August 2015 Festivals and Holidays

A simple guide to all things happening this month of August

By Mathew S. Chan
August 03, 2015


Are you looking for events to attend this August? If you are into culture and dance, then you should definitely attend a festival or two this month. There are also two long weekends if you need time off for a vacation. Read on for a handy list of things going on this August 2015.

1.    Palo-Palo Festival (August 4-5)

The Palo-Palo Festival is the annual grand celebration in Batanes. It is a  huge cultural presentation reflecting the life and times of the people in the many different municipalities in the area. It showcases the stories the Ivatans experienced through the years. It is a one-of-a-kind festival and a great excuse to visit the gorgeous province of Batanes.

2.    Kaadlawan Han Samar (August 11)

The Kaadlawan Han Samar commemorates the foundation day of Samar which is held every August 11. It is one of the most awaited celebrations in the province with all 25 municipalities participating in the festival. There will be street parades and dance competitions as well as a beauty pageant. They also have trade shows, fairs, and medical missions held around the province.

3.    Kalibongan (August 14)
Kalibongan is an annual festival in Cotabato. The word is a term in Manobo that means “Grand Festival.” Tribes like the Bagobos, Manobos, and others head to Kidapawan to celebrate and showcase each of their tribes’ culture and heritage. They also hold a traditional horse fight, which is their own version of a party, as well as a blood compact to commemorate peace in the area.

4.    Kadayawan sa Dabaw (August 17-23, 2015)
This year marks the 30th annual Kadayawan Festival in Davao City. If you have never been there, this would be the perfect time to go as the festival will introduce you to the culture of the region. It is a thanksgiving celebration for a bountiful harvest as well as feast commemorating culture and nature. For more details and the official schedule of events, click here.

5.    Ninoy Aquino Day (August 21)
Ninoy Aquino Day is a special-non working holiday held every August 21 in commemoration of the assassination of former senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. in 1983. The event was said to have been the tipping point of the Marcos era, which eventually saw its downfall after the People Power Revolution.

6.    National Heroes Day (August 31)
National Heroes Day is a regular public holiday and is usually declared on the last Monday of the month of August. This year it will fall on August 31. National Heroes Day commemorates the many national heroes who fought for our freedom and democracy.