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Philippine Festivals to Celebrate Every October

The Philippines never runs out of festivals whole year round. Since October is fast approaching, here’s a list of Philippine festivals you may want to witness! Masskara Festival and Lanzones Festival are our top favorites! What about you?

1. Halaran

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This festival highlights the performance of the history and culture of Capizeños during pre-Hispanic times.

When: 1st week of October
Where: Roxas City

2. Universal Children’s Festival

The festival involves children of locals, dressed in costumes of UN member countries, parading around the city.

When: 1st week of October
Where: Dapitan City

3. Masskara Festival

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This is a grand Bacoleño celebration marked by carnivals, fairs and masked street dancers. Read more: Masskara Festival – Bacolod’s Festival of Smiles

When: 2nd week of October
Where: Bacolod City

4. Ibalong Festival

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This festival is based on Ibalong, a Bicol epic showcasing legendary superheroes Handiong and Baltog.

When: 2nd week of October
Where: Legaspi City

5. Zamboanga Hermosa Festival

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The festival features a regatta, colorful vintas, banconan flower show, and fireworks honoring the Nuestra Señora del Pilar Zaragosa.

When: October 10-12
Where: Zamboanga City

6. Kasanggayahan Festival

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The festival is itself the foundation anniversary of Sorsogon. The festival’s name means “prosperity and happiness.”

When: October 10-17
Where: Sorsogon, Sorsogon

7. Feast of La Naval Manila

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The image of the Virgin is paraded around town in a colorfully-decorated carriage, which resembles a ship. The image is believed to be miraculous and ensures safe voyage to anyone who prays to it.

When: October 11
Where: Quezon City

8. Inug-og Festival

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This is held in honor of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary

When: October 15
Where: Oroquieta, Misamis Occidental

9. Calbayog Grand Karakol

This is a religious celebration of thanksgiving and joyous pageantry of dancing devotees of San Rafael.

When: October 16
Where: Calbayog City

10. Sagingan Festival

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The feast is in honor of San Isidro Labrador with street dancers dressed up in various banana-like costumes.

When: October 16-17
Where: Tubod, Lanao del Norte

11. Megayon Festival

This is a colorful harvest festival participated in by the Subanean indigenous group.

When: 3rd week of October
Where: Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur

12. Lanzones Festival

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The festival is held to celebrate the abundance of lanzones fruit in the island marked by a streetdancing competition involving the youth all dressed up in lanzones leaves or fruits. The lanzones is one of the island’s most important crops.

When: 4th week of October
Where: Mambajao, Camiguin Island

13. Catadungan Festival

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This festival commemorates the province’s independence from Albay.

When: October 24
Where: Virac, Catanduanes

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Do you know any other Philippine festivals celebrated in October? Feel free to share them below! The 13 festivals above are officially listed by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

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