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Date : October 1
Venue : Gloria, Oriental Mindoro

Aside from its large produce of rice and coconut, Gloria has an exclusive reputation of possessing vast tracts of land growing different varieties of bamboo. The staging of the Kawayanan festival focuses on the affluence of “kawayan” (bamboo) in the area. Similar to other festivals, it is being celebrated with street dancing performances mostly by students from different levels. Costumes are also made of bamboo materials. A trade fair is likewise a special attraction with its varied display of products made of bamboos.

Contact : Municipal Tourism Office, Gloria, Oriental Mindoro
Telephone No. : (043) 284-3767


Date : October 15-24
Venue : Calaca, Batangas

A merrymaking to express thanksgiving to the small producers of atsara that made the town of Calaca very popular in terms of sweetened papaya pickles known as “atsara”. The event focuses on the identity of the Calaca as a fast growing town and the ingenuity of its people in the production of atsara, a native appetizer of every household and a common gift or “pasalubong” to its visitors. The components of the festival are street dancing competition, agricultural fair, atsara Olympics, karambola, float parade competition and the search for Mr. & Ms. Calaca.

Contact : Office of the Mayor, Calaca, Batangas
Telephone No. : (043) 223-5047 / (043) 223-4627 local 112


Date : October 4
Venue : Cardona, Rizal

The Pagoda or procession at the lake is annually held to ask the Lord Almighty for a bountiful and blessed lake through the intercession of St. Francis of Assisi. The Pagoda entourage consists of the main boat carrying the image of St. Francis accompanied by boats with musical bands and motorized bancas carrying the religious residents and visitors. While going through the territorial waters of Cardona, people throw bits and pieces of bread into the water, believing that the lake will provide a bountiful harvest and a good and safe year for all fishermen and lake travelers as well. The locals joining the procession prepares for their own banca rides. Special rides can be arranged by the Office of the Municipal Mayor.

Contact : Office of the Mayor, Cardona, Rizal
Telephone No. : (02) 401-8374 / 652-1598


Date : October 6
Venue : Cardona, Rizal

The bells are housed in “La Torre” meaning the tower of the church belfry. Folks and children look up to “La Torre” often awed with different sizes and sounds of the bells housed therein. For years to date, their bells in “La Torre” announced cultural events. They even issue warnings in the advent of unforeseen calamities. The traditional and colorful “La Torre” will come alive with its joyful noise in concert with the music of the brass bands. It is not only a celebration of thanksgiving but it is also a celebration of hope that Cardona may continuously remain in the graces of our Lord.

Contact : Office of the Mayor, Cardona, Rizal
Telephone No. : (02) 401-8374 / 652-1598


Date : October 12
Venue : Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro

The powerful culture of devotion and faith is conveyed by Mambureños in the presentation of Karakol Festival parade during the feast of their patron saint Nuestra Senora del Pilar. This parade is a festive celebration wherein the parishioners cheerfully and joyfully carry the patron saint associated with festive music while they are dancing and praising with the belief that they will be blessed with prosperous life and good health. Participants wear colorful dresses and hats decorated with flowers. This tradition is being observed in the municipality since 1970.

Contact : Office of the Mayor, Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro
Telephone No. : (043) 711-7950


Date : October 12
Venue : Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro

Kaaldawan is an Iraya-Mangyan term which means “Kaarawan” or birthday. Iraya, on the other hand, refers to a particular Mangyan tribe inhabiting the northern part of the island of Mindoro, wherein Puerto Galera is located. The Kaaldawan-Iraya Festival is a cultural presentation which features Iraya dances, songs, folktales, indigenous games, ethnography and other traditions. A street dancing competition among the primary and secondary schools in the town is also held.

Contact : Municipal Tourism Office, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro
Telephone No. : (043) 287-3051


Date : Every Second Friday of October
Venue : San Jose, Batangas

A highlight of the Annual World Egg Day Celebration. It is observed every second Friday of October by the municipality of San Jose, the main provider of poultry products in the province of Batangas.

Contact : Office of the Mayor, San Jose, Batangas
Telephone No. : (043) 726-2206 local 102


Date : October 21
Venue : Lipa City, Batangas

The Coffee festival was conceived to showcase the long reign of Lipa as the Coffee Granary of the Philippines.

Contact : City Tourism Office, Lipa City, Batangas
Telephone No. : (043) 784-2537


Date : October 22
Venue : Rosario, Cavite

The festival is celebrated to promote and perpetuate the image of Rosario as the place where smoked fish called “Tinapang Salinas” originates.

Contact : Office of the Mayor, Rosario, Cavite
Telephone No. : (046) 438-2690 / 438-1800


Date : The whole month of October
Venue : Province wide, Occidental Mindoro

The event portrays the need to conserve the Tamaraw and endangered species found only in the island of Mindoro. This event showcases biocamp, info-caravan, cultural presentation, exhibits and beauty pageant.

Contact : Provincial Tourism Office, Province of Occidental Mindoro
Telephone No. : (043) 711-1861


Date : October 23
Venue : Abra de Ilog, Occidental Mindoro

The event demonstrates the traditions and other ways of life of the Iraya Mangyans. It conveys a story of worship and belief in a supernatural being, the Apo Iraya. Apo Iraya guides the Iraya Mangyans in their day to day activities such as birth, marriage, sickness, death, farming and fishing.

Contact : Mr. Emerito Cristalino, Abra de Ilog Municipal Tourism Officer
Telephone No. : (0918) 461-6422


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