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Fiesta Time!

IJsselstein, Thursday, 18 April 2002 (updated: Wednesday, 11 May 2011)

Fiesta Time!

In Bohol, every town and barangay (village or neighborhood) has its own Fiesta in celebration of the patron saint. Once a year, the entire town is decorated for the annual feast, in which there will be plenty of free food and drinks for all. Preparations for the fiesta already start long before, preparing the decoration, and saving for food, and fattening the pigs -- because no fiesta can be complete without lechon baboy, roasted pig, and plenty of beer and tuba to match. Everybody is welcome, no invitations required!

Fiestas can take place in any part of the year, but especially the month of May is the month of fiestas. Not a single day will pass without a fiesta somewhere on the island. It is at that time that most Boholanos return home, coming from Manila, or from the other places where they have settled, both within and outside the Philippines, to celebrate the fiesta in their native place in their native place. Often loaded with gifts for relatives, the famous Balikbayan boxes. Even those who can't come will at least try to send such a box back home for the fiesta.

Every year, Tagbilaran, the capital city also has the kick-off, and starts the Fiesta month on the first of May, with its own fiesta, in celebration of the city patron Saint Joseph the Worker. The whole city is then decorated, and all public life will come to a total standstill, to make place for a day of merry making.

Overview of Fiestas by Date

Date Town Patron Saint
January 16 Cortes Santo Niño
January 16 Pres. Garcia Holy Child
January 16 Valencia Sr. Santo Niño
January 17 Carmen Saint Anthony de Abbot
January 29 Ubay Holy Child
Last Saturday of January Getafe Holy Infant
February 11 Dagohoy Our Lady of Lourdes
February 11 K of C - Tagbilaran City Our Lady of Lourdes
April 5 Bool - Tagbilaran City Saint Vincent Ferrer
April 27 Corella Nuestra Señora del Villar
May 1 Tagbilaran City Saint Joseph the Worker
May 3 Dao - Tagbilaran City Santa Cruz
May 4 Alburquerque Santa Monica
May 4 Mabini Santa Monica
May 4 Sagbayan San Agustin
May 8 San Miguel Saint Michael
May 10 Calape Saint Vincent Ferrer
May 15 Bilar Saint Isidore the Farmer
May 15 Trinidad Saint Isidore
May 15 Tubigon San Isidro Labrador
May 15 San Isidro Saint Isidore
May 19 Candijay Saint Joseph
May 29 Talibon Blessed Trinity
June 13 Sikatuna Saint Anthony de Padua
June 24 Garcia Hernandez Saint John the Baptist
June 29 Loboc Saint Peter the Apostle
June 30 Inabangga Saint Paul
July 16 Balilihan Virgin of Carmel
July 16 Taloto - Tagbilaran City Immaculate Heart of Mary
July 25 Batuan Saint James
July 26 Alicia Saint Joachim
August 15 Dauis Our Lady of Assumption
August 16 Tip-tip - Tagbilaran City San Roque
August 22 Taloto - Tagbilaran City Immaculate Heart of Mary
August 28 Sagbayan San Agustin
August 28 Panglao San Agustin
First Saturday of September Guindulman Our Lady of Consolation
First Saturday of September Lindaville - Tagbilaran City Birhen sa Barangay
September 8 Loon Our Lady of Light
September 10 Dimiao Saint Nicolas de Tolentino
September 29 Clarin Saint Michael
September 29 Jagna Saint Michael
October 7 Buenavista Santo Rosario
October 7 Lila Holy Rosary
October 11 Pilar Virgen del Pilar
October 16 Cogon - Tagbilaran City Birhen sa Barangay
Last Saturday of October Antequera Virgin of the Most Holy Rosary
November 24 Maribojoc Saint Vincent
December 8 Baclayon Immaculate Conception
December 8 Catigbi-an Immaculate Conception
December 8 Duero Immaculate Conception
December 8 Sierra Bullones Immaculate Conception
December 12 Sevilla Virgen of Guadalupe
December 12 Booy - Tagbilaran City Virgen of Guadalupe
December 30 Danao Holy Family
Movable Anda Holy Infant
Movable Bien Unido Holy Child
Movable Loay Santisima Trinidad

Overview of Fiestas by Place

Town Date Patron Saint
Alburquerque May 4 Santa Monica
Alicia July 26 Saint Joachim
Anda Movable Holy Infant
Antequera Last Saturday of October Virgin of the Most Holy Rosary
Baclayon December 8 Immaculate Conception
Balilihan July 16 Virgin of Carmel
Batuan July 25 Saint James
Bien Unido Movable Holy Child
Bilar May 15 Saint Isidore the Farmer
Bool - Tagbilaran City April 5 Saint Vincent Ferrer
Booy - Tagbilaran City December 12 Virgen of Guadalupe
Buenavista October 7 Santo Rosario
Calape May 10 Saint Vincent Ferrer
Candijay May 19 Saint Joseph
Carmen January 17 Saint Anthony de Abbot
Catigbi-an December 8 Immaculate Conception
Clarin September 29 Saint Michael
Cogon - Tagbilaran City October 16 Birhen sa Barangay
Corella April 27 Nuestra Señora del Villar
Cortes January 16 Santo Niño
Dagohoy February 11 Our Lady of Lourdes
Danao December 30 Holy Family
Dao - Tagbilaran City May 3 Santa Cruz
Dauis August 15 Our Lady of Assumption
Dimiao September 10 Saint Nicolas de Tolentino
Duero December 8 Immaculate Conception
Garcia Hernandez June 24 Saint John the Baptist
Getafe Last Saturday of January Holy Infant
Guindulman First Saturday of September Our Lady of Consolation
Inabangga June 30 Saint Paul
Jagna September 29 Saint Michael
K of C - Tagbilaran City February 11 Our Lady of Lourdes
Lila October 7 Holy Rosary
Lindaville - Tagbilaran City First Saturday of September Birhen sa Barangay
Loay Movable Santisima Trinidad
Loboc June 29 Saint Peter the Apostle
Loon September 8 Our Lady of Light
Mabini May 4 Santa Monica
Maribojoc November 24 Saint Vincent
Panglao August 28 San Agustin
Pilar October 11 Virgen del Pilar
Pres. Garcia January 16 Holy Child
Sagbayan May 4 San Agustin
Sagbayan August 28 San Agustin
San Isidro May 29 Saint Isidore
San Miguel May 8 Saint Michael
Sevilla December 12 Virgen of Guadalupe
Sierra Bullones December 8 Immaculate Conception
Sikatuna June 13 Saint Anthony de Padua
Tagbilaran City May 1 Saint Joseph the Worker
Talibon May 29 Blessed Trinity
Taloto - Tagbilaran City August 22 Immaculate Heart of Mary
Taloto - Tagbilaran City July 16 Immaculate Heart of Mary
Tip-tip - Tagbilaran City August 16 San Roque
Trinidad May 15 Saint Isidore
Tubigon May 15 San Isidro Labrador
Ubay January 29 Holy Child
Valencia January 16 Sr. Santo Niño

If your town or barangay fiesta is not listed here, please put add it with the form below (Bohol only).

Jeroen Hellingman

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Saturday, 13 December 2014 19:23:49 PHT
I just missed the fiesta of Virgen of Gudalupe in Sevilla. I hope next year I can celebrate it with you guys!!Bohol is the perfect place for me. Ah, it's a paradise, people..Belated happy fiesta, Sevilla!!!!
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Wednesday, 7 May 2014 14:02:49 PHT
I know that for the month of May, there's always a fiesta somewhere in the province of Bohol. It starts May 1 in Tagbilaran City. Can you please complete your list for May fiestas? You've only mentioned about 15 fiestas for May. There should be more than 15! One or even two for each date??? Thanks.
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