October Festivals 2012

Colorful masks and traditional folktales greet you this rainy month of October.

As the "ber months" come in swiftly, the weather gradually drops making long walks outdoors more leisurely and worthwhile. Traveling within the city or across regions is encouraged during this time of the year for not only it's the lean season for hotels, but also because it's the month of the MassKara Festival in Bacolod. Aside from this grand celebration in Negros Occidental, several other localities as well will be holding their own festivals toward the end of the month.

Awaken your senses this October by heading south of the country to visit historical places and witness grand festivals. Let brightly colored costumes and lavishly decorated streets and floats take you to a new high as you immerse yourself in the rich culture and traditions of the Philippines.

Zamboanga Hermosa Festival
October 1 - October 12 | Zamboanga City, Zamboanga Del Sur

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Photo by Ram Bucoy

Zamboanga City, also known as the City of Flowers, will be celebrating their annual festival of vintas. These traditional petite sailboats have roamed the local seas for years on end for it served as a mean of transportation and trade. Along with a series of regattas, this festivity will also feature flower and art exhibits, cultural shows, and trade fairs.

Kidapawan Fruit Festival
October 5 - October 10 | Kidapawan City, Cotabato

Kidapawan City is known to be home to endemic fruits and crops in the country. As locals' way of giving thanks for a plentiful harvest, they will be holding a week-long fruit festival. Fruit Galore features several exotic tropical fruits placed atop a makeshift table 800 meters long. This long stretch of fruity goodness is sprawled on a highway and is open for the public for free.

MassKara Festival
October 19 | Bacolod City, Negros Occidental

Every third week of October, Negrenses and tourists from all over the world head to Bacolod City to take part and witness the MassKara Festival. This colorful festival that features well-decorated masks originated several years back, when the city experienced a tragedy that shook its people. To propagate optimism and hope, the Bacolod government created this festival to instill positivity to the locals. Aside from lavishly decorated floats and masks, this festival also showcases a series of street dance competitions, trade fairs, and concerts.

Aswang Festival

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Photo by Abet Lagula

October 29 - October 31 | Roxas City, Capiz

Dugo Capiznon, Inc., a local group from Roxas City, created the Aswang Festival to reverse the negative connotation about aswangs in the locality to something positive and income generating. This festival features the rich marine life of the country's "Seafood Capital" and aims to showcase wide array of seafood products available on the island. In addition, the tourism department wants to highlight the unmatched hospitality of the Capicenos to guests or tourists visiting in the city.

Ibalong Festival
October 25 - October 31 | Legaspi City, Albay

Ibalong is a famous epic in the Bicol Region that narrates the history and beginning of the region. Locals dress up in colorful costumes to reenact this epic and many more other folktales passed on to them by their ancestors. They portray the roles of the heroes or villains in the stories and sometimes battle each other through street dancing.