San Carlos City

3-5 November

This city in the sugar-producing island of Negros Occidental honors its patron saint, San Carlos Borromeo, with a pageant where participants with floral painted bodies dance in rhythmic beat as they wind through the major streets. The festival is inspired by the tattooed Negrenses of pre-colonial times.


Angono, Rizal

23 November


A fiesta of "gigantic" proportions, this one is highlighted by a grand procession featuring the higantes, ten-feet papier-mâche puppets, surrounded by a crowd of drenched, water-fighting revelers. Better bring your squirt gun if you want to join the f`un. It is a water-logged event that is sure to leave you wet n' wild - and wanting for more.


November 5-13

Named after the tree with purple-pink flowers. The festival incorporates the celebration of Cinco de Noviembre, a bloodless revolution in Silay which overthrew the city guards.


Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

2nd week

Cultural presentations of the T'Boli and B'Laan ethnic minorities.

(Image by Ronald de Jong / free lance travel photographer)


Calapan, Oriental, Mindoro

November 11-15

Re-enactment of the first contact between the natives of Mindoro and Chinese traders.


Rio Grande de Mindanao

November 22

Decorated boats are tied together and parade along the river.


Capas Tarlac

November 30

A trek to summit of the world-famous volcano, guided by native Aetas.


Maragusan, Compostela Valley

Third week

A thanksgiving festival that highlights the province's eco-tourism potential


Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

November 29 to December 8

Highlighted by a fluvial parade and nightly cultural presentations.