March 2011 Festivals
Check out what fun fiestas and festivals are lined up all over the country this month!
As the weather gets warmer and summer starts to roll in during the month of March, several provinces celebrate their foundation days and various historical events. This month's festivals are scattered all over the country--from the Guling-Guling Festival in Ilocos Norte to the colorful gatherings in the southern province of Bukidnon. Start putting your travel plans in gear if you plan to be part of the festivities!
Bangkero Festival in Pagsanjan, Laguna
March 29-April 2
The Bangkero Festival in Pagsanjan, Laguna is celebrated in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and is a tribute to all the bangkeros (boatmen) who shoot the rapids of the Pagsanjan River and who usually serve as tour guides for visitors who want to see the famous Pagsanjan Falls. The festival was originally celebrated during the first weeks of March. However, it has been moved to a later date. This year, the celebrations begin on March 29 and culminates on April 2. During the festival, there are pageants, street dancing, singing contests and a marathon, aside from the fluvial parade.
Araw ng Dabaw in Davao City, Davao del Sur
On the second week of March every year, the people of Davao City celebrate the birth of their city on March 16, 1936. The festivities include pageants, parades, contests, and performances. On the last day of the festival, a thanksgiving mass is held in the morning before concluding the festival with a parade and a number of performances that last throughout the day. Check out this year's Araw ng Dabaw schedule of activities here.
Pintados de Passi Festival in Passi City, Iloilo
The Pintados de Passi Festival in Iloilo is the weeklong foundation day festival of Passi City in Iloilo. The main event is the tribal dance, where participants dance in the streets with their bodies covered in intricate tattoos, commemorating the way of life of the original inhabitants of Iloilo. Some of the other events that take place during the festival are body painting, carabao painting contests, dance competitions, and beauty pageants.
Guling-Guling Festival in Paoay, Ilocos Norte
Day before Ash Wednesday
The Guling-Guling Festival in Paoay, Ilocos Norte is much like Mardi Gras, in that it is the celebration before the beginning of the Lenten Season. The festivities include dancing in the streets, beauty pageants, fairs, and evening performances. This year, the Guling-Guling Festival falls on March 8.
Kaamulan Festival in Malaybalay, Bukidnon
End of February to March 13
The Kaamulan Festival is the biggest festival in Bukidnon. "Kaamulan" is derived from the word "amul" which means "to gather." During this time, the tribespeople of Bukidnon get together and celebrate the birth of Bukidnon as a province on March 10. Today, the celebrations begin at the end of February and end on March 13. During the festival, there are contests, races, fairs, conventions, and special rituals. To see the schedule of events for this years Kaamulan Festival, click here.