Manila Calendar and Events
New Years Day is celebrated with great vigour and plenty of fireworks. On 9 January, the Black Nazarene Procession, the largest procession in the country, carries a life-size, blackwood statue of Jesus through the streets of Quiapo.
The Filipino version of Mardi Gras is the three-day Ati-Atihan, celebrated in Kalibo on Panay in the third week in January. On Good Friday, there are many scourges throughout the country, which have become popular attractions, especially those at San Fernando and Antipolo, near Manila.
There are more processions on Flores de Mayo in May, this time in honour of the Virgin Mary. Independence Day is celebrated on 12 June with military parades. There are local festivals taking place just about every week of the year somewhere in the Philippines.
January 9 - Quiapo Fiesta (Black Nazarene)
January 15 - Sto. Ni?o Fiest (Tondo)
January 19 - Buling Buling ng Pandacan
February 3 - Liberation of Manila, Manila Chinese New Year
June 12 - Independence Day
Rizal Park, Manila
June 24 - Araw ng Maynila (Manila Day) Citywide Manila Film Festival
November Feast of Nuestra Se?ora delos, Malate
December Feast of Birhen ng Loreto
Sampaloc, Manila (second Sunday)