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December 19 | San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines Landscaping competitions with agri -trade fair spearheaded by DTI and DA.  Source:Exploreilocos.com Yeepe.com

December 20-24| Calabanga, Camarines Sur, Philippines.  This festival paves the ground for an array of cultural and sports highlights such as the following: Panunuluyan, Larong Pinoy, Night with the Stars, Open Ballroom Dancing Competition, Search for the Best Christmas Decorated Home, Balikbayan Night, Binibining Pastores Beauty Pageant, Bikol Pastores Dance Competition, Mardi Gras, and the Senior's Citizen's Night.  Through the initiative and efforts made by the mayor of Calabanga and the Municipal Tourism Council, the Bikol Pastores festival has staged its first region-wide colorful presentation of Christmas carols, dances and symbols last December 24 to 31 of last year. December 26, 27 and 28 had been declared as non-working holidays through Proclamation No. 36 dated December 13, 2002.Source:Camarinessur.gov.ph

December 22
December 22 | Bayawan City Street dancing with scarecrow higantes the day before fiesta celebrates the guardins of the city's crops. Source:Sidlakan Tours & TravelPhilippinefestivalss.blogspot.com

December 22
3rd week of December | Zarraga A gastronomic adventure in Iloilo wouldn't be complete without the pantat or catfish barbecue from Zarraga. Being the “pantat capital” in the region, pantat is being sold in retail from well-known restaurants to alongside streets, cooked or alive along the town’s highway.  The Pantat Festival is Zarraga's biggest annual event which celebrates and aims to promote pantat production in the municipality. Clad in fishermen and catfish costumes, dancers imitate the complex movements of this black fish to the rhythm of the beating drums. More about Zarraga and Pantat Festival.

December 24
December 24| Kawit, Cavite A well-loved Caviteño tradition, the Maytinis is a dramatic retelling of St. Joseph’s and Virgin Mary’s search in Bethlehem for a place to stay. They found not a room, of course, but a stable where Christ was eventually born. Much rejoicing erupts as the play ends, culminating in a lively parade down the street of Kawit. It is a uniquely Filipino translation of this ancient biblical episode.  Source:WowPinoy.net

December 24
June 24 |Sofronio Española  Coastal Clean up and mangrove reforestation.  Source: Palawan Government 

December 25
December 25 - February 2 | Loboc, Bohol  This is when the town musicians of Loboc cover daily the assigned areas to partake of the food served by the host and to play music to the tune of Kuradang, Dalaga sa Baybayon, and others. This is also the period when carolers render Christmas songs to the families of the host area. Sources:WikipediaPhilippine Tourism

December 25 | Metro Manila, Philippines  Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) is the annual film festival held in Manila. The festival, which runs from the 25th of December to the first week of January, focuses on locally-produced films. The MMFF was established in the year 1975, during which Diligin Mo ng Hamog ang Uhaw na Lupa (Water the Thirsty Earth with Fog) by Augusto Buenaventura won the best film award. During the course of the festival, no foreign movies are shown across the Philippines. Moreover, only films approved by the jurors of the MMFF will be shown. One of the festival highlights is the parade of floats during the opening of the festival. The floats, each one representing a movie entry for the festival, parade down Roxas Boulevard, while the stars for films ride on them. On the awards night, the Best Float award is also announced, together with the major acting awards. Source:en.wikipedia.org

December 26
December 26-30 | San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte, Philippines  This is celebrated during San Nicolas Festival that highlights as a street dance competition pantomiming the Damilian's pottery making. Source:Philippinesreinvented.blogspot.com

December 26
December 26 | Maasin  Tultugan is an indigenous Ilonggo bamboo drum used centuries ago by the natives of Panay to communicate with each other. The drum was used by the natives to send messages of distress to the community by making fast beats. Upon hearing, the beats neighbors will then follow the pattern. The transference of beats is crucial to the evoking the immediate action of everyone in the community.  Tultugan Festival is the main tourist attraction of the municipality. It gives tribute to Panay's rich culture. The festival features a competition between tribes wearing costumes with bamboo as dominant material and dancing to the beat of bamboo musical instruments. Also in the festival is the Gwapo-Gwapa Carabao, a contest of carabaos dressed in fancy costumes. Read more about Maasin's Tultugan Festival.