Find Holidays and Fiestas in the month of June in the Philippines here.
The Philippines is famous to tourists and even to locals in different aspects of tourism. Aside from the undeniably beautiful beaches, they are attracted by the colourful festivities of the Filipinos. These festivals feature different cultural aspects like local cuisines, crafts, saints, and traits. Being festive and happy is in the nature of every Filipinos – proven by hundreds of festivals celebrated throughout the nation.
Most of the festivals are forms of thanksgiving for a prosperous industry. In Sorsogon alone, there are six festivals celebrated annually. One of the most sought-after among all these events is the Pili Festival. The Pili Tree is indigenous to the province and it is one of their major products. It is also known as the majestic tree due to the invaluable use of its every part. But the cream of the crop is the nut. The Pili Nut is exported to different countries and is rated higher than macadamia nuts and almonds. It is used as a main ingredient to confectionaries in and out of the country. The nuts are the backbone of their “pasalubong” industry. In fact, pili products are the most requested pasalubong if you are to go to the Bicol region.
The Pili Festival is held every June 20-29. It also coincides with Sorsogon City’s patronal fiesta every June 28-29 that honours Saint Paul and Saint Peter. First of all, the festival is an appreciation for the bountiful harvest. It also aims to promote the city’s tourism that constitutes a large portion of their revenue.
Before the festival starts, the city is decorated with pili-shaped lanterns. The festival also features outreach activities, search for Lolo King and Lola Queen Festival, beauty pageant for the youth, art exhibits, sports festival, parades, church missions and a whole lot more. On June 28, the “Tiriladan sa Dalan” attracts a lot of visitors reaching up to 25,000. It is a contest of cracking pili nuts. The highlight of the Pili Festival is the Pili Street dance. It features native folks dancing to the rhythms produced by percussion instruments. It serves as contests for different barangays. Each of them allots time, money and effort to prepare dance steps and colourful costumes. But it is not just a dance; it has to show the different uses of the majestic tree – from its roots, trunk, branches, leaves, and of course the fruits.
Every festival consumes a fortune. But it is never a loss. It showcases the treasures of the hosting place and makes them proud of their products. It increases public awareness and promotes tourism which in turn brings more revenue to the town.
Most festivals of St. John the Baptist are about drenching from water and getting wet on the streets. If you want to witness a festival on June 24 and you don’t want to get wet while watching, you should visit the Nueva Ecija’s Taong Putik Festival. This is held on barangay Biblicat in Aliaga, a travel of four and a half hours from Manila by land.
Early morning on the day of June 24, residents are covered with mud and dressed with dried banana or coconut leaves and vines. Men, women and even children are joining this festival. They go from a house to another to ask for candles or even money to buy candles. If rejected, they will wipe mud on the face of person who doesn’t give anything. After collecting candles from different houses, participants gather around the plaza and light the candles. They will offer prayers for thanksgiving and show their gratefulness on the blessing bestowed by their patron Saint John the Baptist. This is followed by an outdoor mass to bless the day of the festival.
Different government officials, local and foreign tourists and even celebrities travel to witness this celebration. The image of Saint John the Baptist will roam the barangay carried on shoulders by chosen devoted men. A group of musician forming a band on full costume will play musical scoring while the image of the saint is being carried around the town. The costume of these mud men, who are the center of attraction of this festival, are said to be a resemblance of Saint John’s attire when he baptized Jesus Christ. The costumes are made from indigenous materials.
However weird and unique festival the Taong Putik may look, the values and preparation for this is exceptional. This kind of celebration is criticized by others. According to them, it is more of a pagan festival and not a catholic way of giving thanks to saints. But the churchmen of Nueva Ecija give credits to this incredible and different way of patronizing Saint John the Baptist. The people and the church both agree on the way the festival goes. The important thing is that you are part of the festival and you have fun celebrating it.
If you’re planning to have some out of town trips or looking for a festival to watch, then you have to consider visiting Batangas. The province which is two and a half hour travel from Manila has many beaches and other tourists’ destinations such as diving at Anilao. But a major addition to them is the yearly celebration of Parada ng Lechon, a parade that features roasted pigs that are dressed up according to theme. It is celebrated every June 24, as a commemoration to baptism of Jesus Christ done by St. John the Baptist. Residents of Balayan and neighboring municipalities are rich in farm and poultry products that give them the luxury to take down a pig and make it a lechon to join the parade. Others say that La Loma and Cebu are the only two places where a lechon can be, which is wrong because lechon has been the favorite delicacy of Batangueños. This attachment to lechons by the people of Batangas makes this delicacy a superstar in festival.
This festival features a contest for the best dressed up roasted pig of around 50 – 100 participants that makes the parade more exciting. A mass is always held on the said date at the famous and beautiful church of Immaculate Concepcion. Before the parade starts, the participating roasted pigs or lechons are blessed as honor to St. John the Baptist. All the entries are included on the parade around the town of Balayan. Along the way you should expect to get drenched in water and beer, as people who are enjoying the fiesta will splatter those along the parade. To avoid spoilage, participating lechons are covered with plastic. After the parade is done, the best time of the day will start for those who are craving for these roasted pigs. Everyone is invited to the day-long feasting and drinking. You also have the chance to taste the parade’s superstars, the lechon. This time the feast would be for everyone around and all the visitors are welcome to have this opportunity. This festival is considered to be one of the most astounding festivals in the Philippines.
The annual celebration of festivals as commemoration to St. John the Baptist is celebrated on different part of the Philippines. What makes Regada festival in Cavite City different from the others is the thought and spirit. Unlike other San Juan festival which only caters a fun on drenching water, this Regada Festival is not only for saint but also for nature. This weeklong celebration of mix feasting, merrymaking and nature caring is held on the last week of June. This week covers June 24 because it is the date when the people celebrate the festival for St. John the Baptist. The celebration starts with opening contest for art enthusiasts, artists and students. The participants of about 200 from in and out of Cavite City will paint on the spot using water colors. The theme will be decided by the organizers. Addition to this weeklong celebration is the Trade Fair where crafts made by the residents of Cavite are featured.
The town is installed with sound system and sprinklers on strategic spots to maximize the party mood. This makes the parade more fun and exciting. Participants will get drenched in water along the way while joining the parade. There are people who will interpret the festival through the dance and colorful dress. This part is called “Basayawan sa Kalye”. The term Basayawan came from the terms basa and sayawan. Basa means wet or to get wet and sayawan means dancing.
Due to its growing popularity, even celebrities and known personalities are visiting the City’s most treasured festival. One of the most awaited parts of the residents and visitors in this weeklong celebration is the Sunduan, a parade which is mostly similar to Santa Cruzan, where models and entertainment personalities are featured on the parade. Seeing them up close on the traditional parade of a city, isn’t it exciting?
But the closing part and noted as the best part of the Festival is the Karakol of St. John the Baptist. Karakol is the dance parade while bringing the image of Saint John the Baptist from the seaside going to the place where Paulan will be held. This is where the people will be blessed and will show their faith and thanksgiving to the Saint.
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