First Sunday of January: Araw ng Tatlong Hari (Feast of three kings.)- The Three Kings were the bearers of gifts for Filipino children. Santa came in second. Shoes that were brightly polished are left on thee window sills together with the cleanest socks because children knew that the Three Kings are on their way to Bethlehem and would pass by their homes to fill their shoes with gifts. It is also known as Pasko ng Matatanda (Feast of the Elderly) because it honors senior citizens. This feast of the Three Kings marks the official end of the liturgical Christmas of the Philippines.
January: Ati-Athan Festival- Ati- Atihan was originally a pagan festival but missionaries gradually added Christian meaning. Ati-Athan today is celebrated in honor of the Christ Child. There is a parade that lasts three days and leads to the church where the main procession starts. The parades are colorful and vibrant like many festivals are.
January 9: Feast of the Black Nazarene- The Black Nazarene is a life-sized statue of Christ that is carried through town near Quipo Church in Manilaby barefooted men shouting, “Viva Senor,” while people in huge crowds try to touch the statue. People who touch the statue are reported to be healed of diseases and other miracles. Some people ask guards to rub towels on the statue in hopes of carrying some of that power away with them. The statue is brought out every January 9 and Good Friday.
February 17- March 3: Baguio City- The flower season at Baguio, the City of Pines. The people here take a break from any kind of work to enjoy the cool climate and see parades and performances in the streets. Multi-colored costumes are worn, copying the various flowers and plants around the Philippines, and fake flower beds disguised as the Panagbenga parade floats.
First week of March: Pagsanjan Bangkero Festival- The Pangsanjan Bangkero Festival includes exciting events that take place on water and land. These events include street dancing, drum and band competition, choralfest, cultural night, trade fair, and many sports activities. This festival celebrates the skills of the boatmen with maneuvering their boats upstream and against wild rapids at the waterways of Pansanjan Falls.
April: Jeepney King Festival- The jeepney driver is honored in Manila every month of April. Some of the celebrations include brightly colored jeepneys and caravans. These jeep-like cars are a symbol of Pinoy Pride.
May 14: Sunduan Festival- This festival celebrates the courtship of women. The custom is for the men to court on a girl by accompanying her to the town plaza, and bringing her home.
Third week of September: Lem-lunay (T’boli Tribal Festival)- A Thanksgiving festival.
October 19: Masskara Festival- A festival where people in huge crowds where smiling masks.
December 16-First Sunday of January: Christmas-Christmas is the longest celebration in the Philippines. Since a majority of Filipinos are Catholic, Christmas is an important holiday.