Literally translated, it means "Flowers of May"and highlights a procession honoring Virgin Mary. Coinciding with it is the Santacruzan, re-enacting the search of Queen Elena for the cross upon which Jesus Christ was crucified. The town or city's loveliest ladies grace the occasion.
Pasalamat Festival May 1-La Carlota, Negros Occidental
This is a labor and thanksgiving festival marked by street dancing and a parade of farm products.
Magayon Festival May 1-Albay Province
This is a showcase of Albay's culture and arts marked by exhibits, parades, shows, and sports.
Pista y Dayat Festival May 1-Pangasinan
This is a seaside festival and a thanksgiving day by local fishermen for a bountiful year.
Boa-Boahan May 2-Nabua, Camarines Sur
This is a re-enactment of the 13th-century rite of offering chains of coconut embryos called boa to deities. They believe that doing so would mean a prosperous year.
Carabao-Carozza Race Festival May 3-Pavia, Iloilo
This is an event where carabaos (water buffaloes) pull decorated bamboo carts in a 400-meter course race.
Lanahan Ritual May 1-3-Balabag, Digos, Davao del Sur
This the ritual performed by the Bagobos involving the making of medicinal oil (lana) after their pilgrimage to Mount Apo.
Balanghai Festival Butuan
This commemorates the coming of the early migrants from Borneo and Celebes. It is said that they came to Agusan in balanghai or wooden boats.
Tapusan Festival whole Month of May-Alitagtag, Batangas
This is a month-long celebration honoring the Holy Cross.
Barangay Boat Festival May 11-Aparri, Cagayan
This is a fluvial festival held annually in honor of Saint Peter Thelmo, the town's patron saint.
Carabao Festival May 15-Pulilan, Bulacan
This is an event honoring San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers. Carabaos are paraded and blessed by the town priest.
Pahiyas Festival Lucban and Sariaya, Quezon
This is a thanksgiving festival to San Isidro Labrador for the past year's bountiful harvest. The event is popular for the elaborate edible decorations that cover entire houses like fruits and vegetables, most prominent of which are the brightly colored rice wafers known as kiping. The image of the patron saint is also paraded around town assuring the farmers of a bountiful harvest in the years to come.
Obando Festival May 17 to 19-Obando, Bulacan
This festival involves the different dance rituals held for three consecutive days honoring three patron saints: May 17 for St. Paschal (for couples who want a male child), May 18 for St. Claire (for couples who want a female child) and May 19 for the Our Lady of Salambaw (patroness of fishermen).
Pahoy-Pahoy Festival May 19 to 25-Calbiga, Samar
Every May, the quaint little town of Calbiga abounds with giant pahoy-pahoy (scarecrows) made of indigenous materials dancing about its streets. Musical instruments made up of bamboos, cans and stones create the sounds that scare the local maya birds.
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.