10 Festivals You Should Never Miss When In Cebu

Cebu is full of colorful festivals. Prepare your body ’cause there’ll be partying all year round!
posted on: Sunday, June 8, 2014
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Aside from , there are many exciting festivals you can enjoy while in Cebu.

These festivals reflect the Cebuano culture and heritage. It mostly involves colorful parades and traditional dances.

So if you ever miss Sinulog, there are more festivals you can look forward to all year round!

1. Rosquillos Festival (Liloan)

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The making of these little date back to April 3, 1907 when then 21-year-old Margarita “Titay” Frasco was tinkering in her kitchen with her baking ingredients and made this famous culinary creation.

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Rosquillos Festival is held every last week of May in honor of their patron saint, San Fernando Rey. Liloan has always been associated with rosquillos (From the Spanish word “rosca” meaning ringlet).

Don’t forget to bring me rosquillos as a pasalubong!

2. Dinagat Festival (Cordova)


Also known as Bakasi (eel) Festival, the Dinagat (pertaining to the sea) Festival showcases the fishing culture of Cordovanhons. Held every second week of August, is celebrated to show the people’s gratitude for the prosperous harvest they have received from the sea (especially Cordova eels). The festival showcases Cordova’s distinct cultural heritage though authentic traditional rituals and dances.

3. Kabkaban Festival (Carcar)

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involves a ritual dance believed to drive away bad spirits. The festival got its name from the old name of Carcar, which is “Kabkad” or “kabkaban” because of the abundance of study ferns known to old folks as “kabankaban”. The festival is held every November 24-25 in honor of Carcar’s patroness, St. Catherine of Alexandria. Aside from dancing, other cultural heritage events are held.

4. Banig Festival (Badian)


In celebration of Badian’s annual fiesta, the showcases the town’s various handicrafts, cultures, and delicacies, focusing specifically on the native handwoven mats known as banig.

This festival, which is observed every July 3, includes street dancing with costumes made using banig material. It also holds a trade fair showcasing the banig and other native products, and a banig-making contest.

5. Semana Santa sa Bantayan (Bantayan Island)

This celebration isn’t strictly called a festival (it’s rather an event) but this is worth mentioning.


The people of Bantayan Island are allowed to during the Holy Week through a special permission given by the Papal Indult.


This is a unique mixture of solemn religious rites and merrymaking. Its main attraction is the parade of several carrozas carrying different life-size images of saints. You can also cool off the summer heat by visiting the island’s white sand beaches.

6. Sarok Festival (Consolacion)

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Sarok is a conical hat made of bamboo strips and dried banana leaves to protect farmers and the folks from the sun and the rain.

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The is held every February 14 in celebration of Consolacion’s founding anniversary and in honor of their patron saint, San Narciso. The festival is now celebrated in October. Participants in colorful sarok and costume compete in a free interpretation dance contest with the musical concept inspired from the Miligoy de Cebu, a published Filipino folk dance originating from the same place.

7. Sinanggiyaw Festival (Dumanjug)

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Held every 4th of October, is celebrated through street dancing and field presentation. The performance is focused on three aspects: planting, harvesting and thanksgiving. The name ‘sinanggiyaw’ is taken from two old Cebuano words, sinanggi meaning abundance of harvested agricultural products of our farmers and sayaw meaning dance.

8. Inasal Festival (Talisay)


Talisay City is known for its tasty inasal or lechon (roasted pig). Held every 15th of October, is celebrated in line with the feast of Sta. Teresa de Avila, Talisay City’s patron saint. The festival aims to promote tourism and showcasing the city’s heritage and identity. During this festival, roasted pigs are paraded in the streets and many other activities involving this delicious dish are held.

9. Panagtagbo Festival (Mandaue)

The (Gathering of the Holy Family) is celebrated every January when the three statues meet in The National Shrine of Saint Joseph often called the Translacion where a Fluvial Procession follows after.

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 There are singing and dancing competitions and street dancing that happen during the Bibingkahan in honor of the Sto. Niño.

10. Kadaugan sa Mactan (Lapu-Lapu)

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The is celebrated every April 27 on the shores of Mactan. This festival is held in honor of Lapu-Lapu’s victory over the Spanish invaders. The festival culminates in the re-enactment of the historic battle of Mactan where the forces of Lapu-Lapu defeated Magellan’s army.

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The event is celebrated not just in a single day but . It is held in Mactan Shrine, attracting thousands of visitors. You shouldn’t miss this epic festival, and always be ready to bring your friends!

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