Feast of the Black Nazarene January 9-Quiapo, Manila
This feast is celebrated at the heart of Manila- Quiapo. Devotees come from all over the metropolis to participate in this annual event honoring the hundred-year-old statue of the Black Nazarene.
Sinulog Festival January 15 or every second Sunday of January-Cebu City
This is an annual festival held in Cebu, which commences nine days before the third Sunday of January.
Ati-Atihan Festival 3rd week of January-Kalibo, Aklan
This is a celebration in honor of the Infant Jesus, the town's patron. Ati-Atihan, observed in honor of the Child Jesus. Ati-atihan means 'making like Atis,' that is, pretending to be like the aboriginal natives that once inhabited Aklan. This involves smearing oneself with soot to darken the skin and dressing up in tribal finery. The start of the procession is signaled by drums and whistles, and later punctuated by shouts of "Hala Bira!"
The Dinagyang Festival 4th week of January-Iloilo
Dinagyang is a Hiligaynon word extrapolated from dagyang meaning "merrymaking" It celebrates the feast of the Infant Jesus and the pact between the Datus and the locals.
For details on these events, please contact the Regional Monitoring Division, The Department of Tourism, 351 Senator Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City, Philippines 1200, Trunkline: (632) 459-5200.