Philippines is distinguish under three main geographical divisions namely as Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. These three main constituent has its yearly celebration. In Luzon they have Feast of Black Nazarene, Sinulog in Visayas and Kadayawan Festival in Mindanao. These are the famous festival being celebrated and is attended by many people.
Feast of the Black Nazarene
- It is celebrated every 9th of January in Quiapo Church, Manila. The largest procession ever practiced in the country. Thousands of men parade through the streets with the life-sized, black wooden statue. The devotees walk with their barefoot as a symbol of humility and they wear color maroon for this occasion. It is believed that miracles do happen on this saint. Many devotees would try to touch the statue and throws handkerchief on it along the procession.
- It is an annual cultural and religious festival in Cebu held every third week of January, in honor of Sto. Niño, the Child Jesus. One of the most finest and colorful festivals being celebrated in the Philippines. Sinulog comes from the Cebuano word “sulog” meaning the rippling of water or water current movement, referring to the Pahina River in Cebu. It’s the forward and backward step as they say. If you heard “Viva Pit Senyor” that’s their famous chant and a lot of people knows it.
- The globally famous festival in the City of Davao during the 3rd week of August. A celebration of life, thanksgiving and wealth of culture. “Kadayawan” is derived from the prehistoric word “madayaw,” which is defines as valuable, superior or beautiful. The festival pays tribute to Davao’s cultural and historical heritage. There’s a lot of events going in this festivity, they have river festival, music and dance exhibition, trade fair, floral float parade and the highlight among all is the search for “Hiyas sa Kadayawan.”
Try to experience these things. I assure you every moment of it is worth spending.