January 25 | Lemery, Iloilo An annual festival in Lemery, Iloilo celebrated every 25trh of January, which features eight (8) districts portraying different situations or scenes on the real purpose of Saug. Saug is a local term/dialect which means to transfer wood/other farm products from one place to another by means of karosa. Source: Experience Philippines
January 25 | Baco, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines Celebrated in abundance of bananas; activities include the traditional “lupakan,” “harana” (serenade), and pandangguhan (dance with lights). Along this is a food festival featuring sumptuous meal and delicacies all made from banana, and are being displayed on artistically-designed booths of which materials used are also purely from banana trees. A streetdancing is a main event at the festivity which is staged every 25th of January, in observance of the town’s founding day. Source:Philippinefiestas.com
January 19 & 26| Lumban, Laguna, Philippines. On the occasion of the feast of San Sebastian, Lumban boasts of two noteworthy events that take place side by side the town fiesta.The moro-moro or the “Komedya” is staged on the eve and on the night of the Fiesta. Local talents are tapped to perform the demanding roles that the comedia necessitates. Wearing colorful costumes, local actors and actresses showcase their acting prowess before spectators.Another event that is celebrated in conjunction with the feast is the “Paligong Poon”. This traditional procession is observed at the Lumban River, where the Icon of the Patron Saint, San Sebastian, together with hundreds of devotees are float on “Kaskitos” ( a bunch of a big boat ), holding lighted candle doing ritual turn across the river. Participating are civic and religious organizations and groups of bands in the locality. The icon is then paraded around the town while locals take turns in dousing the saint and devotees. Witnessed by spectators from the municipality and neighboring towns. Source:Laguna.gov.ph
Held during Last Sunday of January | Malolos City, Bulacan, Philippines. The biggest expression of devotion of the Holy Child Jesus in the Luzon island, celebrated every last Sunday of January. The festivities begin with an exhibit of "Santo Niño" (Holy Child) and culminate in a grand procession of hundreds of folk, antique and new statues of the Holy Child different manifestations, e.g., as sheperd boy, as keeper of the world, as a sleeping child, etc.Source:Bulacan.gov.ph Sto. Niño de Tondo "Lakbayaw Festival" in Manila are the same in Sto. Niño Festival in Bulacan.
January 27 | Baras, Rizal, Philippines. The players move around like boxers. Each one aims to knock his opponent down by kicking at the latter’s legs. The kicks are delivered with considerable force and agility and sudden upward and backward movements of the foot. The use of the feet is necessary in winning over the opponent thus, the name “Sikaran” which means to kick. Source:VisitMyPhilippines.com
January 30- February 6 | Calinog, Iloilo An annual festivity of Calinog’s devotion to Sr. Sto. Niño. It is a nine day event and its activities consist of an opening salvo, food fest, live Sto. Niño contest among young boys not older than seven years old, Search for Lin-ay Kang Hinirugyaw and the contest proper for all participating tribes in three judging areas. Source:TravelMart.net
January 31 | Pateros, Metro Manila, Philippines. The Balot sa Puti Festival is a food festival featuring a cooking competition of the famous Philippine delicacy known as balut. Balut is a fertilized duck or chicken egg with a developing embryo inside. The egg is boiled and then eaten with a pinch of salt, chili, or vinegar depending on individual taste. People eating balut for the first time might be unsettled by the sight of an underaged chick after cracking the eggshell. Source:Travelmart.net