masskara Festival (Bacolod City) – One of the biggest and most popular festivals in the Philippines is the Masskara Festival in Bacolod City. It is usually highly anticipated both from local and international guests. It is a city-wide celebration with colorful masks and exuberant dance numbers and parades that happens every 4th Sunday of October.
Photo source: Guide to The Philippines
Hermosa Festival (Zamboanga City) – Popularly known as Fiesta Pilar, the Hermosa Festival in Zamboanga City is one of the oldest festivals in the country. It is a month-long celebration to show their devotion to the Nuestra Señora del Pilar or the Lady of Pilar for her stories of miracles.
Photo source: Hermosa Zamboaga Festival
Aswang Festival (Roxas City) – As a means to change the negative and fearful connotation that is attached to Roxas City, a place where Aswangs or evil spirits that are said to live in the city, the Aswang Festival was created and celebrated. It is a means to make the city more attractive and a global destination for both local and foreign tourists. It happens every last week of October in time for All Saint’s Day.
Photo source: Marc7Travels
Kinilaw Festival (Surigao City) - The Kinilaw Festival in Surigao City happens on the 2nd day of October. This celebration is to showcase the various ways you can prepare Kinilaw or the Filipino version of a Ceviche.
Photo source: MyRecipes
Sinanggiyaw Festival (Cebu City) – Similar to Sinulog, Cebu’s Sinaggiyaw Festival is a dance celebration of sorts. But instead of a religious festival, it focuses more on their thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest. This is held every October 4.
Photo source: HelloTravel
Ting’udo Festival (Cotabato City) – Just like the Sinanggiyaw Festival, Cotabato City’s Ting’udo Festival is all about celebrating a good and bountiful harvest. This fruit fiesta is celebrated every 10th of October.
Photo source: Philippine Travel Site
Kasanggayahan Festival (Sorsogon) – To celebrate Sorsogon’s anniversary as a province, the Kasanggayahan Festival was created. This celebration usually consists of cultural, historical, religious, and economic activities that happen from the 15th to the 25th of October.
Photo source: Kasanggyahan Festival Blog
Sagingan Festival (Lanao del Norte) – Bananas and banana products play a vital role in the livelihood of the people living in Tubod, Lanao Del Norte. That is why they created the Sagingan Festival, which happens every 16th and 17th of October, to celebrate and show their thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest of bananas.
Photo source: Travel Triology
Lanzones Festival (Camiguin) – Lanzones is Camiguin’s favorite fruit. That being said, the Lanzones Festival is a celebration of that. With plenty of dance presentations and lanzones-filled parades, it’s truly an extravaganza that happens for 4 days, from October 20-24.
Photo source: ABS-CBN News
Buglasan Festival (Dumaguete City) – Known as the “Festivals of Festivals”, the Buglasan Festival in Dumaguete City is a celebration culminating all of Negros Oriental festivals into one week-long massive party during October. It is created to unite the people of Negros Oriental with some friendly competition and even a King and Queen at the end of the festival.
Photo source: Dumaguete.com
There are still plenty of festivals in the Philippines all year long, but given October is such an iconic month for festivals, we can’t help but miss and reminisce the ones we’re supposedly celebrating right now. Hopefully, this pandemic will be resolved soon, so we may be able to travel, explore, and enjoy these wonderful and amazing festivals in our country including the ones on the list above.
For now, we can use this time to research more and plan our next trips – including these many festivals and fiestas as part of our itinerary. Simultaneously, you can look into our many RedDoorz hotels across the country for your accommodations. We offer the best stay at very affordable prices, perfect for when you want to enjoy these many festivals without worrying about money. Visit our website or download our mobile app to get the latest information and discounts now!