This month in Philippine history speaks of freedom, democracy, independence and great cultural heritage.
In July 3, 1892, 120 years ago this month, the Philippine National Hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal established a civic organization named La Liga Filipina which aimed to reunite Filipinos to work for sectoral reforms and seek autonomy from the oppressive Spanish colonialists.
Four days later on July 7, 1892, Dr. Jose Rizal was captured and exiled to Dapitan in Mindanao where he lived and worked as a doctor and a teacher to the locals.
That very same day of Rizal’s capture, Andres Bonifacio, together with Teodoro Plata and Valentin Diaz established the underground revolutionary movement called "Katipunan" to fight for freedom and democracy against Spain.
Also in July 4, 1946, the United States of America granted political independence to the Philippines, and thus, started the evolution of the country’s democratic society.
Many corporate executives, event organizers and suppliers choose the month of July to hold their exhibits and expositions for the purpose of convenience and accessibility to important facilities and networks. For this year, the following schedules are available for bookings:
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This event will provide a significant platform for local players and foster healthy competition among local businesses that will promote the region as a competitive and progressive investment ground.
This is the 25th Annual Buyers' Show on Business Gifts, Premiums, Promotional Ideas and Merchandising Incentives. This is an exposition of top designs for corporate gifts and premium merchandising items in anticipation of the increased demand during the Christmas season.
Philconstruct Mindanao 2012 is the 3rd exhibit for international construction equipment and building materials, interior and exterior products.
Expected attendees are members of the Association of Civil Engineers in the Philippines, construction supply companies, contractors, government line agencies such as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and independent buyers.
The “much-awaited show of the year” is set to perform in Manila for the first time. The internationally-acclaimed performing group “Drum Tao” will mesmerize the audience with their magnificent performance of awe-inspiring beats, rhythm and melody incorporated with highly exceptional precision choreography.
The two-hour musical-martial arts-extravaganza will feature the tremendous energy of the 16-man, highly disciplined crew of Japanese Taiko drummers, who have already played in different countries around the world.
The spectacular drumming skills of the crew are an exhilarating experience in itself; the series of intricate theatrical dances is set to bring the audience to a different high.
The Manila Studies Association, Inc. will be holding its 21st annual conference together with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Far Eastern University. The MSA will be presenting papers on Manila studies, highlighting significant aspects of Manila’s history and culture.
This is the 13th year of international exhibition on food and beverages and its components; packaging and processing technology, Bakery Equipment, confections and ingredients, franchising and other business opportunities. In keeping with its tradition, organizers of this year’s exposition vowed to present the best package options for buyers and suppliers who will attend the said expo.
Three of the country's distinguished artists will serenade and entertain you with the best chamber music ever written and performed.
The famous Trio, pianist Mary Ann Espina, the renowned collaborative pianist in the country today and an ALIW Awardee for Best Instrumentalist of the year 2009, Violinist Gina Medina, the concert master of the Manila Symphony Orchestra and the internationally-acclaimed Filipino cellist Wilfredo Pasamba will give an entrancing evening of eclectic music and outstanding performance.
The Province of Iloilo will play host to the largest international packaging conference and trade exhibition in the Philippines.
Highlighting the event is the launching of the Packaging Testing Laboratory at the Central Philippines University in Jaro, Iloilo City, a UN-certified laboratory designed and donated by Dr. Lejo Brana, a Filipino Hall of Famer for packaging.
To speak about the International Packaging Industry is Thomas Schneider, President and CEO of World Packaging Organization (WPO).
The event aims to promote local packaging in the global arena and develop a wider market for the Filipino entrepreneurs.
Global-Link MP Events International, Inc. is organizing another big event for the Philippine Franchising Association (PFA). This year’s Franchise Asia Philippines exposition is still the biggest convergence of franchisees and would-be franchisees, suppliers and other businesses relative to franchising.
The 3-day one-stop-shop event offers unlimited opportunities for local brands to conquer the international market and encourage new players to join the trend. This expo highlights the latest growth strategies, develop new business relationships, promote the high standard of operation, establish strong global network and encourage healthy competition among key players. International franchise gurus will share significant inputs during this event.
The International Tourism and Trade Expo is the top annual exhibition for the travel, tourism and trade industry in the Philippines. It aims to promote market linkages with the players in the travel sector and local and international trade investors.
Key players are: Hotel and Tourism business, Travel and Tour Agents, Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs), corporate travelers, Airline companies, Tour Bus operators, Culinary and hospitality schools, food and beverage manufacturers and dealers
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Festivities were a common event with every occasion a reason to roast a pig, chicken, goat or young cow. The best linens adorn the tables where distinguished guests shall be seated, the best party clothes worn, the most precious chinaware are laid and sumptuous foods served.
Nothing has changed over the centuries if we talk about feasts and gastronomic adventures. Traditions were handed down for generations and observed in reverence to the patriarchs and matriarchs of every Filipino family.
In the present time, traditions are revived and promoted in order to boost local tourism and put the region on the tourism map. The following festivals are being celebrated with this idea in mind.
Is a celebration of thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest and promoting the province of Davao del Norte as the “Banana Country”. Street dancing and Agro-trade fair highlights the July 1 to 10 festival.
Sagayan is a traditional Maranao war dance that depicts the rich Maranao culture. The dance tells of the story of how their forefathers have resisted the Spanish colonialism and preserved their religion, customs and traditions. The graceful fan dance of the Maranao women portrays their cultural values and traits. The Sagayan festival is one of the major activities during the Araw ng Lanao del Norte every 3rd of July.
“Banig” is a Cebuano word meaning “sleeping mats”, made of Pandan leaves that is meticulously woven into different sizes. Mat-weaving used to be a major cottage industry in Badian, Cebu but the industry is labor-intensive; from the tedious process of harvesting and dyeing of the leaves to weaving it.
The tradition has lost its appeal to the younger generation and the production has dwindled. To revive the industry, the local government encouraged the people to preserve this craft and do promotions thru the festivals. During the annual celebration of Badian’s fiesta every 5th of July, participants perform colorful presentations using the “banig” as materials for their costumes and props; dancing to the rhythm of the drums and lyres.
“Hudyaka” is a Cebuano word which means “revelry”. Every 12th of July the people of Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental commemorates the history of how Laguindingan became one of the municipalities of Misamis Oriental province. A day of revelry, street dancing and festivities mark this celebration.
Laguindingan has much to celebrate in the coming days with the upcoming completion of the International Airport.
This is a festival highlighting the feast of Nuestra Señora del Triunfo dela Cruz every July 15 in the city of Ozamiz, Misamis Occidental. The Subayan keg Subanon festival features the traditional dances and songs of the early settlers of the place, the Subanons (river dwellers).
The myriad colors of their costumes befit the nature of the celebration and the mimes that participants perform give the dance a whacky flavor. Contingents of the street dancing come from the different barangays, government offices and schools within the city.
T’nalak is the popular hand-woven cloth made of fine Abaca fibers usually worn by the women of the T’boli tribe in South Cotabato. The street dancing competition is the culmination of the 3-day celebration of the city’s foundation day.
Every 16th to 19th of July the city is bustling with merry-making activities and ends with the famous cultural street dancing.
The dances depict the rich culture of the different tribes inhabiting the region. The Christians, Muslims and the Indigenous Peoples of T’boli and B’laan lived in harmony despite their cultural diversities. The colorful costumes and the skillful moves of the dancers as they sway to the frenzied beat of the native percussion instruments often elicit jaw-dropping reactions from spectators.
Kumbira is a week-long culinary festival held in Cagayan de Oro City from July 17 to 23. The festival is a competition of different culinary exhibits sponsored by the Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association (COHARA). A veritable smorgasbord of scrumptious dishes, mouth-watering desserts, highly creative cocktails and center table sculptures and table settings highlight the festival. This event aims to foster healthy competition among hotel and restaurant businesses and promote the culinary arts courses being offered in several schools in the city.
Every 24th of July, a day before the city fiesta, the people of Tanjay, Negros Occidental gear up for the Saulog Festival (formerly known as Sinulog), a costume parade depicting the different cultures of the natives who inhabited Tanjay during the pre-Spanish period.
The “Paaway sa Kabayo” or horse fight is the highlight of the festival. The horse fighting re-enacts the historic battle between the Spaniards and the Muslims.
Dancers perform mock battles portraying the age-old conflict between the Muslims and the Christians.
Every region has its own version of festivals that fall on different dates. If you go around the country purposely to witness all the festivities, then, you will be watching no less than 365 festivals in a year and still crave for more.