Bamboo Organ Festival is a unique festival that stands out from many that are held in Philippines, largely because it features an organ made from bamboo.
The festival brings together music lovers from all over the world to enjoy a scintillating music performance show steered by organists who skilfully play the only bamboo organ worldwide. If this does not sound like an exciting plan, then nothing probably will excite the music lover traversing Asia’s beautiful landscapes.
Batanes Winter Marathon brings together outdoor enthusiasts to the northernmost region of Philippines in one of the most popular and enduring runs.
Batanes is the smallest province in the country, and is located in the northern part. What most participants do not realize, and interestingly a number of locals are in this category, is that Batanes actually has a winter season. Batanes experiences winter in the months of November through to February.
Panagbenga Festival, locally translated to the Blooming Flowers Festival, is a yearly flower event that takes place in Baguio City, bringing together tourists.
The use of the word Panagbenga is reflective of the blend of cultural influences from Malaysia and other South East Asian countries. The word translates to ‘the season of bloom’. The popular festival is scheduled for February, and is held to celebrate the abundance of flowers in the city.
Dia de Zamboanga is part and parcel of Philippines’ festival culture, bringing together different tribes and a rich traditional heritage that tourists love.
The first thing that strikes you about this festival is that it is arranged for both Muslims and Christians, and attracts the very same people, cutting through the religious divide. This is critical for cohesion in the country, largely because Philippines has a Catholic majority and a Muslim minority unlike other Asian countries where the reverse is true.
Bambanti festival is a popular festival in the presence, and undoubtedly an amazing tourist attraction if the ‘bambanti’ are anything to go by.
At the core of this festival is the creation of the bambanti which have, effectively, earned the festival both its name and its popularity. These are giant scarecrows that both amaze and scare in equal measure. At the festival, booths are set up in a village-like setting, allowing visitors to enjoy the festival’s activities.
Spring Festival is held every 8th February of every year in the beautiful Baguio City. The festival marks the onset of the Chinese New Year in Philippines.
The festival typically brings together the vibrant Chinese community at the start of the New Year (note that this day does not follow the usual Gregorian calendar, and this is the reason it is observed in February).