1.22.2008

dates to remember for 2008

I was fascinated with the schedules of holidays in the Philippines so I copied this from Aggie's site... which in turn she got here:
2008 Awesome Calendar of the Philippines
The Definitive Guide to Philippine Holidays, Philippine Festivals, Philippine Fiestas, Liturgical Events, and Awesome Events!
Copyright 2008. Our Awesome Planet (www.OurAwesomePlanet.com)

JANUARY
U.P. Centennial Year Celebrations (100 Years)
Best Time to Climb Mt. Pinatubo!

1 NEW YEAR’S DAY | Tuesday | Solemnity of Mary Mother of God | HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION

9 FEAST OF THE BLACK NAZARENE | Quiapo, Manila
An intense, day-long festival highlighted by a mammoth procession through the streets.

13 42k CLARK MARATHON | Clark, Angeles City, Pampanga

18-19 ATI-ATIHAN | Kalibo, Aklan | Ati-Atihan Festival 2008
Commemorates the 13th century land deal between 10 migrating Bornean chieftains and the aboriginal Ati King Marikudo. It also honors the town patron, the infant Sto. Nino.

18-19 SINULOG | Cebu City | Sinulog Festival 2008
Cebu’s biggest and most popular festival in honor of the Holy Image of Senyor Sto. NiƱo

20 42k SUBIC MARATHON | Subic Bay Freeport, Olongapo City | Subic Marathon

25-26 DINAGYANG FESTIVAL 2008 | Iloilo City | Dinagyang 2008
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.

FEBRUARY

Best Time to go to Binondo, Manila!

2-3 BIG BINONDO BOWL - SPECIAL CHINESE NEW YEAR WOK| Binondo, Manila | Old Manila Walks
A Special Chinese New Year Big Binondo Wok Tour by Ivan Man Dy

6 ASH WEDNESDAY | Philippines
The First Day of Lenten Season in the Philippines

7 CHINESE NEW YEAR - THE YEAR OF THE RAT | Binondo, Manila
The Chinese community celebrates the Chinese New Year with pomp & color through a dragon dance.

9-10 HOT AIR BALLOON FIESTA | Clark, Angeles, Pampanga | 12th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta
Watch the awesome hot air balloons fly out as the sun rises in the horizon.

14 HAPPY VALENTINES’ DAY!
Filipino lover’s most romantic event of the year!

16 WORLD PYRO OLYMPICS! | Mall of Asia, Pasay City | 3rd World Pyro Olympics
China (2nd World Pyro Olympics Awardee) vs. Germany

23 WORLD PYRO OLYMPICS! | Mall of Asia, Pasay City | 3rd World Pyro Olympics
Japan vs. Australia (1st World Pyro Olympics Champion)

24 42k PASIG RIVER HERITAGE MARATHONS | Pasig City

25 EDSA REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY | Metro Manila | People Power Revolution
Commemorates the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution that Filipinos came to known for.

25-26 PANAGBENGA - BAGUIO FLOWER FESTIVAL | Baguio City | 13th Baguio Flower Festival
Also known as the Baguio Flower Festival, it will be the 10th holding of this annual event which will showcase the City of Baguio as a City of Flowers.

29 LEAP YEAR DAY

MARCH

Best Time to go watch and shoot the awesome Manila sunset!

1 WORLD PYRO OLYMPICS! | Mall of Asia, Pasay City | 3rd World Pyro Olympics
South Korea vs. U.A.E, Dubai

8 WORLD PYRO OLYMPICS! | Mall of Asia, Pasay City | 3rd World Pyro Olympics
Italy vs. Venezuela

15 WORLD PYRO OLYMPICS! | Mall of Asia, Pasay City | 3rd World Pyro Olympics
France vs. Philippines! The Grand Finale

17-23 MORIONES FESTIVAL | Marinduque
Re-enact the story of Longinus, a Roman centurion who speared the crucified body of Jesus Christ.

17-23 HOLY WEEK! | Philippines
Philippines’ most sacred week!

20 HOLY THURSDAY!
Commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles.

21 GOOD FRIDAY!
Commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus at Calvary.

23 EASTER SUNDAY
Celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

30 FEAST OF THE DIVINE MERCY | Philippines | Plenary Indulgence for Divine Mercy Sunday
The soul that will go to confession and receive holy communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment!

APRIL

The Peak Time in Boracay.

7 BATAAN DAY (ARAW NG KAGITINGAN) | Monday
In lieu of April 9, Bataan Day

MAY

National-wide celebration of Flores de Mayo / Santacruzan.

1 LABOR DAY
In lieu of April 9, Bataan Day

11 HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

15 PAHIYAS | Lucban, Quezon
An annual celebration held to usher in a bountiful harvest and smashing good times.

17-19 OBANDO FERTILITY RITES | Obando, Bulacan
Massive numbers of men and women dance towards the town church praying for a wife, husband or a child.

28 NATIONAL FLAG DAY | Manila
Start of the designated flag days where all government offices, business establishments, and private homes are also encouraged to display the flag.

JUNE

Time to show your love for the Philippines by putting a flag on your home, car, and shirts.

12 PHILIPPINE’S INDEPENDENCE DAY | Thursday

15 HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

JULY

Rainy Season in the Philippines.

20 42k MILO MARATHON ELIMINATIONS | Manila

AUGUST

The Best Time to go on a wild river ride.

15 ASCENCION OF MOTHER MARY INTO HEAVEN | Friday | HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION

20-24 KADAYAWAN SA DABAW | Davao City
This festival give thanks to the bounty of fruits and flowers as the waling-waling orchid blooms.

21 NINOY AQUINO DAY | THURSDAY
Commemorating the Death of Ninoy Aquino

25 NATIONAL HEROE’S DAY | MONDAY
In lieu of April 9, Bataan Day

SEPTEMBER

The Best Time to go to Divisoria for Christmas shopping and preparations.

20 PENAFRANCIA VIVA LA VIRGEN | Naga City
Bicol Region’s biggest celebration is highlighted by a fluvial parade of Lady of Penafrancia carried through the river aglow with floating candles.

OCTOBER

Surfing Season in the Philippines.

2 END OF RAMADAN | Thursday (potentially a holiday)

18-19 MASKARA FESTIVAL | Bacolod
The festival that made Bacolod famous began as an event to inspire the locals to face the hard times with a smiling face, thus masks with smiling faces are worn by revelers who join the parade.

18 NATIONAL THANK YOU DAY | National Thank You Day Philippines

28 DIWALI FESTIVAL | Tuesday | The Festival of Lights
Indian New Year Festival

NOVEMBER

Halloween Parties.

1 ALL SAINT’S DAY | SATURDAY

2 ALL SOUL’S DAY | SUNDAY

16 42k MILO MARATHON FINALS | Manila

22-23 HIGANTES FESTIVAL | Angono, Rizal
Male devotees carry the image of San Clemente in a procession that features pahadores, clad in colorful garb and wooden shoes, and carrying boat paddles and higantes (giants) 10 feet tall papier mache puppets.

28-30 KERYGMA CONFERENCE | Manila | Kerygma Conference
Awaken the Miracle Within You

DECEMBER

Christmas Season in the Philippines.

1 BONIFACIO DAY | MONDAY
In lieu of November 30, Sunday

8 IMMACULATE CONCEPTION | Monday | HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION

13 ULTIMATE KAPAMPANGAN SHOW-OFF/ GIANT LANTERN FESTIVAL | San Fernando, Pampanga
A Show-Off of Kapampangan Pride culminated with a display of Giant Lanterns measuring 18 feet in diameter.

16 SIMBANG GABI
Start of early morning vigil 9 days before Christmas

25 CHRISTMAS DAY | Thursday | Holy Day of Obligation
Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Christ

29 RIZAL DAY | Monday
Commemorating the Death of Jose Rizal

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