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Mga Pagdiriwang Pansibiko at Panrelihiyon sa Pilipinas

A quick lesson, examples, and worksheets on pagdiriwang na pansibiko at panrelihiyon sa Pilipinas (religious and civic celebrations in the Philippines).

Although the word “pagdiriwang” translates to “celebration” in English, it includes not just joyful occasions but also days of solemn remembrance and commemoration.

During mga pagdiriwang, we celebrate, honor, or remember significant people or events in our country’s history and culture.

Meaning of pagdiriwang in Tagalog:
Anumang okasyong pag-alaala o pagdaraos na ginaganap sa Pilipinas bawat taon


Pagdiriwang in English:


Pagdiriwang in Cebuano (Sinugboanong Binisaya):

Mga pagdiriwang can be:

  • religious – mga pagdiriwang na panrelihiyon
  • civic (secular) – mga pagdiriwang na pansibiko

Some pagdiriwang are considered public holidays in the Philippines while others are not.

Mga Pagdiriwang na Panrelihiyon

Mga panrelihiyong pagdiriwang refer to religious celebrations in the Philippines.


Due to several hundred years of Spanish rule, Catholic festivals are a dime a dozen throughout the country, but Muslim holidays are also observed either nationally or locally.


Muslim holidays in the Philippines

  • National
    • Eid al-Adha – Culmination of the fasting month of Ramadan
    • Eid al-Fitr – Feast of sacrifice
  • Locally observed
    • Amun Jadid – Islamic new year
    • Isra Wal Miraj – Night journey and ascension of Prophet Mohammad – Gabi ng Isra at Mi’raj
    • Mauldin Nabi – Prophet Muhammad’s birthday – Araw ng Kapanganakan ni Propetang Muhammad


Christian (mostly Catholic) religious festivals in the Philippines:

  • January 9 – Feast of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo)
  • January, 3rd Sunday – Sinulog Festival (Cebu)
  • January, 3rd Sunday – Ati-Atihan Festival (Aklan)
  • January, 4th Sunday – Dinagyang Festival (Iloilo)
  • March/April, dates vary – Holy Week, particularly the Paschal Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Black Saturday) and Easter Sunday
  • March/April, during Holy Week – Moriones Festival (Marinduque)
  • May, whole month – Flores de Mayo
  • September, 3rd Sunday – Peñafrancia Festival (Naga)
  • October, 4th Sunday – MassKara Festival (Bacolod)
  • November 1 – All Saints’ Day
  • November 2 – All Souls’ Day
  • December 8 – Feast of the Immaculate Concepcion
  • December 25 – Christmas Day
Mga Pagdiriwang na Pansibiko

Mga pansibikong pagdiriwang refer to civic, non-religious celebrations in the Philippines.


Some may be national public holidays, such as:

  • June 12 – Independence Day (Araw ng Kalayaan)
  • August, last Monday – National Heroes’ Day (Araw ng mga Bayani)


Others may be celebrated only in relevant localities (panlokal na pansibikong pagdiriwang) such as:

  • February, whole month – Panagbenga Festival
  • February 24 – Cebu City Charter Day
  • March 10-16 – Araw ng Dabaw
  • April 27 – Kadaugan sa Mactan / Lapulapu Day
  • June 24 – Araw ng Maynila


Others are not public holidays but are still celebrated by Filipinos at home or in school:

  • Mothers’ Day (Araw ng mga Ina)
  • Fathers’ Day (Araw ng mga Ama)
  • Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa (formerly Linggo ng Wika)
  • United Nations Day (Araw ng mga Nagkakaisang Bansa)
  • Teachers’ Day (Araw ng mga Guro)
  • November 17 – National Students’ Day – Pambansang Araw ng mga Mag-aaral
  • November 20 – National Children’s’ Day – Pambansang Araw ng mga Bata
  • December 10 – Human Rights Day – Araw ng Karapatang Pantao
Mga Pambansang Pagdiriwang ng Pilipinas (Public Holidays)

Public holidays in the Philippines:

  • January 1 – New Year’s Day – Araw ng Bagong Taon
  • February 25 – EDSA Revolution Anniversary – Anibersaryo ng Rebolusyon sa EDSA
  • April 9 – Day of Valor – Araw ng Kagitingan
  • May 1 – Labor Day – Araw ng Paggawa / Araw ng mga Manggagawa
  • June 12 – Independence Day – Araw ng Kalayaan
  • August 21 – Ninoy Aquino Day – Araw ng Kabayanihan ni Ninoy Aquino
  • August, last Monday – National Heroes’ Day – Araw ng mga Bayani
  • November 1 – All Saints’ Day – Undás / Todos los Santos / Araw ng mga Santo
  • November 2 – All Souls Day – Araw ng mga Kaluluwa
  • November 30 – Bonifacio Day – Araw ng Kapanganakan ni Andrés Bonifacio
  • December 8 – Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Kapistahan ng Kalinis-linisang Paglilihi ng Mahal na Birheng Maria
  • December 25 – Christmas Day – Araw ng Pasko
  • December 30 – Rizal Day – Paggunita sa Kamatayan ni Dr. Jose Rizal


Holidays with movable dates:

  • Chinese New Year – Bagong Taon ng mga Tsino
  • Maundy Thursday – Huwebes Santo
  • Good Friday – Biyernes Santo /
  • Mahal na Araw
    Black Saturday – Sábado de Gloria
  • Eid al-Fitr – Pagwawakas ng Ramadan
  • Eid al-Adha – Araw ng Kurban

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Pagdiriwang sa Pilipinas: Worksheet

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Pagdiriwang na Pansibiko at Panrelihiyon: Worksheet

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