7 October Celebrations: The Best Tasting Pig to Gen. MacArthur's Leyte Landing

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Belle Piccio | Oct 01, 2015

Here’s a list of festivals if you happen to be in near the area.

October 1

1) Dila-ab Festival of Siquijor, Siquijor

photo via visitmyphilippines.com

The festival is a thanksgiving celebration that honors the town’s patron St. Francis of Asisi through various shows and activities. Dilaab refers to the popular Siquijodnons trait of being warm and hospitable.

For inquiries or questions, contact Siquijor’s Office of the Mayor at (035) 344-2074.


October 1-19

2) MassKara Festival of Bacolod City

MassKara Festival; photo by Dustin Mijares

SCHEDULE: Have You Experienced the Happiest Festival? Wear Your MassKara!


October 4

3) Sinanggiyaw Festival of Dumanju, Cebu

photo via cebu-tourism.techcellar.net

The name of the festival comes from two Bisaya words: “sinanggi” means “bountiful harvest” and “sayaw” translates to “dance.” Different activities are prepared and the main highlight of the festival is the street dancing performance that spotlights: planting, harvesting and thanksgiving.


October 15

4) Inasal/Halad Festival of Talisay City, Cebu

photo via visitmyphilippines.com

The Halad-Inasal Festival showcases Talisay’s historical heritage and tradition and a thanksgiving celebration in honor of the town’s patroness, St. Theresa de Avila. One of the event highlights is a food festival showcasing Talisay’s “inasal” (roast pig). The city is also known for its best tasting pig.

To know more about the festival, contact City Tourism Office of Talisay City, Cebu at (032) 273-4783.


October 20

5) Leyte Gulf Landing Anniversary of Dulag and Palo, Leyte

A guerilla veteran at the MacArthur Memorial; photo courtesy of Bernard Supetran

The anniversary is a commemoration of the landings of Gen. Douglas MacArthur and the Allied Forces along the shores of Leyte to liberate the country from foreign invasion. It is celebrated at the MacArthur Landing Memorial Shrine in Red Beach, Palo, Leyte, the site of the biggest naval battle in world history.

READ:  It's Not Just About MacArthur: Stories Behind the Leyte Landings


October 15-25

6) Buglasan Festival of Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental

Buglasan Festival 2013 Street Dance; photo via Negros Tourism FB page

SCHEDULE: Dumaguete's Buglasan Festival: Schedule of Activities for 2015


October 31

7) Hinugyaw sa Anilao of Anilao, Iloilo

The festival is a celebration of the separation of Anilao from Banate. The Ilonggo term “hinugyaw” means “merrymaking." Different activities such as sports and cultural presentations are prepared.


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