The Philippines observes a number of holidays throughout the year. There are several Philippine festivals in January, with the following being some of the most notable. The majority of these festivities are in honor of Sto. Ni ño is extensively observed throughout the Visayas region. They draw a large number of tourists from within the country as well as from all over the world.

Because of the present state of Covid-19 this year, most organizers intend to hold a more regulated celebration, choosing hybrid events that involve both online and limited physical gatherings. In December 2019, the Visayas was also slammed by super typhoon Odette, which damaged a large portion of the region and caused extensive blackouts. As a result, local governments have canceled major events.

List of FESTIVALS IN THE PHILIPPINES IN JANUARY

  1. Ati – Atihan Festival
  2. Fiesta Tsinoy
  3. Kuyamis Festival
  4. Feast of the Black Nazarene
  5. Pasalamat Festival
  6. Sinulog Festival
  7. Dinagyang Festival
  8. Kannawidan Festival

PHILIPPINE FESTIVALS IN JANUARY

Ati – Atihan Festival

Kalibo, Aklan, 3rd Sunday of January

Ati-atihan festival is a week-long event in honor of the Patron Saint Sto. Niño and to commemorate a 1210 peace treaty between two warring tribes. Because it is nearly 800 years old and began as a pagan ceremony, Ati-Atihan is also known as the “Mother of All Philippine Festivals.” When Spain took over the Philippines, the festival’s meaning was changed to embrace Christianity. The Spanish brought the idea of honoring the Santo Nio, a statue of Jesus as an infant, to the event. Today, the event embraces both of these themes, with traditional and Christian ceremonies coexisting. Parades and feasts are held in honor of the ‘Santo Nio,’ as well as the moving of the statue from Kalibo Cathedral to Pastrana Park. . The festival’s name literally translates to “to be like Atis,” a reference to the island’s first settlers, the Aeta aborigines.

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Photo of street dancing at Ati – Atihan Festival, Philippine Festivals in JANUARY


Fiesta Tsinoy

Albay, Bicol, January

A festival celebrating Filipino-Chinese and Albayano culture in Legazpi City. This event strives to conserve heritage and add value to community celebrations in which the Filipino and Chinese communities coexist.

Kuyamis Festival

Misamis Oriental, January

Kuyamis Festival commemorates the formation of the province of Misamis Oriental, which became a separate and independent local government body on January 1, 1930. Kuyamis is the native term for the abundant coconut found in the municipality. The Kuyamis Festival begins with a booth exhibiting coconut products and by-products, as well as handicrafts and Filipino cuisines that incorporate coconut and its components. The event lasts a week in the first month of the year.

Kuyamis Festival 2022 Events

The Festival Dance Contest is one of the attractions of the 9th Kuyamis Festival. The Miss Kuyamis 2022 pageant has 22 contestants. The Miss Kuyamis 2022 pageant, which features 22 candidates, is also one of the most awaited events. A KUYAMIS E-SPORTS TOURNAMENT, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, and Call of Duty: Mobile is part of the event. There is also a booth contest in which all 23 municipalities and two-component cities of the Province of Misamis Oriental are invited to participate. The plan is to build up a display that will showcase the Kuyamis Festival while also highlighting the identities of the several participating municipalities or cities. Coconut products and materials are the focus of the entry booth.


Feast of the Black Nazarene

Quiapo, Manila, January 9

Traslacion is a spectacular parade in which millions of worshippers converge to touch the image of the Black Nazarene. An anonymous Mexican sculptor created the icon, a dark-colored depiction of Christ bent under the weight of a heavy cross, which was carried to the Church of San Juan Bautista in Bagumbayan, now part of Luneta, by Augustinian Recollect priests on May 31, 1606.

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The 2022 procession of the Black Nazarene’s image on January 9 has been canceled as COVID-19 remains a public threat. Instead, the Feast of the Black Nazarene will be celebrated with a motorcade in chosen parts of Manila. According to MPD Director Gen. Leo Francisco, at least 8,000 police officers would be deployed during the feast.


Pasalamat Festival

Pagadian City, 3rd Week of January

A celebration in honor of the town’s patron saint, Sto. Nio. The ceremonies are held to commemorate the abundant harvests and to express appreciation by the locals. A fluvial march (regatta), trade exhibitions, the Mutya ng Pagadian beauty pageant, carnival shows, and a civic-military parade are highlights of the Pasalamat Festival. At the agro-trade fair booths, agricultural products from the city’s several barangays are showcased for sale. The agro-trade fair is one of a series of activities held during the week-long  Festival to stimulate the spirits of Sto. Nio devotees by presenting the culture and traditions.


Sinulog Festival

Cebu City, 15 January or every second Sunday of January,

Photo of Sinulog Festival in Cebu, Philippine Festivals in JANUARY

A huge cultural-religious festival celebrating the Holy Child, the Sto. Nio de Cebu. The primary event is a procession of dancers to the rhythm of a drum known as the “Sinulog.” Sinulog festival attracts between 1 and 2 million people from all around the country each year. Because of its splendor, the festival is renowned as the “Mother of All Festivals.” From the dancers’ colorful and well-made costumes to the beautiful dances and music provided by the drums, trumpets, and native gongs.

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama is considering staging a ‘hybrid’ Sinulog 2022 event, which would combine virtual and physical activities.  However, Rama stated that the final decision on whether or not to hold the celebration will be based on the city’s immunization turnout.

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Dinagyang Festival

Iloilo, 4th Sunday of January

Dinagyang is a Hiligaynon term derived from dagyang, which means “merry-making.” It commemorates the Infant Jesus’ feast as well as the contract between the Datus and the villagers. During the celebration, locals dress up in bright costumes and masks and dance to rhythmic deafening music. The festival also includes three important events where traditional competitions are held:  the Ati Tribe Competition, the Kasadyahan Cultural Dance Competition, and the Miss Diengyang Competition.

Iloilo will continue to rely on the internet platform for the Dinagyang Festival, Dinagyang 360 events will continue to be held in 2022 since they may be viewed virtually from multiple vantage points. The presentation will emphasize on Ilonggo as a Dinagyang warrior through stories and Dagyang movements inspired by Ilonggo heritage, rather than solely indigenous peoples’ stories. The seven districts of Iloilo City will be represented by seven tribes: Lapuz, La Paz, Mandurriao, Jaro, City Proper, Molo, and Villa. In their dance, each tribe will represent one of the seven Ilonggo values. Dinagyang TikTok will also be launched, with particular moves aimed to promote the Dinagyang routines.

Photo of street dancing at Dinagyang Festival, Philippine Festivals in JANUARY


Kannawidan Festival

Ilocos Sur, January to February

A festival commemorating the separation of the two Ilocos provinces in 1818 in the province of Ilocos Sur. This celebration features cultural performances, religious rites, and cookery demonstrations presenting the best of Ilocano cuisine.

Philippine Festivals by Month: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

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