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FLORES DE MAYO – SANTACRUZAN
Nationwide | May
A parade of the town’s loveliest ladies depicting the search and discovery of Christ’s Cross by Queen Helena and Constantine.
First introduced by the Spanish friars in 1854, and ten years after
blossomed in the various towns of Bulacan, Laguna, Batangas and Pampanga, the May devotion, also known as Flores de Mayo is celebrated in the entire month of May when organizations like Daughters of Isabela, Knights of Columbus, Solidarity and Adoracion Nocturna, offer flowers to the Virgin Mary. Today, the celebration is combined with the traditional Santacruzan.

BALANGAY FESTIVAL
Butuan City | May 1- 31
It is a month-long fiesta celebration of Butuan City. Several activities are lined up for the celebration like Mutya Hong Butuan Pageant, Sports Fest and Santacruzan.
Contact:
DOT Region 13
Tel. No. (085) 815-6040

DAVAO GULF REGATTA
Davao Oriental | May 01 – 04
A regionwide float parade representing all municipalities along the gulf, converge in one place featuring decorated bancas and vintas of different designs for competition

PAHINUNGOD FESTIVAL
Calape, Bohol | May 1-10
A 10-day fiesta commemorating the town’s rich ancestry and devotion to the San Vicente Ferrer – its town saint and the Calapenhons “pahinungod” (offer) to come home annually.

VIVA VIGAN FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
Vigan, Ilocos Sur | May 1-7
A festival in a setting replete with history and heritage, cultural treasures and reminiscences, the Viva Vigan Festival of the Arts has become one of the biggest cultural events in the North. Scene stealers are the Calesa Parade, Santacruzan, Inabel Fashion Show, Ramada contest, concerts, traditional games and the 2nd Vigan heritage amazing race.

PISTA NG PRODUKTONG PILIPINO
Boardwalk Beach Resort (Subic, Olongapo City) | May 01
Pista ng Produktong Pilipino Manufacturers & Exporters Association, Inc. (PPPMEAI) together with ATMACS/Events On Line in cooperation with SBMA, will be mounting the biggest summer event in Subic, Olongapo City. The event will be held at the Boardwalk Beach Resort. Following are the activities: summer beach party, all night music with guest celebrities and show bands.
Contact:
Vigan Tourism Council
c/o Mayor’s office
Tel. (077)722-2466

SUMMER FESTIVAL: PILIPINYAHAN
Tagaytay City | May 1- May 7
The Pilipinyahan Fest is conceptualized by Tagaytay tourism council in coordination with the Local Government unit to promote the pineapple as the most appealing agricultural product in the locality.

ISABELA DAY: BAMBANTI FESTIVAL
Isabela | May 1-11
Anniversary of the establishment of the civil government of Isabela in honor of Queen Isabela II. Activities like agro-industrial trade and tourism fairs, parades, sports events, beauty pageant and others are conducted to entertain visitors.
Contact:
Hon. Faustino ‘Bojie’ Dy III
Governor
(078) 622-0955; 624-2536; 2038
dy_bogie@yahoo.com
Ma. Rosario M. Olaño, TOO I
PGO, Isabela; 0920-287-5403
boots3019@yahoo.com
Cultural Festival

SUMMER FESTIVAL: SANTACRUZAN
Tagaytay City | May 1- May 7
Parade of beauties from Tourism Oriented and related Establishments of the city.

SUMMER FESTIVAL: SANTACRUZAN
Tagaytay City | May 1- May 7
Parade of beauties from Tourism Oriented and related Establishments of the city.

PATTARADAY FESTIVAL – ARAW NG SANTIAGO
Santiago City | May 1-5
Pattaraday which means unity is an Ybanag word, it is celebrated on the occasion of the founding anniversary of Santiago. It celebrates the unity of the ethno-linguistic groups that have merged in the city to make it the melting pot of culture of Region 02 and contributed to the city’s progress and development-unity in action. Highlighted with the presentation of the Comedia – a moro-moro dance made famous by the Spaniards to stress the power of Christian Religion over the Moorish non-believers; other activities include beauty pageant, grand batalla presentations and a grand street dancing parade and exhibition with performers from other cities, provinces and regions.
Contact:
Mr. Mor’o Ocampo
Executive Assistant for Tourism, Culture and the Arts
(078) 682-4930; 0918-268-8888

BOA-BOAHAN “ALINSANGAN” FESTIVAL
Nabua, Camarines Sur | May 2
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.
Contact:
Office of the Mayor
Nabua, Camarines Sur
Tel. # (054)631-1042

JOURNEY TO MT. HAMIGUITAN
San Isidro, Davao Oriental | May 2- May 5
A trek to Mt. Hamiguitan which is the site of the 600 hectare Bonsai field: Pygmy Forest

DAYAW DALAN FESTIVAL
San Jacinto, Ticao | May 2-3
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.

SALUBONG (HOLY CROSS FESTIVAL)
Alitagtag and Bauan, Batangas | May 2
A festive celebration of meeting the Holy Cross of Bauan and the Holy Cross of Alitagtag at Binukalan Shrine at 8:00 am. The celebration is highlighted by a program and praises for the Holy Cross accompanied by street dancing and finally at 2:00 p.m., the Holy Cross of Bauan returns to the Parish Church of Bauan where the jubilation culminates.
Contact : Office of the Mayor
Alitagtag, Batangas/ Bauan, Batangas
Telephone No. Alitagtag – (043) 772-0154
Bauan – (043) 727-1253

CARABAO-CARROZA FESTIVAL
Pavia, Iloilo | May 3
Established since 1973 and considered as one of Iloilo’s oldest festival, visitors are treated with an extensive showcase of 18 gaily-decorated carrozas with painted carabaos and their muses clad in their best Filipiniana attire. Another attraction in the festival is the 110-meter lane racetrack for the Carabao-Carroza Race.
Contact:
Ms. Susan P. Jovero
Municipal Tourism Officer
Tel. Nos. (033) 320-0039; 329-7229

BAWANG (GARLIC) FESTIVAL
Sinait, Ilocos Sur | May 3
Annual festival to promote the major product of the town, garlic or “bawang”. Festivity includes street dancing competition in garlic-inspired costume, selection of Miss Garlic Festival, biggest garlic contest and longest most creative twined garlic.
Contact:
Mayors Office
(077) 728-8126;
(077) 728-8131

MANTAWI FESTIVAL
Mandaue City, Cebu | May 7
A showcase of the city’s historical heritage and identity promoting the city as industrial and tourist hub, that involves the Spanish regime through street dancing, dioramas, floats, heroes and great personages as higantes, food festival and sports events.

BASI FESTIVAL
Naguilian, La Union | May 7
Objective of the event is to promote “basi”, a wine made from sugarcane. Activities include street dancing, Search for Ms. Naguilian, agri-trade fair, farm tour & amusement games.
Contact:
Mayors Office
(072) 609-1083;
(072) 609-1266

FLORES DE MAYO SA MAKATI
Glorietta, Makati City | May 8- May 15
One of the biggest processions in Metro Manila participated in by young ladies representing the 33 barangays of Makati, tourism-related establishments, local and government offices corporations based in Makati.

GLOBAL BALIK-BUTUAN PROGRAM
Butuan City | May 9-22
A grand reunion for all Butuanons residing abroad and other parts of the country to come home and reunite with old friends, classmates, and relatives especially during the Balangay Festival and Adlaw Hong Butuan.

FEAST OF OUR LADY OF BIGLANG AWA_(MARINDUQUE)
Boac, Marinduque | May 10
A celebration in honor of the Patroness of Marinduque
Contact : Office of the Mayor
Boac, Marinduque
Telephone No. (042) 332-1011

MAKALAWAN “PINYA” FESTIVAL
Calauan, Laguna | May 10-15
Promotes the juicy and sweetest pineapple or “pinya” as main agricultural product of the town of Calauan.

BALWARTE SA GUMACA
Gumaca, Quezon | May 11-15
Huge arches placed on the strategic locations are lavishly decorated with the most colorful farm produce, local delicacies, horticultural products, palm fronds etc.

PAUKYABAN FESTIVAL
Butuan City | May 11-30
It is an agro-industrial show that featured species of plants and flowers in a display of unique landscapes.

MANO PO SAN ROQUE FESTIVAL
Valenzuela City | May 12
Street dancing and procession along the city’s major thoroughfares in commemoration of the feast of San Roque, highlighting the customs and traditional celebration of the festival.

SANTA CRUZAN IN BAGUIO
Baguio City | May 13-14
A fashion show featuring beauties and designers from North Philippines

PAHIYAS FESTIVAL
Lucban, Quezon | May 14-15
One of the country’s biggest, and most colorful harvest festival every May 15th, along with the harvest festivals of the towns of Tayabas, Sariaya, Gumaca and Tiaong. These are the Philippines best known harvest festivals to honor San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers. Known as the “Pahiyas”, the festival is deeply rooted in the traditional celebration of the townsfolk in thanksgiving for bounty harvest. Decorations called “Kiping”, leaf-shaped and multi-colored rice paste wafers which are used to decorate the facades of the homes along with fruits and flowers from nature. The visual and culinary feast has gained national and international recognition.
The Lucban town center is a permanent facility for merchandising crafts and delicacies including special events that showcases the lifestyle of its environs.
Contact : Office of the Mayor
Lucban, Quezon
Telephone No. (042) 540-7995 / 911-1079

ALBAY DAY
Albay | May 14
The Provincial Government of Albay has declared May 14 as “Albay Day” starting May 14, 2004 and every year after. The celebration which falls in May during the annual month-long Magayon Festival

PULILAN CARABAO FESTIVAL
Pulilan, Bulacan | May 14-15
Hundreds of work animals, mostly carabaos, are led on a parade in the streets of the town every 14th and 15th of May to honor its patron saint, San Isidro Labrador. The carabaos decorated with garland and shaved for the occasion, genuflect or kneel in front of the church. Witness the colorful Carabao Festival and religious activities of the town. The celebration is manifested by hanging all sorts of fruits, candies, food crops and multi-colored kipings on bamboo poles. The affair is highlighted by kneeling of carabaos in front of the church and the symbolic floats.
Contact:
Santy Santos
Tel Nos. (63 44) 795-0128

FIESTA BICOLANDIA CRUISE “PEÑAFRANCIA PILGRIMAGE”
Cebu City | May 14-18
Bringing the best of the Bicol region showcasing its products, festivals, arts and crafts, among others highlighted by the procession of Our Lady of Peñafrancia joined by the Bicol Association of Cebu and Marianne devotees.

FEAST OF SAN ISIDRO LABRADOR/CARABAO FESTIVAL
Angono, Rizal | May 14-15
Farmers pay tribute to their patron saint, San Isidro Labrador with a colorful and joyous procession of carabao carts carrying a myriad of local products. Prizes are awarded to the strongest and most beautifully decorated carabao. Likewise, a carabao paper mache contest is being held and included in the parade.
Contact : Office of the Mayor
Angono, Rizal
Telephone No. (02) 651-0062 / 451-1033

SUNDUAN
Brgy. La Huerta, Parañaque City | May 15
Sunduan is the Filipino term for “fetching”. This celebration features a parade of escorted young ladies holding colorful parasols. Brass bands fetch each pair and parade around the town.
Contact:
541-8016 / 829-0691

SAN ISIDRO FESTIVAL_ (PANDANAN)
Luisiana, Laguna | May 15
An annual celebration in honor of farmer’s patron saint San Isidro Labrador.

FEAST IN THE HONOR ST. VINCENT FERRER
Dipolog City | May 15
Dipolog City fiesta celebrated with motocross, concerts and beauty pageants

ONGGOYAN FESTIVAL
Malimono, Surigao del Norte | May 15
Celebrated with much gaiety and funfare. It features agro-Industrial fair, beauty contest, sports festival and street dancing depicting movement of monkeys.

IIKALAHAN/KALANGUYA FESTIVAL
Imugan and Malico, Pangasinan | May 16
Witness the songs and dances of the tribe, their way of life, indigenous games, especially how the community is taking care of the environment.
Contact:
CP# 09197766378
KEF President

PAHOY-PAHOY FESTIVAL (SCARECROW)
Cabliga, Samar | May 16-24
A grand parade and street dancing of people in scarecrow costumes to celebrate a good harvest.
Contact
Ms. Teresita Cabueñas
Tourism Officer
Tel. No. (055) 5486020

OBANDO FERTILITY RITES
Obando, Bulacan | May 17-19
Couples who are childless, maidens and bachelors can take this occasion to appeal for heavenly intercession and dance to please the Virgin of Salambao, San Pascual de Bailon and Sta. Clara. Farmers also thank the Virgin for bountiful harvests.
Contact:
Ms. Elaine Benicarlo
Tourism Officer
Tel. No. (02) 299-1239

SANGGUTAN FESTIVAL
Barugo, Leyte | May 18
A dance of the drinkers honoring the age-old process of wine-making.

SARUNG BANGGI FESTIVAL
Sto. Domingo, Albay | May 19-27
A fun-filled 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.
Contact:
Office of the Mayor
Sto. Domingo, Albay
Tel. No. (052) 487-1519

FARMERS FESTIVAL
Bacarra, Ilocos Norte | May 19
A festival that highlights a street dance parade participated in by cressed up framers; agro-industrial trade fair; contest of the biggest farm harvest and livestock, “Pinaka” contests agro products.
Contact:
Mayors Office
Bacarra, Ilocos Norte
Tel (077) 776-0576

BANWAHON FESTIVAL
Barangay Mat-i, Surigao City | May 20
An ethnic dance competition depicting customs and traditions as well as the culture of early inhabitants of Barangay Mat-i Surigao City

LUBI-LUBI (COCONUT) FESTIVAL
Gingoog City | May 22
A cultural dance festival of the city featuring coconut as one of its major agricultural products.

PANAGYAMAN FESTIVAL
Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya | May 23-25
Anniversary of the establishment of the civil government of Nueva Vizcaya. Activities include street parades,street dancing, cultural shows, float parades and contest, sports events by municipality, agro-industrial fairs, others.

BOLIBONG KINGKING FESTIVAL
Loboc, Bohol | May 24 25
A music and dance festivity depicting the history, folklore and traditions of the Lobocanons. Bolibong Kingking is a term applied to the drums and gongs and their rhythm used to accompany the supplicantion dance ritual in frong of the Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the 2nd Patron of Loboc.

KAOGMA FESTIVAL
Pili, Camarines Sur | May 24-31
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.
Contact:
Provincial Tourism Office
Provincial Capitol
Cadlan, Pili, Cam. Sur
Tel. No. (054) 477-3172

MALUMAGPAK CHALLENGE
New Bataan, Compostela Valley | May 26- May 30
A trek to Mt. Manurigao-Malumagpak, one of the region”s newly discovered eco-tourism destinations.

SANTACRUZAN SA INTRAMUROS
Intramuros, Manila | May 29
Department of Tourism together with Intramuros Administration will bring back the glamour of the 1900s Manila Carnival Queen in this year’s Santacruzan sa Intramuros.

PADARAW FESTIVAL
Bulan, Sorsogon | May 30
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.

BAGABAS BEACH INTERNATIONAL ECO-ARTS FESTIVAL
Daet, Camarines Norte | May 30-June 6
It is the showcase of the meeting of the community and the artist, a festival that looks to the product of this interaction and impresses the equal importance of community participation in the artistic process, with the main goal of conserving the environment.
Contact:
Our Lady of Lourdes College Found.
Daet, cam. Norte
Tel. No. (054) 440-0578/721-1368

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