Cebu Philippines Festivals, Fiestas and Cultural Event
Kadaugan sa Mactan Festival
in Cebu love to celebrate festivals or are fiesta-loving
people. Cebu has one of the most colorful and
world-renowned festivals in the Philippines and they
celebrate it with excitement and high spirits. Cebu
celebrates different festivals in different towns and
cities. Cebu celebrate fiestas with religious rituals
and dancing in the streets to the beat of the drums.
List of Cebu Festivals
3rd Sunday of January (Cebu City)
People shouts "Viva Pit Señor". The Sinulog is Cebu
City's most popular and grandest festival. It is
celebrated every 3rd Sunday of January in honor of the
Señor Sto. Niño. Foreign and local tourists flock to
Cebu City for this celebration and join in the
procession and the grand mardi gras. The Sinulog is a
dance-prayer expressing devotion to the Holy Child. it
is popular belief among Cebuanos that this dance-prayer
is the most effective way of getting favors from the Sto.
Niño. This festival is world-renowed and the most
extravagant festival in Cebu. The Sinulog festival is
celebrated in honour of the holy child Senior Santo
Niño. The highlights in this festivities is the street
dancing where merrymakers dance to the beat of the pit
19th of January (Poro, Camotes Island)
It is celebrated every January in honor of patron Sto.
Niño de Poro. Beloved memoir of a living past, Tagbo is
the corner stone from which this great municipality has
sprung. Rich in cultural heritage and deep in spiritual
values, Tagbo is a very significant event precluding the
birth of a town very dear to the hearts of her sons and
20th of January (Borbon)
"Silmugi" is an old name of the town of Borbon and the
festival is in honor of its patron saint for the
bountiful harvest. The street dancing which is one of
the highlights is participated in by the different
10th Of February (Catmon)
The town of Catmon is famous for its tasty "bodbod" and
thus is the focus of the festival. The street dancing
competition is participated by the different barangays
has its dance movements, the movement of making the
bodbod with the costumes in bodbod concept.
February - Movable (Mandaue City)
Organized by the Cebu Equine Owners, Breeders and
Sportsmen Association (CEOBSA), the Kabayo festival is
supported by the DOT. The festival promotes sports
tourism, ecotourism and agri-industrial tourism
awareness in the country. The highlights include the
parade of horses, horse racing competition and the best
decorated "tartanillas" or horse drawn carriages and
features a bazaar and flea market.
14th of February (Consolacion)
The festival is part of the town's commemoration of
their founding anniversary. It is a mardi gras parade
and street dancing along the main thoroughfares with
participants using a creative design of "sarok", a
native hat used by the farmers to protect them from the
heat of the sun.
18th March (San Francisco, Camotes Island)
named after the soli-soli plant which abounds around the
lake Danao which is used for mat, bags and hat weaving
and other handicrafts. its freestyle street dancing
competition uses soli-soli plant as its dominant
material. The festival adds color to the feast of St.
Joseph the Worker.
3rd Sunday of April (Santander)
The festival focuses on the town's famous delicacy, the
"tostado". The street dancing which is the highlight of
the festivity uses the different movements of making
tostado in the dance participated in by the different
Easter Sunday (Daan Bantayan)
Starts on Easter Sunday and ends with a street dancing
on the seventh day after Easter. Haladaya means "Halad
kang Datu Day", the leader of the first Malayan settlers
in Daan bantayan. Highlights include the fluvial aprade
where patron saints of the different barangays will be
placed in decorated bancas or motorized outrigger boats
and paraded in the sea.
Easter Sunday (Minglanilla)
Showcases the "Sugat" in which the town is known for
many years since. The street dancing depicts the joy
felt by the believers when Christ is resurrected. The
celebration is grander since it will be followed by a
day long games and entertainment that highlights the
endowment of Minglanilla's history, trade and arts.
Bahug-bahug sa Mactan or Kadaugan sa Mactan
22nd - 27th of April (Lapu-Lapu City)
A weeklong commemoration of the historic battle of
Mactan between the Spanish Conquestador Fernando
Magallanes and Mactan Chieftain Lapu-Lapu. The festival
features various activities highlighted by the series of
musical productions culminating with the famous battle,
food street and live band entertainment.
7th of May (Mandaue City)
A showcase of the city's historical heritage and
identity promoting the city as an industrial and tourist
hub, that involves the Spanish regime through street
dancing, dioramas, floats, food festival, trade fair and
12th of June (Cebu City)
The Tartanilla Festival is Cebu City's way of preserving
the tartanilla (horse-drawn carriage) heritage by
reviving the oldest mode of transportation to ply some
of the city's streets. The festival coincides with the
city's celebration of the country's Independence Day
starting from June 1 to 12. gaily decorated tartanillas
driven by kutseros ply the streets of some of the city's
barangays and compete for several awards.
Camotes Cassava Festival
2nd week of June (Tudela, Camotes Island)
A yearly celebration of a bountiful harvest where
farmers display their various cassava-based products,
share their varied technical experiences in producing
and processing cassava products. Among the activities
are the Best Booth Contest, Poster-making Contest,
search for new cassava food products, cultural night and
the search for Miss Camotes Tourism.
Last week of June (Bantayan, Bantayan Island)
Palawod is the fishermen's daily toil, their means of
livelihood, their life and pride. The street dancing
captures and preserves the Bantayanon's unique
traditional fishing rituals inherent to the island
through dancing, music and the visual arts.
Semana Santa sa Bantayan
Holy Thursday and Good Friday (Bantayan, Bantayan
Also known as "Pasko sa Kasakit" Celebrated in Holy
Thursday and Good Friday. This is celebrated in the
observance of the Holy Week on Bantayan Island with
procession and merry making.
June - Movable (Aloguinsan)
Kinsan is the name of the town's favorite fish that
abounds in the town's coastal area every June. It is
relatively big fish, with a foot-long kinsan, weighing
about three kilos considered small.
June - Movable (Bogo City)
Kuyayang refers to the dance movements conveying
courtship and love characterized by the Bagohanon's
cariñoso character. Kuyayang mardi gras as a cultural
tourism festival manifests the cultural heritage of Bogo
as a place and avenue for cultural conservancy program
of the city.
25th of July (Compostela)
A street dancing competition that honor's the town's
patron saint, Señor Santiago de Apostol. History retells
of a war between Christians and Muslims where the
townsfolk saw and was saved by a miraculous apparition
of a man riding a horse and later became known as the
town's patron saint.
Dinagat Bakasi festival
2nd week of August (Cordova)
It is a unique reinvention of the Dinagat Festival. The
exotic eel locally known as "bakasi" is peculiar and
abundant in Cordova. The dance replicates the gliding
movement of the bakasi.
9th of August (Sibonga)
Celebrated in honor of the town's patron saint, Our Lady
of Pilar and Santa Filomena. Among its highlights is the
street dancing and ritual/showdown competition. "Bunga"
is a Cebuano word which means fruit in English. This
festival is a thanksgiving for all the blessings and
graces the Sibongahalnons have received for the abundant
fruits found in their town.
Last Saturday of August (Alcoy)
The festival promotes the Mag-abo forest with its famous
Black Shama or Siloy, the town's scenic white sand
beaches and dive spots and in honor of the town's
patroness Saint Rose of Lima.
3rd Sunday of September (Ronda)
Celebrated during the town's fiesta that features
activities like trade fair, livelihood forum and a
street dancing competition participated in by the
different barangays with the dance movements depicting
the various livelihood program of the town.
3rd Sunday of September (Danao City)
The Karansa is a dance expressing one's joy and
happiness performed in four basic steps: The kiay, karag,
kurug and kurahay that jibes with the Karansa official
beat. It is celebrated during the city's annual fiesta
in honor of their patron saint, Sto. Tomas de
26th of September (Argao)
Argao's tribute to the tradition of townsfgolk faith,
celebrations, food, work, livelihood, arts and crafts.
Pitlagong is an instrument for cleaning the "sugong"
which is a bamboo container for coconut wine of "tuba"
which is very important to the taste and quality of the
4th of October (Dumanjug)
Sinanggi-yaw is taken from two old Cebuano words,
Sinanggi meaning abundance of harvested agricultural
products of the local farmers and Sayaw meaning dance.
Through street dancing and field presentation.
Performers is focused on three aspects: planting,
harvesting and thanksgiving.
Inasal (Halad) Festival
14th - 15th of October (Talisay City)
A showcase of Talisay City's historical heritage and
identity promoting the city as an aqua and tourist hub,
through street dancing as a thanksgiving offering to the
city's patroness, Sta. Teresa de Avila. Sports fest,
paradeof the great personages as higantes, food festival
featuring the famous "inasal" or lechon, Talisay's roast
pig being the undisputable best - golden brown,
crackling crispy skin, tasty meat from secret stuffed
4th week of November (Carcar City)
The festival is in conjunction with the fiest of St.
Catherine of Alexandria, the town's patron saint. It is
a cultural catalogue of the town's historical past.
Among the highlights of the festival which was named
after Carcar's old name Kabkab which is a kind of fern,
is the street dancing and parade.
2nd of December (Alegria)
"Kawayan" is the vernacular term for bamboo and is the
major source of livelihood/income in Alegria. The street
dancing competition is based on the kawayan and is
slated during the town's fiesta in honor of Saint
8th of December (Oslob)
In celebration of the town's annual fiesta, "sadsad" is
a form of merrymaking and thanksgiving for the blessings
received for the past year from the town's patroness,
the Immaculate Conception.
8th - 9th of December (Tudela, Camotes)
The festival is a street dancing and ritual contest
participated by the community. It is history retold of
the richness of the town's origin from immortals to the
time of Christianization until it was separated from its
mother town of Poro in the year 1911.
Pasyon sa Mandaue
Good Friday to Easter Sunday (Mandaue City)
This is a re-enactment of the passion, death and
resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Fiesta sa Mandaue
May 8 - Week Long Festival (Mandaue City)
This is a week long fiesta celebration. The festival
will starts May 8. The fiesta is celebrated in honour of
Manduae's Patron Saint, St. Joseph.
Feast of Santa Filomena
Celebrated in the First week of August in Tingo, Olango
Tagbo Poro Festival
Celebrated every January in honor of Patron Santo Niño
de Poro in Camotes Island. Tagbo is the cornerstone from
which this great municipality has sprung.
Fiesta celebrated in Badian Cebu in the Month of July.
Fiestas in the Provinces