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Photo: Rene BaylonLove Affair with Nature
February 14th. Puerto Princesa City’s expression of love for Mother Nature is celebrated the extraordinary way. The yearly celebration features a mangrove planting festivity in the coastal zones to restore degraded mangrove areas. The event heightens awareness on the ecological role of mangroves and other coastal ecosystems in the vital web of life. Environmental quiz bees, film showing, band concert and beach games liven up the event.

Palawan Cherry / Photo: pcsd.phBalayong Festival
March 4th
The festival commemorates the founding anniversary of the City of Puerto Princesa highlighted by balayong tree-planting, street dancing and colorful floral parade depicting the Palawan Cherry Blossoms from which the festival derived its name.

A merry mixture of socio-civic, cultural, historical, and sports activities are part of the run events. At the ‘Tabuan’ parade (tabuan means ‘marketplace’), farmers fisherfolks, market vendors, traders and buyers showcase the city’s best products and revel as a thanksgiving for blessings and bountiful harvest.

The week-long celebration culminates with the awarding ceremonies for outstanding accomplishments by notable Puerto Princesans and the crowning of Ms. Puerto Princesa.

 Pangalipay sa Baybay
1st week of April
A summer extravaganza celebrated at the bay walk area, along the shores of beautiful Puerto Princesa Bay. A whole range of activities kicks off with a parade and an impressive fireworks display. Daily coastal clean-ups reward participants with recreational sports activities to enjoy. A street dance exhibition, cheer dance and summer danzslam competitions are in the line-up of fun-filled actitivities. Singing contests, beach and swim wear modeling competitions, and concerts cap the exuberant celebrations.

 

 Kamarikutan Pagdiwata Arts Festival
April full moon (before or after holy week )
The Pagdiwata Arts Festival features varied week-long workshops in the different arts, painting in different media, sculpture, music, dance and film.  Art exhibits, art forums, and film showing fill the afternoon, with stage perfomances and concerts in the evenings.  The festival takes inspiration from the Tagbanua's Pagdiwata ritual of the thanksgiving - a thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest of creativity.  It is hosted by Kamarikutan Kape Galeri as a way of sharing the sublimity of the arts with the community.
 

 Seafood Festival
April 3rd week
A celebration of the bounties of the seas, this gastronomic festival offers a taste of seafood specialties Palawan is known for. Puerto Princesa restaurants prepare a mixture of authentic Palawan seafood cuisine and delicacies, as well as other contemporary seafood-filled culinary delights in the region. The food fest is enjoyed with cultural shows and bundles of give aways

Karagatan Feast 2007Karagatan Festival
1st week of May
Celebrated during the month of the ocean, the festival demonstrates the synergy of man with the vast seas and the ocean. Held every year in the fabulous beaches of the City's west coast, the four-day event include a coastal clean-up, boat-sailing, kite-flying, banca race, tug-o-war, beach volleyball and football, sand sculpture, mountain to sea trekking, mountain bike race, film showing, a grand beach party and concert, and capped by a Weskini bikini open.

Mayor and Mrs. Hagedorn / Feast of the Forest 2007Feast of the Forest
3rd week of June
A festive reforestation activity where citizens of Puerto Princesa City and people from all walks of life flock to celebrate a Feast of the Forest, by planting thousands of different tree species in the city's denuded forest zones. Related activities are eco-camping, games and contests, and performances by environmental artists. Celebrated annually at the onset of the rainy season, it is the people's collective performance of its environmental duties of giving back something to Mother Earth.

 Baragatan Sa Palawan
June 3rd Week
Baragatan celebrates the foundation of the civil government of Palawan. The festival derives its name from a Cuyunon terms that means 'meeting', and true to its meaning Baragatan is a convergence and coming together of the people of Palawan to celebrate its history and rich culture. Highlights of the event are trade and food fair, street dancing, cultural shows of different municipalities, the private sector and the ethnic groups, and the coronation of Ms. Palawan.

Mayor Hagedorn lighting the giant Christmas treeCity Fiesta
December 8th
Puerto Princesa celebrates its Fiesta on the 8th December, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. Fiesta activities begin during the first week of December with the series of religious activities. The celebrations extends towards the Christmas season laced with nightly cultural presentation, yuletide activities topped by the lighting of the giant Christmas tree and fireworks, as well as ago-industrial, tourism and food fairs. The combined month-long activity is dubbed as "Pista Na, Pasko Pa".

 

 
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