February is already over! Can you believe that we are in the third month of the year? March is the month of graduations, vacations, and more festivities.
Attending a Philippine festival is something that you should experience at least once. If you are looking for places you can visit while still enjoying the rich Filipino culture, here is a list of the upcoming events and festivals in the country this March.
La Trinidad Strawberry Festival
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The province of Benguet is famous for its strawberry production with the plantations in La Trinidad famously called the Strawberry Fields of the Philippines. The town is even listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for their production of the biggest strawberry shortcake in the world. This yearly strawberry festival highlights the town’s main produce and includes eating competitions, cultural parade, and an abundant strawberry market.
Location: La Trinidad, Benguet
Date: March 1 (Thursday) to March 31 (Saturday)
Anibina Bulawanon Festival
Celebrating the bountiful gold harvest and the founding anniversary of Compostela Province, Anibina Bulawanon Festival is an eight-day multi-themed annual festival that showcases Compostela Valey’s rich agricultural harvests, abundant mineral resources, trade and tourism fair, and the rich culture and traditions of the province.
Location: Nabunturan, Compostela Valley
Date: March 1 (Thursday) to March 8 (Thursday)
Wanderland Music and Arts Festival
The Wanderland Music and Arts Festival is set to return for its sixth year to bring good music and good people together. This music festival prides itself in setting the stage where both international indie bands and homegrown indie acts perform together. Other than the amazing line-up that they have, local artists also showcase their masterpieces during this event.
Location: Filinvest Event Grounds, Alabang
Date: March 10 (Saturday)
Malasimbo Music Arts and Festival
Now in its 8th year, the Malasimbo Music Arts and Festival is an open-air festival that features electronic arts and bands. It features a mix of top Pinoy talents and international groups performing jaw-dropping acts for three days with nothing but good music, arts, and culture. It blends traditional and contemporary arts and music performances while promoting the protection of the environment.
Location: Puerto Galera
Date: March 23 (Friday) to March 25 (Sunday)
Witness the colorful and vibrant artistry at the Pintados Festival. Be awed by the artful dance performances and garden shows that offers a magical setting for tourists to take a deep dive into the Filipino Culture. There are also food festivals to savor the delicacies of Iloilo. Performers are dressed in traditional regalia but what stands out more is the intricate body tattoos on the bodies of the performers.
Location: Passi City, Iloilo
Date: Third week of March (exact date to be announced by the Government of Passi)
One of the oldest religious festivals in the country, Moriones Festival is dedicated to the half-blind Roman soldier, Longinus, who pierced Jesus in his side using his lance while he was on the cross. According to old beliefs, when some of the blood of Jesus fell into his eyes, his sight immediately returned. Upon experiencing the miracle, Longinus was convinced that Jesus is the son of God and converted to Christianity. This festival re-enacts the search for Longinus by centurions, who are adorned in colorful costumes. Moriones Festival is a colorful and playful game of cat and mouse as performers showcase the performance on the streets.
Date: March 26 (Monday) to April 1 (Sunday)