Events and Fiestas
2017 CALENDAR OF FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
January 5, 2017
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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|
|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|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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|
|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.
|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.|