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29 Feb 2008
February Cultural Calendar
Philippine Cities Trade and Tourism Information Service City Festivals
The most important cultural events nationwide for the month of February are shown in the following document.
 
PANAGBENGA 2008 - CELEBRATING 13 YEARS OF CARING
February 1- March 2 | Baguio City
Also known as the Baguio Flower Festival, it will be the 13th holding of this annual event which will showcase the City of Baguio as a City of Flowers. T

 

 

 


SYMPOSIUM ON TOURISM
February 1- February 30 | Laua-an, Antique
A briefing and symposium on eco-tourism with the selected barangays for the promotion of Laua-an tourism industry.

 

 

 


BICOL ARTS FESTIVAL
February 1 28 | Legazpi City, Albay
A weeklong festival showcasing the region''s arts and culture, crafts and agro-industrial products of the different provinces and cities of the region. It coincides with the celebration of the National Arts Month.

 

 

 


PABIRIK FESTIVAL
February 1- February 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- February 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.

 

 

 


LAVANDERO FESTIVAL
February 1- February 6 | Mandaluyong
As part of the week-long Mandaluyong Day celebration, the
unique festival focused on the city’s ancient tradition of washing clothes in the once clean and clear waters of the Pasig River. Amusingly, focal point of the festival is the men participants washing clothes instead of women.

 

 

 


FESTIVALS OF HEARTS
February 1- February 14 | Tanjay City, Negros Oriental
In celebration of Valentines, the city tourism council of Tanjay is coming up with a festival of romance showcasing a nightly Harana, Baile ng Bayan, Mass Wedding/Renewal of vows and coronation of SK’s Search for Miss Valentines.

 

 

 


SUROY SA SURIGAO
February 1- February 28 | Surigao City
An activity initiated by the City Tourism Office that provides opportunities for participating groups to explore Surigao’s best thru island-hopping adventure, cave exploration and canoeing to the lush mangrove areas and other interesting sites.

 

 

 


FEAST OF OURLADY OF CANDLES
February 2 | Jaro, Iloilo City
The biggest and most opulent religious pageantry in Western Visayas with the blessing of candles and a procession of the Nuestra Señora de Candelaria and the Fiesta Queen and her court.

 

 

 


BULANG-BULANG FESTIVAL
February 2- February 9 | San Enrique, Negros Occidental
Bulang-Bulang Festival is celebrated every February 2-9. The festival gives recognition to the game fowl industry which is one of the major sources of livelihood of the town. Bulang-Bulang is a character dance presentation which depicts the life and character of the fighting cock/rooster.

 

 

 

 

 
SALAKAYAN FESTIVAL
February 2- February 5 | Miag-ao, Iloilo
An important historical occasion for the people of Miag-ao, this annual extravaganza attracts people with its week-long activity of food fair, agro-industrial and trade fair, fluvial parade, higante contest, literary musical contest, evening socials and the hablon and patadyong fashion show. The event’s highlight is the street dance-drama depicting the victorious battle waged by the locals against Muslim marauders sometime in 1754.

 

 

 


PAMULINAWEN
February 2- February 10 | Laoag City, Ilocos Norte
The word means "Ilocano Maiden"; a festival showing Ilocano Customs and Virtues.

 

 

 


INTERNATIONAL BAMBOO ORGAN FESTIVAL
February 3 11 | Las Piñas
A ten-day series of cultural events, with a focus on the unique bamboo-made organ made by Fray Diego de la Cera found only in Las Piñas.

 

 

 


TINAPAY FESTIVAL
February 7- February 13 | Cuenca, Batangas
An annual activity conceived by the town as thanksgiving to their patron saint, Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage for a bountiful life.

 

 

 


KALI-KALIHAN HARVEST FESTIVAL
February 8 | Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental
A harvest festival with a street dance showing their cultural heritage the art of "kali" otherwise known as "arnis" or "escrima", the traditional martial arts of the Filipino people since the 7th century.

 

 

 


PHILIPPINE INTL. HOT-AIR BALLOON FIESTA
February 9 12 | Omni Aviation Complex, Clark Field, Pampanga
Held every 2nd weekend of February at Omni Aviation Complex in Clark, the annual festival features air-sporting events like hot-air balloon competition, aircraft maneuvers and precision flying, ultralights, RC Demonstration Flying, sky diving, aircarft rally, rocketeering, flag jump, balloon bursting competition, kite flying, trade fair, carnival rides and nightly concerts.

 

 

 


WESTERN VISAYAS TOURISM SUMMIT
February 9- February 10 | Sarabia Manor Hotel, Iloilo City
A two-day tourism summit that tackles key issues in the tourism industry.

 

 

 


FISTAHAN
February 9- February 15 | Davao City
A culinary festival that features Davao''s grilled tuna specialties such as "panga and buntot".

 

 

 


FEAST OF NUESTRA SEÑORA DE CANDELARIA
February 9 | San Enrique, Negros Occidental
Annual Town Fiesta is celebrated every February 9 in honor of the patron saint of the town Nuestra Señora de Candelaria. Mayor Jilson Tubillara

 

 

 


CHARTER ANNIVERSARY
February 9- February 11 | Talisay City, Negros Occidental
A three-day celebration of Talisay City for its conversion from a municipality into a component city. It features agro-industrial fair, multi-sectoral parade, cultural contest, city employees night and recognition of outstanding Taliseño in different fields of endeavor in the evening of the charter anniversary.

 

 

 

 

 
GULING-GULING FESTIVAL (STREET DANCING)
February 9 | Paoay, Ilocos Norte
Exciting and calendrical rites in Paoay where townsfolk and
their guests participate in singing and dancing in the street, dressed in their native costume, the antique and attractive “Abel paoay Kimona” with matching tapis or pandiling, adorned with century old jewelries

 

 

 


CHINESE NEW YEAR
February 9 | Nationwide
The Chinese community celebrates the Chinese New Year with pomp & color through a dragon dance. This parade is performed at the prominent malls and department stores, and the giving of moon cakes.

 

 

 


DAVAO CHINESE NEW YEAR
February 9- February 17 | Davao City
A festive New Year Celebration of the Filipino Chinese Residents

 

 

 


CHINESE NEW YEAR
February 9 | Region-wide
The Chinese community celebrates the Chinese New Year with pomp & color through a dragon dance.

 

 

 


FEAST OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES
February 10 | Pulupandan, Negros Occidental
Featuring “Laro ng Lahi” an indigenous games for all ages.

 

 

 


TINAGBA FESTIVAL (BOUNTIFUL HARVEST)
February 11 | Iriga City, Camarines Sur
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 FESTIVAL “ KARANTAHAN NIN PAGRANGA”
February 11- February 15 | San Jose, Cam. Sur
The festival feature local talents and young artists in its efforts to promote cultural awareness, tourism development and youth empowerment in the District of Partido

 

 

 


ROKYAW FESTIVAL
February 11 | Aquinas University, Legazpi City
The festival marks the opening of the weeklong celebration of AUL Foundation Anniversary and in observance of the National Arts Month.

 

 

 


PABALHAS SA TABLAS
February 11 | Candoni, Negros Occidental
In 1935, Santiago “Tagoy” Diego lead the group to settle in “Tabla Valley” now known as the Municipality of Candoni. Santiago “Tagoy” Diego and the rest of the group of men cleared up the area, cut off the trees of TABLA and created a road. They planted different varieties of root crops for their food and other needs.

 

 

 


PAMAYPAY NG CALOOCAN FESTIVAL
February 12 | Caloocan City
One of the highlights of the city''s Foundation Day, showcasing the use of teh "Pamaypay"/fan as traditional tool to the surging heat as exhibited in techno-modern folk street dancing competition.

 

 

 

 
TIBURIN HORSE RACE
February 12 | Libertad, Pasay City, Metro Manila
One of the highlights of the Sta. Clara Feast Day, about 100 horses have been trained to participate in this exciting and thrilling horse race.

 

 

 


“SAMBALILO” HAT FESTIVAL
February 13 | Paranaque City, Metro Manila

 

 

 


LOCAL MEDIA FAMILIARIZATION TOUR
February 13- February 19 | Cagayan de Oro
A one day excursion to media design to update on the new adventure of Cagayan de oro.

 

 

 


FEAST DAY OF STA. CLARA
February 13 | Pasay City
Different activities are lined up in celebration of Sta. Clara’s Feast Day. Some of the highlights include the Serenata and The Tiburin Race. Serenata is a series of rondalla and brass band concerts and a revival of open-air musical performances held at the Sta. Clara patio, while the Tiburin Race is an exciting and thrilling horse-racing at Cementina and Libertad streets. About 100 horses have been trained solely for this event.

 

 

 


APAYAO PROVINCE FOUNDATION DAY
February 14 | Apayao
A provincial celebration marking the creation of Apayao as a separate province with cultural activities and the trade fairs.

 

 

 


KALINGA PROVINCE FOUNDATION DAY
February 14 | Kalinga
A provincial celebration marking the creation of Kalinga as a separate province with cultural activities and trade fairs featuring the Ulalim.

 

 

 


BLOOMING HEARTS DAY
February 14 | Baguio City
Mass Wedding with longest kissing scene to be held in Baguio City in celebration of Valentine''s Day

 

 

 


SERENATA
February 14 | Pasay City
A series of rondalla and brass band concerts. A revival of open-air concerts held at the patio of Sta. Clara Church.

 

 

 


HARANA FESTIVAL
February 14 | San Jose, Camarines Sur
The festival feature local talents and young artists in its efforts to promote cultural awareness, tourism development and youth empowerment in the District of Partido. Highlighted by the Bicol Love Song Cultural Competition. Other activities are lined up to drumbeat the affair.

 

 

 


KARANOWAN FISHTIVAL
February 15 | Bato, Camarines Sur
This fish-tival was derived from a local dialect "Ranow" meaning lake, spawned of giving significance to the beautiful Lake Bato, which is teemed with numerous species of fishes such as the well known "tabios", tilapia nilotica, carp, eel and many others. It focuses on the promotion of what the lake has to offer and the preservation of this important fish habitat. It is highlighted by a street parade where participants are clad in fish-like costumes as they depict the lives of the fishes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2ND INTERNATIONAL RONDALLA FESTIVAL - CUERDAS SA PANAGHIUSA (STRINGS OF UNITY)
February 19 25 | Dumaguete City, Oriental Negros
A Celebration of Plucked String Music through concerts, conference-workshops and exhibits.

 

 

 


BALSAHAN FESTIVAL
February 20 | Sibunag, Guimaras
Balsahan is Sibunag’s way of immortalizing the mystical Sibunag river which snakes its way through most of the town’s barangays. A major geographical feature of the town, the river holds many interesting myths and legends that are sure to tickle one’s imagination, and whet one’s appetite to unravel its secrets. Use the balsa in your trek for some satisfying discoveries – you will be pleasantly rewarded.

 

 

 


ASINAN FESTIVAL
February 20 | San Lorenzo, Guimaras
Marvel at how the ordinary salt has gravitated the people of San Lorenzo into an annual gathering with all the delicious trimmings of specialty products. Not everything in the Asinan festival is salty though, as there are the spicy seafoods, the juicy citrus, the crispy nuts. With the proper blend of the unique hospitality and the natural smiles of the people and one will hunger for more of the Asinan spectacle.

 

 

 


MUTYA NG CARAGA
February 20 | Urios College gym, Butuan City
This is one of the highlights of the founding of the CARAGA region

 

 

 


CEBU X INTERNATIONAL FURNITURE AND FURNISHINGS EXHIBITION
February 21- February 27 | Cebu City, Cebu
With Cebu X promoting Cebu as the Design Destination in Asia, an exhibition is scheduled by the end of February showcasing Asia’s best furniture designs expertly executed by master craftsmen.

 

 

 


HIMAG-ULAW FESTIVAL
February 22 | 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, food fairs, among others

 

 

 


HIMAG-ULAW FESTIVAL
By: Department of Tourism
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