Mindanao Fiestas & Festivals


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KADAYAWAN
Long time ago, Davao’s ethnic tribes residing at the foot of Mount Apo would converge during a bountiful harvest. This ritual serves as their thanksgiving to the gods particularly to the “Manama” (the Supreme Being). Various farming implements, fruits, flowers, vegetables, rice and corn grains were displayed on mats as villagers give their respect and thanks for the year's abundance. Singing, dancing and offerings to their divine protectors are the highlights of this ritual.


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DAVAO LIFE'S HERE
ASIDE from its admirable and friendly people, Davao City boasts of fine restaurants and nice places that can be visited. Most of them are located just at the heart of the city which makes travel to these places a lot easier for residents and guests alike.




Kalilangan Festival - South Cotabato - General Santos City - February 21-27

Caraga Anniversary - Caraga - Provincewide - February 23-25

Sibug-Sibug Festival
- Zamboanga Sibugay - Provincewide - February 23


Araw ng Zamboanga Sibugay
- Zamboanga Sibugay - Provincewide - February 24


Dia de la Ciudad de Zamboanga - Zamboanga Sibugay - Zamboanga City - February 26

Banga Annual Fiesta - South Cotabato - Banga - March 1-4

Araw ng Baligoan - Misamis Oriental - Balingoan - March 1

Kaamulan Tribal Festival - 1-6 Bukidnon - Malaybalay City - March 1-6

Igacos DDN - Island Garden City - Samal - March 1-7

Bulawan Festival - Nabunturan - Compostela Valley - March 1-8

Zamboanga Peninsula Summer Event - Zamboanga Sibugay- Zamboanga City - March 1-31

Sugbahan - Davao del Sur - Davao City - March 2-14

Lugahait Festival - Misamis Oriental - Lugait - March 16

Butuan - China Trade Mission Anniversary - Agusan del Norte - Butuan City - March 17

Banana Festival - Oriental Mindoro - Baco - March 18-19

Sulyog Festival - Oriental Mindoro - Bongabong - March 19

Semana Santa (Dipolog City) - Zamboanga del Norte - Dipolog City - March 21-26

Katkat Sakripisyo sa 3,003 Steps - Zamboanga del Norte - Dipolog City - March 24-25

Siargao International Mountain Bike Cup - Surigao del Norte - Siargao Island - March 27-31

Katkat sa Dipolog - Zamboanga del Norte - Dipolog City - March 28-April 3

First Easter Mass Celebration - Agusan del Norte - Mazaua Island, Butuan City - March 31

STO. NIÑO FESTIVAL
January | Nationwide
A grand procession of over two hundred well-dressed images of the Child Jesus.
 
KAHIMUNAN FESTIVAL
January 16 | Libertad, Butuan City
Butuan''s version of the Sinulog of Cebu which has an equally lively and spectacular street dancing.  

KAHIMUNAN FESTIVAL
January 16 | Libertad, Butuan City
Butuan''s version of the Sinulog of Cebu which has an equally lively and spectacular street dancing..                

NATIONAL ARTS MONTH
February 1 - February 28 | Nationwide
A tribute to the talent and creativity of the Filipino artists,
highlights world-renowned Filipino masters, as well as the new generations influencing the local arts scene.
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SUROY SA SURIGAO
February 1 - February 28 | Surigao City
An activity initiated by the City Tourism Office that provides opportunities for participating groups to explore Surigao’s best thru island-hopping adventure, cave exploration and canoeing to the lush mangrove areas and other interesting sites.
      
FISTAHAN
February 9 - February 15 | Davao City
A culinary festival that features Davao''s grilled tuna specialties such as "panga and buntot".

CHINESE NEW YEAR
February 9 | Region-wide
The Chinese community celebrates the Chinese New Year with pomp & color through a dragon dance.

CHINESE NEW YEAR
February 9 | Nationwide
The Chinese community celebrates the Chinese New Year with pomp & color through a dragon dance. This parade is performed at the prominent malls and department stores, and the giving of moon cakes.

DAVAO CHINESE NEW YEAR
February 9 - February 17 | Davao City
A festive New Year Celebration of the Filipino Chinese Residents       

KAP’YAAN FESTIVAL
February 18 - February 20 | Jose Abad Santos, Davao del Sur
Founding Anniversary of the creation of the municipality; agri-trade fair and civic military parade    

MUTYA NG CARAGA
February 20 | Urios College Gym, Butuan City
This beauty search is one of the highlights of the annual celebration of the founding of the Caraga Region.

MINDANAO DIVE CONGRESS/FIESTA
February 24 - February 25 | Davao City Samal
A gathering of diving enthusiasts, promotion of dive areas, exhibits, fun dives, aqua sports competition, scubasura; discovery dive; scuba lessons; concert for a cause; dive safari    

ARAW NG ISLAND GARDEN CITY OF SAMAL (IGACOS)
March 1 - March 7 | Island Garden City of Samal
Festival to showcase the natural bounty of the Island Garden City of Samal, includes water sports competition, horse fight, sand castle contest, cultural shows, etc.

SUGBAHAN
March 2 - March 14 | Davao City
A culinary festival that features Davao''s grilled specialties such as tuna.    

PANAGTAGBO FESTIVAL
March 7 | Tagum City
Coincides with the city of Tagum’s founding anniversary. It aptly describes a celebration in the city where Tagumeños met Tagumeños from all walks of life in one occasion and setting since the city of Tagum is a crossroad business center in the northern part of Southern Mindanao.  

ARAW NG DABAW CELEBRATION
March 10 - March 16 | Davao City
Davao celebrates its birthday in a grand gala fashion befitting the largest city in Mindanao. The Araw ng Dabaw festivities come complete with a jam-packed, seven-day schedule of trade fairs and cultural presentations. There''s also a colorful civic-military parade and a citywide beauty pageant, featuring the smartest, most charming ladies this side of the islands.

BUTUAN-CHINA TRADE MISSION
March 17 | Butuan City
Commemoration of the first Butuan-China Trade Mission

SENAKULO / HOLY WEEK RITUALS & PROCESSIONS
March 20 - March 27 | Nationwide
A nationwide celebration of Lenten Season

FIRST EASTER MASS CELEBRATION
March 31 | Butuan City
A re-enactment of Magellan's landing and planting of the cross on March 21, 1521 at Mazaua, Butuan City.

SUROY TA
April 1 - May 31 | Davao City
Initiated by the City Tourism Office, this activity offers affordable tours around Davao City.

MT. HAMIGUITAN JOURNEY
April 08  - 12 | La Unino, San Isidro, Davao Oriental
A trek to Mt. Hamiguitan where one finds the 600 hectares Bonsai Field or the so called "Pgymy Forest". 

CONQUER MT. APO
April 13 - 20 | Mt. Apo, Davao City
An annual sumer climb to Mt. Apo, the country's highest peak.

PISTA SA KINAIYAHAN
April 23 - April 26 | Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur
A tree-planting activity done at the foot of Mt. Apo and clean-up program at the peak.
 
FLORES DE MAYO / SANTACRUZAN
May | Nationwide
A parade of the town's loveliest ladies depicting the search and discovery of Christ's Cross by Queen Helena and Constantine.

DAVAO GULF REGATTA
May 01 - 04 | Davao Oriental
A regionwide float parade representing all municipalities along the gulf, converge in one place featuring decorated bancas and vintas of different designs for competition.  
 
BALANGAY FESTIVAL
May 1 - May 31 | Butuan City
A month-long fiesta celebration of Butuan City

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

GLOBAL BALIK-BUTUAN PROGRAM
May 9 - May 22 | Butuan City
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.    

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

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

SAKAY-SAKAY ABAYAN (FLUVIAL PROCESSION)
June 1 | Barangay Taft, Surigao City
A procession at sea led by the Patron Saint of Bilang-Bilang, Virgen dela Paz Y Buen Viaje, the patroness of good voyage aboard a beautifully adorned vessel followed by colourful motor launches and bancas passing through the Surigao Strait and back to the City wharf.
 
PHILIPPINE EAGLE WEEK
June 1 - June 6 | Davao City
Various activities in support of the Philippine Eagle Conservation Program.   

CARRERA HABAGAT
June 8 - June 12 | Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte
The toughest four-day adventure race and the biggest in the Philippines. It involves trekking and trail running, kayaking, mountain biking, swimming, rappelling, orienteering, land navigation and special skills section.

ARAW NG AGUSAN DEL NORTE
June 12 - June 17 | Agusan del Norte
Anniversary of Agusan Del Norte. It is highlighted with civic parade, sports fest, and agro-industrial fair.

ARAW NG AGUSAN DEL SUR
June 12 - June 12 | Agusan del Sur
In celebration of the R.A. 4969 enacted on June 17, 1967 dividing Agusan province into two: Agusan del Norte and del Su  

30K BAOTO MARATHON
June 15 | Agusan del Norte
An annual contest held during the celebration of Araw ng Agusan.  
 as performance of the environmental artists of Puerto Princesa through songs dances.

ADLAW NAN SURIGAO
June 19 | Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur
The provinces of Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur Simultaneously commemorate their charter anniversary.      

DIWATA FESTIVAL
June 21 | San Francisco, Agusan del Sur
A festival highlighted with street dancing in honor of their patron saint.

KALIGUAN FLUVIAL FESTIVAL
June 22 - June 24 | Cagwait, Surigao del Sur
A yearly festivities in honor of St. John the Baptist highlighted by Search for Perlas ng Kaliguan beauty pageant, beach dancing and other beach-fun activities.    

TAEPHAG FESTIVAL
June 27 | Tagbina, Sutigao del Sur
A common Manobo ritual used for opening a kaingin, rice planting, harvesting and other activities.

SIRONG-SIRONG FESTIVAL
June 28 - June 29 | Cagdianao, Surigao del Norte
A fiesta celebration in honor of Saints Peter and Paul highlighted by ethnic mardigras contests, agro-industrial fair and public dancing.      

BANANA FESTIVAL
July 1 - July 10 | Tagum, Davao del Norte
Street dancing, agri trade fair to highlight Davao del Norte as “banana country”.

ARAW NG DAVAO DEL SUR, DAVAO DEL NORTE, DAVAO ORIENTAL
July 1 | Digos City, Tagum City, Mati, Dvo, Oriental
Celebration of the division of Davao into three provinces. Consist of agro trade fair, civic military parade, sports competition, horsefight, tribal dances, beauty pageants, etc.

PAHINUNGOD FESTIVAL
July 16 | Carrascal, Surigao del Sur
This is a Mardi gras performed around the streets of Carrascal in honor of their patroness, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.

4TH DURIAN FESTIVAL
July 18 - August 17 | Freedom Park, Bonifacio St., Tagum City
Celebrates the abudance of Durian Fruits in the city. It serves as a venue for the students to enhance their talents in culinary arts through competition and broaden their knowledge on Durian fruit through farm tours, forums and trainings.

KADAGATAN FESTIVAL
July 25 | Cortes, Surigao del Sur
It is a yearly thanksgiving of Cortesanons done through street dancing. Costumes and props of dancers symbolize marine life.

BALIKCARCANMADCARLAN CELEBRATION
July 25 - July 31 | Cantillan, Surigao del Sur
A week-long activities participated by all Balikbayans.

TOURISM CONSCIOUSNESS WEEK
July 26 - August 2 | Butuan City
Several tourism-related activities are line-up for the week such as Nightly Cultural show, Palagsing Festival, Laro ng Lahi, Photo Exhibit, Speech Contest, Quiz bowl, Sining contest in Butuanon Competition; Mountainbike, Motocross and BMX exhibitions.

ABAYAN FESTIVAL
July 31 | Butuan City
A day-long festivity of barato race, fluvial procession, and parlor games in honor of St. Anne, patroness of Agusan River

PANGAPOG FESTIVAL
August 1 - August 7 | Island Garden City of Samal
A thanksgiving festival celebration bountiful harvest features parade, indak-indak sa dalan, cultural presentation etc.    

ADLAW HONG BUTUAN
August 2 | Butuan City
It’s the charter day celebration of Butuan City. It is highlighted by the thanksgiving mass, motorcade recognition of outstanding Butuanons & City employees night.

PALAGSING FESTIVAL
August 2 | Butuan City
A competition for the longest and the best tasting palagsing  

MINDANAO TRADE EXPO
August 7 - August 14 | Davao City
An Agro industrial trade fair with business matching for the promotion of Mindanao's world class product.

MINDANAO TRAVEL & TOUR EXPO (MITTE)
August 8 - August 10 | SM City Davao, Events Center, Davao City
Features exhibits adn tour packages to various adventures and scenic destinations in Mindanao.        

SIRONG FESTIVAL
August 15 | Cantilan, Surigao del Sur
A war dance between Muslims and Christians, reflecting the Christianization of the early Cantillanons

SUMAYAJAW FESTIVAL
August 15 | Jabonga, Agusan del Norte
Held during the town fiesta of Jabonga. It is a thanksgiving celebration for the bounties showered by the Heavenly Father through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Lady of Assumption
 
KADAYAWAN SA DABAW
August 16 - August 22 | Davao City
A festival celebrating the city''s bountiful harvest in a form of grand colorful parade of orchid-bedecked floats and tribal street dancing.     

TILAW SA PAGKAONG NAN SURIGAONON FOOD FESTIVAL
September 3 | Surigao City,Surigao del Norte
A sumptuous, delicious celebration of the native Surigaonon palate. 

SINAB’BADAN TRIBAL FESTIVAL
September 5 - September 6 | Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur
A festival of oneness among the different tribes of the municipality showcasing indigenous art, music and dances.  

BANOK-BANOK MARADJAO KARADJAO FESTIVAL (STREET PAGEANTRY)
September 9 | Surigao City, Surigao del Norte
A day-long Mardi Gras marked by street dancing festivity featuring the ethnic Mamanwa dance.   

SURIGAO CITY FIESTA (SAN NICOLAS DE TOLENTINO-PATRON SAINT)
September 10 | Surigao City
Surigao City Fiesta celebration in honor of San Nicolas de Tolentino. Different activities are lined for this celebration.

BISLIG CITY CHARTER DAY
September 15 - September 19 | Bislig City
A week-long activities to commemorate the charter day of Bislig.

SIARGAO NATIONAL SURFING CUP
September 15 - September 18 | Cloud 9, General Luna, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte
Once again surfers from all over the country will converge for the National Surfing Competition. Winners will compete together with foreign surfers for the International Surfing. Competition. Other activities are also lined up to make this big event more exciting and colorful.

SIARGAO INTERNATIONAL SURFING CUP
September 20 - September 26 | Cloud 9, General Luna, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte
Once again surfers from all over the country will converge for the National Surfing Competition. Winners will compete together with foreign surfers for the International Surfing Competition. Other activities are also lined up to make this big event more exciting and colorful.  

DUMALONDONG FESTIVAL (Tribal rituals)
September 23 | Salug, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur
Yearly convergence of all tribal leaders in the province higlighted with the performance of authentic tribal rituals by the tribal priests.    

DRUM AND BUGLE CORP COMPETITION
September 25 - September 30 | Nasipit, Agusan del Norte
An annual drum and bugle corp competition participated by the different schools in the province.  
   
LA NAVAL FESTIVAL
October | Nationwide
A celebration in honor of the Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario.

WOW DABAW
October 1 - October 15 | Davao City
A major promotional activity showcasing the various tourist destinations/products of the Davao region.

KINILAW FESTIVAL
October 2 | Surigao City
A festival showcasing different styles in preparing a “Kinilaw” (raw fish delicacy). It also features the variety of fish, seafoods and other marine products in the locality.   

SIARGAO INTERNATIONAL HUMAN BODY BOARDERS SURFING CHALLENGE
October 7 - October 20 | General Luna, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte
A new water sports event in the country participated by international body boarders. This is a world series event organize by the International Bodyboarders Association.   

BANAYAN FESTIVAL
October 26 - October 28 | Banaybanay, Davao Oriental
A thanksgiving celebration giving tribute to the town’s main product.

SAMBUOKAN FESTIVAL
October 27 - October 29 | Mati, Davao Oriental
Activities include agro-trade fair and civic military parade in Mati, capital town of Davao Oriental.  

PASKUHAN
November 1 - December 24 | Luneta Park, Surigao City and Provincial Gym, Surigao del Norte
A month long Christmas bazaar display and activities which include: Light –up a tree, lanterns/Christmas tree making contest. Lantern parade, display of all winning entries of Lanterns and Chirstmas trees and Rondalla contest. Painit sa Pasko is also held during the Misa de Galleon on the 16th to 24th of dec. Mass goers converge at the park to buy and eat Surigaonon delicacies.   

MISA DE GALLO
December 16 - December 24 | Nationwide
Misa de Gallo is a Filipino yuletide tradition that starts on the 16th of December and culminates in a midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Roman Catholics attend the daily mass at three or four in the morning. Upon exiting the church, the hungry is enticed by the sight and smell of puto bumbong and bibingka (native delicacies made of sticky and glutinous rice sold nearby).     

PASKUHAN
December 16 - December 31 | Regionwide (all Region 11 provinces)
Christmas presentation/activities such as “Pag-ilaw sa Dabaw”, Lantern Contests, dance and choral competition. 



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