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January

STO. NIÑO FESTIVAL
Nationwide | Every first week of January
A grand procession of over two hundred well-dressed images of the Child Jesus.

BULAKLAKAN FESTIVAL
Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila | January 1
Annual procession, parade of flowers and costumes.

ATI-ATIHAN FESTIVAL
Kalibo, Aklan | January 3- January 16
Scene of a yearly celebration in honor of Sto. Nino held every third week of January, popularly known worldwide as Ati-Atihan. So called because Aklanons, domestic and foreign tourists, wipe soot on their faces and done ethnic paraphernalia and masquerade around town as Negritos and make merry and dance in the streets to the beat of ambulant ethnic troubadours.

BAILES DE LUCES
La Castellana, Negros Occidental | January 5
The town’s celebration of Charter Day and a befitting culmination of the Christmas season, the festival is conceptualized as a festival of hope and thanksgiving. Thanksgiving for all the blessings received in the year that was and hope for a prosperous new year. Its unique feature is the use of lights or “luces” as props and adornment and its nocturnal festivities and streetdancing.

FEAST OF THE BLACK NAZARENE

Quiapo, Manila | January 9
An intense, day-long festival highlighted by a mammoth procession through the streets.

LINGAYEN GULF LANDING ANNIVERSARY
Lingayen, Pangasinan | January 9
Commemoration of the liberation of Lingayen from the Japanese forces by Gen. Douglas Mc Arthur of the US Pacific Command

ARAW NG KORONADAL
Koronadal | January 10
Translated literally, it means “Day of Koronadal” and indeed it is. Hinugyaw Festival, dubbed as the “Festival of Festivals”, is a celebration of the different cultures that has dwelled on the fertile valley of Koronadal for many years now.

BINANOG FESTIVAL
Lambunao, Iloilo | January 10- January 16
Binanog is a yearly festivities celebrated by the Lambunaonos every January in honor of infant Jesus. Binanog means a pool of dance by the people in hinterland of Lambunao. The following are the Binanugan, the dance depicting the movement of the birds, the Inagong sayaw-sayaw, a celebration dances and the Dinagmay, the courtship dance. The dance movement is accompanied by lively drum beatings.

SINULOG (KABANKALAN) FESTIVAL
Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental | January 10- January 16
Revelers garbed in distinctively colorful costumes with bare bodies painted in black soot take to the streets to the riotous and frenzied beats of drums celebrating the feast of El Señor Sto. Niño.

MAKATO STO. NIÑO FESTIVAL
Poblacion Makato, Aklan | January 15
The ati-atihan festival of Makato dates back before the Spaniards came to sow the seeds of Christianity into this land. During the celebration, thousands of Catholic devotees from all over the country and those from abroad felt the urge to come and join in the wholesome, frolic and religious fervor of thanksgiving to the Holy Child, Sto. Niño.

PASUNGAY FESTIVAL
San Joaquin, Iloilo | January 15
Celebrated every 3rd Saturday of January. This spectacular & exciting event find its origin on a hillside in one of the inland barangays of the municipality when resting farmers witness for the first time the fight between the two raging bulls, set loose by their herdsmen. It caught the fancy of the barangay folks and soon it became a popular entertainment in most barangay fiestas. During the municipal fiesta, the best bulls from different barangays are pitted against each other by weight category in a “Bull Derby”.

KAHIMUNAN FESTIVAL
Libertad, Butuan City | January 15
Butuan”s version of the Sinulog of Cebu which has an equally lively and spectacular street dancing.

PANGISDAAN FESTIVAL
Brgy. Tangos, Navotas | January 15
One of the highlights of the Navotas Day celebration featuring a street dancing and float competition focusing on the fishing industry.

KINARADTO FESTIVAL
Buenavista, Guimaras | January 15
This cultural festival makes maximum use of the rich cultural tradition of the oldest municipality of the province. The presentation of songs, dances and musical tableau depicts the various influences Buenavista has been subjected to. Celebrated in honor of the town’s patron saint, Sr. Sto. Niño, Kinaradto promises the participant loads of unforgettable positive experiences.

BATAN ATI-ATI MALAKARA FESTIVAL
Poblacion Batan, Aklan | January 15
The participants celebrating this festival wear masks made up of paper mache and prepared costumes. The festival is celebrated in honor of the Sto. Niño with merry making for a bountiful harvest, peace and prosperity, street dancing along the streets and plaza of the poblacion. A holy mass is celebrated before the start of the contest on Sunday morning proceeded with a parade of participating tribes.

FIREWORKS DISPLAY & CONTEST
Arevalo, Iloilo City | January 15
Highlights of this District Fiesta of Arevalo are the multicolor fireworks. The skyline becomes a celebration with the dazzling display of sparkles and blazing lights.

BANSUDANI FESTIVAL/FEAST OF THE DEVINE SAVIOR
Bansud, Mindoro Oriental | January 17-19
A thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest which coincides with town fiesta. It features dances and cultural presentations by schools and barangay communities.
Contact : Office of the Mayor
Bansud, Oriental Mindoro
Telephone No. (043) 298-7022

SADSAD SA KALYE
Janiuay, Iloilo | January 19
“Sadsad Sa Kalye” is a dynamic mass presentation expressing the beliefs, views, visions and aspirations of the Janiuaynons based upon tradition, historical experiences, and culture of the people of Janiuay. It is a street-dancing affair buoyed by the kaleidoscopic prism of cultured grace and fineness that reflects the embodiment of all that are beautiful in man’s body and soul. “Sadsad” is a native word meaning dance.

SINULOG FESTIVAL
Cebu City | January 15
Celebrated every 3rd Sunday of January, is Cebu”s biggest and most popular festival. The feast is in honor of the Holy Image of Senyor Santo Niño de Cebu. Fiesta Senyor, as it is widely known, is the most celebrated among Cebu”s festival where people converge along the routes of a grand solemn procession and partake in the gaiety amidst a mardi gras parade immersed in wild colors and the constant beating of drums.

PANDOT SA BACOLOD
Bacolod City, Negros Occidental | January 20
A true to life dramatization depicting the life of Bacoleños during the Spanish times and the life of being a Catholic

BINULIGAY FESTIVAL
Jamindan, Capiz | January 20
A cultural and fiesta celebration.

ALTAVAS STO. NIÑO FESTIVAL
Poblacion Altavas, Aklan | January 21- January 22
This day marked the end of the Fil-American war in Altavas. Since then, January 22 is being celebrated as an Annual Thanksgiving and Armistice Day in Altavas. Later, the date was adopted as its municipal town fiesta. This is the continuation of the joyous celebration of peace when Fil-American war ended in this municipality.

DINAGYANG FESTIVAL
Iloilo City | January 20- January 22
A spectacular street merrymaking in honor of the Holy Child Jesus.

FEAST OF OUR LADY OF PEACE AND GOOD VOYAGE
La Carlota City | January 24
These features cultural shows and traditional fiesta activities like procession, traditional games and cultural presentation.

IBAJAY ATI-ATI MUNICIPAL AND DEVOTIONAL FIESTA
Ibajay, Aklan | January 24- January 25
A religious feast in honor of its patron saint Sto. Niño, held by transferring the holy image of the patron from Ibajay Cathedral Rectory and enthronement at St. Peter Parish Church, by way of amusing the image from where it was originally discovered and brought to the church.

DINAGSA ATI-ATIHAN FESTIVAL
Cadiz City, Negros Occidental | January 24- January 30
A revelry from sunrise to sunset, with ceaseless and rhythmic beating of drums. A sea of humanity in cadence with black soot “ati” performing rituals, all in honor of El Señor Sto. Niño. A spectacular fluvial parade where the Infant Jesus is carried aboard a fishing boat around the river, out to sea and back. “Dinagsa” connotes the sudden surge of good things washed ashore, such as the generous catch of fish and other sea foods, which Cadiz is famous for. Throw all cares to the wind as you street dance with gaily-costumed ati-tribes. Be game however if you find your own face painted black by playful ATIS.

SANA-AW FESTIVAL
Jordan, Guimaras | January 28
Primarily a celebration of the economic endeavor that made Jordan what it is today. Sana-aw also pays tribute to the skillful artisans and the enduring workers in an endearing characterization through dance drama.

HINIRUGYAW FESTIVAL
Calinog, Iloilo | January 30- February 6
An annual festivity of Calinog’s devotion to Sr. Sto. Niño. It is a nine day event and its activities consist of an opening salvo, food fest, live Sto. Niño contest among young boys not older than seven years old, Search for Lin-ay Kang Hinirugyaw and the contest proper for all participating tribes in three judging areas.

STO. NIÑO FESTIVAL
Malolos, Bulacan | January 30
The Malolos Sto. Niño featuring a week long exhibits, a month procession featuring more than a hundred caros of drivers Sto. Niño images.

BALOT SA PUTI FESTIVAL
Pateros | January 31
One of the highlights of the Pateros Town Fiesta celebration

BORACAY INT’L FUN BOARD CUP
Bulabog Beach, Boracay, Malay, Aklan | January 31- February 5
The country’s biggest windsurfing event drawing participants from all over Asia.

PABIRIK FESTIVAL
Paracale, Camarines Norte | January 23 – February 2
Held in the town of Paracale, highlighted by “pabirik” street dancing depicting the gold mining industry in the province. It coincides with the 400th year Foundation Anniversary of Our Lady of Candelaria, the town’s Patron Saint.

SAN PABLO COCO FESTIVAL
San Pablo City, Laguna | January 3-16
A weeklong celebration highlighted by a Mardi Gras with participants’ costumes made of coconut-derived materials.
Contact : City Tourism Office
San Pablo City, Laguna
Telephone No. (049) 562-1429

FEAST OF THE THREE KINGS
Poblacion, Gasan, Marinduque | January 3
A feast honoring the Three Kings who are visiting the houses around the Poblacion of Gasan.
Contact : Office of the Mayor
Gasan , Marinduque
Telephone No. (042) 342-1074

FLUVIAL PROCESSION – Batangas City

Batangas City | January 7
Fluvial parade at the sea to Calumpang River and merrymaking at the capital town.
Contact : City Tourism Office
Batangas City
Telephone No. (043) 723-4598

BINIRAY FESTIVAL
Romblon, Romblon | January 9
Fluvial parade at the sea, merrymaking and street dancing contest at the capital town. The feast honors the Sto. Niño.
Contact : Provincial Tourism Office
Province of Romblon
Telephone No. (02) 373-3499

KAWAYAN FESTIVAL
Magdalena, Laguna | January 16 – 18
A celebration highlighted by street dancing competition with participants’ costumes made of bamboo grass materials.
Contact ; Office of the Mayor
Magdalena, Laguna
Telephone No. (049) 255-1011

SIKHAYAN FESTIVAL
Sta. Rosa City, Laguna | January 18
Held every 18th of January, the Bayanihan Foundation Parade is a street fest displaying the bayanihan or Filipino command spirit of cooperation which makes seemingly in possible feasts realization. The event highlights the four evolution of the town from aquatic, agriculture, professional and to a industrial progressive city.
Contact : City Tourism Office
Santa Rosa City, Laguna
Telephone No. (049) 534-3059

SALIBANDA
Paete, Laguna | January 17,18,24 & 25
A religious festival honoring the Sto. Niño or Jesus, the Holy Child. This is characterized by street dancing, Mardi Gras with participants pouring water among each other, recreating perhaps, the baptismal rites of the old.
Contact : Municipal Tourism Office
Paete, Laguna
Telephone No. (049) 817-1814

DUGOY FESTIVAL
Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro | January 18
The event showcases the rich cultural heritage of the indigenous people, specifically that of the Mangyan people, through activities such as street dancing, exhibits and cultural shows. The main concept is to promote and celebrate the “Dugoy Spirit” of camaraderie among the people of different culture and the harmonious relationships of the Sablayeños.
Contact : Ms. Teresa Poblador
Municipal Tourism Officer
Sablayan, Mindoro Occidental
Telephone No. (0918) 5398308 / (0928) 4659585

FEAST OF SAN SEBASTIAN THE MARTYR (PALIGONG POON)
Lumban, Laguna | January 19 & 26
A procession held at the Lumban River, where the icon of the patron saint San Sebastian together with hundreds of devotees is afloat on “Kaskitos”, or bunch of big boats.
Contact : Municipal Tourism Office
Lumban, Laguna
Telephone No. (049) 501-4281

FEAST OF STO. NIÑO
Buenavista, Marinduque | January 19
A celebration in honor of its patron saint, Señor Sto. Niño characterized by street dancing and other religious and cultural events.
Contact : Engr. Ranel Castillo
Office of Municipal Planning Development Coordinator of Buenavista, Marinduque
Telephone No. (0928) 2146343

HARING KALABAW
Brgy. Hupi, Sta. Cruz, Marinduque | January 3rd Week
Carabaos are dressed and paraded around the barangay; Dancing and Singing events are likewise held.
Contact : Office of the Mayor
Sta Cruz, Marinduque

FEAST OF SAN ILDEFONSO TOLEDO
Tanay, Rizal | January 23-24
The town fiesta in honor of San Ildefonso de Toledo is held every January 23rd . Musical band sponsored by the nine barangays roam around the town. The musical exhibition and competition is held in the afternoon of January 24. Painting exhibition, carnival and amateur singing competitions are likewise held.
Contact : Municipal Planning and Development Office
Tanay, Rizal
Telephone No. (02) 654-1002

CANDLE FESTIVAL
Candelaria, Quezon | January 31 to February 2
A three-day celebration from January 31 to February 2, to reflect the devotion of the people of Candelaria in “Nuestra Senora de Candelaria” likewise known as the Candlemas Virgin. It shows insights on the magnificence of the culture and tradition in the locality. The candle float parade and street dancing competition are among the major activities of the festival.
Contact:
Mr. Ryan de Luna
Tel Nos. +6342 585-4390/+6342 585-4277

KANNAWIDAN YLOCOS FESTIVAL
Ilocos Sur | January 27 – February 3
Activities include: mass at the St. Paul Cathedral, procession around the city, “Talent Night ti Saniata” where local songs will be aired, beauty contest, “Partuat ken Patanor Trade Fair,” concerts, Delphic Games, horse race, Quiz bee, on-the-spot painting, Iloco poem writing, Kannawidan a pay-ayam-Sarsuela Ilocana, Bingo Game and Battle of the Bands
Contact:
Provincial Capitol Vigan City (0770722-2740,722-1391 Telefax 722-2776

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