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The Philippines has thousands of festivals around the country. Each town, city, and villages within the towns and cities celebrate its own festival and fiesta, both cultural and religious. Here are the popular ones this April.

Pak-kaat Kallo
Magpet, Cotabato

Celebrated every April 5 to 6, Pak-kaat Kallo is a celebration of the bounteous harvest of the Manobo Tribe of Magpet, Cotabato. It is a joyous and colorful parade held in the streets of Magpet every year which animates the municipality found on the island of Mindanao.

Pakkaat Kallo(Philippine Info)

Panaad sa Negros
Bacolod City

Celebrated on the first week of April, Panaad sa Negros is considered to be the “mother” of all festivals in Negros Island. Panaad is the Hiligaynon word for "vow" or "promise"; the festival is a form of thanksgiving to Divine Providence or God as a commemoration to the vowed exchange for a good life.

panaad(Mugsturia)

Aliwan Festival
Pasay City

Aliwan means “entertainment” in Tagalog and it is also a festival that showcases the different cultures and heritage of the Philippines. Held this April 26-28 this year, the Aliwan Festival invites contingents from every region to compete in dance parades and float competitions with a promise of a P3,000,000 reward. The Aliwan Festival is a visual extravaganza that aims to promote a contingent’s espective region both economically and tourism-wise.

aliwan(YouTube screenshot)

Bangus Festival
Dagupan City, Pangasinan

The Bangus Festival is a celebration of the milkfish or bangus industry in Dagupan, Pangasinan. Usually held on April 30, the the Bangus Festival is highlighted by the colorful street parades and dances inspired by the milkfish. Fishermen across the province also compete to show the heaviest and longest bangus. There are also bangus-eating contests and cooking competitions. It is one of the most fun festivals all year round.

bangus(Manila Bulletin)