6. Kadayawan Festival
This festival is held in Davao, Philippines. They are celebrating this feast during the third week of August. The word “dayaw” means beautiful, superior, and good in Dabawenyo. That only means that the people in Davao is celebrating this feast to give thanks and gratitude to the good produce, the gift of nature, and the wealth of culture in Davao.
You might ask, how did Kadayawan Festival started and originated? Before, people believed that there are gods who are giving support to their everyday lives. Some of the gods they believed in are Bulan or moon deity, and Manama or the Supreme Being. Ancient Visayans and Davao ethnic tribes gathered on a night of the full moon. According to tribesmen and islanders, the full moon means the diwata came to their land to give them blessings. The tribes and ethnic groups gave a name to the full moon, but there is one name that outstands the most. It is the word “dayaw.” Farmers, fishermen, and other people before believed that it is the reason why they had great produced.
To make this festival completed, people dance, sing, and present their healthiest produce of fruits and vegetables. They are showcasing their rice and corn grains, flowers, fruit, and vegetables.
7. Dinagyang Festival
Dinagyang Festival is celebrated in Iloilo City. This is celebrated for a long time from now. This year, it had their 50th year of celebrating this feast. This is not just celebrated throughout the Visayas part of the Philippines but throughout the coun
try. It is celebrated to give honor to Senyor Sto. Niño. This festival is not just to give honor to Sto. Niño, but also to commemorate between the barter trade of Malay settlers and Ati natives.
This festival celebrated every 26th and 27th of the year. The theme of the celebration is “Timeless Tradition, Culture, and Devotion. Even people are celebrating this feast for a long time, they are not getting tired of it, but they are willing to support to make this celebration successful. The even of Dinagyang festival is in three sets: Miss Dinagyang, Kasadyahan Street Dancing, and Ati-atihan Street Dancing. People are really participating in this kind of event to show honor and devotion to the saints.
This year, to celebrate the 50th year of Dinagyang festival, the former “Miss Iloilo Dinagyang” entered as an opening of the program of the festival.
8. Sinulog Festival
During this season of Sinulog Festival, the road is becoming more lively and full of colors. You can see the happy faces of the people in Cebu City. They are celebrating this feast every the 20th of January every year. What does the word “Sinulog” mean? It means “like water current movement.” They named it this because of the forward-backward movement of dance. They are dancing together with the sound of the drums.
Let us bring back the story of this Sinulog Festival. Every festival has its history and stories. This is to give honor to Santo Niño and give rituals in front of the statue. They are celebrating this festival for 32 years from now. According to people, this is one of the grandest and happiest festivals in the Philippines. You may visit Cebu City during the festival to see how they are celebrating and giving honor to Santo Nino. As you might observe, almost all of the festivals mentioned above is to give honor to Sto. Nino. People from different part of the Philippines has their own version of the feast.
9. Panagbenga Festival
Are you fond of flowers and flower decorations? I can totally say that this festival would be much appealing to you. Panagbenga or Panagbenga Flower Festival is celebrated during the month of February. The term “Panagbenga” is originated by Kankanaey. It means “season of blooming.” They made this festival to rise up and build up the people after the terrifying earthquake happened in Luzon. Baguio City celebrates this occasion. In the entire nation of the Philippines, Panagbenga is one of the most awaited festivals, and enjoyed by many people – may it young or old.
The colorful decorations and the joy of the dance will surely brighten up your mood. During this season, Baguio is attracting more tourists and travelers. It will also show the great culture of Filipino with different origins. This started in the year 1990, and still active up to this day.
10. Moriones Festival
You can often hear this festival during the holy week. Catholic is celebrating their Easter Sunday together with the feast of Moriones. People are dressing up with Roman soldier costumes. The one who uses the costumes truly believes that they are having self-cleaning throughout the year, and the sins they had been forgiven. People are not just parading, but they are also having a drama live in the City. This event is being celebrated from 24th to 31st of March. According to some, although people are truly having fun with this celebration, Christians should keep in mind that the Moriones Festival is not for an occasion of dancing but should be a solemn tradition.
The focus of this celebration is to give honor to Jesus Christ who gave up his life to save people from sin. This festival is the heart of the Filipino people to show the devotion of each Catholic citizens. In this kind of festival, locals are not just the one being intrigued with this celebration, but thousands of visitors and foreign tourists are enjoying this solemn occasion of Filipinos. In the passion story, Roman soldiers are the most recognizable, so from six towns of Marinduque, they are getting men to act as a Roman soldier.
What are your favorite festivals out of these festivals cited above? What are the stories you can share about your experience attending these celebrations? Although these festivals are truly fun and enjoyable, you should not miss out on the true essence of this feast – it is to give honor to God.