February

• 2 February: Celebration of Candlemas (Nuestra Señora de Candelaria) at Jaro (Iloilo). • 11 February: Tinagba (harvest festival) at Iriga City. Festival of Our Lady of Lourdes in Quezon City and at the Novaliches grotto. • 14 February: St Valentine’s Day, the lovers’ festival. • 20-27 February: Kalilangan festival (General Santos City) • 23 February to March 3: Panagbenga Festival (Baguio), flower festival where people wear colorful costumes with parade of floats of flowers. • During the month: Chinese New Year, celebrated in Chinatown and among Chinese communities in provincial towns, with dancing in the streets, operatic performances in the open air, etc. • During the month: Departure of pilgrims for Mecca (Hani Raya Hadj) in Muslim areas.