Fantastic Festivals: March

March 6 - 10 | Pagsanjan, Laguna

Celebrated to mark the start of the summer season in the Philippines, Bangkero Festival in Pagsanjan, Laguna features stimulating water and in-land activities that  will surely entertain its guests. The Palarong Bangkero or the fluvial parade and exhibitions highlight this fantastic festival. Other activities include street dancing, drum and lyre band completion, choral fest, cultural night, trade fair, sports events and a lot more. The festival commemorates the skill of Pagsanjan’s bangkeros (boatmen); who never fail in impressing their guests with their skill in maneuvering the boat against wild rapids amidst a pristine panorama of lush forest. 

March 21- March 27 | Marinduque

The Moriones Festival is regarded as one of the most magnificent religious festivals in the Philippines. Celebrated at the Lenten mecca of Southern Tagalog, this festival highlights a street play of penitents wearing large hand-painted masks and helmets, colorful garbs and brightly-colored tunics.  The street play culminates in the re-enactment of the beheading of Longinus; a one-eye-blind roman centurion who stabbed Jesus on his side.  It is also during this festival that each town holds a unique tradition of the pabasa or the recitation of Christ's passion in verse.

March 1- March 16 | Davao City

Hailed as the largest city in Mindanao, Davao celebrates its founding anniversary with a grandiose gala. The Araw ng Dabaw is a vibrant feast jam-packed with exciting activities that caters to all Filipino and tourist of all ages. Highlights of the festival includes a socio-civic parade, band parade, food street party, beauty and music competitions and other spectacles positioned along the major city streets. This 7-day festival also features an array or trade fairs, concerts, sports competition, and amazing cultural presentations.

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