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FESTIVALS OF VISAYAS

FESTIVALS OF

VISAYAS

Sinulog Festival

Sinulog Festival

Sinulog Festival

SINULOG FESTIVAL

Celebrated every 3rd week of January in Cebu City.

This Philippine fiesta in Visayas region celebrates Cebu's patron saint, the Santo Niño (Child Christ).

This

week

long

event

is

marked

by

processions,street dancing and parades. This fiesta is a local version of the Mardi gras (Brazil).

SINULOG FESTIVAL  Celebrated every 3rd week of January in Cebu City.  This Philippine fiesta
Ati-atihan Festival

Ati-atihan Festival

Ati-atihan Festival

ATI-ATIHAN FESTIVAL

Aklan

plays

host to the annual Ati-atihan

festival, coinciding with the third Sunday of January. Like the Sinulog Festival of Cebu, the Ati-atihan celebrates the many miracles of the Child Jesus or Santo Nino.

Ati-atihan means “to be like aetas”or “make believe ati’s.” Aetas were the primary settlers in the islands according to history books. They too are the earliest settlers of Panay Island where the province of Aklan is.

ATI-ATIHAN FESTIVAL  Aklan plays host to the annual Ati-atihan festival, coinciding with the third Sunday

The

festival

consists

of

tribal

dance,

music,

accompanied by indigenous costumes and weapons, and parade along the street.

The festival is probably more well-known for the black paint that most participants put on their bodies. The black paint that covers the whole body contrasts starkly with the colorful costumes and ornaments.

 The festival consists of tribal dance, music, accompanied by indigenous costumes and weapons, and parade
Dinagyang Festival Iloilo City

Dinagyang

Festival

Iloilo City

Dinagyang Festival Iloilo City

DINAGYANG FESTIVAL

The Dinagyang is

a

religious

and cultural

festival in Iloilo City, Philippines held on the fourth Sunday of January, or right after the Sinulog In Cebu and the Ati-Atihan in Aklan.

It is held both to honor the Santo Niño and to celebrate the arrival on Panay of Malay settlers and the subsequent selling of the island to them by the Atis.

DINAGYANG FESTIVAL  The Dinagyang is a religious and cultural festival in Iloilo City, Philippines held
Babaylan Festival

Babaylan

Festival

Babaylan Festival

BABAYLAN FESTIVAL

Held every 19th of February in Bago City, Negros Occidental.

The public gets a rare view into the simulated rituals of mystics, ancient healers and priests in various ceremonies such as marriage, healing and harvest.

BABAYLAN FESTIVAL  Held every 19th of February in Bago City, Negros Occidental.  The public

Panaad sa Negros

Panaad sa Negros

PANAAD SA NEGROS

A

weeklong

celebration

held

in

Bacolod

City

every 2nd or 3rd week of April.

It's called the mother of festivals as it is a fusion of fiestas of 13 cities and 19 towns of the whole province of Negros Occidental.

Expect a colorful display of parades, bazaars, cultural presentations, pageants, shows, fireworks and more.

PANAAD SA NEGROS  A weeklong celebration held in Bacolod City every 2nd or 3rd week
Sandugo Festival

Sandugo Festival

Sandugo Festival

SANDUGO FESTIVAL

Sandugo Festival which literally means "one blood", celebrates the blood compact between local chieftain Datu Sikatuna and Captain General Miguel Lopez de Legazpi.

Sandugo Festival is a month long celebration culminating at Tagbilaran City, Bohol on the 3rd week of July.

The festival is celebrated with street dancing,

shows,

trade

activities.

fairs,

beauty

contest

and

other

SANDUGO FESTIVAL  Sandugo Festival which literally means "one blood", celebrates the blood compact between local
Masskara Festival

Masskara Festival

Masskara Festival

MASSKARA FESTIVAL

Bacolod City holds its Charter Day on the 19th of October every year. Coinciding with its Charter Day is the MassKara Festival, a week-long activity that is currently dubbed as the Festival of Smile, a take on Bacolod’s own monicker as the City of Smiles.

Unlike other festivals in the Visayas, however, the MassKara is not religious or tribal in nature. Instead, the Festival ironically traces its roots on tragedy.

MASSKARA FESTIVAL  Bacolod City holds its Charter Day on the 19th of October every year.

The festival was first held in 1980, at a time when sugar cane and sugar prices plummeted and the livelihood of Bacolenos suffered.

It was also during that year that a terrible maritime tragedy left more than 700 Negrenses dead when the Don Juan and the tanker Tacloban City collided with each other and sank.

To eclipse the tragedy and the sorrow, Bacolod

held

its

first

MassKara

Festival.

The term

MassKara was coined by Ely Santiago, meaning

many

faces.

It

also

became

the

festival’s

trademark:

smiling

masks

worn

by

the

participants.

 The festival was first held in 1980, at a time when sugar cane and sugar

Pintado-Kasadyahan Festival

Pintado-Kasadyahan Festival

PINTADO-KASADYAHAN

FESTIVAL

Lasting a whole month, Tacloban City holds the Pintados-Kasadyahan Festival culminating on June 29.

The festival commemorates and fleshes out how the Spaniards saw the early Filipinos when they arrived in Leyte: bodies filled with tattoos and holding weapons which were previously heated in open fire.

In fact, pintados is how the tattoo-covered natives were called, and that’s how the festival got its name.

PINTADO-KASADYAHAN FESTIVAL  Lasting a whole month, Tacloban City holds the Pintados-Kasadyahan Festival culminating on June
Binirayan Festival San Jose, Antique
Binirayan
Festival
San Jose,
Antique

BINIRAYAN FESTIVAL

fiesta dates

are from

the 28th

to

the 30th

of

December in San Jose Antique.

Ethnic pageantry reaches

a

new

high

on

the

beaches of Maybato in San Jose and Malandong in Hamtik, where the drama of the first Malay settlement at Malandong is played out.

BINIRAYAN FESTIVAL  fiesta dates are from the 28th to the 30th of December in San
Manggahan Festival

Manggahan Festival

Manggahan Festival

MANGGAHAN

FESTIVAL

Month long celebration of Guimaras’ rich culture, and their feast of thanksgiving for having bestowed a rich land where delicious mangoes are being grown.

Originally, it was just a week-long celebration of Guimaras as an independent province since May

22, 1992, but through the years, with all the

success

that

the

province

has

attained,

Manggahan Festival has evolved to a more vibrant and fun- filled month long event.

MANGGAHAN FESTIVAL  Month long celebration of Guimaras’ rich culture, and their feast of thanksgiving for