Festivals: February – May

Pabirik Festival

February 1-2

Paracale, Camarines Norte

Held in the town of Paracale, the festival is highlighted by �pabirik� street dancing, depicting the gold mining industry in the province.


Bicol Arts Festival

February 1-28

Legazpi City

A week-long festival showcasing the region�s arts and culture, crafts and agro-industrial products coming from the six (6) provinces and three (3) cities of Bicol. It coincides with the celebration of the National Arts Month every February.


Tinagba Festival

February 11

Iriga City

A tradition of the first harvest offering coinciding on the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes. Derived from the early rituals of the ancient Bicolanos offering their harvest to their own gods as a form of thanksgiving and to seek favor for a more bountiful harvest throughout the year. A long parade of colorfully and grandiosely decorated bull and carabao carts, carrying newly harvested crops, ending with a mass before the Emerald Grotto at Calvary Hills. Here all the offerings are blessed, then distributed to indigent families.


Harana: Karantahan nin Pagranga’ (A Music Festival)

February 14

San Jose, Camarines Sur

The festival feature local talents and young artists in its effortsa to promote cultural awareness, tourism development and youth empowerment in the District of partido. Highlighted by the Bicol Love Song Choral Competition. Other activities are lined up to drumbeat the affair.


Karanowan Fish-tival

February 15

Bato, Camarines Sur

Acelebration promoting the rich aquatic resources of Lake Bato. Derived from local dialect �ranow� meaning lake, participants are clad in fish-like costumes depicting the different

indigenous fish of Bato Lake while gracefully dancing to creatively choreographed movements in their gaily colored unique outfits fashioned from indigenous materials.


Himag-ulaw Festival

February 17

Placer, Masbate

A celebration of praise and thanksgiving for the bountiful harvest in farming or good catch in fishing expressed through various forms of activities like street dancing, beauty competition, games and contests, food fairs, among others.


Rodeo Masbate�o

April 6-8

Masbate

Hold on to your horses, caballeros, its rodeo time in Masbate once again! Feel the excitement as our local cowboys pit their brains against bovine brawn in western style rodeo events like bull riding and sterr wrestling, apart from our local games like the good old carabao race. So put on them boots and saddle up � its gonna be a rope-slingin�, dust-kickin�, cowpunchibn� affair.



�Baybayon � A Festival of Advocacy�

April 9-20

Bacacay, Albay



Senakulo

Good Friday

Paracale

This is lenten presentation reenacting the Passion of Christ. Lenten observance includes Visita Iglesias or altar visitations and processions.


Kadagatan Festival

Black Saturday

Bacacay, Albay

A boat race of outriggered sea crafts powdered manually, while �Palayag� is another boat race with sails. The grandiose spectacle is the show of colorful sails set against the backdrop of Albay Gulf puncture by the deep ultramarine color of the sea. Participants from the different parts of Albay merge in this small in this small progressive coastal town of Bacacay to join, win big cash prizes and earn the honor of most skilled sailor.


Partido Baybayon Festival

April 26-28

Sag�ay, Camarines Sur

This festival showcases the different tourism areas in the district and launch the municipality of Sag�ay as summer capital of Partido. Visitors converge in Nato shoreline or Baybayon in local dialect where various activities are featured.


Butanding Festival

April 28-30

Donsol, Sorsogon

A festival which ushers the �Butanding� (whaleshark season) and a thanksgiving for the blessings that it give to the people of Donsol. The festival is highlighted by a street parade.


Boa-Boahan �Alinsangan� Festival

May 1

Nabua, Camarines Sur

A colorful cultural festival of pagan origin. Derived from the dialect, alinsangan, a word that describes the characteristics of the people living in the early settlements. It is a festival showing fertility and thanksgiving. Fertility, because Boa was taken from the young embryo of the coconut and thanksgiving for it was their only source of food after the ravage of floodwaters.


Magayon Festival

May 1-31

Albay

A festival in the merry month of May, showcasing Albay as it comes to age, its cultural heritage, trade, travel and tourism beyond Majestic Mount Mayon. The festival includes various activity such as beauty pageant, photo/art exhibit, street parade, trade fair, sports fest, guided tours, etc.


Dayaw Dalan Festival

May 1-3

San Jacinto, Ticao Island, Masbate

Dayaw is an old Tigaonon term which means �to show off, parade or display�. In its strictest meaning, dayaw is to present with pride what is distinctly and essentially inherent in a person. Dalan on the other hand, means in olden times, a mountain trail which now includes path, street and highway. Dayaw Dalan Festival symbolizes the best of what the municipality of San Jacinto have as a town and as a people. The festival is held in honor of its patron saint, Santo Cristo de Burgos

Palong Festival

May 10-13

Capalonga, Camarines Norte

Higlighted by a street dancing and agro industrial fair which expresses local folks� gratitude for their town�s name etymology and signifies the abundant presence of rooster available in the locality. Held also in celebration of their Black Nazarene�s Feast Day on May 13.


Black Nazarene Feast

May 13

Capalonga, Camarines Norte

A two-day religious festivity in honor of the town�s Patron Saint, the Black Nazarene, which is the object of veneration not only by the locals but by foreign devotees as well. It is highlighted by a pligrimage where people come in thousands to give in their respect to the miraculous Patron Saint.


Sarung Banggi Festival

May 18-25

Sto. Domingo, Albay

A fun-filled 8-day summer activity to immortalize the song Sarung Banggi and pay tribute to its composer Potenciano Gregorio. It showcases a variety of cultural and religious activities, food and sports fest, Beauty Search, folksong fest, agro-industrial fair and many more.


Catandungan �Padayaw� Festival

May 20-24

Virac, Catanduanes

�Padadyaw� is an old Catandunganon term which means to show one�s best with pride and dignity coupled with excitement. This is a street-dancing of delegation per town to the tune of Pantomina. The towns are encouraged to flaunt its own image by associating its delegations costume and dance to what the town is best known for.


Kaogma Festival

May 21-27

Camarines Sur

A week-long celebration of the of the foundation anniversary of the Province of Camarines Sur. The festival features numerous activities such as cultural expositions, sports events, beauty pageant, procession and Grand Parade.


Padaraw Festival

May 30

Bulan, Sorsogon

A festival showcsing colorful costumes fashioned from the abaca fiber. It is highlighted by a grand street presentation wherein the participants are clad in colorful costumes using the abaca fibers.








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