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Sambali Festival

Sambali Festival

The Sambali or Piat Sambali Festival is celebrated every year in Piat, Cagayan from June 23 to July 2. A spectacle of color, form and movement and songs is to be expected in this celebration, all brought about centuries-old cultural traditions.

The Sambali festival originated from the Sambali dance which is a war dance of the Itawis tribe of Cagayan that was converted to Christianity through the intercession of the Lady of Piat. It was revived in 1989 with the belief that it would promote the identity of the people of Piat, as well as strengthen unity and harmony among its people. Since then, it has been an annual event for the residents of Piat. –


Peñablanca Town Fiesta

Cagayan Penablanca Fiesta

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The Peñablanca Town Fiesta is celebrated every March 18 and 19.  It is a hearty town fiesta celebration with cultural presentations, dances, trade fair, games competition and a lot of merrymaking.


Sinabalu Festival

Cagayan Sinabalu Festival

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This festival is celebrated in the Malueg town by cooking “sinabalu”, which is a glutinous rice with coconut cream cooked on bamboos and roasted in open fire in the town square.  As in most festivals and celebrations, there are singing and dancing presentations showcasing the culture of Malueg.  The festival is held yearly on April 25th and 26th.


Pamplona Town Fiesta

Cagayan Pamplona Town Fiesta

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The Pamplona Town Fiesta held annually in the last days of April (29-30) is full of fun, color, and entertainment for everyone.  The fiesta celebration is always a grand one with all the trimmings of a real town fiesta. The celebration which focuses on Pamplona’s cultural heritage is always well-attended especially during sports activities, cultural presentations and challenger of makeshift wine making and videoke bars (locally termed as canteens) singing.   It is a great time to gather around, celebrate, and renew relationships with friends and relatives.



Cagayan Bangkarera

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Festivals in Cagayan celebrate the activities close to Cagayanos’ hearts: their means of livelihood, religious events, and anniversaries of key historical events. This would be a good time for visitors to see and experience first-hand the warm welcoming nature of the Cagayanos.

The Bangkarera Festival of the municipality of Aparri (May 10th) features an exciting race participated in by up to a hundred boats of different sizes and shapes, as thanksgiving to their patron saint, St. Peter Thelmo. –


Panagsangal Festival

Cagayan Panagsangal Festival

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Observed in the town of Baggao in Cagayan every April 25th througfh May 1st, this festival symbolizes the spirit of unity as the meaning of “Panagsangal” (being united) in the local Ilocano dialect.  It is highlighted with lots of merrymaking in the form of street dancing competitiond, beauty contests and trade fair exhibits.



Labig Festival

Cagayan Labig Festival

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This festival is celebrated in Claveria, Cagayan from May 7-9 of every year.  The town holds street parades, boat-rowing competisions, beauty pageants and many other forms of merrynaking.  The festival focuses on the uses of  the “labig” leaf of a palm tree which grows abundantly in this town.



Dawa Festival

Cagayan Dawa Festival

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The Dawa Festival is is held in the town of Gonzaga in Cagayan, to celebrate the bountiful harvest.The word “Dawa” translates to the phrase “Flowers of Rice.” It usually involves traditional activities like dances, concerts by local and national celebrities, agri-trade fairs, cultural nights, and beauty pageants participated by the province’s most beautiful women plus exciting cooking contests and parlor games.



 Aparri Town Fiesta

May 1 to 12 of every year, the town’s fiesta celebrates the patron saint San Pedro Gonzales of Thelmo with nightly festivities at the auditorium, crowning of Miss Aparri beauty pageant and the “Comparza.”

It is the only town which celebrates its town fiesta for 10 to 15 days with daily activities and nightly dancing, a showcase of the fun loving and frivolous traits of the Ybanags.



Aramang Festival

Cagayan Aramang Festival

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The Aramang Festival is a thanksgiving celebration every May 10th and 11th for the year’s bountiful catch of “aramang,” soft-shelled shrimps dried and exported to other parts of the country as well as other countries in the world, like Japan, Taiwan and others.  The event features more than a hundred fishing boats in a grand fluvial parade.



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