A festival parade in the sea followed by a celebration in Romblon
Quiapo Church, Manila
People go to Quiapo Church, Manila to honor the miraculous wooden black statue of Jesus Christ carried by male devotees during the procession.
The Ati-Atihan Festival honors the 13th century land deal between 10 migrating Bornean chieftains and the indigenous Ati King Marikudo. It also honors the town patron, the infant Sto. Niño. The constant, rhythmic pounding of drums get to you, and before you know it you are on the street, shuffling your feet, shaking your head, waving your hands - and joining thousands of soot-blacked, gaily-costumed revelers in an ancient ritual of mindless happiness. A familiar battle cry reaches your ears, and amidst all this bewilderment you remember where you are: Kalibo, Aklan. "Viva, Sto. Niño!" The Ati-Atihan celebration is boomed in many parts of the country.
Held in Lingayen Pangasinan, it commemorates the landing of General MacArthur’s Allied Forces in Luzon in 1945.
A moving pageantry depicting Holy Child’s conversation of pagan tribes.
Third Sunday of January
Cebu City's fiesta of fiestas. Distinguished by its unusual two-steps-forward-and-one-step-backward shuffle, thus simulating the Holy Child of the shores, the Sinulog is a century-old tradition observed in the part of Visayas region. The prayer-dance is harmonized to the beat of drums and shouts of "Pit Señor! Viva Sto. Niño!”. Feel free to dance with the best of them, enjoying all the way to the grand final presentation at the Cebu City Sports Center.
Makati City, Manila
Last Sunday in January
Groups dress as endangered flora and fauna to express the need to preserve and conserve our natural heritage. Caracol is a Spanish term for snail.
Vigan, Ilocos Sur
The highlight of the week long celebration is the procession in honor of Vigan’s patron saint, St. Paul the Apostle.
4th week of January
A celebration welcoming the whale shark (butanding) season and the blessing it will bring.
Merry mayhem breaks loose in Iloilo City during this weekend, when Ilonggos leave everything behind to join in the fiesta of the year. All shyness are dropped: boring everyday clothes are exchanged for "Ati" warrior costumes and black body paint. Shields and "weapons" are held amidst the pounding rhythm of drums, the costumed Ilonggos put their best feet forward in celebration of Dinagyang!