Pinoy Fiesta Day: Cultural Street Parade

World renowned Philippine Festivals will be showcased in Pinoy Fiesta: Unang Hirit sa Tag-init cultural street parade. 

 

Ati-atihan Festival

The word “ Ati Atihan” means “to be like an Ati,” and covering the body with soot mimics the appearance of an Ati.

Known as the “Mother of All Festivals,” the Ati Atihan Festival has been celebrated for more than 700 years, and still ranks as one of the main festivals in the country.

The Ati Atihan Festival is held every third Sunday of January,  in the province of Aklan. This event is filled with street dancing, music and other merry-making activities. The thundering of "Hala Bira" by the tribe members makes the celebration a lively one.

 
 

MassKara Festival

The term Masskara is created from two words: mass, meaning crowd, and the Spanish word cara, for face; thus the double meaning for "mask" and "many faces".

The Masskara festival was first envisioned in 1980 to add color and jollity to the Bacolod City's celebration of its Charter Day anniversary, on 19 October. The symbol of the festival - a smiling mask - was adopted by the organizers to dramatize the Negrenses happy spirit, in spite of periodic economic downturns in the sugar industry.

 
 

 Moriones Festival

 One of the most colorful festivals celebrated in the island of Marinduque is the Moriones Festival. Morion means "mask" or "visor," a part of the medieval Roman armor which covers the face. Moriones, on the other hand, refers to the masked and costumed penitents who march around the town for seven days searching for Longinus.

 
 

 Santacruzan

Santacruzan is held annually in the warm month of May and is considered to be the "Queen of Filipino Festivals".

Beautiful town belles are selected to participate in this colorful pageant parade. The stars are selected not for their looks alone, but for their embodiment of traditional feminine qualities.

It is a week-long street pageant in almost every town; from the dirt road barrio to the metropolis honoring beautiful Philippine maidens and their handsome escorts under the hand-carried bamboo arc’s decorated by fragrant native flowers

Dinagyang Festival 

The Dinagyang Festival is celebrated every fourth weekend of January in Iloilo City to commemorate the Christianization of the natives and to honor the Holy Child Jesus.

It is a very colorful parade coupled with a dramatization in honor of the patron Saint Sto. Niño as the object of dramatized offerings and prayers amidst the cracking of drums and shouts of "Viva Señor Santo Niño."

 
 

Panagbenga Festival

The festival acquired a local name, Panagbenga, meaning "a season of blossoming, a time for flowering". It is also a tribute to Baguio, which made a comeback after the devastating earthquake in 1990.

Panagbenga showcases the people's talent, artistry and ingenuity via performances, exhibits and more. It opens with a shower of rose petals along Session Road while marching bands played lively tunes that sets the mode for the parade. Colorful costumes and lively dance numbers come next followed by cleverly- crafted, vibrant and multicolored floats made entirely from flowers of every kind which never fails to delight and awe the spectators young and old.

 
 

Sinulog Festival

The Sinulog festival is one of the grandest and most colorful festivals in the Philippines. The main festival is held each year on the third Sunday of January in Cebu City to honor the Santo Nino. The Sinulog is a dance ritual that commemorates the Filipino people's pagan past and their acceptance of Christianity.

The festival features a street parade with participants in bright-colored costumes dancing to the rhythm of drums, trumpets, and native gongs. Smaller versions of the festival are held in various parts of the province, also to celebrate and honor the Santo Niño.

 
 

 Igorot Culture

Hidden in the mountainous regions of central Luzon live many tribes collectively known as the Igorots. Once known to be vicious headhunters, these tribes have kept many of their ancient pagan celebrations and rituals. Whether it be for victory in war, courtship, or worship, dance and music play an integral part in the lifestyles of these mountain people.

Igorots will showcase their culture during the Pinoy Fiesta celebration

Pinoy Ako! Pinoy Tayo! Ipagmalaki Mo.mp3

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