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Not Just for Valentines: Festivals and Events This February

The Panagbenga Festival is one of the most popular and well-loved festivals in the country. [Image Credit: Panagbenga Festival]

Similar to the month of January, we should expect a jam-packed February. Not only is Valentines Day expected to be slated this love month, a lot of famous Festivals in the Philippines will be celebrated and enjoyed not only by Filipinos but tourists as well.

Are you longing for a weekend of fun or a place where you and your loved one can enjoy? Look no further. The month of February has some of the most colorful, exciting, and spiritual festivals in the country. Here are festivals and events in February that you should not miss!


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[Image Credit: Panagbenga Festival]
[Image Credit: Panagbenga Festival]

Also known as the Season of Blooming, Panagbenga is a visually captivating festival that features humungous floats adored by beautiful, freshly bloomed flowers that parades along the entire stretch of Session Road. Celebrated as a tribute to Baguio’s blooming flower industry, this much-awaited festival is held in the aftermath of the devastating Luzon 1990 earthquake to help uplift the spirits of people affected.

Location: Baguio
Date: February 1 (Thursday) to March 4 (Sunday)

Travel Tour Expo

[Image Credit: Out of Town Blog]
[Image Credit: Out of Town Blog]

The country’s biggest travel expo is one of the much-awaited even for travellers because they provide the best drop-down rates in airfare, accommodations, tour packages, and more. Travel enthusiasts get the chance to score exciting offers from travel companies and agencies, international airlines, resorts, hotels, insurance, and cruise companies.

Location: SMX Convention Center
Date: February 9 (Friday) to February 11 (Sunday)
Also See: PTAA Travel Tour Expo 2018 Schedule, Venue and Participants

Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

[Image Credit: Out of Town Blog]
[Image Credit: Out of Town Blog]

This spectacular event is celebrated every year and spectators are left in awe of the activities that unfold before their eyes. Take selfies with hot air balloons floating in the background and enjoy the foods and shop at participating booths. Other activities include paragliding, skydiving, dancing kites, and riding radio-controlled aircrafts.

Location: Clark Freeport
Date: February 8 (Thursday) to February 11 (Sunday)
Also See: The 22nd Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2018 Official Schedule

Paraw Regatta

[Image Credit: Paraw Regatta/Facebook]
[Image Credit: Paraw Regatta/Facebook]

Now in its 39th year, Iloilo’s Paraw Regatta is the oldest traditional craft event in Asia and also the largest sailing event in the Philippines. On the first day of the event, a slalom racing on a course by the beach is facilitated to gain participation from the crowd. There is also a thirty-meter distance race in the Iloilo Strait, running up to the coast of Panay and down the coast of Guimaras. The Paraw Regatta celebrates the skills of the para sailors and brings a fiesta spirit into their lives. It also showcases the colorful painted sails that brings spirit to the lives of the participants and tourists too.

Location: Iloilo
Date: February 11 (Sunday) to February 16 (Friday)

Kaamulan Festival

[Image Credit: Our Awesome Planet]
[Image Credit: Our Awesome Planet]

Another annual festival in the Bukidnon province, the Kaamulan Festival is an ethnic festival that remembers the past of the province and showcases the unique indigenous culture and its people, the seven tribal groups that originally inhabited the region. This festival also highlights the rituals of the groups such as the Panlisig or rite to drive away evil spirits and the Pamalas or the atonement rituals. These traditions are complemented by a civic parade, a street dancing competition, a garden show, and several sporting events.

Location: Bukidnon
Date: February 14 (Wednesday) to March 10 (Saturday)

Philippine International Pyromusical Competition

[Image Credit: Pilipinas Popcorn]
[Image Credit: Pilipinas Popcorn]

Get ready for the bright lights and loud music as the annual International Pyromusical Competition lights up in SM Mall of Asia. Different countries gather at Mall of Asia to set the best fireworks show that fills the sky with colors and lights amidst the beautiful backdrop of the Manila Bay. Two countries set to compete every week with marching bands, fire dancers, and beats from the best DJs in the world.

Location: Pasay City
Date: February 17 (Saturday) to March 24 (Saturday)
Also see: Schedule of Activities: 9th Philippine International Pyromusical Competition 2018

Written by Kaye Chang

Kaye is a freelance writer and author of "My Thrifty Thoughts."

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