The Philippines is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Asia-Pacific region, for its breathtaking natural beauty and superb beaches, such as Puerto Princesa, Baguio City, Tubbataha Reef, Banaue Rice Terraces, Underground River, and so on. Also recently, the Philippines has attached great importance to the medical tourism, which has attracted numerous tourists here to enjoy the high quality health services. In addition, there are many interesting festivals celebrated in the Philippines throughout the whole year. Here we are going to introduce some of these festivals.
Cebu Sinulog Festival
This festival is celebrated on the third Sunday of January, usually lasts for 9 days, and characterized by a street parade, of which the participants are all dressed with colorful costume and dance to the rhythm of drums and trumpets.
This festival is celebrated throughout the Davao City to thank good harvests. Kadayawan Festival is usually held during the third week on August and celebrated by local people in various ways. And the common celebration activities include street dancing competition, parade of decorated float, power boat races and street shows and so on.
This festival is also known as Flower Festival of Baguio, and usually celebrated during February and lasts for one month. Main celebration activity is the parade of floats decorated with colorful flowers. Panagbenga Festival is comparable to Rose Parade of Pasadena, California.
This festival is held in the Marinduque Island and usually during holy week or Lenten season. Main celebration activity is a street parade, and participants often wear colorful grabs.
In addition, during the Lenten season, some bizarre and amazing activities are held to celebrate the holy week. Places on Central Luzon, like Bulacan and Pampanga, are noted for self flagellation, which includes whipping on the backs and real crucifixion of the devotees. It is believed that by enduring extreme body punishment on Holy Friday, they can clean up their sins and gain wishes.