In the Philippines, May isn’t the only month for fun and vibrant fiestas. This June, take your pick from some of the most colorful and food-centric festivals around the country:

Piat Sambali

The Piat Sambali festival draws its name from 2 things: The Sambali being a war dance of the various tribes of the Itawes region, and Piat comes from Our Lady of Piat. The festival celebrates the unity and Christianization of the various tribes of the Itawes region and features the aforementioned war dance being performed in the streets in addition to feasts, novenas, beauty pageants, and more. The festival is usually celebrated near the end of  June and lasts up to July 2.

Pintados Kasadyaan

Known as the “Festival of Festivals”, the Pintados-Kasaydaan festival combines two of Leytes most well-known celebrations. The Pintados-Kasadyaan mainly draws inspiration from the Pintados festival which depicts the painted warriors after which it was named. The festival is held near the end of June in honor of the Sto. Nino de Leyte.

San Juan sa Hibok Hibok

Celebrated every 24th of June in the province of Camiguin, San Juan sa Hibok Hibok is held in honor of St. John the Baptist. But unlike many other Philippine festivals, most homes, schools and other establishments in the area are closed during this day. Instead of staying indoors, locals flock the beaches to spend the entire day bathing and camping out as it is a tradition. Tourists and guests are offered boiled banana and sweet potato as there’s a saying that “no one starves is Camiguin”, especially when the entire town is in a festive mood.

Pinyasan Festival

Another festival in honor of St. John the Baptist, the Pinyasan Festival is a ten-day affair celebrating the abundance of the Queen Formosa Pineapple, the primary product of Daet, Camarines Norte. Known as the sweetest of all kinds of pineapple, samples of the actual fruit as well as related food products, including gallons of pineapple ice cream, are given away during this time. A pineapple-themed parade, a dance competition and a beauty pageant is also part of the highlights of this celebration.

Naliyagan Festival

Naliyagan Festival is Agusan Del Sur’s celebration of Manobo people’s loyalty to their tribal leader Datu Lipus Makapandong. The festival is coined Naligayan which means “the chosen one” or “the most loved one” when every tribal leader held a meeting presided by Datu Lipus Makapandong. During this weeklong celebration, the indigenous tribes in the entire Agusan Valley display their skills and culture in various ways such as ritual activities, exhibit of native products, ethnic games, sports tournaments, and special events. It is also a day of thanksgiving among the natives for the bounties received for the year.

Parada ng mga Lechon

The star of most of fiestas and the Filipino’s favourite “putok-batok” delicacy celebrates its festival on June 24. The festival is called “Parada ng Lechon (roasted pig parade)” held at Balayan Batangas. Lechon is one of Batangas delicacies. Its day of celebration is coincided with the feast day of San Juan (Saint John the Baptist) to honor the saint. The festival starts with a “basaan” wherein residents and tourists splash water on each other. Then, the lechon are wrapped in plastic to avoid being wet and soggy. The lechon are also dressed in different characters paraded through the town on floats.

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