Mark Your Calendars: 2022 Schedule of Philippine Festivals

The Philippines is home to several colorful and lively festivals. Despite the pandemic reducing the number of people coming to celebrations, many of these monthly celebrations in the Philippines continue to flourish and highlight the Filipino culture of togetherness, resilience, and making the most of every blessing amid crisis.

With travel and quarantine restrictions lifting, you can start planning to visit one or two festivals and immerse yourself in the local cultures of different regions. Plan your itinerary and get your vacation leaves ready for the 2022 schedule of Philippine festivals:

Date Philippine Festival Location
January 16, 2022 Ati-atihan Festival Aklan
January 16, 2022 Sinulog-Sto. Niño Festival Cebu City
January 24, 2022 Dinagyang Festival Iloilo City
Starting on February 1, 2022 Panagbenga Festival Baguio City
February 12-29, 2022 (tentative) HaMaKa Festival Taytay, Rizal
February 20, 2022 Paraw Regatta Festival Iloilo City
March 1-7, 2022 (tentative) Anibina Bulawanon Festival Compostela Valley (Davao de Oro)
April 11-17 (Holy Week) Moriones Festival Marinduque
April 11-17 (Holy Week) Witches Festival Siquijor
May 1-30, 2022 Flores de Mayo  Various locations
May 15, 2022 Pahiyas Festival Lucban, Quezon
May 17-19, 2022 Obando Festival Obando, Bulacan
June 24, 2022 Lechon Festival Balayan, Batangas
June 24, 2022  Hibok-Hibok Festival Camiguin Island
June 29, 2022 Lami-Lamihan Festival Lamitan, Basilan
July 1, 2022 Sandugo Festival Tagbilaran, Bohol
July 3, 2022 Pagoda Festival Bocaue, Bulacan
August 12, 2022 Pangasinan Bamboo Festival Calasiao and Sta. Barbara
August 19, 2022 Gigantes Festival Lucban, Quezon
September 1-30, 2022 Bicol Food Festival Naga, Camarines Sur
September 1-7, 2022 (tentative) Sarakiki Festival Calbayog, Samar
September 17, 2022 Peñafrancia Festival Naga, Camarines Sur
October 1-31, 2022 MassKara Festival Bacolod City
October 24-31, 2022 Lanzones Festival Camiguin Island
November 1-7, 2022 Pintaflores Festival San Carlos, Negros Occidental
Starting on November 5, 2022 Kawayanan Festival Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur
Starting on December 15, 2022 Shariff Kabunsuan Festival Cotabato City
December 19-26, 2022 (tentative) Simballay Festival Nabunturan, Comspostela Valley

 

January

Ati-atihan Festival (January 16, 2022)

Ati-atihan is an annual festival celebrated in Aklan every third Sunday of January, in honor of the Santo Niño, or Infant Jesus. The festival name means ‘to imitate the Aeta’, referring to the lifestyle of the first settlers of Panay Island. Originally a pagan commemoration of the Aetas bartering with the Bornean chieftains, Ati-atihan evolved into a festivity celebrating the arrival and acceptance of Christianity.

Ati-atihan is called the Mother of All Festivals as it spurred the growth of other colorful religious festivals, such as Dinagyang and Sinulog.

Sinulog Festival (January 16, 2022)

Another festival held every third Sunday of January, Cebu’s Sinulog Festival also honors the miraculous image of the Santo Niño. Hailed as the first Queen of Festivals, Sinulog is the center of Santo Niño Catholic Festivals in the Philippines. In addition, the Sinulog 2022 date is on January 16, a perfect event to kick off the new year.

Like Ati-atihan, Sinulog also inspired similar festivals in other locations in the Philippines. Different versions of Sinulog exist in cities such as Butuan, General Santos, Kabankalan, and Pagadian.

Dinagyang Festival (January 24, 2022)

Dinagyang is a religious and cultural festival happening every fourth Sunday of January in Iloilo. Like its progenitor, Ati-atihan, Dinagyang Festival also celebrates the Infant Jesus and the way of life of the Aeta settlers in Panay Island.

Some of the highlights you’d want to experience at Dinagyang are the colorful street dances, the parade of Dagoy (the festival’s mascot), and the array of food stalls.

February

Paraw Regatta Festival (February 20, 2022)

If you’re planning to stay in Iloilo for a few more months, go to the Paraw Regatta Festival. Held every third Sunday of February, Paraw Regatta’s main event is the sailboat race featuring the Paraw, a type of double outrigger sailboat in the Visayas. The race courses 30 kilometers from the coasts of Panay and ends at Villa Beach.

HaMaKa Festival (February 12-29, 2022 tentative)

Learn more about the craftsmanship and artistry of the locals of Tatay, Rizal by coming to the HaMaKa Festival. The festival honors three major industries in Taytay which are hamba (woodworks), makina (sewing machines), and kasuotan (garments).

HaMaKa is a week-long celebration, often starting in the second or third week of February, which means you will have a lot of time to enjoy different events. Some of the activities to look out for at the festival are concerts, parades, bike races, and beauty pageants.

Panagbenga Festival (Starting on February 1, 2022)

Love flowers? Then Baguio City’s Panagbenga Festival 2022 is the right festivity for you. Panagbenga is a native term that means “a time to bloom.” The festival doesn’t just feature different flowers and plants; it also highlights the ability of Filipinos to rise amid adversity, such as the devastating 1990 Luzon earthquake

Furthermore, the Panagbenga Festival date 2022 will begin on February 1. It is a widely visited festival in Baguio City, so it is best to book your accommodations early to find the right lodging. Check here for different transient houses available for rent in Baguio City.

March

Anibina Bulawanon Festival (March 1-7, 2022 tentative)

Marked on the first week of March, the Anibina Bulawanon Festival commemorates the plentiful harvest of Compostela Valley, now known as Davao de Oro, and the city’s founding anniversary.

The festival’s name derives from three terms: “ani” (harvest), “bina” (gold veins), and “bulawanon” (golden). You’ll witness different activities that highlight the local culture of Davao de Oro.

April

Moriones Festival (April 11-17, 2022)

Moriones is an annual festival held every Lenten Season in Marinduque. Its highlights include Roman soldier costumes, painted gigantic masks, and the retelling of the Roman soldiers searching for Saint Longinus. Moriones spans seven days, beginning on Holy Monday and concluding on Easter Sunday.

This festival is the opportune time for people to reflect on their spiritual lives and repent from any shortcomings they may have committed.

Witches Festival (April 11-17, 2022)

If you’re after something spookier and more daring for your itinerary, head over to Siquijor Island and witness the Witches Festival. While it seems ironic that the Witches Festival is held during Holy Week or Lent Season, it promotes folk healing and communicating with nature’s spirits. The ritual ends with a dance in a secluded cave at dawn.

May

Flores de Mayo (May 1-30, 2022)

If you’re after colorful flowers, parades, and beauty pageants, then Flores de Mayo is the festival that offers all three. Celebrated during the whole of May, Flores de Mayo’s main event is the Santacruzan, which is the ritual pageant of different queens with Marian titles. The last and perhaps most important queen is Reyna Elena, or Saint Helen of Constantinople. She is said to have found the True Cross where Jesus was nailed.

Flores de Mayo is celebrated in both small- and large-scale events. You may find one in different barangays, or go to more significant versions in Lipa and Bicol Region.

Pahiyas Festival (May 15, 2022)

Called the most colorful harvest festival, Pahiyas of Lucban, Quezon, is held every 15th of May in honor of Saint Isidore the Laborer, the patron saint of farmers. Its name means “ to decorate,” which is why you’ll see multiple houses embellished with fruits, grains, vegetables, and dyed rice grains.

Many households will open their doors and offer different delicacies to their visitors. Take pictures for your social media pages and for you to commemorate such a beautiful feast.

Obando Festival (May 17-19, 2022)

Many women who find it hard to get pregnant head to Bulacan and participate in this festival. Obando Festival is held every May 17 to 19 to honor St. Paschal, St. Claire, and Our Lady of Salambaw. Devotees believe that the first two saints grant children, while the third one is the patroness of fishermen; she may grant a bountiful catch in the next fishing season.

June

Lechon Festival (June 24, 2022)

Satiate your love of crispy, juicy lechon by heading over to Balayan, Batangas and joining locals in celebrating the Lechon Festival. Held every June 24, the festival is also the feast day of St. John the Baptist. Main highlights of the feast include water dowsing and displaying costumed and decorated pigs at the Parade of Roast Pigs.

Hibok-Hibok (June 24, 2022)

Another festival honoring St. John the Baptist is Camiguin’s Hibok-Hibok Festival. People show their worship and reverence to the saint by camping at the beach bathing in the ocean. Food shortage doesn’t happen at this festival. If you happen to visit without food, you’ll come home with delicacies and other traditional Filipino dishes.

Lami-Lamihan Festival (June 29, 2022)

Lami-Lamihan Festival is an annual festival in Lamitan, Basilan when locals celebrate and honor St. Peter. The festival is also a fusion of Catholic and local Yakan traditions. People dress in colorful costumes and participate in events such as street dances and horse races. The festival is held every June 29, which is St. Peter’s feast day.

July

Pagoda Festival (July 3, 2022)

Held every first Sunday of July, Bulaceños celebrate the Pagoda Festival by holding parades of colorful boats and commemorating the anniversary of the founding of the miraculous cross floating on the Bocaue, River.

Plan ahead by booking your accommodations early. The Pagoda Festival is a popular event by the devotees of the Holy Cross of Wawa.

Sandugo Festival (July 1, 2022)

Polish your Philippine history knowledge by attending the Sandugo Festival at Tagbilaran, Bohol. Beginning on July 1, the Sandugo Festival celebrates the Treaty of Friendship between Datu Sikatuna, Bohol’s chieftain in 1565, and Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi.

Sandugo’s main event is the reenactment of Datu Sikatuna and Lopez de Legazpi’s blood compact ritual. Other events in the festival are street dance competitions and the Miss Bohol Sandugo Beauty Pageant.

August

Gigantes Festival (August 19, 2022)

Lucban, Quezon is perhaps the place to go when you want something that represents “go big, or go home.” Besides colorful, embellished houses, every August 19, Lucban celebrates Gigantes with gigantic papier-mache effigies representing husbands and wives. Most people carrying these giant figures participate in the festival as part of their panata.

Pangasinan Bamboo Festival (August 12, 2022)

Explore different bamboo-made items at the Pangasinan Bamboo Festival. Held every August 12 at Calasiao and Santa Barbara, the Bamboo Festival showcases different bamboo products, such as furniture sets, handicrafts, and daily household items. You’ll also learn useful information about planting and growing bamboo.

September

Bicol Food Festival (September 1-30, 2022)

Enjoy different Bicolano dishes all month long by going to the Bicol Food Festival in Naga City. There, you’ll taste all sorts of cuisines and popular Bicolano delicacies, such as pinangat, laing, Bicol Express, peccadillo, cocido, and inolokan or tilmak.

Since this is a food festival, expect tourists from all over the Philippines to come. It is best to book your flight and accommodation early to avoid the hassle of delayed flights and not having comfortable lodging.

Sarakiki Festival (September 1-7, 2022 tentative)

In the town of Calbayog, Samar, the Sarakiki Festival features traditional Samareño dances accompanied by local music. The festival happens every first week of September and has events such as street dances, art exhibits, and local performances. Sarakiki’s dance performances mimic the movements of roosters.

Peñafrancia Festival (September 17, 2022)

Celebrated every third Saturday of September, the Peñafrancia Festival is Naga City’s largest and most popular festival. The feast honors Our Lady of Peñafrancia, the patron saint of the city. It begins with the transferring of the Virgin’s image from its shrine at Naga Cathedral, followed by a novena. The fest ends by returning the image to its shrine. During the festival, people shout “Viva la Virgen” (Long live the Virgin!) to revere the patroness.

October

MassKara Festival (October 1-31, 2022)

Bacolod City’s MassKara Festival runs for the whole month of October. The festival is marked by events, such as concerts, fashion shows, fun runs, talent nights, and many more.

MassKara’s highlight is its colorful masks worn by street dancers and participants. The masks also honor the continuous mask-making industry of Bacolod City.

Lanzones Festival (October 24-31, 2022)

Another festival in Camiguin is the Lanzones Festival. Held in the fourth week of October, Lanzones Festival is a yearly celebration of Camiguin Island’s lanzones, one of its most popular fruits. At the festival, you’ll see street parades, tableau performances, and trade fairs.

November

Pintaflores Festival (November 1-7, 2022)

Every first week of November, the city of San Carlos, Negros Occidental celebrates Pintaflores Festival. The feast showcases colorful costumes, street dances, and people donning floral tattoos on their faces and bodies.

At the dances, the lead dancer is a representation of Princess Nabingka, a folklore figure known to decorate herself with flowers to cure her illness. Get your dancing shoes ready as the street dances will get your groove on.

Kawayanan Festival (Starting on November 5, 2022)

Pagadian City in Zamboanga del Sur celebrates the Kawayanan Festival every third week of November (usually beginning on November 5). The festival highlights the bountiful thickets of bamboo grass in the area. Street dances and costumes using materials made of bamboo are part of the festival.

December

Shariff Kabunsuan Festival (Starting on December 15, 2022)

Another colorful religious festival you should go to is the Shariff Kabunsuan Festival. Celebrated every December 15 in Cotabato, the festival commemorates the arrival of the Arab preacher, Shariff Kabunsuan, who brought the Islam faith into the locality.

One event in the festival is the Guinakit, a convoy of large, colorful boats floating on the Rio Grande de Mindanao. While the boats come by, traditional Muslim dances and music accompany the convoy.

Simballay Festival (December 19-26, 2022 tentative)

Another festival conceived from the likes of Cebu’s Sinulog and Davao City’s Kadayawan is the Simballay Festival of the town of Nabunturan. Held in the third week of December, Simballay Festival is highlighted by the colorful street dances, parades, and Mansaka performances.

These colorful festivals are just among the festivities you can attend and enjoy all year round. Other fun festivals that you shouldn’t miss include the Kadayawan Festival in Davao, the Bangus Festival in Pangasinan, and the Aurora Festival 2022 Philippines. Mark your calendars and file your vacation leaves to make the most of the Philippines’ popular feast days in 2022.

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