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Phillipines registers record participation
The Philippines topped the Earth Hour global register for cities, towns and districts taking part in Asia, with more than 650 communities taking part.The event started with the darkening of the Rizal Shrine, a major Manila landmark honouring Filipino national hero Dr. José Rizal. The massive Mall of Asia in Pasay City, the world’s fourth largest mall, also went dark in a ceremony that drew several hundred people.The ceremony was broadcast live to homes around the country by Studio 23, one of the largest television networks in the Philippines.The Philippines is one of the half dozen countries that share the Coral Triangle – a world centre of marine biodiversity - home to six of the seven marine turtle species, more than 3,000 species of fish, the heaviest bony fish of the deep (the 1,000 kg mola) and the coelacanth, a species thought until recently to have gone extinct with the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago.But more than 18 per cent of the region's coral reefs were damaged or destroyed in a bleaching event linked to rising sea temperatures in 1998-99, underlining the immense risks climate change poses to the environment, food security and the economies of coastal and island countries and communities.
April Donsol, Sorsogon
A festival which users the “Butanding” (whaleshark) season and a thanksgiving for its blessings to the people of Donsol. The festival is highlighted by a street parade.
April 1- May 31 Davao City
Initiated by the City Tourism Office, this activity offers affordable tours around Davao City.
ENCHANTED KINGDOM ANNIVERSARY FIREWORKS COMPETITION
April 1- May 31 Enchanted Kingdom, Laguna
The competition is an annual tradition that features the best fireworks suppliers in a contest to out-do each other in presenting supreme-quality pyrotechnics. EK is celebrating 10 years of providing magic and enchantment to the public. As a treat to their patrons, guests to the park will witness at least 4 fireworks presentations for all weekend of April and May.
April 1- May 31 Commonwealth Ave., Diliman, Quezon City
It is a multi-lateral Trade Exposition highlighting 12 renowned provincial festivals: Ati-Atihan of Aklan, Higantes of Angono, Iloilo''s Dinagyang Festival, Lucban''s Pahiyas, Davao''s Kadayawan, Ilocos Sur''s Viva Vigan, Bacolod''s Masskara, Zamboanga''s Hermosa, Naga''s Peñafrancia, Batangas'' Parada ng Lechon, Tacloban''s Pintados, and Cebu''s Sinulog.
HUMAN CANVAS BODY PAINTING COMPETITION
April 01 SM Megamall, Building B, Open Parking Space C, Mandaluyong City
It is a competition that aims to open the minds of Filipinos to a whole new perpective on body art through body art works sporting the theme: FESTIVALS OF THE ISLANDS promoting the many beautiful and exciting places our country has to offer. It hopes to make Filipinos realize that this kind of art is not pornography but a new and exciting art form.
April 1- April 5 La Castellana, Negros Occidental
A harvest festival that opens on the first day of April, showcasing the different varieties of banana which is abundant in the municipality.
KESONG PUTI FESTIVAL
April 1- April 9 Sta Cruz, Laguna
Different activities lined up in this celebration that include trade fair, food festival, cultural shows, street dancing, painting contest, beauty pageant and with highlight on the kesongputi, made from carabao milk, fermented and wrapped in banana leaves.
LILIW GAT TAYAW FOOTWEAR FESTIVAL
April 3- April 7 Liliw, Laguna
A colorful event highlighted by a parade of floats featuring the agricultural and industrial products of Liliw.
ALLAW TA APO SANDAWA (TRIBES HONOR MT. APO)_
April 7 Kidapawan City, North Cotabato
A gathering of all highland tribes in honor of Mt. Apo as the country''s highest peak, it comes as no surprise that Mt. Apo is considered sacred ground. Join the highland tribes of Mindanao to the mountain in this annual gathering.
“3RD ASEAN PARAGAMES VISMIN ELIMINATION GAMES”
April 7- April 9 Zamboanga City
Paralethics from Visayas and Mindanao will converge in Zamboanga City for a three-day sports competition. Champions in this event will then compete in the 3rd ASEAN Paragames to be held in Manila in December 2005.
NATIONAL INVITATIONAL SKIMBOARDING COMPETITION
April 8- April 9 Misamis Oriental
A showcase of skills, courage and agility of skimboarders coming from various parts of the country.
GEMS OF THE PHILIPPINES (YAMAN NG PILIPINAS)
April 08 Maharlika Hall of Casino Filipino, Parañaque City
A dinner/cultural show presented by the Asian Gem Tourism Foundation, Inc. in cooperation with DOT and PAGCOR. It is an authentic cultural extravaganza showcasing the rich heritage of Filipino culture, fashion, traditions and festivities through dances, music and songs.
MT. HAMIGUITAN JOURNEY
April 08 - 12 La Unino, San Isidro, Davao Oriental
A trek to Mt. Hamiguitan where one finds the 600 hectares Bonsai Field or the so called "Pgymy Forest".
ARAW NG KAGITINGAN_
April 9 Mt Samat, Bataan
The fall of Bataan is commemorated every year. Top government officials, Japanese and American WW II veterans including their Filipino counterparts and visitors go to Mt. Samat to participate at the annual rites held to honor the bravery of the soldiers who fought for the defense of Bataan.
CONQUER MT. APO
April 13 - 20 Mt. Apo, Davao City
An annual sumer climb to Mt. Apo, the country's highest peak.
5TH NATIONAL CAVING CONGRESS
April 13- April 17 San Miguel, Baggao, Cagayan
The Congress aims to foster relationship among cavers in the country and to help develop the knowledge and attitude of the community on the Tourism Industry. The Sierra Madre Outdoor Club and Sang-at Salug Outdoor Club are pioneering outdoor groups in region 02 are collaborating for the event.
BANCATHON SA MAGNAGA
April 13 Pantukan, Comval
An annual motorized banca race among fisherman of the region within waters of Magnaga offering huge cash prizes
April 15 Amadeo, Cavite
A Festival that revives the coffee industry
April 16- April 30 Rizal, Cagayan
Celebrates the town fiesta of Rizal highlighting the Malaweg ancestry and cooking of glutinous rice on bamboos; showcasing the culture in songs and dances.
MANGGAHAN SA GUIMARAS_
April 16 20 Guimaras
A commemorative celebration of the anniversary of Guimaras as a province and to showcase the premier product of the province (mango) and the various local attractions.
April 16 Marikina City, Metro Manila
Ka-angkan is the Feast of Clans being celebrated during the Cityhood Anniversary of Marikina. The feast is being celebrated as a tribute to the native residents of the city since they were the ones who formed the community and shaped the city’s own culture and tradition.
April 16- May 4 Dagupan City, Pangasinan
Part of Dagupan''s Pista''y Dayat celebration, highlight of which is the longest bangus grill, 101 ways to cook bangus, Bangus Harvest Dance parade, sports competition/exhibition.
TAMPISAW FESTIVAL (EARTH DAY CELEBRATION)
April 16- April 18 Concepcion, Iloilo
A 3-day annual festivity to commemorate the Earth Day Celebration which features fluvial parade, tree-planting and other environment educational activities.
April 16 Pasig City, Metro Manila
A colorful procession of 2 barangays which hold their respective fiestas every other year, sharing one patron saint - Sta. Rosa de Lima. The image is fetched by the celebrating barangay from the other barangay.
April 17 San Jose City, Bulacan
A parade to give thanks for a good harvest participated by various barangays and establishments in colorful costumes and instead of marching, dance in the street.
PANA-AD SA NEGROS_
April 18 25 Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
Is the "festival of all festivals" in the province. It is a week-long summer event that brings together the towns and cities in Negros Occidental in one big showcase of handicrafts, products, tourism attractions, and local festivals. Festivities include trade and food fairs, garden show, golf tournament, singing and songwriting competitions, beauty pageant, and a fiesta presentation featuring the festival of each town and city in a colorful and jubilant presentation at the Pana-ad Park and Stadium
TUNGOH AD HUNGDUAN
April 18 - 24 Hungduan, Ifugao
A cultural fiesta of the Ifugaos of Hungduan which features ethnic games, rituals, arts and crafts-oriented activities.
MANGO-BAMBOO FESTIVAL AND TRADE FAIR_
April 20 27 San Carlos, Pangasinan
A festival promoting San Carlos City as major trading center of bamboo based products/furniture and best producer of "carabao" mangoes and other mango variety in the country.
April 20 25 Isabela City
Beauty pageant, street dances and trade fair of coconut and bamboo products which abound in Isabela, characterize this festival.
April 21 - 27 Daet, Camarines Norte
April 21 Penablanca, Cagayan
Boat rowing race at the clear waters of the Pinacanuan River within the Callao Caves Tourist Zone
April 21- April 25 Mabini, Batangas
Kinulob Festival gives recognition to the local native chicken raisers. Kinulob is one way of cooking the whole chicken with unique presentation. Street dance competition, mini band exhibition, cultural presentation and Mutya ng Mabini pageant are some of the highlights of the festival.
GOTAD AD HINGYON
April 21- April 24 Hingyon Municipality, Ifugao
Ethnic thanksgiving with cultural fair by Ifugaos in Hingyon.
BANGKARERA (Boat-rowing race)
April 21 Penablanca, Cagayan
A boat-rowing race on the waters of scenic Pinacanauan River.
April 21- April 27 Calapan, Mindoro Oriental
Reviving the barter trade between the Mait native and the Chinese traders. This weeklong festivity features agro-trade, historical parade, reenactment of the barter trading and Indakan sa Sanduguan (a street dancing competition).
KADAUGAN SA MACTAN FESTIVAL_
April 22 27 Bgy. Mactan, Lapu-Lapi City, Cebu
A week-long commemoration of the historic battle of Mactan between the Spanish Conquistador Fernando Magallanes and Mactan Chieftain Lapu-Lapu.
HINUGYAW SA HINIGARAN FESTIVAL
April 22- April 23 Hinigaran, Negros Occidental
"Hinugyaw" a local dialect that means rejoice/revelry is celebrated every 25th to 30th of April every year. The six day festivities will culminate on April 30 with a grand parade in the afternoon featuring street dancing performers in their colorful costumes.
GOTAD AD KIANGAN
April 23- April 25 Kiangan, Ifugao
An Ifugao cultural celebration featuring Kiangan''s ethnic customs and traditions
April 23 Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur
A festival celebrating a favorite dish of the Ilocanos, “pinakbet” featuring street dances, cooking competitions
PISTA SA KINAIYAHAN
April 23- April 26 Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur
A tree-planting activity done at the foot of Mt. Apo and clean-up program at the peak.
CANGMATING SIBULAN, NEGROS ORIENTAL
April 24- April 30 Yagyag Festival
Yagyag is the vernacular for spawning, to lay eggs or spread, propagate and grow. The process refers in particular to the crabs and other marine creatures that gather during the months of October to December in Sapa, one of two springs found in Barangay Cangmating of Sibulan.
PISTA’Y DAYAT (THANKSGIVING)_
April 24- May 2 Lingayen, Pangasinan
Thanksgiving festival for the year''s bountiful harvest from the sea celebrated every 1st of May.
April 24 Pinamalayan, Mindoro Oriental
A colorful celebration highlighted by street dancing, a parade of float and a different Moriones Festival.
April 24 Nueva Valencia, Guimaras
This is a proud tradition where beautiful maidens compete for attention with the gaily-decorated Karosas with their load of goodies.
AKLAN DAY CELEBRATION
April 25 Aklan
An annual celebration commemorating the province''s founding anniversary when it formally declared independence fro its mother province of Capiz on April 25, 1958.
PANAGAT "FISH" TIVAL
April 25 Estancia, Iloilo
This is a tribute to fishermen of Estancia. It is a celebration that calls for ultimate cooperation and soul of "Bayanihan" among their neighboring town.
THE SABUTAN FESTIVAL AND MINI-TRADE FAIR
April 25- April 29 Mabitac, Mindoro Oriental
Exhibit of different products mainly from Sabutan.
April 26 Molave, Zamboanga del Sur
This is a thanksgiving event for a bountiful harvest, with festivities like street dancing competition and agri-trade fair.
AWESOME DIVES PHILIPPINES: AN ADVENTURE LIFESTYLE
April 26- April 28 Glorietta Activity Center, Makati City
The 1st Dive Show in the Philippines
April 27 Baguio City
A commemorative event reliving the liberation of Baguio City from the control of Japanese Forces through a moving pageant along Session Road
April 27- April 30 San Jose, Mindoro Occidental
Festival incorporating the exhibition of the cultural heritage of Mindoro’s ethnic communities
April 27 La Carlota City, Negros Occidental
Held every Sunday nearest the first of May or Labor Day. It is a harvest thanksgiving celebration by the people of La Carlota City. The festival is based on an age-old practice of offering thanksgiving to the god of agriculture living inside Kanlaon Volcano.
April 29- May 1 Lemery, Batangas
A 3-day festivities that will showcase a trade fair of agro-industrial products, lectures on livestock raising and food processing as well as food demo competition
April 29- May 1 Banaue, Ifugao
Ethnic Sports Festival and thanksgiving rites featuring Ifugao''s traditional practices showcased in their songs, dances, arts & crafts
April 30- May 1 Antipolo, Rizal
Every May, many pilgrims are seen taking the mudtrodden path leading to Antipolo. It is in this small town that one can find the religious shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, popularly known as the Virgin of Antipolo.
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