Local Philippines Events
January 16
January 16 | Glorietta 4 Park, Makati City, PhilippinesThe Caracol Festival was initiated by the Makati Government to promote the conservation of our ecology. The festival is held on the streets of Makati and is participated mostly by students representing different schools. Participants are dressed in colorful animal costumes. Source:TravelMart.net

January 16
January 16 | Brgy. Tangos, Navotas, Metro Manila, Philippines.The Pangisdaan Festival is one of the highlights of the Navotas Day celebration. It features street dancing and float competition focusing on the fishing industry.  Source:TravelMart.net

January 16
January 16 | Cabuyao, Laguna, Philippines   The Batingaw Festival commemorates the legendary “Kampanang Ginto” which Cabuyao is known. The celebration always starts with the simultaneous ringing of church bells, which believes, bring good agricultural harvest. Highlights of the five-day festival includes the colorful street dancing, singing contest, trade fair exhibits & fireworks.  Source:Caliraya Lake Festivals

January 17 | Cebu, Philippines  It has been a tradition to have the image of the Child Jesus visit His parents before His grand day. The icon will be leaving His home in the Basilica del Sto. Niño which is in the heart of Cebu City and will be paraded to His foster father in the St. Joseph Parish in Mandaue City, another city next to His domicile.  A great number of dynamic and lively devotees will be following the Infant, as He make His way, once a year, to His father Joseph. The Niño stays with His father for a day and a night, while believers from nearby cities and municipalities can join with Jesus’ celebration and have a vigil in the parish. After an overnight stay with His father, He will be voyaging His way to His mother in a nearby island in Lapu-Lapu. The ceremonies in Cebu begin with this early morning fluvial procession, reenacting the coming of the Spaniards. The Holy Child Jesus is usually kept in a glass case bedecked with blossoming flowers, which will be carried by a “galleon” towards His destination.  The sound of drums beating and trumpets roaring in the wee hours of the morning would not affect the solemnity of the ritual. Fireworks, ship’s bullhorns, sirens and yells from the Sto. Nino devotees can add vibrance to the decorated motorboats sailing under a brilliant sun. Air Force helicopters from Mactan Air Base and other private planes will be hovering above and showering petals in the flotilla, which include motorized bancas, passenger boats, yachts, barges and fastcrafts.  Source:Sinulog.ph

January 18
18 January | Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines  The town people were largely dependent in basic agriculture & family own enterprises for livelihood. The characteristics of the people being masikap make the town progressive & a town with peace, loving, trustworthy & industrious people called “Rosenian.”  Source:Laguna Government Website    

19 January | Manila, Philippines The City of Manila, residents and non-government organizations of Sto. Niño de Tondo conducts a series of cultural activities held in the said community culminating in the "Lakbayaw Street Dance Festival" wherein Ati-atihan groups, schools, community as well as religious organizations compete for the Mayor's trophies and cash prizes.   Source:VisitMyPhilippines.com  Bulacan also has a Sto. Niño Festival, held during Last Sunday of January.

January 19
January 19 | Janiuay, Iloilo “Sadsad Sa Kalye” is a dynamic mass presentation expressing the beliefs, views, visions and aspirations of the Janiuaynons based upon tradition, historical experiences, and culture of the people of Janiuay. It is a street-dancing affair buoyed by the kaleidoscopic prism of cultured grace and fineness that reflects the embodiment of all that are beautiful in man’s body and soul. “Sadsad” is a native word meaning dance.  Source:TravelMart.net

January 19 | Bansud, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines A streetdance similar to Sinulog which depicts “thanksgiving” for the bountiful harvest. It is participated in by the different sectors of the community from school children to senior citizens. The event is annually held every January 19, the traditional town fiesta in honor of its Patron Sto. Niño. Source:Philippinefiestas.com  

January 19
January 19 | Poro The Tagbo Festival celebrates the founding of Poro. The festival is celebrated through a street dancing parade that depicts the confrontation between two warring tribes. Source:Camotes Resorts etravelpilipinas.com

January 20
January 20 (or every third Sunday of January) | Kalibo, Aklan  The Ati-Atihan is a festival in honour of the Santo Niño, celebrated in the third week of January. During the last three days of this week-long festival (fiesta), a parade is characteristic. A colourful happening with celebrants who paint their faces in many different ways and who are dressed in the most exceptional costumes. The dancing on the rhythms of the drums makes this festival comparable with carnival in Rio in Brazil! The fiesta is celebrated in Kalibo on the island of Panay (Visayas).In the thirteenth century, long before the Spaniards came to the Philippines, light-skinned immigrants from the island of Borneo (Kalimantan) in Indonesia arrived on Panay. The local people of Panay, the Ati (negritos), a small and dark (black) kinky-haired people, sold them a small piece of land and allowed them to settle down in the lowlands. The Atis themselves, lived more upland in the mountains. One time the Ati people was in need of food because of a bad harvest in their homelands. They came down to the lowlands of the Maraynon and asked them food. Every year since then, the Atis came down to the lowland inhabitants to ask for some food. They danced and sang in gratitude for the helping hand. A real friendship was born and the Maraynon started to paint their faces black in honor of the Atis and took part in the fiesta. After the Spaniards settled down in the Philippines, some Catholic elements infiltrated in the fiesta, especially honoring Santo Niño. A Spanish representative arranged a deal with the local leaders of the Atis and the leader of the immigrants from Borneo. The outcome of the deal was, that in the future the existing native celebration would be dedicated to the Santo Niño. Nowadays it is a mix of parades, procession and dancing people on the rhythms of monotonous music of drums or the rhythmic tinkling of metal and stone on bottles. It looks as if the dancing never stops! The ritual dance originates from the Atis. The name Ati-Atihan means "make-believe Atis." It is said that the procession is the climax of the fiesta. It is held on the last Sunday. The street dancers never fail to enter the Kalibo church every time they pass by. Sources: Philippines.hvu.nlAti-Atihan Official Website