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Flores de Mayo & Santacruzan

Flores de Mayo is a nationwide celebration where young girls dressed in white scatter flowers around images of the Virgin Mary. On the last day of Flores de Mayo is Santacruzan, a beauty pageant featuring national celebrities, commemorating Emperor Constantine's quest for the cross in which Jesus was crucified.

Date: 01 May 2021 - 31 May 2021
(Date to be confirmed)
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: 21 June 2021 - 21 June 2021
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 2021 - 26 July 2021
Venue: Taguig City.
Cost:

Free.


Dreamanila 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: 19 November 2021 - 19 November 2021

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 2022 - 09 January 2022
Cost:

Free.


Chinese New Year

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

Date: 01 February 2022 - 01 February 2022
Venue: Binondo.
Cost:

Free.


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