Fantastic Festivals: FEBRUARY

Also known as the Baguio Flower Festival, this event is celebrated as a tribute to the city's flowers and as a way to rise up from the devastation brought by the 1990 Luzon earthquake. The Panagbenga festival features a grand street parade of floats purely decorated with flowers and other organic ornaments. The event also includes a fluvial parade, trade fair and bazaars, competitions, street dancing (presented by dancers clad in flower-inspired costumes), and other creative activities. Truly, Panagbenga is a festival that a lot of residents and tourists alike are looking forward to.

Just like in any other region, the month of February is very important and literally colorful for Laoag; the capital of the province of Ilocos. During this month, the town celebrates the city's founding and its annual feast to give honor, pay homage, and give thanks for the benevolence and generosity of its patron saint, William The Hermit. Pamulinawen is an annual event that features a series of month long activities such as Civic Military Parade, Street Pageantry, float competition, sports activities, searches and coronation rights, zarzuela, concert, cook fest, and a lot more.

Celebrated in Iriga, Albay, Tinagba Festival is an ancient Bicol first harvest offering rite coinciding on the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes. The event features a long parade of colorfully and grandiosely decorated bull and carabao carts, carrying newly harvested crops. The event also highlights a spectacular street-dance parade of residents in mardi gras and native costumes which ends with a mass at the Emerald grotto at Calvary Hills. Various activities such as acrobatic, animal and quiz shows, film showing, contests and exhibits are also a must see.

Regarded as the biggest and the most magnificent religious pageantry in Western Visayas, the feast of our Lady of Candles is an event that features the town blessing of candles and the yearly procession of the patroness, Nuestra Senora de Candelaria. The event showcases a grand parade lead by beautifully dressed young women followed by the blessed Mother Mary in Her several personas. The annual religious festival also highlights agro-industrial exhibits, garden shows, fiesta carnivals, concerts, contests, and many more.

Celebrated at the Omni Aviation complex in Clark field Angeles City, Pampanga, the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is an annual tournament of balloonists from various countries. Aside from multicolored hot-air balloons in various shapes and sizes, the event features a number of events in skydiving, micro light and rocketry demonstrations, kite flying, remote-control airplane, helicopter flying exhibitions, live bands, and many more. An estimated 60,000 visitors locally and from around the world come in to see this event.

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