Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Philippine Festivals and Events this November (Updated!)

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Time flies so fast and now we are close to the end of the year. So before crazy folks count down to the end of the world (they say its 2012), here is a list of festivals and events you can join for the month of November: 

These giants are waiting for you.

November 1 and 2 All Saint's Day and All Soul's Day 
No fancy activities as these are the days Filipinos remember their departed friends and loved ones. It's also an opportunity for people to get-together and enjoy a vacation. Tourists can visit these unique cemeteries though.

November 3 to 5 Pintaflores Festival  in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental
This festival of thanksgiving combines the city's tattoo festival (pintados) and dances of flowers (flores). Hence, the name "Pintaflores." It features lively street dancing, reenactment of a dance ritual, and a grand fireworks display. See this page for more information

Pintaflores Festival Schedule of Activities
November 5  Cinco de Noviembre in Silay City, Negros Occidental
This historical festival commemorates the 113 years of Independence of Negros Island from the Spanish colonial government. This year's celebration includes a Heroes' March, a food festival, and a grand fiesta. Click here for updates. And while you're in Silay, make sure to visit the ancestral houses in that city as well as the tourist attractions of  Bacolod.

Silay's Cinco de Noviembre activities
November 14 to 18 Sapatos (Shoes) Festival in Marikina [Update!]
This year's Sapatos Festival started with a Shoe-for-a-Cause activities last month. The  festival's major activities, however, will start this November 14 as it's the feast of St. Crispin, the patron of Shoemakers. A shoe cosplay and a shoe float parade are just some of the exciting things in store for this festival.
Sapatos Festival Schedule from
Sapatos Festival 2011 
November 22 to 23 Higantes Festival in Angono, Rizal
Also known as Kapistahn ni San Clemente, this festival showcases Angono's devotion to San Clemente as well as the city's arts and culture. Highlights are the parade of colorful and giant paper mache effigies (Higantes) and a fluvial procession.  This year, there are pre-festival activities scheduled as early as November 3. Check this blog for the complete schedule of activities.  

November 23 to 29 Kabkaban Festival in Carcar, Cebu
Carcar is the heritage city of Cebu.  Each year, the city holds a  festival is in honor of its patron, St. Catherine of Alexandria. The festival features the historical periods, industry, and arts of Carcar. Watch out for the schedule of activities here.

November 26 to 27 Pawikan Festival in Morong, Bataan [Update!]
This annual festival is all about the Pawikan or sea turtles. Festival activities include street dancing, sand castle making, and other fun beach activities. Of course, there's the ceremonial release of sea turtles as well as coastal clean-up activities. (Thanks to @rearosereyes for this information.)

In addition to these events, one can look forward to the Christmas displays at Makati City's Central Business District as part of its annual Belen Sa Makati as well as the month-long arts festival at Baguio City. Lastly, November 30 is a non-working holiday because it is Bonifacio Day. 

Do you know other festivals and events in the Philippines this month? Tell us about it in the comments section!

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