Fantastic Festivals: MAY

May 1- May 3 | Sinait, Ilocos Sur

Held during the 1st to 3rd of May, the Bawang Festival is celebrated in Sinait, Ilocos Sur; also known as the Garlic Center of the North. This marvelous festival aims to showcase the ingenuity and hard work of the Ilocano farmers. The celebration features a parade of garlic floats, street dancing presentations and cooking competitions. The main highlight of the gala is the search for the biggest Garlic Bulb. Several other contests like fastest garlic bundling; longest twined garlic and creative bundling are also held to entertain tourist and town locals. 

May 5 | Mandaue City, Cebu

The Mantawi Festival is an annual event celebrated not only to showcase the city’s historical heritage and identity but it is also geared towards promoting the city as an industrial and tourist hub. The highlight of the festival is a parade of street dancers, floats and dioramas showcasing the history and culture of Mandaue accompanied by brass instruments. A pageantry of the city’s heroes and great personages as known as higantes can also be seen during the event.


Observed in almost every town in the Philippines during the month of May, the Santacruzan is an event which commemorates St. Helena’s finding the “true cross”. It features a procession of young women clad in beautiful gowns and arcs representing Biblical characters and virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The event is often celebrated with a feast and a wonderful fireworks display that lights the dark evening sky. 

May 01 - 04 | Davao Oriental

Davao Gulf Regatta is a region wide float parade representing all municipalities along the gulf, converge in one place featuring decorated bancas and vintas of different designs for competition.  

May 1- May 10 | Calape, Bohol

Celebrated to commemorate the town’s rich ancestry and devotion to its saint San Vicente Ferrer, the Pahinungod Festival highlights a pageant Search for Miss Calape, a One-Night Dance Concert and a street dancing competition.

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