BastaPinas, Ma-Fiesta!

This week, we go around the Philippines and take a look at the various festivals to be experienced. Some are unknown, some are old hat, all of them are awesome.

By TravelBook
July 31, 2011

Filipinos love to party, and there is no bigger evidence of this than the fiesta. It seems like every town--nay, every barrio--has a reason to celebrate, usually to commemorate a saint or to give thanks for a harvest.

Today, Anson Yu gives us a background on Quiapo's Feast of the Black Nazarene, along with tips from procession veterans on how best to get close to the famous statue. On Tuesday, Macky Calo writes about Agusan del Sur's Naliyagan Festival, which celebrates Manobo culture. On Wednesday, Ian Casocot writes about the Buglasan Festival, as well as other fiestas that give Negros Oriental a reason to make merry. Next, Frank Cimatu gives us a rundown of festivals to attend in the Cordillera Administrative Region, and as a bonus, adds a fluvial parade survival guide tailored for Baguio's Panagbenga Flower Festival but with elements that can be applied to almost any fluvial parade. On Friday, Althea Ricardo tells us exactly what the deal with Cebu's Sinulog Festival is, and whether it's the right festival for you. After that, Lyra Santos writes about Ilocos Norte's many celebrations.

It's a week of eating, drinking, and making merry on BastaPinas. We Filipinos are always looking for reasons to have a good time. It could be because we have a lot to be thankful for.

BastaPinas, Biyahe Na!