Cotabato City

15-19 December

Cotabato City's Moslem population celebrates the arrival of Islam to the region with a series of fun-filled activities. No need to go native to enjoy these - there's a fluvial parade, an outrigger boat race, as well as various musical and athletics events.

San Fernando, Pampanga

3 December

San Fernando makes the biggest, most spectacular lanterns, at around 40 feet in diameter and bearing thousands of light bulbs a piece. Watch them all in their twinkling, blinking, flashing glory in this grand Christmas exhibit.

Roxas City, Panay and Malabon, Manila

December 8

The Roxas Festival is a showcase of the culture of the province, while the Malabon celebration features a river procession.

lntramuros, Manila

December 2

Sixty images of the Virgin Mary are paraded on lavishly decorated carriages (carrozas).

Tangub, Misamis Occidental

Month long of December

A contest for Christmas displays that utilize indigenous materials.

Dapitan City

December 27-31