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Fantastic Festivals: December



LAWIG FESTIVAL 2–3 December, Palompon, Leyte


Lawig is a Cebuano term that means “to sail on”. The inspiration behind the festival is the term itself being the one behind the Palumponganons who are known to sail through daily life to succeed. It is held every December 2 of the year in time of their feast in honor of St. Francis Xavier or Senor San Iko who was known to travel via sea to different island of the East to spread Christianity and convert pagans into believers. The people usually held search for the Lawig Festival Queen and street dancing competition.

Palumpon is one of the coastal towns in Leyte with history strongly tied to sailing and sea life.


PAMUGSAY FESTIVAL 3 December Pilar, Cebu



‘Pamugsay’ came from the word ‘bugsay’ (paddle). Paddle has made relevance to the people living in Pilar as they unifyingly paddle together in order for them to win a single direction. This festival increases sound management of coastal and marine resources, so expect a lot of fun with water-related activities.



Damili Festival - 28–30 December San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte



Damili is the Ilocano term for "molding." The Damili festival was institutionalized when the community saw the need to revive and preserve its traditional occupation of pottery. The town’s most enduring traditional product is the lowly banga (cooking pot) which has become an icon of Ilocano heritage and a livelihood that sustained generations of families of pot-makers. The festival has also become one of the anticipated year-end events in the province where the municipal government lined up a variety of activities to promote the town’s industries this year. Some of the festival highlights include street dance competition, an agri-industrial trade fair and exhibit, a bonsai exhibit, beauty pageant, indigenous games and a walking tour of the town’s heritage.



KARAYAPAN FESTIVAL - 7 December, Guiuan, Samar

Karayapan Festival is a colorful festival depicting how the early Guiuan townsfolk enjoyed nature’s bounties, rich marine life, fertile land, and verdant forest. Karayapan means "for all" and closely related to the concept of community. It is also a thanksgiving to the Blessed Virgin Mary.