San Carlos City
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.
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.
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
Cultural presentations of the T'Boli and B'Laan ethnic minorities.
(Image by Ronald de Jong / free lance travel photographer)
Calapan, Oriental, Mindoro
Re-enactment of the first contact between the natives of Mindoro and Chinese traders.
Rio Grande de Mindanao
Decorated boats are tied together and parade along the river.
A trek to summit of the world-famous volcano, guided by native Aetas.
Maragusan, Compostela Valley
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.