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Below are the festivals celebrated in Cebuano and Surigaonon speaking areas in the Philippines.

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SINULOG
Every third weeken of January - Cebu City, Cebu
The Feast of the Sto. Niño is celebrated in Cebu with a procession, street dancing competition and a fluvial parade. Much like the Ati-atihan, the Sinulog Festival is marked by frenzied reverly to the chant of "Pit Senor!"

VIA CRUSIS
April 1 - Cebu City
A lenten activity where devotees from Cebu City and its neighboring cities and towns do their penitential procession through cities the Station of the Cross built on 12 hectares of rolling hills. the life-size statues of the 14 Stations of the Cross have been patterned after the Way of the Cross in Lourdes, France.

CORDOVA DINAGAT FESTIVAL
2nd week of August / Cordova, Cebu
A festival characterized by streetdancing and an interpretative dance competition based on the fishing rituals and culture of the Cordovanhons.

SANAYON

Agro-tourism festival in the Southern town of the second district about 100 kms. A weeklong affair to spread out tourism in the countryside.

TAG-ANITOHAN FESTIVAL
December 08-09 / Tudela, Camotes Island, Cebu
The festival is a street dancing and ritual contest participated by the community, depicting the town's origin from paganism to the time of its christianization, and the separation from its mother town of Poro in the year 1911. Tudela is a fabled place once known as "Tag-anito" derived from the practice by its inhabitants of worshipping "Anitos" or spirits. The festival likewise features mascots of the famous "Mandayang" known for his "anting-anting", a native defender against invading "moro warriors". The street dancing is composed of the "dance of the mortals," the "dance of the immortals" and the great celebration.

PASKUHAN

A Christmas celebration of songs and lantern making held during the month of December spread good cheers to local residents and visitors alike.

KADAUGAN SA MACTAN

A one day re-enactment celebrated with popm and pageantry every 27th of April to commenorate the historic Battle of Mactan between the forces of Lapulapu and Magellan.

VIRGIN OF THE RULE FIESTA

Held to honor the patroness of Opon on Nov. 20-21, this religious faith of the people and the penchant for merry making. A food fair, a procession and a coronation of the Fiesta Queen highlight the festivity.

SEMANA SANTA SA BANTAYAN

A unique mixture of solemn religious rites and local celebration highlights the Holy Week activities in bantayan Island. The normally quiet island is visited by relatives and friends of the residents, as well as tourists to experience the scenic rites and to cool off the summer heat in the beautiful white sand beaches and clear tropical waters.

KABKABAN FESTIVAL
November 24-25 / Carcar, Cebu
The festival is held in conjunction with the feast of St. Catherine of Alexandria. It is a cultural catalogue of the town's historical period and industry like shoemaking, as well as their arts that is showcased through street dancing and parade. The festival is derived from Carcar's old name, Kabkab, a kind of fern.

BOHOL

SANDUGO FESTIVAL

July 01-20 / Tagbilaran City, Bohol

A festival commemorating the blood-sealed peace treaty between Rajah Sikatuna and Miguel Lopez de Legazpi marking the beginning of the Spanish colonization of the Philippines.

NEGROS

PAAWAY SA KABAYO (Horsefight)

July 25 and December 25 - Tanjay, Negros Orriental

An exciting, thrilling and oftentimes bloody fight among studs for supremacy over a female horse. More than 100 horses have been trained solely for this twice a year event.

SINULOG DE TANJAY FESTIVAL

July 24 / Tanjay, Negros Oriental

Street dancing with mock battles between Moros and Christians followed by reconciliation through the intercession of the patron Señor Santiago.


HUGYAWAN DALANSAYAW

1st Week of December (Movable) / Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental

"Hugyawan" means merrymaking which is the main concept of the celebration and of the street dancing performances of different contingents from all parts of the province. It showcases the culture of the inhabitants of Negros Oriental and how they react towards nature, which God has gifted them with.

SANDUROT FESTIVAL

2nd Week of November (Movable) / Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental

Derived from the Visayan word "pakig-sandurot" which means offering and enjoyment of hospitality, the festivity begins with a beach ceremony acknowledging the various cultural aspects that enriched the city's character. Street dancing follows.

KASADYAAN FESTIVAL

December 12-14 / Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental

Initiated by Foundation University to add color and merriment to the local community's Christmas season, the festival features a Mardi gras parade, field presentations, beauty pageant and frolics. At fifty years old, it is the province's oldest running festival.

BOD-BOD FESTIVAL

December 14-16 / Tanjay City, Negros Oriental

The festival gives emphasis to Bod-bod, a native delicacy made of glutinous rice, coconut milk, sugar and salt. It features the biggest Bod-bod that weighs as much as 80 kgs.and requires 10 persons to prepare; and the smallest Bod-bod eating contest which will give the visitors the real treat of their lives when they outdo each other in consuming a winnow (nigo) of the delicacy.

TAWO-TAWO FESTIVAL

December 22 / Bayawan City, Negros Oriental

Street dancing and showdown competitions depicting the scarecrows (tawo-tawo) through paper mache "higantes" (giants) as guardians of the town's crops.


PASKUHAN SA DUMAGUETE WITH KUMBIRA

November 16 - December 31 / Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental

To enliven the holiday season, all sectors of the city are required to light up their respective places or establishments and to use the sinamay either as the main material or accent in their Christmas decorations. Other activities include package tours, sports events, garden shows, crafts exhibits, arts shows and food festival. It also includes an Inter-School Choral Presentation, competition of the Best Lighted Barangay and the Most Symbolic Christmas Décor.

CARAGA REGION

SIARGAO INTERNATIONAL SURFING CUP

Last week of September / Gen. Luna, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte. Pit your surfing skills against local and international surfers in this prestigious tournament.




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



JINAWA FESTIVAL

August 27- August 28 | Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte

A local rendition of the classic Christian-moro conflict interpreted through songs and dances.


KALUMUNAN FESTIVAL
August 28 | San Agustin, Surigao del Sur
A reunion of relatives and friends during town fiesta of San Agustin celebrated through street dancing.

SIRONG FESTIVAL
October 07-08 / Bacuag, Surigao del Norte
A fiesta celebration in honor of the Holy Rosary highlighted by street dancing competition, drum and bugle contest, beauty contest and agro-industrial fair. Edit Text

PALADONG FESTIVAL

August 28 | Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur
The art of performing the ritual of ladong conducted by a landongan.


LLASAGAN FESTIVAL
4th Week of October / Magallanes, Agusan del Norte

A religious celebration showcasing Mamanwa dances and healing rituals. It is a re-enactment of the first miraculous healing in 1910 of a native while dancing in front of the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary that was brought to Magallanes from Las Nieves, Barcelona Spain.

SIRONG FESTIVAL

October 07-08 / Bacuag, Surigao del Norte

A fiesta celebration in honor of the Holy Rosary highlighted by street dancing competition, drum and bugle contest, beauty contest and agro-industrial fair.

NORTHERN MINDANA0

INUG-OG FESTIVAL

October 14 / Oroquieta City
Ethnic dances featuring the Subanon rituals.

SAGINGAN FESTIVAL
October 16-17 / Tubod, Lanao del Norte
A celebration in honor of San Isidro Labrador. It features street dancing with participants clad in costumes made from the banana plant, agro-fair and float contest.

LANZONES FESTIVAL
October 25-28 / Camiguin
A street dancing extravaganza featuring Camiguin's favorite fruit - the Lanzones.

KAAMULAN FESTIVAL
MARCH 1- 10 / MALAYBALAY, BUKIDNON MARCH 1- 10
Kaamulan is an indigenous Binukid term which literally means "gathering together for a purpose". It is a festival that carries you to another world and another era.

Graced by cultural groups whose ways have remained unchanged through the centuries, tribal groups trek down from traditional mountain dwellings to gather in unity.

The hill tribes wear intricately woven costumes studded with trinkets, anklets, earrings, necklaces, headdresses and amulets. They dance, chant, compete in indigenous sports and perform ancient rituals with each activity having a meaningful ceremony that reflects the richness and diversity in their culture.

To the hill tribes, the Kaamulan heralds a symbolic breakthrough in their long quest for meaning and identity. Above of it all, it provides an interesting ground for the unification

SOUTHERN MINDANAO

LUBI-LUBI FESTIVAL
October 08 / Glan, Saranggani Province

A festival showing the various uses of the coconut tree and its by-products through dances and street revelry.


KADAYAWAN SA DABAW
3rd Week of August - Davao City

A celebration of the bountiful harvests of fruits and orchids during the season. Activities include fruit and flower show, trade fair, tribal/civic/military parade, traditional sports activities, horsefight, Search for B'yaneng Kadayawan and street dancing.

LEMLUNAY (T'BOLI TRIBAL FESTIVAL)
Septermber 16-18 - Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

An annual authentic T'boli tribal festival staged at Lake Sebu. Features tribal rituals that start at early down amidst sounds of gongs and native music, culminating at the town plaza where cultural dances and ethic sports like horsefight are held.

LUBI-LUBI FESTIVAL
October 08 / Glan, Saranggani Province

A festival showing the various uses of the coconut tree and its by-products through dances and street revelry.

KALILANGAN FESTIVAL
Last week of February / General Santos city
derived from the root word "kalilang" which typically means celebration or commemoration in the Maguindanaon dialect.

In a broader perspective, Kalilang projects a positive and dynamic meaning for it engulfs the artistic, humane and altruistic aspects of social interaction that takes place in any occasion or celebration.

Kalilangan means festival, festivity or jubilee. It is a social gathering marked by exchanging of amenities among traditional leaders, elders, allies and subordinates in varying tones.

It is also a pageantry of unique and colorful ethnic rites, rituals and traditions like marriage celebrations, religious ceremonies, anniversaries, funerals, enthronement of royal dignitaries, thanksgiving and other forms of social, political and economic activities.

It is not just an economic activity, but a continuous season of merriment, gaiety and merrymaking accentuated by sharing of gifts, traditional sports competition, dancing, singing and instrumental rendition and other forms of exhibition games, entertainment and amusement.

Kalilangan is a noble tradition. It is a complete work of art nourished and nurtured by rich cultural heritage that has withstand the test of time from generation to generation.

General Santos is a part of this tradition. Let us enshrine the "Kalilangan sa Heneral Santos" in the golden pages of its history.

CENTRAL MINDANAO

KANYONG KAWAYAN FESTIVAL

3rd Week of December / Kidapawan City

A unique and indigenous way of celebrating the Yuletide season in lieu of the dangerous firecrackers. It is a city-wide contest which features the firing of bamboo cannon using empty milk cans as projectiles. The cannon that fires the farthest wins the contest.

KALIBONGAN FESTIVAL

August 15 / Kidapawan City, North Cotabato (

The natives' own version of "party" with a traditional horsefight, a "blood compact" peace ceremony, etc.


KIDAPAWAN FRUIT FESTIVAL

August 18-24 / Kidapawan City, North Cotabato

Kidapawan takes its fruit-growing industry to the streets - literally - as the city celebrates its annual fruit festival. There are cultural shows, a parade of local fruit products, a bevy of exhibits, and selected lectures on fruit preparation processes.

PAK'KAAT KALLO

Holy Week - Magpet, Cotabato

An anuual feast of the Manobo tribal community of Magpet in celebration of a bountiful harvest.

WESTERN MINDANAO

FEAST OF OUR LADY OF THE HOLY ROSARY October 07 / Dipolog City Dipolog City fiesta celebration with religious and cultural shows.

ZAMBULAWAN Every third Sunday of January - Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur The founding of Pagadian City showcases the Subanon tribe's rich cultural heritage by way of songs, dances and exhibits of musical instruments.

LAMI-LAMIHAN FESTIVAL 2nd or 3rd Week of april - Lamitan, Basilan A yearly festival coinciding with the founding of Lamitan Municipality; showcases the traditional Yakan customs and traditions, music and dances, and traditional crafts.

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