List of Philippine Festival

You do not need to travel across the Philippine archipelago to experience colorful festivals. You do not need to spend so much money to the world-renowned and highly appreciated Philippine fiestas. You get to experience different cultures and traditions and at their best at the same time in one place during the Aliwan Fiesta in Manila.

Dubbed as the “mother of all fiestas,” the Aliwan Fiesta showcases the richness of Philippine heritage, not only to its people but also to the rest of the world. It is a highly anticipated annual event, with prizes summing up to millions of pesos, whereby contingents from all over the country promote their respective regions, both economically and tourism-wise.


Started in 2003, the fiesta was organized as a visual cultural extravaganza during the Christmas season. It showcases more than two dozen festivals from north to south and has categories: the float parade, the Reynang Aliwan, and the street dance competition. Each region has the option to send two contingents to represent its cultural festival. Likewise, participating regions have the option to send contingents for the float parade and the beauty pageant. However, entries for the street dance competition are limited. As a result, festival organizers screen participants, thus giving the public only the best presentations and performances. Now on its sixth year, the fiesta was slated on May 1-3 and was sponsored by the Manila Broadcasting Company, in cooperation with the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the City Governments of Pasay and Manila.


Float Parade

The float parade is one of the most important parts of the fiesta where participants are only allowed to use locally produced flowers, textiles, vegetables, handicrafts, and other products available in their respective regions to decorate their vehicles. Each float, portraying local folklore and indigenous tradition, is adorned by a muse who will join the search for the Reynang Aliwan.



In Honor of A Patron Saint

Indigenous Influence/Non-Religious Festival

Film Festival

Flower Festival


Religious Festival

January

February

March

April

May

Other Festivals

- Travel Tour Expo - 22-24, SM Megamall

- Kahumayan Festival- (Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte) July 5-8

- Bayluhay Festival(Barter of Panay) 2nd week of December San Joaquin, Iloilo