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International Bamboo Organ Festival

The oldest and largest in Asia, this musical instrument, entirely made out of bamboo, was built in 1824 during the Spanish period by Padre Diego Cera, and it still works. Organists from around the world celebrate St Joseph's Parish Church's unique bamboo organ at this annual festival in Manila.

Date: 01 February 2017 - 28 February 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Las Piñas City.

Aliwan Fiesta

Different Filipino cultures and heritages are celebrated in this competition, with prizes for the winning dance parade and float. There’s also a beauty pageant.

Date: 20 April 2017 - 22 April 2017
Venue: CCP Complex

Flores de Mayo

At first glance this seems to be a parade of beautiful Filipinas, but it is actually a religious procession commemorating Emperor Constantine's quest for the cross in which Jesus was crucified. Beauty queens pageants, featuring national celebrities, mark an offering of flowers to the Virgin Mary and celebrate the coming of the rains.

Date: 01 May 2017 - 31 May 2017
Venue: Nationwide.

Fete de la Musique (World Music Day)

This French-founded music celebration takes place around the world, and in different locations across Manila. As well as original Filipino music, there are international acts, and the genres range from rock, indie and grunge.

Date: 18 June 2017 - 23 June 2017
Venue: Various locations across the city.


Santa Anang Banak River Festival

Delightful river parade of decorated boats honouring the patroness of Taguig City – St Anne.

Date: 26 July 2017
Venue: Taguig City.

Cinemanila International Film Festival

A film-buffs favourite, this is a yearly international film festival, with screenings of the best contemporary and classic films from all over the world. There is also an awards ceremony.

Date: 01 December 2017 - 31 December 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Bonafacio Global Village, Taguig City.

Feast of the Black Nazarene

The streets of old Manila (from Quiapo Church) are flooded by ecstatic crowds who try to touch a revered religious statue of the famous Black Nazarene. Better viewed from a safe distance.

Date: 09 January 2018
Venue: Quiapo.

World Pyro Olympics

Every Saturday night for six weeks, some of the world's best fireworks manufacturing companies compete against the backdrop of the Bay of Manila.

Date: 01 February 2018 - 31 March 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: SM Mall of Asia


Chinese New Year

Welcoming the Chinese lunar year with feasting, processions and fireworks in Manila's Chinatown.

Date: 16 February 2018
Venue: Binondo.

Wanderland Festival

An annual indie music festival held in Muntiniupa City, the southernmost city in Metro Manila. As well as local and international bands, the festival has art installations and food stalls, and is usually themed.

Date: 01 March 2018 - 31 March 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Filinvest City Event Grounds