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Philippines 2014 events

Moriones Festival

Date (To be confirmed):
April 2014

The annual Moriones Festival is a week-long religious event that begins on ......

The annual Moriones Festival is a week-long religious event that begins on Holy Monday and ends on Easter Sunday. It is one of the most colourful events in the Philippines and sees participants re-enact the story of Longinus, a Roman centurion who, it is said, speared the crucified body of Jesus Christ. Legend has it that the blood which flowed from Christ's body landed in Longinus' bad eye, curing him of blindness. This miracle caused him to convert to Christianity and he was consequently hunted by his fellow centurions. This part of the story is dramatically retold by costumed participants, the Romans wearing huge painted masks depicting fearsome faces. The performances take place in various locations throughout the island of Marinduque.

Venue:
Marinduque Island.

Address:
Marinduque Island, Philippines

Event cost:
Free to spectate.

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Rodeo Masbateño

Date (To be confirmed):
May 2014 (Early May.)

The annual rodeo sees cowboys and cowgirls (as well as students, government ......

The annual rodeo sees cowboys and cowgirls (as well as students, government workers and others) travel to the provincial capital of Masbate Island to participate in bull-riding and other tests of skill. Even spectators have a chance of winning, with several cows given away as raffle prizes during the festival.

Venue:
Masbate City

Address:
Masbate City, Philippines

Event cost:
Free to spectate.

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Sakay-Sakay Abayan (Fluvial Procession)

Date (To be confirmed):
June 2014

Held each year on the 1 June, Sakay-Sakay Abayan honours Virgen dela Paz Y ......

Held each year on the 1 June, Sakay-Sakay Abayan honours Virgen dela Paz Y Buen Viaje, the patron saint of Bilang-Bilang. During the celebrations, beautifully-adorned boats parade along the water front bringing health and good fortune to devotees.

Venue:
Barangay Taft.

Address:
Philippines

Event cost:
Free to spectate.

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Philippine Independence Day Celebration

Date (To be confirmed):
June 2014 (Independence Day.)

Each year on 12 June, the Philippines celebrates the date in 1898 when it a ......

Each year on 12 June, the Philippines celebrates the date in 1898 when it attained independence from 300 years of Spanish rule. According to the history books, it was on this date that General Emilio Aguinaldo raised the Filipino flag from his balcony and called the people to take up arms against their colonisers. The day is marked with ceremonies, memorial events and historic exhibitions.

Venue:
Various destinations in Surigao City.

Address:
Surigao City, Philippines

Event cost:
Free.

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Lanzones Festival

Date (To be confirmed):
October 2014 (Third week of October.)

One of many Filipino festivals celebrating an important local product, in t ......

One of many Filipino festivals celebrating an important local product, in this case lanzones (a small oval fruit with pale brown skin and juicy translucent flesh). The festival includes street dancing, cultural shows and (as always in the Philippines) a beauty pageant.

Venue:
Camiguin Island, Mindanao.

Address:
Camiguin Island, Mindanao, Philippines

Event cost:
Free to spectate.

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Grand Marian procession

Date (To be confirmed):
December 2014 (First Sunday in December.)

One of the capital’s most impressive spectacles, this festival sees a par ......

One of the capital’s most impressive spectacles, this festival sees a parade of carriages carrying statues of the Virgin Mary through Manila’s historical heart. It starts in the late afternoon, and the illumination of the carriages once night falls adds to the atmosphere.

Venue:
Intramuros, Manila

Address:
Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

Event cost:
Free to spectate.

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Philippines 2015 events

Kuraldal

Date (To be confirmed):
January 2015

Held during the same week as the Sasmuan town fiesta, Kuraldal is a huge re ......

Held during the same week as the Sasmuan town fiesta, Kuraldal is a huge religious festival that attracts Christian devotees from across the region. It takes place at the chapel of St Lucy, with participants taking part in a series of impassioned dances that begin in the evening and last through until well after midnight. It is said that on this night God grants the wishes of the dancers and many associate the event with fertility as it's believed infertile women are able to fall pregnant after the event.

Venue:
Sasmuan, Luzon Island.

Address:
Sasmuan, Philippines

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Good Friday Crucifixion Re-enactment

Date (To be confirmed):
April 2015 (Good Friday.)

Each Easter the town of Guagua in the Pampanga region stages a re-enactment ......

Each Easter the town of Guagua in the Pampanga region stages a re-enactment of Christ's crucifixion. Approximately 10 people take part each year and are flogged as they make their way through the streets before being nailed to a cross. A mixture of Roman Catholic and more primitive beliefs, the event is a bloody and rather gruesome spectacle that none-the-less always attracts huge crowds of locals and curious tourists. Although not encouraged by the church itself, this and other crucifixion events take place each Easter in various towns and cities around this predominantly Roman Catholic country.

Venue:
Guagua.

Address:
Guagua, Pampanga, Philippines

Event cost:
Free to spectate.

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Edited by Jane Duru
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