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3 January | Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines. The name of the event is derived from "Maypajo," a shortcut of Pajotan, a local variety of mango variety found in Caloocan City.  This colorful procession/parade of different Sto. Niños, together with thousand devotees dance their way to the tune of Ati-atihan sound. Several miracles and favors granted are attributed by the faithful to the miraculous image of Sto. Niño.   Source:VisitMyPhilippines.com  

January 21
3rd Sunday of January | Sibulan  Masulog Festival is a showcase of culture and tradition intertwined in a well choreographed dance in flamboyant costume in honor of the child Jesus, Sr. Sto. Niño.  Source:Official Website of Sibulan 

November 21 to 22 | Lapu- Lapu City, Cebu  This Cebu festival celebrates the founding of this thriving Cebu city. The patron saint of the city, the Virgin of the Rule, is also given due acclaim during this festival through a series of colorful rites and festive merrymaking. SourceAsiaTravel.com 

January 21
January 21-23 | Tagbilaran City, Bohol Tagbilaran City pays tribute to a favorite plant--the ube. Join the Boholanos in their efforts to establish this tasty, purple-hued crop as a major agricultural product. Seminars, exhibits and contests galore. For almost half a millennium, the ubi tuber has been venerated by the Boholanos. To this day, the respect for the plant is still stronger than ever. The festival institutionalizes the ubi crop as the agro-historical geographical-religious symbol of Bohol, giving the ubi the recognition it rightfully deserves in the market. The festival features an exhibit, ubi contest, an agri-business investment opportunities seminar, and a cultural show. Sources:WikipediaPhilippine Tourism

January 21
3rd Saturday of January | San Joaquin, Iloilo Bayluhay festival is celebrated every third week of January. The festival reflect's the town's unique mixture of race and cultures . Historical and religious themes, mostly anchored from the Barter of Panay, and efforts with the preservation of rituals are reflected mostlty through their dances.  Since that time, the Malay and Aetas have assimilated most important cultural trends as seen in the different rituals that are still being observed in some of the town's barangays. These rituals are authenticated by the "maarams" or medicine men or healers in the area. The rites of passage that evolced from the war dance or dinapay was performed during the Malay-Aeta exchange, to ward off evil and protect them from harm. Source:Iloilo Government Website 

January 22
In an effort to increase public awareness of Vigan as a unique historic city to be conserved and protected, the Save Vigan Ancestral Homes Association, Inc. (SVAHAI), a local non-government organization involved in the conservation of Vigan Heritage, initiated the 1st Viva Vigan Festival of the Arts in May 1993. With the help of members of print and broadcast media, as well as Manila-based proponents of conservation, the first festival was a success.Encouraging public response has made festival a yearly activity. It has also proven to be a stimulus for the local tourism industry. Over the past years, the Viva Vigan Festival has become one of the biggest cultural events in the North, attracting domestic and foreign visitors who come to Vigan on a pilgrimage to our heritage.Viva Vigan is held every 1st week of May. It features a calesa parade, binatbatan street dancing, ramada games, religious rituals, santacruzan, bankathon, exhibits, trade/food fairs, abel-iloco fashion show and other exciting events.   How to get there Travel time roughly takes 8-12 hours by car or bus, depending on the traffic. There are many air-conditioned buses that depart from Manila to Vigan. The buses depart on scheduled times and stops over at designated stations along the way. Source:Santa.gov.ph  

January 22-23 | Guiguinto, Bulacan, Philippines.  The 14 Barangay vigorously prepares their respective floats together with the non-governmental organization & civil society showcasing the diverse landscaping designs of our local gardener. There is a :bagsak presyo" or up to 50 % discount on almost all ornamental plants. The Santa Cruz cloverleaf "garden showcase" will be the permanent place to display flowers, plants & landscaping design in order to promote tourism & attract visitors.Source:Bulacan.gov.ph  

January 23-24 | Tanay, Rizal, Philippines.  The town fiesta in honor of San Ildefonso de Toledo is held every January 23. Musical band sponsored by the nine barangays roam around the town. The musical exhibition and competition is held in the afternoon of January 24. There is also a painting exhibition, carnival and amateur singing competitions.  Source:VisitMyPhilippines.com   

January 23
January 23-24 | Port Barton, San Vicente  “Arawedan” celebration of cultural events and exposition of their tourist attractions. Source:Palawan Government

January 25
January 25 |Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines.  The "Heritage City," as Vigan is known, bursts into merry colors through its Binatbatan Festival, luring hordes of local and foreign tourists to its streets lined up with ancestral houses.  The festival got its name from the Iluko term batbatin, or separating cotton balls from the seeds of the local fruit tree kapas sanglay. The cotton balls are then spun and used in weaving the abel, which Chinese merchants then residing in Ciudad Fernandina, the Vigan of old, exported and which was among the local products shipped during the galleon trade from the 15th to the 18th century. No wonder, abel products were showcased during the festival. And Vigan Mayor Eva Singson-Medina is all agog in promoting them. She said they want to bring back the traditional Iluko hand-weaving, and churn out not just the abel cloth but products made from it.  Other festival events included calesa and Ramada décor contests, and, of course, a showcase of Vigan’s delicacies like the royal bibingka, longganisa and empanada. A local pastry called masa podrida, which dates back to the early 1960s, "re-appeared" during the festival.  Source:Santa.gov.ph