Lucban and its Flamboyant Feast

The town comes alive in the month of May, on the feast of San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of harvest. The streets of Lucban transform for a day or two as the houses are decorated with colorful kipings and agricultural products of Quezon. Agricultural adornments have made Lucban’s Pahiyas Festival unique and different from the rest. The highlight of this celebration is every May 15.

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Definitely, Pahiyas should be included in your bucket list of Philippine Festivals. There is nothing like it anywhere in the country. The festival is an expression of thanks and a celebration of bounty. It is that time of the year where townsfolk gather to celebrate in the hopes of having another bountiful harvest for the next 12 months.

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Hala Bira! Ati-atihan Festival

The month of January plays host to a handful of festivals in various places in the Philippines. One of these celebrations is the Ati-atihan Festival in Kalibo, Aklan.

Kalibo, the capital of Aklan Province in the island of Panay celebrates Ati-atihan every 3rd week of January. Often a one week continuous celebration around the plaza and in front of the Kalibo cathedral, Ati-atihan is one of the most popular festivals in the country. Kalibo derives its name from the phrase “sangka libo” (one thousand) probably because about a thousand Ati people attended the first Catholic mass in that area.

My first Ati-atihan experience was in 2009.

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