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Festivals & Events in Philippines

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Holidays in Philippines

The Philippines is a multicultural country with Christian, Muslim and Buddhist holidays alongside secular holidays. The year is welcomed with New Year’s Day on 1 January. As the Philippines is a predominantly Catholic country, the traditional Catholic holidays of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are celebrated during Lent or in the months of March and April, Araw ng pagkabuhay or Easter Sunday is celebrated 3 days after Good Friday. Araw ng Kagitingan or Day of Valour, Scouts re-enact the march every 2 years in honour of this day which is also known as Bataan Day, they march up to 10 kilometres, the Bataan Death March was part of the Battle of Bataan which was also part of the Battle of the Philippines. The Bataan Death March was a 60 kilometre march and the people who participated in this march were captured, tortured and murdered. All Saints’ Day is on 1 November and All Souls’ Day is on 2 November. In recognition of Muslim Filipinos, the Islamic festival of Eid-Al-Fitr (known in the Philippines as Hari Raya Puasa), celebrated after Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, is also a bank holiday. This day changes from year to year as it follows the lunar calendar. Chinese New Year is also celebrated by the Chinese community, but the dates vary according to the lunar calendar. Secular holidays are Labour Day (1 May) and Independence Day (12 June). 30 August is declared National Heroes’ Day. Some holidays also commemorate national heroes such as Jose Rizal (30 December) and Andres Bonifacio (30 November) and Ninoy Aquino (21 August). Metro Manila is less crowded during Holy Week as people tend to go to their hometowns to spend the holidays. Holy Week is also considered part of the high season for most beach resorts like Boracay and the most popular resorts are crowded during this time. Due to the cool mountain weather, Baguio is also where many people spend the Holy Week break. Christmas is ubiquitously celebrated on 25 December.

  • New Year’s Day: 1 January
  • Maundy Thursday: varied
  • Good Friday: varied
  • Easter Sunday: varied
  • Araw Ng Kagitingan (Day of Bravery): 9 April
  • Labour Day: 1 May
  • Independence Day: 12 June
  • Ninoy Aquino Day: 21 August
  • National Heroes Day: Last Monday in August
  • All Saints’ Day: 1 November
  • All Souls’ Day: 2 November
  • Eid Ul Fitr (Hari Raya Puasa): varies according to lunar calendar
  • Eid Ul Adha: varies according to lunar calendar
  • Bonifacio Day: 30 November
  • Christmas Day: 25 December
  • Rizal Day: 30 December
  • Last day of the year: 31 December

How To Travel To Philippines

By plane Although the Philippines is an archipelago, most visitors arrive by air. International airports are located in Manila, Angeles, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo and Kalibo. Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Asia, are the three airlines that fly within the Philippines. If you plan to tour the different islands, it is best...

How To Travel Around Philippines

By plane Flight delaysFlight delays can occur due to technical problems at major airports in the Philippines (such as Ninoy Aquino International Airport). When bad weather or smog builds up during the day, flights also become congested and this can cause a 2-3 hour delay to your domestic flight.If you...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Philippines

Nationals of the vast majority of countries (147 at last count), including all ASEAN and EU countries, can enter the Philippines without a visa for a period not exceeding 30 days. Nationals of Brazil and Israel can enter the Philippines without a visa for an extended stay not exceeding...

Destinations in Philippines

Regions in Philippines Luzon (Metro Manila, Bicol, Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa). The northernmost archipelago, centre of government, history, economy and home of the capital city.Visayas (Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas)The central archipelago, heart of the country's antiquity, nature, biodiversity and the best...

Weather & Climate in Philippines

The climate can be described as tropical, where March to May (summer) are the hottest months. The rainy season begins in June and lasts until October with strong typhoons. The coolest months are from November to February, with mid-January to late February being the best for cooler and drier...

Accommodation & Hotels in Philippines

Tourist accommodation options include hotels, resorts, condotels, flats, motels, inns, bed-and-breakfasts and guesthouses.Hotels and resorts are usually for the upmarket traveller, although prices - even for four-star facilities - are not very high compared to other international destinations. Condotels are furnished condominiums rented for long or short-term stays, apartamentos...

Things To See in Philippines

Like some other countries in the world, the Philippines can offer you the tropical island experience of a lifetime. The beautiful sandy beaches, warm climate, centuries-old churches, magnificent mountain ranges, dense rainforests, rich culture and smiling people are just some of the attractions you must see and experience in...

Things To Do in Philippines

Air Sports - An annual hot air balloon festival is held in Clark, Angeles in Pampanga. Aside from the hot air balloons on display, people gather at this event to go skydiving, with many activities other than skydiving and hot air balloons also taking place. The festival takes place...

Food & Drinks in Philippines

Food in Philippines Filipino cuisine has evolved from the different cultures that have shaped its history; it is like Southeast Asian cuisine but with Spanish influences. Although Filipino cuisine is not as well known as many of its neighbours, such as those of Thailand and Vietnam, it still stands out...

Money & Shopping in Philippines

Money in Philippines Currency The Philippine peso (₱) is the official currency and in almost all cases the only currency used for normal transactions. In extreme cases, US dollars and euros are also accepted, and their daily exchange rate is widely known. In April 2015, one US dollar traded at 44.4...

Internet & Communications in Philippines

Phone in Philippines Fire, medical and police emergencies: 117 by voice or text message. The National Emergency Network Philippines (ENP) is also called Patrol 117 and routes emergency calls originating anywhere in the Philippine archipelago to the appropriate one of the sixteen PSAPs located in various cities across the country. When a...

Language & Phrasebook in Philippines

The Philippines has two official languages: English and Filipino. Filipino is an artificial construct that no one actually speaks and is mainly based on the Tagalog language (a relative of Malay). It was originally intended to incorporate vocabulary and idioms from the many other indigenous languages in use in...

Traditions & Customs in Philippines

A little courtesy goes a long way. Filipinos are a very friendly and hospitable people, sometimes to a fault. Take the time to smile and say "thank you" and you will get much better responses. You will get an even better response if you throw in a little Tagalog,...

Culture Of Philippines

Filipino culture is a combination of Eastern and Western cultures. The Philippines has aspects found in other Asian countries with Malay heritage, but its culture also shows a significant number of Spanish and American influences. Traditional festivals known as barrio fiestas (neighbourhood festivals) to commemorate the feast days of patron...

History Of Philippines

Prehistory The Callao human metatarsal, reliably dated to 67,000 years ago by uranium series, is the oldest human remains discovered so far in the archipelago. This distinction previously belonged to the Tabon man of Palawan, carbon dated to about 26,500 years ago. The Negritos were also among the first inhabitants...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Philippines

Stay Safe in Philippines Use common sense when travelling in and around the Philippines, as you would when travelling to other developing countries. Although the people on these islands are generally friendly and accommodating, be aware of the widespread poverty (especially in the big cities) and the things that unfortunately...

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