11 Visayan Festivals To Look Forward To This February

Enjoy the Visayas region with these fun and colorful festivals.

After the celebration of Sinulog of Cebu, Dinagyang of Iloilo and Ati-atihan of Aklan in January, where else can you go in Visayas?

There are more festivals that you can enjoy the whole year round. Each has different themes such as fighting against Moro raiders, demonstrating arnis, giving thanks to bountiful harvest, and celebrating the abundance of the sea.

Explore the region with these festivals:

February (First Week)

1) Salakayan Festival (Miagao, Iloilo)
The town was once the cradle of rich cultural heritage of Iloilo. The word "salakay" is a Hiligaynon term which means "to attack." The Salakayan Festival is an annual event in commemoration of Miagao's magnificent history and bravery of their ancestors against the Moro marauders.

February 2-9

2) Bulang-Bulang Festival (San Enrique, Negros Occidental)
The festival is in recognition of the gamefowl industry of the town. Cockfighting or derby is San Enrique's major source of livelihood. The dance presentation illustrates the life and characters of the fighting cock. The festival is celebrated in honor of the town's patron saint, Nuestra Señora de Candelaria, every February 9.

February 6

3) Kali-kalihan Havest Festival (DSB, Negros Occidental)
Kali-kalihan is an annual town celebration of the Municipality of Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental. The town has adopted the art of "kali" or popularly known as "arnis" for their cultural heritage where they demonstrate it through various cultural activities during the festival such as dance parade and presentations.

4) Utanon Festival (Dalaguete, Cebu)
Utanon Festival is a thanksgiving celebration of a bountiful harvest through music and dance. The festival features the high value crops and vegetables of Dalaguete Municipality, Cebu. It is annually celebrated every February honoring the town's patron saint, San Guillermo de Aquitania.

February 8

5) Bacolaodiat Festival (Bacolod City, Negros Occidental)
Welcome the year of the Monkey in Bacolod City. Bacolaodiat is the Chinese New Year Festival of the city. It comes from the words: "Bacolod" and "Lao Diat" which is the Fookien word for celebration.

February 10

6) Bod-bod Kabog Festival (Catmon, Cebu)
The festival focuses on the town's famous native delicacy—bodbod. The main highlight of the celebration is the street dancing competition which is participated by the different barangays of the town.

February (Third Week)

7) Paraw Regatta (Oton & Iloilo City, Iloilo)
Paraw Regatta is an annual event that pays tribute to the sailing traditions of Ilonggos. The "paraw" is the main attraction of the festival -- double outrigger boats that are the native sailboats of the Philippines. It is said that the Iloilo Paraw Regatta is the oldest traditional craft event in Asia and the largest sailing event in the Philippines.

February 17

8) Tawo-tawo Festival (Bayawan City, Negros Oriental)
Tawo-tawo is a local term for scarecrows which the town celebrates as the guardians of their crops. Giant scarecrows made of paper mache are paraded on the streets. Street dancing competition is also one of the highlights of the festival.

February 19

9) Babaylan Festival (Bago City, Negros Occidental)
Babaylan Festival highlights the unique brand of Filipino heritage that dates back to the pre-Spanish period. The festival is based on the rituals performed by the babaylans, like rituals on marriage, baptism, healing, harvest and others.

February 20

10) Asinan Festival (San Lorenzo, Guimaras)
The festival is the town's annual gathering. "Asin" is the Filipino word for "salt." Asinan Festival showcases San Lorenzo's best salted delicacies and products such as as spicy seafood, crispy nuts, and citrus juices.

February 28-March 31

11) Sambayan Festival (Tobias Fornier, Antique)
The festival is a thanksgiving ritual for a bountiful harvest to the ancestral spirits and at the same time asking for another year of good produce. Two different rituals are made, on the mountains and on the seashore. The celebration rites is called samba.

Don't forget to bring pasalubong for your friends and love ones.

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