January 2013 Festivals

Pay tribute to the Sto. Niño at these various fiestas all over the Philippines.

By TravelBook
January 01, 2013

It's 2013, and as a new year begins, so does the Philippines welcome another twelve months of festive celebration! There are plenty of festivals commemorating the Sto. Niño this month. Are you planning to travel this January? Here are some must-see festivals to add to your list.

Ati-Atihan Festival
January 11-20 | Kalibo, Aklan

The Ati-Atihan Festival is held every third week of January done in honor of the Sto. Niño. Festival participants cover themselves in soot and take to the streets, performing to the beat of drums in ethnic garb.

Photo by Jonathan S. Igharas via Flickr Creative Commons

Feast of the Black Nazarene
January 9 | Quiapo, Manila

Thousands of devotees gather at Quiapo Church on January 9 to pay tribute to the image of the Black Nazarene, a statue of Jesus Christ brought to Manila by a Mexican priest in the olden days. The highlight of the festival is a street procession of the image.

Sinulog Festival
January 20 | Cebu City

Arguably Cebu's most popular festival, Sinulog is held to pay tribute to the Holy Image of Senyor Santo Niño de Cebu. One of the biggest activities is the grand procession in mardi gras parade fashion in which citizens in colorful tribal garb dance in the streets with the image of the Sto. Niño in hand.  

Dinagyang Festival
January 25-27 | Iloilo

The Dinagyang Festival, another feast commemorating the Sto. Niño with a grand parade, is held after the Sinulog Festival in Cebu and the Ati-Atihan in Aklan. This year, the Iloilo government will be accepting the image of the Sto. Niño from Cebu to make the festival more colorful.

Sto. Niño Festival
January 27 | Malolos, Bulacan

Every last day Sunday of January, Malolos holds their version of the Sto. Niño Festival. Among the festivities are an exhibit of images and a grand procession featuring different versions of the Sto. Niño.