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Top 3 Festivals in the Philippines

#1 Ati- Atihan

• #1 Ati- Atihan • #2 Sinulog Festival • #3Dinagyang Festival

#2 Sinulog Festival #3Dinagyang Festival

• #1 Ati- Atihan • #2 Sinulog Festival • #3Dinagyang Festival
• #1 Ati- Atihan • #2 Sinulog Festival • #3Dinagyang Festival

# 1 Ati-Atihan Festival

# 1 Ati-Atihan Festival
# 1 Ati-Atihan Festival

3rd weekend of January | Kalibo, Aklan

This Sto. Niño festival started it all. One of the oldest religious celebrations in the country, Ati-Atihan is characterized by a parade filled with face-painted celebrants, indigenous costumes and weapons, tribal dances, and loud drumbeats.

• 3rd weekend of January | Kalibo, Aklan • This Sto. Niño festival started it all.
• 3rd weekend of January | Kalibo, Aklan • This Sto. Niño festival started it all.

Tourists who flock to Kalibo for the festivities are free to cover themselves in

black soot and dance on the streets with

the drum beats. Known as the “The

Filipino Mardi Gras,” it is truly an

experience not to be missed. Philippine Festival: Ati-Atihan, Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines

• Tourists who flock to Kalibo for the festivities are free to cover themselves in black

#2 Sinulog Festival

#2 Sinulog Festival

Cebu also has its own version of the festival in honor

of the Sto. Niño. If you find yourself attending the Sinulog Festival, “Pit Señor!” is a phrase you will hear a lot. It means “Panangpit sa Señor,” a Cebuano phrase that means to plead to the Señor Santo Niño.

It is one of the most attended festivals in the Philippines, attracting millions of locals and tourists

from all over the world. In 2013, it was reported

that the number of participants reached a whopping four million.

Cebu also has its own version of the festival in honor of the Sto. Niño. If
Cebu also has its own version of the festival in honor of the Sto. Niño. If

Sinulog not only sets the stage for Cebuano talents but also for other

regional acts as contingents from

neighboring provinces are showcased

through street dancing, pageantry, and

sports. It is also known for hosting the

country’s biggest raves, drawing a growing

number of party-goers from all over the

country year after year.

• Sinulog not only sets the stage for Cebuano talents but also for other regional acts

#3Dinagyang Festival

#3Dinagyang Festival

4th weekend of January | Iloilo City

If you happen to know someone from Iloilo, try and ask them about this Philippine festival. You’ll see how their pride for their city’s festival is nothing short of

astounding.

Once a year, Iloilo City transforms into one big street party streets closed, bands in all corners, overflowing food and drinks, and towering boom

boxes. To cap it all off, tribes representing different

barangays and high schools perform in one very

competitive street dancing contest.

• 4th weekend of January | Iloilo City • If you happen to know someone from
• 4th weekend of January | Iloilo City • If you happen to know someone from

It’s no wonder how this city’s once simple

celebration in honor of the child Jesus (Sto. Niño)

ended up bagging several awards including the

Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines’

(ATOP) title holder for Best Tourism Event of the

Philippines.

According to Iloilo City Tourism Officer Ben Jimena, the winning tribes are now going international and

will be promoting Philippine tourism to countries like the United States, Canada, and Singapore.