Filipinos by nature are truly makabayan (nationalistic). From the days of the KKK up to EDSA, we have proven our nationalism by braving the streets to fight for our freedom and the principles we uphold. This month of August, especially during National Heroes’ Day, we all look back and commemorate our splendid history enriched by the brave souls who stood by their beliefs until their last breath.
This month we also celebrate several grand festivals indigenous to different cities in the country. In addition, our Muslim brothers will also be celebrating the end of Ramadan towards the end of the month.
First Week of August | Basco, Batanes
The Palu-Palo Festival of Basco is celebrated every first week of August to commemorate the battle between the Ivatans and their conquerors. Wooden sticks or arnis were used as weapons by the native tribe to drive away the Spaniards and the Dutch who tried to colonize their city. A reenactment of the fight is showcased in the festival through an interpretative dance. Locals portraying the Ivatans wear their traditional suit which is made of indigenous materials such as a flattened tree bark.
August 9 - 11, 2012 | Kidapawan City, North Cotabato
The Fruit Festival, locally known as Timpupu in Kidapawan, is an annual tradition held in the city to showcase the exotic fruits grown in the area. Fruits and crops indigenous to Kidapawan are paraded and laid out on long tables for local residents and tourists to taste. The Timpupu is also the locals’ way of giving thanks for a bountiful harvest for that year. A colorful parade of floats decorated with different fruits adds color to the already lavishly decorated town.
August 14, 2012 | Kidapawan, North Cotabato
Held every 14th of August, the Kalibongan Festival in Kidapawan showcases the life and culture of the ethnic tribes in the locality. The Manobos, Bagobos, Ivatans, and many more, put on colorful garb and parade the streets to proudly display their heritage. The main highlight of the celebration is the traditional horse fight and peace ceremony done with a blood compact.
August 15, 2012 | Calubian, Leyte
Held every 15th of August, the Lubi Lubi Festival in Leyte highlights the importance of coconut trees to the locality and in the lives of the locals. The coconut tree, also known as the “tree of life,” is the main product of Calubian, and is well-known all throughout the world for its many uses. Aside from its famous usage, several cultural presentations will display new and unique ways of using the different parts of the tree.
August 17 - 18, 2012
This year, the Eidl al-Fitr, which signifies the end of Ramadan, will begin on the night of August 17 and end on August 18. Every year, Muslims all over the world go on a 30-day fast as part of their culture and tradition. During Eidl al-Fitr, they “break their fast” through a festivity to celebrate the month-long sacrifice they performed for Allah. A salat or an Islamic prayer will be read at the beginning of the celebration.
Kadayawan sa Dabaw
August 19, 2012 | Davao City
With their colorful costumes on and creative props in tow, Davaoeños will troop to the streets of Davao City to celebrate the Kadayawan Festival. Every year, locals celebrate this festival to give thanks for a bountiful harvest and good quality of life. The majestic parade that highlights the different tribes and milestones in the history of Davao lasts for three to four hours regardless of weather conditions. At night, dance competitions and a beauty contest are held at the town plaza where food booths and souvenir shops are found aplenty.
Ninoy Aquino Day
August 21, 2012
Every year, we commemorate the life of a Ninoy Aquino; a man of honor, he stood against the Marcos regime by bravely voicing out his dismay and objections on the government. He was tried and imprisoned, and was later assassinated in the now, Ninoy Aquino International Airport. The new generation of Filipinos and EDSA veterans pay homage to the man who's death triggered a revolution by offering a solemn mass and visiting his monument in Makati.
Cordova Dinagat Festival
August 25, 2012 | Cordova, Cebu
The Dinagat Festival, formerly known as Bakasi Festival, is done in honor of Cordova’s patron saint Sr. San Roque. It also highlights the livelihood and fishing culture of the Cordovanhons who have rich marine life under their expansive waters. At night, several competitions are held such as dance and beauty contests which bring locals and tourists alike to the city proper to watch and participate.
National Heroes’ Day
August 27, 2012
The National Heroes’ Day is celebrated on the last Monday of August every year. This event coincides with the Cry of Pugad Lawin, which marked the start of the revolution in the Philippines. On this day, Filipinos commemorate the lives of the brave soldiers who fought against the Spanish troops through town celebrations that constitute a feast, a reenactment of important events, competitions, and many more.