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September 28, 2013

Festivals in the Philippines - October


1st week-Roxas City
This festival highlights the performance of the history and culture of Capizeños during pre-Hispanic times.

Universal Children's Festival
1st week-Dapitan City
The festival involves children of locals, dressed in costumes of UN member countries, parading around the city.

Masskara Festival
2nd week-Bacolod City
This is a grand Bacoleño celebration marked by carnivals, fairs and masked street dancers.

Ibalong Festival
2nd week-Legaspi City
This festival is based on Ibalong, a Bicol epic showcasing legendary superheroes Handiong and Baltog. 

Zamboanga Hermosa Festival
October 10-12-Zamboanga City
The festival features a regatta, colorful vintas, banconan flower show, and fireworks honoring the Nuestra Señora del Pilar Zaragosa.

Kasanggayahan Festival
October 10-17-Sorsogon, Sorsogon
The festival is itself the foundation anniversary of Sorsogon. The festival's name means "prosperity and happiness."

Feast of La Naval Manila
October 11-Quezon City
The image of the Virgin is paraded around town in a colorfully-decorated carriage, which resembles a ship. The image is believed to be miraculous and ensures safe voyage to anyone who prays to it.

Inug-og Festival
October 15-Oroquieta, Misamis Occidental
This is held in honor of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary

Calbayog Grand Karakol
October 16-Calbayog City
This is a religious celebration of thanksgiving and joyous pageantry of dancing devotees of San Rafael.

Sagingan Festival
October 16-17-Tubod, Lanao del Norte
The feast is in honor of San Isidro Labrador with street dancers dressed up in various banana-like costumes.

Megayon Festival
3rd week-Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur
This is a colorful harvest festival participated in by the Subanean indigenous group.

Lanzones Festival
4th week-Mambajao, Camiguin Island
The festival is held to celebrate the abundance of lanzones fruit in the island marked by a streetdancing competition involving the youth all dressed up in lanzones leaves or fruits. The lanzones is one of the island's most important crops.

Catadungan Festival
October 24-Virac, Catanduanes
This festival commemorates the province's independence from Albay.

For details on these events, please contact the Tourism Services and Regional Offices Monitoring Division, Department of Tourism (DOT) Bldg., T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila, Direct line.: (632) 524-2421, Trunkline: (632) 523-8411 loc. 174, e-mail add.:

For a 24-hour information access, contact the Tourist Information Center at (632) 524-2384 or (632) 524-1703 or email, or visit them at Rm. 106, Department of Tourism (DOT) Bldg., T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila, Visit the D.O.T. website at for their local and international offices

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