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Festivals in Palawan, the Philippines

In the Philippines, festivals exist to reinforce traditions, beliefs, and celebrations. What sets Palawan’s festivals apart from others is the fact that that most of them are firmly grounded to the tribes’ traditions. Tagbanua , Pala'wan, and Batak —the original settlers of the islands—have their own festivals centered on their own sets of traditions. While most festivals in the Philippines are forms of the Christian faith, most of the Palawan’s are focused on nature and harvest. Witnessing these festivals is somewhat exotic, something close to experiencing a cockfight or eating balut for the first time.

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Best Festivals Palawan, Philippines

  • With dancers painted in blue and wearing colorful costumes, Cuyo’s Pagdayao Festival can remind you of the festivity of Ati-Atihan
  • Princesa’s way of showing its love to Mother Earth.
  • Considered as a gesture of gratefulness, Balayong Festival features Palawan’s cherry blossom tree and showcases nature’s beauty.
  • For sea and seafood lovers, Puerto Princesa’s Seafood Festival is like heaven on a plate.
  • A four-day event filled with activities such as sand sculpting, coastal cleanup, and boat race - Karagatan Festival .
  • To celebrate the start of hunting and planting season, Lambay Festival is one of the oldest festivals in Palawan.
  • Baragatan sa Palawan Festival gathers the best of each municipality and showcases them during the founding day of Palawan’s civil government.
  • Tagbanua’s way of saying thank you to their deities and of seeking help for the sick, Pagdiwata Tribal Festival is authentically Palawan.
  • The opposite of Pagdiwata, Tarek is a celebration of life that involves happy dance rituals.

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Local festivals in Palawan, Philippines

  • Held at the municipality of Aborlan, roughly two hours from Puerto Princesa, Pagdiwata Tribal Festival is an authentic Palawan experience. It has no fixed date since it always celebrated anytime the moon is full somewhere December. This kind of ritual has been going on for centuries and used to be wildly practiced in the Philippines during the precolonial period.
  • Palawan, the largest island province in the country, houses varied cultures, traditions, and languages. To celebrate this diversity, Baragatan Festival is organized and showcased during the celebration of the founding of the civil government of Palawan. Municipalities from both sides of Palawan gather and share the best of their town through a cultural dance, exhibits, food fair, and parade.
  • Celebrated by Batak tribe—one of the original settlers in Palawan—Lambay Festival is the tribe’s way of starting the hunting and planting season. Just like, Pagdiwata, it is held in Aborlan, a two-hour-ride town from Puerto Princesa. It is said that Aborln has the biggest population of the Batak people in the whole island province.