Filipinos are deeply passionate people, and this is exhibited in almost everything they do. This quality is distilled and crystallized in the many hundreds of festivals held around the country all year long! Every single locality has its own feast, celebrating everything from historic events to their local produce. Religion also plays a big role here, with many of the largest celebrations inspired by religious fervor. Examples include the yearly Traslacion of Quiapo, Sinulog of Cebu, Ati-Atihan of Aklan, and the Fluvial Procession of Our Lady of Penafrancia held in Bicol. Culture is also keenly celebrated with the likes of Iloilo’s Dinagyang, Bacolod’s Masskara, Davao’s Kadayawan, and Baguio’s Panagbenga.
And of course, when there’s a feast, there’s food! This is the perfect opportunity to sample the country’s culinary treasures.