Just sharing with you my awesome calendar based on the awesome events I witnessed in the past and the events that I plan to experience this year. Plan your vacations as early as now and you can use this as your guide. It took me a while to compile these so I do hope you enjoy!
2008 Awesome Calendar of the Philippines
The Definitive Guide to Philippine Holidays, Philippine Festivals, Philippine Fiestas, Liturgical Events, and Awesome Events!
Copyright 2008. Our Awesome Planet (www.OurAwesomePlanet.com)
U.P. Centennial Year Celebrations (100 Years)
Best Time to Climb Mt. Pinatubo!
1 NEW YEAR’S DAY | Tuesday | Solemnity of Mary Mother of God | HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION
13 42k CLARK MARATHON | Clark, Angeles City, Pampanga
18-19 ATI-ATIHAN | Kalibo, Aklan | Ati-Atihan Festival 2008
Commemorates the 13th century land deal between 10 migrating Bornean chieftains and the aboriginal Ati King Marikudo. It also honors the town patron, the infant Sto. Nino.
25-26 DINAGYANG FESTIVAL 2008 | Iloilo City | Dinagyang 2008
Street dancing characterized by frenetic stomping of feet and hypnotic drumbeating. It is a colorful whirl of thousands of people dressed in unique costumes dancing & chanting all day and night.
Best Time to go to Binondo, Manila!
6 ASH WEDNESDAY | Philippines
The First Day of Lenten Season in the Philippines
7 CHINESE NEW YEAR – THE YEAR OF THE RAT | Binondo, Manila
The Chinese community celebrates the Chinese New Year with pomp & color through a dragon dance.
9-10 HOT AIR BALLOON FIESTA | Clark, Angeles, Pampanga | 12th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta
Watch the awesome hot air balloons fly out as the sun rises in the horizon.
14 HAPPY VALENTINES’ DAY!
Filipino lover’s most romantic event of the year!
24 42k PASIG RIVER HERITAGE MARATHONS | Pasig City
25-26 PANAGBENGA – BAGUIO FLOWER FESTIVAL | Baguio City | 13th Baguio Flower Festival
Also known as the Baguio Flower Festival, it will be the 10th holding of this annual event which will showcase the City of Baguio as a City of Flowers.
Best Time to go watch and shoot the awesome Manila sunset!
Start of the Donsol Season in Bicol!
17-23 MORIONES FESTIVAL | Marinduque
Re-enact the story of Longinus, a Roman centurion who speared the crucified body of Jesus Christ.
20 HOLY THURSDAY!
Commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles.
21 GOOD FRIDAY!
Commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus at Calvary.
23 EASTER SUNDAY
Celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
30 FEAST OF THE DIVINE MERCY | Philippines | Plenary Indulgence for Divine Mercy Sunday
The soul that will go to confession and receive holy communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment!
The Peak Time in Boracay.
7 BATAAN DAY (ARAW NG KAGITINGAN) | Monday
In lieu of April 9, Bataan Day
National-wide celebration of Flores de Mayo / Santacruzan.
1 LABOR DAY | Thursday
National Labor Day!
Time to show your love for the Philippines by putting a flag on your home, car, and shirts.
9 PHILIPPINE’S INDEPENDENCE DAY | Monday
Rainy Season in the Philippines.
20 42k MILO MARATHON ELIMINATIONS | Manila
The Best Time to go on a wild river ride.
21 NINOY AQUINO DAY | THURSDAY
Commemorating the Death of Ninoy Aquino
25 NATIONAL HEROES’ DAY | MONDAY
In lieu of
The Best Time to go to Divisoria for Christmas shopping and preparations.
Surfing Season in the Philippines.
18-19 MASKARA FESTIVAL | Bacolod
The festival that made Bacolod famous began as an event to inspire the locals to face the hard times with a smiling face, thus masks with smiling faces are worn by revelers who join the parade.
18 NATIONAL THANK YOU DAY | National Thank You Day Philippines
1 ALL SAINT’S DAY | SATURDAY
2 ALL SOUL’S DAY | SUNDAY
16 42k MILO MARATHON FINALS | Manila
22-23 HIGANTES FESTIVAL | Angono, Rizal
Male devotees carry the image of San Clemente in a procession that features pahadores, clad in colorful garb and wooden shoes, and carrying boat paddles and higantes (giants) 10 feet tall papier mache puppets.
Christmas Season in the Philippines.
1 BONIFACIO DAY | MONDAY
In lieu of November 30, Sunday
16 SIMBANG GABI
Start of early morning vigil 9 days before Christmas