We, Filipinos love to celebrate because we find so many reasons to. Well, statistics show us that there are more than 42,000 major and minor festivals in the Philippines, that is 42,000 reasons. It’s no surprise we are known as the Capital of World’s Festivities. Majority of which being religious, cultural, celebrating indigenous heritage, the harvest and i can go on and on and you may still ask why so many? It’s because of more than 1,708 diverse islands. But no matter how diverse it can get, we celebrate as one because we share the same love for fun and entertainment which is the central theme of most festivals.
Interestingly enough, Diversity doesn’t get into the way and cause divisiveness. We celebrate diversity and come together as one. We want to spread good vibes brought by this “Oneness” that reach far and wide because the idea of Unity is Universal. Our being hospitable is one notable attribute that enable us to reach even the most skeptic about sharing. After all, we all are human sharing the same Life and that alone is a reason to celebrate.
Going through list of Fiestas, same event in a month is happening simultaneously across the archipelago. Chapels, church parishes and all under parochial level with Sto. Nino as an official patron is celebrated by congregation throughout January. Celebration varies from island to island that it piqued our interest. So we go island hopping to experience those differences and this made us a natural wanderer. Besides, Philippines has a diverse landscape that will entice everyone to explore.
Your eyes can feast on diverse landscape and breathtaking sceneries but one is never done as there’s so much to explore. We only take break and sojourn somewhere we can feast on delectable foods. After all, Festival is never complete without glorious foods. In fact, we have festivals for foods as way of Thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest and pray to God to reverse the curse that is global warming or simply to promote one’s product.
Capiztahan is a seafood festival in Capiz dubbed as the Seafood capital of the Philippines. We are surrounded by water so that the archipelago is bless by the bounty of the sea. 33% of the total land area is arable so that agriculture is thriving. Maybe this explains why I grow up a crustacean (kidding) and not vegan.
Although our cuisine is heavily influenced by the early colonial settlers, our culinary talents explore these available resources and remixes these cuisines to suit what our palates truly want. Perfect example is adobo, (Spanish cuisine) it has a wide variety coming out from different region and is shared across the archipelago and the world where there are Filipinos.
Pomp and Pageantry
We love to put on a show, we take every chance in Fiestas to showcase our talents. A country of singers and dancers and all kind of performances imaginable, we dance our way to our main thoroughfare garbed in colorful costumes which usually highlights our rich cultural heritage and unique fashion sense and strut till we drop to blaring sounds of drum and bugle corps.
We work hard and we party even harder
Fiestas are eventful gatherings where townsfolk and luminaries alike come together for merrymaking. Entertainment is what we do best taking breaks from daily toil. We take delight at the performances of our champions from all fields from beauty contest to sports competitions gracing our events. We take pride for our champions uplifting the morale and solidifying pinoys as a nation. No wonder we are the best fans in the world. We reciprocate the hardship and sacrifices champions had given to the nation with love only Filipino fans can give.
As an OFW having spent more than a decade outside the country, there’s a part in us that misses the fun of it all. But fun is innate among us. We are fun, so we bring the party wherever Filipinos are in the world. We bring the fun of Festival to you. Watch it Here
Schedule of Philippines Festival
Some of our kabayan and any non-Filipino might argue that these are superficial attributes that we have but as guest worker or OFW having benefited from the great wealth of the host country, we tend to re examine various aspects we missed back home and use it as point of comparison against the lives of other citizens in the world. Of course, we discover discrepancies among these aspects that truly shape and improve our lives and we are saddened and complain about it, because it’s the easiest to do. Good thing to have pair of eyeballs set in other’s socket. Yes, it takes other citizens to point out to us what are the perks of being Pinoy. It turned out those are things that we took for granted or we don’t know at all that they envy us for it, because like many of us OFWs who are absent for a long time, we tend to forget.
So I seek those tangible perks that impacted our lives as Filipinos. In the process of educating myself with Philippine laws. I found these infographics that might help us Pinoys familiarize what we overlook but millions had benefited from.