List of Festivals in the Philippines: March

Do you want to witness and be part of the exciting and colorful cultural activities in the Philippines in this month of March

Then check out the list of popular fiestas or festivals happening this month.

Alimango Festival
Location: Iligan City, Province of Lanao Del Norte
Details: The festival is celebrated every 15th to 22nd of March. Its highlight is the Alimango Street Dance Contest, where the participants show off their alimango inspired costumes while dancing to promote local cultures and traditions. This festival serves as a way for the locals to promote and enhance community-based development and tourism. It also serves to promote the industry of alimango. The word alimango means crab.


Sabutan Festival
Location: Palanan, Province of Isabela
Details: The festival is celebrated every 20th to 22nd of March. Its highlight is the native dances where the dancers would paint themselves black to imitate a Dumagat and the sabutan float parades. This festival gives importance to the Dumagats who are the aborigines of the region and also to promote the local products like mats, bags, and fans made from locally grown grass. The name sabutan means a fiber or straw from a species of Pandanus used in making hats and mats in the Philippines.

Guling-Guling Festival
Location: Paoay, Province of Ilocos Norte
Details: The festival is celebrated every first week of March or a day before Ash Wednesday. Its highlight is the town dances where the locals would be seen wearing traditional Ilocano clothing adorned with antique jewelries, it can also be noted that couples would wear matching outfits. This festival marks the start of the lenten season. The word guling-guling means mark or smear.

Abrenian Kawayan Festival
Location: Bangued, Province of Abra
Details: The festival is celebrated every 6th to 9th of March. Its highlights are the grand cultural parade, trade fairs, cultural presentations, Balikbayan night, and the fashion show. The Abrenian Kawayan Festival is also known as the Arya! Abra Festival. This festival is to celebrate the foundation day of the province of Abra and to also promote the main product of the province which is bamboo. The word abrenian kawayan means "Abra's bamboo".

Sandugo Festival
Location: Tagbilaran City, Province of Bohol
Details: The festival is celebrated every 16th  of March. Its highlight is the street dance competitions where a small band follows the dancers to provide music however, the street dance competitions were moved to July to coincide with the annual TBTK (Tigum Bol-anon Tibuok Kalibutan) or as translated in English -gathering of the Boholanos. This festival is to commemorate the blood compact between Datu Sikatuna and the Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. The word means sandugo means blood compact.

Pasayaw Festival
Location: Canlaon City, Province of Negros Oriental
Details: The festival is celebrated every 19th of March. Its highlights are the street dancing and showdown competitions. The Pasayaw Festival is a combined word of Pasalamat Pinaagi sa Sayaw which means "Thanksgiving Through Dance"This festival gives honor to the Patron St. Joseph the Worker. The word pasayaw means to dance.

Pintados de Pasi Festival
Location: Passi City, Province of Iloilo
Details: The festival is a week long celebration celebrated starting the 3rd week of March. Its highlight are the Karosa Parada, Pinta Liwas and Carabao Painting Contest. This festival is a way to remember and relive the rich culture of the province. The word pintado means painted.

Sugbahan Festival
Location: Davao City, Province of Davao
Details: The festival is celebrated every 2nd to 14th of March. Its highlight is the "unity grill" where the townpeople would grill different types of food on a very long specialized grill prepared for the occasion. This festival aims to promote the culinary skills of the townspeople which focuses particularly on grilled tuna. The word sugba means grill.

Bantayan Festival
Location: Guimbal, Province of Iloilo
Details: The festival is celebrated every 9th to15th of March. Its highlighs are the Gimba (drums) and the bantayan (watchtower) incorporated in the dance drama and the float and street dancing competitions.This festival is a way to remember and give tribute to the triumphant struggle of the ancestors of the people of Guimbal. The word bantayan means watchtower

Tabak Festival
Location: Tabaco, Province of Albay
Details: The festival is celebrated every 19th to 22nd of March. Its highlights are the Mutya ng Tabak, boat race competitions, and the colorful street dance performances. This festival is a celebration of everything Tabaknon. The word tabak means bolo where the name of the city was taken.

Sikaran Festival
Location: Baras, Province of Rizal
Details: The festival is celebrated every 15th of March. Its highlight is the sikaran competition where the contestants/players move about trying to knock the opponents down by kicking the latter's legs. This festival is a way for the people of Baras to share the competitive recreational athletic activity of the art of Sikaran. The word sikaran means to kick.

Strawberry Festival
Location: La Trinidad, Province of Benguet
Details: The festival is celebrated every 18th of March to 9th of April. Its highlight is the contest where contestants make products with the touch of strawberries. This festival is a way for the locals to promote the strawberry products of the province.



Comments

  1. would love to visit all the event here in the Philippines. now if that time comes sulit na ang thule bag ko :D

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    1. Hahaha. That's true. Sayang ang thule bag mo kung pang mall lang, hahahaha!

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  2. magiging sulit talaga ang thule bag mo, ako nag iipon pa to buy one :D

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    1. Nakabili na ako ng bag. Di kasing mahal ng thule pero ok naman. ginamit ko na sa Palaui Island trip ko. High Sierra.

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