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.
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.
Students and faculties of the University of the Philippines once again outdid each other at the annual UP Lantern Parade. Each of the dazzling and festive floats took inspiration from Filipino folklore and songs. Spectators from all over Metro Manila celebrated with the Philippine's premiere state university that night, filling the academic oval to overflowing. UP awarded the most creative float right after the parade.
The U.S. Independence Day on July 4 is always commemorated as the Day of Filipino American Friendship in the Philippines. American expat organizations invite Americans, Filipinos, and all other nationalities to celebrate together on the weekend.
Dancing with dragons, playing with fire: the team of MEGACITIZENS.com joined the Chinese New Year celebrations on January 31 in the heart of Binondo. Check out our video and the photo gallery with impressions of Chinese New Year 2014 in Manila's Chinatown.