Metro Manila · The Year in Manila
Life is changing constantly in a Megacity. Nevertheless, there are things that stay the same: holidays, traditional celebrations, and festivals are something to look forward to and they provide a certain structure throughout the year. Have a look at this section to see the yearly cycle of landmark events which take place in the Megacity of Manila. This is a naturally growing section, with every new landmark event finding its place here.
A list of international holidays and celebrations of countries with considerably big expat communities in Metro Manila. It includes national days, festivals organized by cultural institutes or expat associations, and traditional foreign holidays that are celebrated in the Megacity as well.
2016 has bid us goodbye and now we've got the new year in our midst. Are you ready for 2017? If you can't get enough of holidays in general, we've prepared the list of 2017 holidays for your reference.
The Philippines has a high number of holidays throughout the year, most of them religious festivities or commemoration of national heroes.
It's that time of the year again! If you are planning to watch a film from the Metro Manila Film Festival, take a look at their official list here.
Every January 9, the streets of Old Manila get flooded by ecstatic crowds trying to touch - or at least catch a glance at - the revered religious statue of the Black Nazarene. It is a spectacle worth experiencing, but it can be pretty stressful if you are not used to these kinds of events.
Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year, is the most celebrated holiday of the Chinese community in China and abroad. So it is not surprising that in the Philippines, a country which has centuries-old ties with China, Tsinoys (Chinese Filipinos) are always looking forward to it as well. Chinese New Year celebrations are big in the Megacity!
February 14 is that day of the year when dating gets a bit more flowery, sweet and cheesy than usual. The Megacity is all romantic with red signs everywhere, special offers and couples walking hand-in-hand through the streets. Valentine's Day is celebrated big time in Manila.
Mabuhay Germany is back, this year with the theme “In Motion”. The 2-day festival features the most comprehensive showcase of German products, services, tradition and culture in the Philippines. Mabuhay Germany 2017 will give a sensorial immersion and provide the Filipino community with a taste of Germany, a world leader in technology, engineering and innovation.
The EDSA Revolution or People Power Revolution from 1986 is the most important event in contemporary Philippine history. Being a crucial element of the country's identity as a democratic nation, the successful campaign against the Marcos regime is commemorated on February 25th each year.
March is "Graduation Month" in the Philippines, with students of all levels celebrating their progress in the educational system. The school year 2014/15 ends on March 27, marking the end of classes for public elementary and secondary students and the beginning of the long Philippine summer vacations.
Due to the strong Catholic belief in the country, Easter is a very important date throughout the Megacity. It is an exciting time in Manila, with lots of religious events and procedures to be attended, and many family events and commercial happenings taking place at the same time.
On Bataan Day or Araw ng Kagitingan (Filipino for "Day of Valor"), the Philippines commemorates the fall of Bataan on April 9, 1942, and the subsequent death marches. The regular public holiday is an occasion to honor the Filipino soldiers in World War II.
Featuring a float competition, dance parade, and a beauty pageant, the annual Aliwan Fiesta is rightfully dubbed as "The Mother of Festivals" in the Philippines. Participants come from all over the archipelago to represent their region and show the cultural diversity of the country.
Labor Day, the international day for the achievements and rights of workers, is a regular holiday in the Philippines. It is celebrated with protest marches on the one hand and job fairs on the other.
The second Sunday in May marks the day of the year where we should our appreciation for our mother even more than usual: Mother's Day. This is the day when the children and the husband take care of their mother / wife and pamper her the whole day - because she deserves it.
At first glance this seems to be just a parade of beautiful Filipinas, but it is actually a Christian festival, celebrated in the Philippines throughout May. Flores de Mayo is held in honour of Roman empress Helena and emperor Constantine finding the True Cross in Jerusalem.
It’s time to go back to school kids! Take a look at what you should expect in Megacity Manila during this time of year.
The new school year always starts some time in June for public elementary schools and high schools in the Philippines. This 2016, classes in public schools start on June 13, Monday. Private schools, including Manila's international schools, are free to start their classes any time in June or August.
Brace yourselves, rainy season is coming! The first rainstorms show that the Philippine summer is over.
Get your Philippine flags ready, it's the country's Independence Day! Find out more about this national holiday and what Filipinos do to celebrate it.
Ramadan, the 9th and most sacred month of the Islamic Calendar, started after sunset on July 6, 2016. Like their fellow believers around the globe, Filipino Muslims are celebrating it with fasting, prayers, and contemplation. Ramadan will end on July 6 with a big feast during Eid-Al Fitr.
Father's Day in the Philippines is not an official holiday but it can still be celebrated by most fathers, children and soon-to-be-fathers, as it always falls on the 3rd Sunday in June. Still no idea on how to spend the day? We have some suggestions!
On Manila Day, Manila City celebrates its foundation on June 24, 1571. Schools, government bureaus, and private offices are closed on this special non-working holiday, and Manileños enjoy the free time in parks and malls.
With the Sta. Anang Banak Taguig River Festival the city of Taguig honors its patroness Sta. Ana. Every July 26, the people of Taguig celebrate the festival on the river - a reminder of the old days, when their ancestors' main source of living was fishing.
National Heroes Day is a public holiday in remembrance of known and unknown Filipinos who fought for the nation's freedom and sovereignty throughout history.
The Cine Europe is an annual festival featuring movies from all over Europe in the Megacity.
Christmas is here! Yes, you heard right. In the Philippines, Christmas begins at the start of the “ber” months: SeptemBER, OctoBER, NovemBER, DecemBER. In fact, the country is known all over the world for celebrating Christmas the longest.