Philippine Fiesta: A Feast For Every Filipino Community

on Tuesday, May 1, 2012

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Philippine fiesta are held to give thanks to a patron saint and to celebrate his holiness and to remember his good and kind acts towards to other creations of God while his living. There is another form of Philippine fiesta which is also celebrated to ask for forgiveness. Every fiesta has its own date to celebrate, but how did fiestas got his own date of celebration? The dates are given by the Holy Catholic Church and sometimes taken from the date were a patron saint died.

Philippine fiestas started even before the conquistadores arrived in the country in the 1500's. Before, the fiestas are celebrated through rituals and offerings which is headed by every tribes' leaders. And ever since, fiestas are done to ask the heaven a good luck for the rest of the year.

Every place in the Philippines has its own fiesta celebration, whatever date and time of the year it is, for sure that there's a fiesta being celebrated somewhere!

List of known fiestas in the Philippines:

1. Feast of the Black Nazarene
    Quiapo, Manila
    Jan. 9
2. Ati-Atihan Festival
    Kalibo, Aklan
    Jan. 1-16
3. Sinulog Festival
    Cebu City
    Jan. 6-21
4. Moriones Festival
    Apr. 18-21
5. Panagbenga Festival (Baguio Flower Festival)
    Baguio City
    Feb. 26
6. Maleldo Lenten Rites
    San Pedro Cutud, San Fernando, Pampanga
    Apr. 17-24
7. Pahiyas Festival
    Lucban, Quezon
    May 15
8. Obando Fertility Rites
    Obando, Bulacan
    Apr. 18-21
9. Flores De Mayo
10. Kadayawan sa Dabaw
      Davao City
11. PeƱafrancia Festival
      Naga City
      Sep. 19
12. Masskara Festival
      Bacolod City
      Oct. 14-21
13. Higantes Festival - The Feast of San Clemente
      Angono, Rizal
      Nov. 23
14. Giant Lantern Festival
      San Fernando Pampanga
      Dec. 3

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