March is not just about the Fire Awareness month. It’s also a prelude to summer time and vacation. And with the summer heat just around the corner, it’s also the best time to celebrate different festivals during the days of March.
National Women’s Month Celebration
Fire Prevention Month
Summer Music Festival in Pasig – March 1- 31 (Pasig City, Metro Manila)
Participants vary from singers, pianists & violinists, bandleaders and music teachers whose common goal is to keep classical music and “kundimans” alive. On this event, artists, and music lovers gather at the Pasig City Museum to listen and appreciate the music of classical artists as performed by their fellow Pasigueños. In all, the Summer Music Festival aims to revive the great musical tradition of Pasig.
Boling-Boling Festival – 3 days before Ash Wednesday (Catanauan, Quezon)
Boling-Boling Festival is an old age practice particular to Catanauanins, which is celebrated annually starting Sunday and ends on Tuesday preceding Ash Wednesday and signals the start of the Lenten Season.
Sugbahan – March 2- March 14 (Davao City)
Sugbahan is a food fair that features Davao’s grilled specialties such as tuna.
Pintados de Passi Festival – March 9 (Passi City, Iloilo)
The Pintados de Passi Festival in Iloilo is the weeklong foundation day festival of Passi City in Iloilo. The main event is the tribal dance, where participants dance in the streets with their bodies covered in intricate tattoos, commemorating the way of life of the original inhabitants of Iloilo. Some of the other events that take place during the festival are body painting, carabao painting contests, dance competitions, and beauty pageants.
Araw ng Dabaw – March 9 (Davao City, Davao del Sur)
On the second week of March every year, the people of Davao City celebrate the birth of their city on March 16, 1936. The festivities include pageants, parades, contests, and performances. On the last day of the festival, a thanksgiving mass is held in the morning before concluding the festival with a parade and a number of performances that last throughout the day.
Banana Festival – March 18-19 (Baco, Mindoro Oriental)
A celebration of the abundance of bananas. It features a banana cookfest and a “saba”-(type of banana)-inspired street dancing competition and beauty pageant. This coincides with the town fiesta in honor of St. Joseph.
Sulyog Festival – March 19 (Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro)
A religious festival in honor of St. Joseph. It is celebrated by way of the Sulyog (Suli and Niyog) Festival through dances, flats, and cultural shows.
Moriones Festival – March 21-27 (Marinduque)
The Moriones is an annual festival held on Holy Week on the island of Marinduque, Philippines. The “Moriones” are men and women in costumes and masks replicating the garb of biblical Roman soldiers as interpreted by local folks. The Moriones or Moryonan tradition has inspired the creation of other festivals in the Philippines where cultural practices or folk history is turned into street festivals.
Bangkero Festival – March 29-April 2 (Pagsanjan, Laguna)
The Bangkero Festival in Pagsanjan, Laguna is celebrated in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and is a tribute to all the bangkeros (boatmen) who shoot the rapids of the Pagsanjan River and who usually serve as tour guides for visitors who want to see the famous Pagsanjan Falls. The festival was originally celebrated during the first weeks of March. However, it has been moved to a later date. This year, the celebrations begin on March 29 and culminates on April 2. During the festival, there are pageants, street dancing, singing contests and a marathon, aside from the fluvial parade.
Pagtaltal – Good Friday (Barotac Viejo, Iloilo)
A yearly depiction of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
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