December Festivals 2013

Enjoy these fun celebrations before the year ends.

By Nigel Maranan
December 03, 2013

Christmas season is here, travelers! Before saying goodbye to 2013, gear up for a handful of celebrations and activities that will surely make you want to travel more across the Philippines. Read on to find out what some of them are.

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Kalamay Festival
December 2 | San Enrique, Iloilo
Featuring Iloilo culture, tradition, lifestyle, and livelihood, the Kalamay Festival is celebrated by natives every year in thanksgiving for the prosperous sugar industry.

Immaculate Conception
December 8 | Cotabato City
The Immaculate Conception is the patroness of Cotabato City. The celebration begins on December 1 and continues until the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8. Join the festive street parades as well as the cultural show and religious activities.

Pampanga Day
December 11 | San Fernando, Pampanga
Kapampangans celebrate Pampanga Day every December 11 in honor of the official founding of the province as the first province in Luzon on December 11, 1751.

Misa De Gallo
December 16-24 | Nationwide

Also known as Simbang Gabi, The Misa De Gallo is a yearly tradition of Filipino Catholics that starts on December 16 until the midnight mass on December 24. The mass is normally attended at 3 or 4AM. Filipino native delicacies such as puto bumbong and bibingka are sold outside the church, another sign of Christmas approaching.

Rizal Day
December 30 | Dapitan City and Nationwide
Declared as a national holiday in the Philippines, Rizal Day commemorates the life and works of Dr. Jose Rizal, the country's national hero. Many events and activities are celebrated in Dapitan City, the hometown of Dr. Jose Rizal where he stayed for four years in exile.

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