January Festivals in the Philippines (2024)

Watatrip January Festivals 2024

January brings a burst of celebrations! 🎉✨

Join us as we explore the joyous gatherings and spirited events that make this a month of fun, unity, and Filipino pride!

Bailes de Luces (January 5) – 📍 La Castellana, Negros Occidental

La Castellana’s Bailes de Luces (Dance of the Lights) festival may be in a small town, but it’s a big celebration. Unlike other festivals held during the sweltering daytime, this one takes place at night, allowing the lights and music to shine. It’s a unique way to conclude Christmas and celebrate the community. There’s street dancing, arena competitions, and other exciting events! 🎉💫

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Bailes de Luces | Watatrip

🏨 Where you can stay: Seda Capitol Central (North Capitol Road, Lacson St, Bacolod, 6100 Negros Occidental)

Feast of the Black Nazarene (January 9) – 📍 Quiapo, Manila

The Black Nazarene is a highly revered religious statue in the Philippines, kept in Quiapo Church. During its feast, millions gather to see the statue of Christ. People eagerly try to touch or wipe their towels on the miraculous icon, creating a lively event.

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Feast of the Black Nazarene | Watatrip

🏨 Where you can stay: Sun Star Grand Hotel (665-667 Quezon Boulevard Quiapo Manila, 10001)

Hinugyaw Festival (January 3-10) – 📍 Koronadal City, South Cotabato

Hinugyaw Festival in Koronadal City is all about laughter and fun! Enjoy colorful events like street dancing, the Marbeleño Mardi Gras, pageants, food fests, and concerts!

Follow the City Government’s FB page for future updates.

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Hinugyaw Festival | Watatrip

🏨 Where you can stay: Mezza Hotel (General Paulino Santos Drive Near Citra Mina, 9506 Koronadal)

Sinulog Festival (January 12 – event kick-off) – 📍 Cebu City

A lively celebration of the Sto. Nino, drawing deeply religious locals and visitors. Elaborate statues are displayed throughout the city, especially in the Basilica, where devotees gather to venerate the Child Jesus. The festival includes Sinulog dance competitions and a massive boat parade, attracting millions of participants worldwide.

For the full schedule of Sinulog festival, check out their website here.

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Sinulog Festival | Watatrip

🏨 Where you can stay: AJ’s Haven Homestay (Lot 3 BLK 4 pH 1 Desana Heights, E. Sabellano St, 6000 Cebu City)

Ati-Atihan Festival (January 3-21) – 📍 Kalibo, Aklan

Dancers with black-painted faces shout ‘Hala Bira’ during Kalibo’s Ati-Atihan Festival, a lively party honoring Sto. Nino. Join the fun, imitate the Aeta tribe, and enjoy the wild street celebrations!

This month-long celebration starts on January 3, but the grand procession is scheduled on January 21, 2024. 

For more information about this festival, visit their Facebook page.

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Ati-Atihan Festival | Watatrip

🏨 Where you can stay: Ati-Atihan Festival Hotel (19 Martyrs Street, City Proper, Kalibo, Philippines, 5600)

Kuyamis Festival (January 8-14) – 📍 Misamis Oriental

This Festival marks the creation of Misamis Oriental as a separate local government on January 1, 1930. The festival begins with a booth displaying coconut products, crafts, and Filipino dishes with coconut. There are also sports and street dance competitions throughout the weeklong celebration. 

The name Kuyamis Festival is derived from the Subanen term kuyamis, which refers to the sweet coconut kind found in the province’s regions. Did you know that it is also the source of the name Misamis?

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Kuyamis Festival | Watatrip

🏨 Where you can stay: Limketkai Luxe Hotel (Limketkai Center, Limketkai Avenue, Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao 9000)

Dinagyang Festival (January 12-30) – 📍 Iloilo City

Iloilo City’s Dinagyang Festival is a vibrant celebration to honor the Sto. Nino and showcase Ilonggo heritage. The month-long celebration kicks off on the 12th of January. There will be music festivals, food festivals, and other spectacles such as lively dances, colorful costumes, and spirited chants.

Shout “Hala Bira!” and “Viva Senyor Santo Nino!” as you join the Motorcade of Senor Santo Nino de Cebu on the 24th. There’s also the Fluvial Parade on the 25th, the Kasadyaan Competition on the 27th, and the grand Dinagyang Tribes Competition on the 28th. 🎉

Check out their Facebook page for more information.

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Dinagyang Festival | Watatrip

🏨 Where you can stay: Go Hotels Iloilo (Robinson’s Place Iloilo, Ledesma Street, Iloilo City, Iloilo Province 5000)

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