The fiesta is part and bundle of Filipino culture. Through good times and bad times, the fiesta must go on. Each city and barrio has at least one local festival of its own, usually on the feast of its patron saint, so that there is always a fiesta going on somewhere in the country. Philippines’ celebration of festivals is mostly religious in nature as this was because of the influence of the Spanish colonization.
However, some festivals are a celebration to depict a significant event in the place’s history or to give thanks for an abundant harvest. It is a fact that the Filipinos enjoy the celebration and having to get together.
With this, Philippines.TV gives you its list of fiestas celebrated during the month of August!
Kadayawan sa Dabaw
Celebrated every third week of the month at President Rodrigo Duterte’s hometown of Davao, the festival came from the word “madayaw” which describes a thing of beauty, giving tribute to the many resources of Davao. It reminds of the native tribes of the region, who seek Bathala at Mt. Apo to render their gratitude for the harvests they received from the deity. To parade the distinct culture, flowers, and fruits of Davao, an array of activities are explored, among which are trade fairs, tribal procession, street dancing, sports activities rooted in Filipino tradition, and a whole lot more.
Rajah Baguinda Festival
The history of this celebration dates back to 1390 with the arrival of Rajah Baguinda from Sumatra Indonesia. He wanted to spread the Islamic religion and fortify the Sultanate form of government in the Philippines. While the natives of the country were not pleased with his arrival, faith bridged them together, leading to its commemoration every second week of August at Jolo in Sulu. The festival is a three-day revelry of cultural shows distinguished by participants’ colorful costumes– a picture of the culture of Sulu.
The glittering blue costumes from street dancing showdowns remind its audience of the deep, blue sea—and it does that for a reason! The celebration pays tribute to the locals of Cordova, Cebu and their source of living. Situated near the waters of Cebu Strait, fishing gave life to the community. In fact, Cordova, dubbed by many as the “Bakasi Capital of Cebu”, named its festival the Dinagat-Bakasi after the large numbers of eels found in the city.
The festival is also celebrated every second Sunday of August, honoring the patron saint, San Roque.
Like the Kadayawan Festival in Davao, the Sal-lupongan is also a way of gratitude to God for the abundance of blessings in life. To show their solidarity, the community in New Bataan, Compostella Valley celebrates Sal-lupongan with friendly competitions on street dancing and drumline which coincides with the parade, as well as an eventful fireworks display—all within the 10-day celebration of the Sal-lupongan, which came from the word “Sal’lu” which means salo-salo, or to gather in English, and “hugpong” which means “to join together”.
Maasin City in Southern Leyte is a home to Ajonay, derived from a local term which means to gather together for a collective action– may it be in terms of livelihood or a solidarity in events such as weddings and funerals. The Ajonay Festival, which originated as an activity comprised of dancing, reminds its festival-goers of mardi gras or a carnival, celebrated every 10th of August.
Celebrated every 28th of August, the Paladong Festival came from the word “ladong” which is a ceremony that calls on a spirit to enable a “Landongan” to heal. Therefore, the festivity delves more on the commemoration of patrons and rituals every Araw ng Hinatuan (Day of Hinatuan) at the public plaza of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.
People of Panitan in Capiz, who have lived successful lives, are all celebrated during the Pagpasidungog Festival, thus the name of the fiesta, which means “to respect or honor”. For the Panitenos or people of Panitan, knowing that they will pass the baton to the future generations is important, therefore, they aim to inspire the youth through honoring these Panitenos who have flourished within and outside their community.
In observation of the foundation of the town of Giling-Giling, whose name was given by Spanish conquistadores in 1583 from the grindstones used for rice-grinding to make several Filipino delicacies, the Guiling-Guiling or Gilingan Festival in Siniloan, Laguna is celebrated every August. With this history, cooking festivals are held with an extra challenge of using flour made of rice as the primary ingredient. Cultural nights are also held at Sinoloan in Laguna.
Within the 17 town in the City that produces the finest mangosteens, durian and lanzones, Kidapawan City, is hailed as the City of Fruits and annually celebrates the Timpupo Festival during the month of August. Among the Visayans and indigenous highland tribes of North Cotabato, timpupo is a generic term for “harvest”.
Every August of the year, we commemorate the most celebrated event of Cagayan de Oro, the culture-rich and colorful . It is particularly held on the 28th day of August, which is the feast day of St. Augustine– patron saint of the City of Cagayan de oro. The said festival is an almost three-week celebration due to its series of activities that start even on the first week of August.