Vacationers planning to book Philippine Airlines flights for a break in the Asian nation may want to see what festivals coincide with their visit, in light of the comments of one tourism official.
Chit Afuang, officer-in-charge at the Department of Tourism at the Embassy of the Philippines, observed that there are a number of major events in the country's calendar.
The Feast of the Black Nazarene in January sees thousands of Catholics travel to Quiapo, Manila, while in May many head to Lucban and Sariyaya for Pahiyas.
Held in honour of San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers, this event is celebrated each year by the people of Quezon, who decorate their homes with rice wafers and harvested vegetables.
"The fiesta - festival - is part and parcel of Filipino culture celebrated annually and in almost every corner of the country," Ms Afuang commented.
Holidaymakers in Manila during May could also witness Santacruzan, which is held across the nation during this month in honour of St Helena.
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