Events and Fiestas

 
 
   
       
       
       
       
       
       
       

2017 CALENDAR OF FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

Updated:

January 5, 2017

JANUARY

     
Event Date Venue Brief Description
 
Arevalo Annual Fiesta with Fireworks Display and Contest January 15, 2017 Arevalo, Iloilo City Arevalo is the only pueblo (Town) in Western Visayas given by the Spanish Government an escudo (Coat of Arms). During its district fiesta on the third Sunday of January, it becomes a land of fire with a spectacular display of fireworks in the evening.
       
Iloilo Dinagyang Festival January 21-23, 2017 Iloilo City 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. The festival is a grand slam winner as best tourism event for 2006, 2007, and 2008.                                                                                                  
       
 Chinese New Year Celebration  January 27, 2017  Downtown Iloilo City  The gaiety commences with the traditional Dragon Dance which leads the Street Dancing entourage. Welcoming the Chinese New Year include among others, a delectable Food Festival and for vibrancy and spectacle, the ostentatious pryrotechnics.
FEBRUARY
Feast of Our Lady of Candles February 2, 2017 Jaro, Iloilo City The city celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Candles every second day of February. This is one of the biggest Iloilo fiestas and this is when opulent religious pageantries grace the city. People from all over the Western Visayas flock to Iloilo for garden shows, grand cock derbies, agro-industrial exhibits, carnivals, concerts, contests and more. Many people believe that this festival symbolizes the city’s prosperity and the people’s love for huge fiestas and celebrations.
       
Iloilo Paraw Regatta February 12-19, 2017 Villa Beach, Sto. Niño Sur, Arevalo, Iloilo City An exciting race among native outriggers in the strait between the island Province of Guimaras and Iloilo City.  The festival offers festival events which include Pinta Layag, slalom race, mini-paraw boat race, fireworks by the sea, beach sports, Samba de Regatta, anglers fishing competition, etc.
       
Iloilo Bike Fest  February 22 – March 4, 2017  Iloilo Business Park  A 25-kilometer fun ride event for bike enthusiasts.  This event aims to create health awareness among the general public the importance of healthy living through biking.
       
National Arts Month  Whole Month of February 2017 Iloilo City The month of February is the National Arts Month and is being celebrated nationwide spearheaded by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), which aims to promote local arts and culture.
MARCH
ASEAN 2017 Ministerial & Senior Officials Meeting March 1-17, 2017 Iloilo Convention Center Iloilo City will be one of the HOST Cities of the ASEAN 2017.
Iloilo Bike Fest February 22 – March 4, 2017 Megaworld, Iloilo City A 25-kilometer fun ride event for bike enthusiasts.  This event aims to create health awareness among the general public the importance of healthy living through biking.  
       
Liberation of Panay and Romblon March 18, 2017 Panay “March 18, 1945 is of great historical and sentimental significance to both the veterans and the people of Panay and Romblon because it was the day when the Panay Guerilla Forces launched the final assault on the Japanese Imperial Armed Forces,” the proclamation read. The holiday declaration is stipulated in former President Corazon Aquino’s Proclamation No. 430 or “An Act Declaring March 18 of every year as Victory Day in the Islands of Panay and Romblon including the cities of Iloilo and Roxas” issued in 1989.
       
Iloilo City Freedom Day March 29, 2017 Iloilo City The Iloilo City Freedom Day is celebrated in connection with Republic Act 1209 otherwise known as the GANZON LAW. The Act mandates that April 29 of each year should be celebrated as ILOILO CITY FREEDOM DAY in recognition of the right to suffrage of all citizens of the city in electing their local officials from the congressman, mayor and vice mayor down to the city councilors.
APRIL
 Holy Week - Semana Santa sa Iloilo kag Guimaras  April 9-15, 2017  Metro Iloilo  Holy Week, or Semana Santa in Filipino (from the Spanish Semana Santa), is the only week where the whole country shuts down. It starts with Linggo ng Palaspas or Domingo de Ramos (Palm Sunday), then continues on until Linggo ng Pagkabuhay (Easter Sunday). Only after Linggo ng Pagkabuhay (Easter Sunday) does the whole country resume its operations. The old Catholic belief that Christ is dead during Good Friday at three o' clock in the afternoon is still prevalent among the rural Filipinos, and so, journeys are not continued and children are warned not to make noise or to play outside. After Sabado de Gloria (Black/Holy Saturday), Holy Week ends on the Linggo ng Pagkabuhay (Easter Sunday), when Catholic churches hold Masses and dawn processions (known as the Salubong). Shopping malls and hotels also hold celebrations and Easter egg hunts.
       
SSEAYP International General Assembly April 26-30, 2017 CCP Complex An international conference of South East Asian Youth Program
MAY
La Paz District Annual Fiesta May 24, 2017 La Paz, Iloilo City La Paz – is the home of the nationally famous La Paz Batchoy – an Ilonggo dish delicacy. During the early Spanish time, it was a barrio of Jaro named Bag-ong Banua.
I 1856, it became a pueblo (town) thru the efforts of its five founders: Marcelo Jereos (its first capitan), Moises Gustilo, Felipe Huervana, Eusebio Jereos and Gregorio Divinagracia. Each has a street named after him.
The Spaniards named the new pueblo as La Nuestra Señora de la Paz Y Buen Viaje (Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage).
       
GACPA Annual Convention May 24-27, 2017   An annual conference of  Government  Association of Certified Public Accountants (GACPA)
       
Santacruzan sa Flores de Mayo                      May 31, 2017 Metro Iloilo  Iloilo festivals also include the Santacruzan Festival which is celebrated the whole month of May. This includes a mayflower festival and grand processions with huge arches. This is one of the tourism activities lined up by the City Government in cooperation with other localities in the Metro Iloilo Guimaras area to enhance and preserve our rich cultural and religious tradition
JUNE
Independence Day June 12, 2017 Iloilo City The Phlippines celebrates its Declaration of Independence from Spain on June 12. This took place on that day in 1898, at the house of the first Philippine president, Emilio Aguinaldo, in Kawit, Cavite. From the balcony of his house, Gen. Aguinaldo waved the national flag while a band played the national anthem, known today as the "Lupang Hinirang". This scene was immortalized on the now out-of-circulation 5 peso bill, replaced now by a coin with Aguinaldo on it. The nation celebrated its Centennial in 1998.
JULY
Charter Day Celebrations July 17 - Aug. 25, 2015 Iloilo City Charter Day Celebrations 
 
As a major port and trading center of Panay & Negros, the Municipality of Iloilo steadily progressed that on July 16, 1937, under the Commonwealth Act No. 158, the surrounding towns of La Paz, Mandurriao, Molo and Arevalo were absorbed and incorporated with it to form the City of Iloilo. The city was inaugurated on August 25, 1937. A thanksgiving mass is scheduled July 16th and a civic-military parade on August 25th.  Other culminating activities include the search for outstanding Ilonggos and the Mr and Ms. Iloilo City.
Molo District Annual Fiesta July 26, 2017 Molo, Iloilo City The ancient and beautiful Molo Church of Santa Ana will once again be the center of the celebration of the fiesta of the District of Molo, Iloilo City on July 26. On this day, thousands of the devotees of Santa Ana from all over the country will troop to it.
AUGUST
Iloilo City Charter Day August 25, 2015 Iloilo City Iloilo City received its charter on August 25, 1937 during the American Commonwealth Government in the Philippines. 
SEPTEMBER
Artkitektura 2017 August 31 – September 3, 2017 Iloilo City An art and architecture convention
       
Iloilo City Tourism Month Whole month of September Iloilo City To promote tourism within Iloilo showcasing the goodwill of its people, the beauty of the place and the value of its culture.
OCTOBER
ATOP National Convention TBA Iloilo City The annual convention of the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines. The highlight is the Pearl Awards, which recognizes the best practices in tourism.
       
ASIAN Travel Mart TBA Iloilo City A travel market where Asian tour operators will be invited to Iloilo
NOVEMBER
Mandurriao Annual District Fiesta November 26, 2017 Mandurriao, Iloilo City The Annual District Fiesta of Mandurriao is celebrated on this day.  This is a civic and community event different from the Religious Feast in honor of the Espousal of Our Lady to Joseph.   
       
Andres Bonifacio Day November 30, 2017 Iloilo City On November 30, 1863, Bonifacio was born to Santiago Bonifacio and Catalina de Castro. His given name, Andres, comes from Saint Andrew, whose feast day falls on this day. Bonifacio Day every year on November 30, a date that is sometimes confused with National Heroes Day.
Bonifacio Day is also odd, because heroes -- like saints -- are often remembered more for their death than their birth. Philippine national hero Jose Rizal's birthday, June 19, is a holiday in Laguna province, and the date of his execution, December 30, is a national holiday known as Rizal Day.
DECEMBER
7th Street Lantern Festival TBA Iloilo City Hall Colorful parols are displayed along major thoroughfares of the city
       
VIVA PAROL  TBA Iloilo City A revival of an old Christmas tradition in Iloilo City where giant parols are paraded along the streets,
       
DINAGYANG 2018 PAMUKAW TBA Iloilo City  The Dinagyang Pamukaw signals the start of the Dinagyang season which culminates on January 22-24, 2018.
       
Graciano Lopez-Jaena Day December 18, 2017 Jaro, Iloilo City December winds whipped up the Philippine flags in Jaro Plaza in Iloilo City, reminding the public of the birth anniversary on Dec. 18 of Ilonggo hero Graciano Lopez-Jaena, the “Demosthenes of the Philippines” and the “trailblazer” of the Great Triumvirate of the Propaganda Movement. The public plaza of Jaro, called Plaza Rizal for more than eight decades, was renamed Lopez-Jaena Park by the city council only in 1986 though the life-size monument of Lopez-Jaena has stood there since the early 1900s.
       
Year-Ender Countdown December 31, 2017 Iloilo City What a way of welcoming the New Year with something non-traditional replicating what other places/countries have been doing.  Instead of staying at home to greet the New Year, the whole family take it to the streets, specifically the center of the City to enjoy the concert and party.  There will be a grand fireworks display to welcome the New Year.   
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       

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