November to April and it is dry season in the Philippines, the weather is hot and humid. The best time to visit this green archipelago nation known for its pristine beaches and laid back life is December to February when the temperature is a little cooler, usually somewhere between 21 and 30 °C (70-86 °F). A popular hit with visitors is the Surman Festival in Baler, Auroa, during the third week of February, a mardi-gras style celebration replete with dancing, street parades, floats and the eating of the local delicacy surman, or sticky rice cakes in banana leaves. April plays host to the Boracay International Dragon Boat Festival, a local version China's competitive and much famed dragon boat racing.
This traditional religious ritual takes place annually on Good Friday. In a rice field outside the city of San Fernando, repentant sinners are tied and nailed to a cross with stainless steel, disinfected nails, in a re-enactment of the crucifixion of Christ. Penitents take part in order to cleanse themselves of their sins.
Location: San Fernando, Philippines
A statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary is enshrined in Pakil in Laguna and every year between the Friday before Palm Sunday and Pentecost Sunday, the women of Pakil carry the image into the city and commemorate the ‘Seven Sorrows of Our Lady’ by performing seven ‘Turumbas,’ which are wild dances performed in homage to her.
Location: Laguna, Philippines
March- April annually
This week-long festival takes place throughout Holy Week on the island of Marinduque. Locals dress in colorful Roman armor and costumes and parade in the streets. Stories are reenacted and on Good Friday, the men march through the streets, whipping themselves to reflect the suffering of Christ in order to absolve themselves of sins.
Location: Marinduque, Philippines
Sharks and Exclusive Underwater Adventures in Tubbataha
Author : Juanita Pienaar
Found almost a hundred miles from the nearest port, the diving hotspot of Tubbataha in the Philippines is under-traveled and teaming with life.