Philippine Festivals and Events for October Posted by Carrie B. Yan on 10/03/2013 12:51 PM
The Philippines is rich with colorful festivals held all over the country all year round. Every region reflects its culture with their fiestas and some provinces are known for festivals that draw tourists and visitors every year.
The following are festivals and events celebrated in October:
Pista Ng Gubat (October 1 - Pandan, Antique) This event is an annual celebration of the biodiversity of Northwest Panay in the hope of increasing awareness and conservation in the Peninsula.
Hudyaka Sa Plaza (October 1-7 – Compostella Valley, Montevista) A recreational activity sa Plaza every Saturday Night till the Diwanag Festival open in December.
Mambulawan Festival (October 1-7 - Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte) Held to coincide with the Feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, the festival aims to forge unity and cooperation among the local community, to promote culture and arts, revitalization of mining industry, exposition of the town’s best, homecoming and involvement of Balikbayans.
Parau Festival (October 1-12 - Pilar, Sorsogon) A 12-day celebration done simultaneously with the Feast of Our Lady of the Pillar. It showcases the town's cultural heritage and the growing aspirations of its people.
Zamboanga Hermosa Festival (October 1-12 - Zamboanga City) Highlighted by the October 12 fiesta Pilar in honor of the miraculous image of Our Lady of the Pillar at the legendary Fort Pilar.
Wow Dabaw (October 1-15 - Davao City) A major promotional activity showcasing the various tourist destinations/products of the Davao region.
Ibalong Festival [Epic Tale Of Superheroes] (October 1-31 - Legazpi City, Albay) A festival depicting Bicol's early beginnings as portrayed by the characters in the epic Ibalong.
Kinilaw Festival (October 2 - Surigao City) A festival showcasing different styles in preparing a "Kinilaw" (raw fish delicacy). It also features the variety of fish, seafoods and other marine products in the locality.
Kariton Festival (October 2-5 - Tupi, south Cotabato) A celebration commemorating the significance of "kariton" in the life of the people and the development of Tupi as a whole. The event opens with a parade of "kariton" loaded and adorned by agricultural produce and drawn by carabaos. It aims to bring the young generation back to old times when kariton was the main means of transportation.
Pagoda [Feast of St. Francis of Assissi] (October 4 - Cardona, Rizal) Held to ask the Lord Almighty for a bountiful and blessed lake through the intercession of St. Francis of Assisi.
Feast Of Our Lady Of The Rosary (October 7 - Dipolog City) Dipolog City fiesta highlighted with religious and cultural shows.
Pagbiagan Festival/Baggat Dekat Festival and Solano Town Fiesta (October 7-8 - Solano, Nueva Vizcaya) Translated as Rice and Native Cakes Festival, which coincides with the town's founding anniversary celebration. A festival to revive the almost forgotten culinary arts of preparing rice cakes and delicacies; after which displaying them as exhibits and sharing the same to the guests and general public.
Lubi-Lubi Festival (October 8 - Glan, Sarangani Province) A dance festival extolling the many uses of the coconut in homage to Sta. Catalina de Alexandria. It shows that there is more to the coconut than just copra. Coconut by-product such as accessories, home decors and the famous coconut juice liquor locally known as "bahalina" are showcase during the event.
Kanduli Festival (October 10 - Lutayan, Sultan Kudarat) A merry making activity that features food festival and street dancing.
Ting'Udo [Fruit Harvest] (October 10 - Makilala, Cotabato) A celebration of bountiful fruit harvest highlighted by a fruit festival.
Feast Of Nuestra Señora Del Pilar (October 12 - Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro) Celebration of the town fiesta.
Kaaldawan Iraya (October 12 - Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro) Kaaldawan is an Iraya-Mangyan term which means "Kaarawan" or birthday. Iraya, on the other hand, refers to a particular Mangyan tribe inhabiting the northern part of the island of Mindoro, wherein Puerto Galera is located. The Kaaldawan-Iraya Festival is a cultural presentation which features Iraya dances, songs, folktales, indigenous games, ethnography and other traditions.
Quezon City Foundation Day (October 12 - Quezon City) Highlighted by a grand parade, street-dancing and Gabi ng Parangal in recognition of the city's outstanding citizens. Top Ten Taxpayers of the city are also awarded on this occasion.
Inasal/Halad Festival (October 15 - Talisay City, Cebu) A showcase of the city's historical heritage and identity promoting the city as an aqua and tourist hub.
Lanzones Festival (October 16-22 - Camiguin) A yearly showcase of the island's most famous fruit "Lanzones" through street dancing Parade and tableau competition.
Rahugan Festival (October 17-24 - Basud, Camarines Norte) Celebrates the most humble of character traits among Basudeños: the love of family, sense of belongingness, peaceful and cooperative life, and community spirit. This week-long festival, therefore, embraces the community in a solid manifestation of solidarity among its people.
Masskara Festival and Bacolod Charter Day Celebration (October 19 - Bacolod City) Features carnivals, fairs and a mardi-gras style by costumed and masked street dancers.
Cave Festival (October 20 - ComVal, Laak) Celebration for the beautiful caves.
Leyte Gulf Landing Anniversary (October 20 - Dulag and Palo, Leyte) Commemoration of the landings of Gen. Douglas MacArthur and the Allied Forces along the shores of Leyte to liberate the country from foreign invasion. The celebration is held at the MacArthur Landing Memorial Shrine in Red Beach, Palo, Leyte – also the site of biggest naval battle in world history.
Coffee Festival (October 21 - Lipa City, Batangas) The coffee festival was conceived to showcase the long reign of Lipa as the coffee granary of the Philippines.
Catandungan "Padayaw" Festival (October 22-24 – Catanduanes) Celebration of the province's anniversary and tribute to its founder. The festival's major component is the International Surfing Competition at Puraran, Baras, Catanduanes.
Apo Iraya Festival (October 23 - Abra de Ilog, Occidental Mindoro) The event demonstrates the traditions and other ways of life of the Iraya Mangyans. It conveys a story of worship and belief in a supernatural being, the Apo Iraya. Apo Iraya guides the Iraya Mangyans in their day to day activities such as birth, marriage, sickness, death, farming and fishing.
Oktuba Festival (October 23 - Leyte Park Hotel Convention Center) An annual festival aimed to promote the cultural heritage of Eastern Visayas and the local coconut industry by featuring the local coconut wine – Tuba.
Pakaradjan Festival (October 24-31 - Tagum City) A special gathering of dominant Muslim Tribes in Tgaum City such as K'gans (original settlers), Maranaos, Maguindanaos, Iranons, and Tausogs and showcasing their cultural talents in food, music and dances.
Battle Of Surigao Strait (October 25 - Surigao City, Surigao del Norte) Commemoration of the greatest Naval Battle of World War II.
Niyogan Festival (October 26–29 - Baganga, Davao Oriental) A festival to commemorate the importance of the niyog in the community.
Aeta Festival (October 27 - Botolan, Zambales) A showcase of the culture and arts of the Aeta/Abelling tribe in the Province, one way of celebrating Indigenous People month at the same time witness the culture of other Aetas from nearby provinces of Bataan, Pampanga, and Tarlac.
Kalibulongan (October 27-28 - Talaingod, Davao del Norte) An homage to their ancestors, the Anitos, and the celebration of a good Harvest.
Aswang Festival (October 29- October 30 - Roxas City) The festival intends to eclipse the aswang impression with the world-class quality of Capiz’ seafood products and warm captivating hospitality of the Capicenos.
Hinugyaw Sa Anilao (October 31 - Anilao, Iloilo) This is a celebration of the separation of Anilao from Banate, which also features various sports and cultural activities.