Festivals symbolize what we cherish, love and want to preserve. Festivals in Manila mean that the people celebrate their heritage, art,and culture. Metro Manila Film Festival along with Manila Fashion Festival and Hydro Musical Festival portrays that the people of Manila value and respect the plethora of art forms that surround the archipelagic city. Fairs and festivals never fail to surprise anyone in this city with their new and extravagant decorations, build up and subject matter. With an attempt to help people bond and share their traditional, commercial and sentimental values with one another, festivals such as those celebrated in Manila also make it a great time for visitors to come and experience the actual vibe of a country, see what lies in store for them and what can they imbibe from the things they witness during this time.
Flores de Mayo is celebrated in the month of May. The festival name derived from the Spanish term for ‘flowers of May’ is considered to be one of the holy festivals in Manila wherein devotions are offered to Virgin Mary and the festival lasts for the entire month. A pageant, known as ‘Santacruza’ is also held on the last day of the festival, honoring the finding of the True Cross by Helena of Constantinople and Constantine the Great. With an attempt to raise awareness about the origin and preservation of the man-made and natural landmarks and artifacts, the Filipino Heritage Festival is organized in the month of May, the National Heritage Month. The festival includes performances, exhibitions culinary events and so on to foster a sense of respect, pride, and unity in the citizens of the country. The Metro Manila Film Festival begins on Christmas and continues till the first week of January. It showcases Filipino films and only those that are approved by jurors. The Metro Manila Film Festival is the second festival in the world to exclude foreign movies for a week-long period. Floats entries represent movies, each one with their respective stars.
Manila also celebrates fashion, music, food, and beverages. The Manila Fashion Festival celebrates with 50 local and international designers each year. Started in November 2014 and powered by Panasonic, it is a four-day show, which broadcasted live on Youtube. This trade show has become a household name for those who are fashion-maniacs and is organized twice a year. The Hydro Manila Music Festival is one of those festivals in Manila where people soak in not only music but also water. The festival combines music with splashes of rain, making it one of a kind. Started in 2015, it is widely known for its hashtag, #WeMakeItRain. The Craft Beer Association of the Philippines and the Greenfield Development Corporation organized the Manila Craft Beer Festival where approximately 250 different types of craft beers from 44 breweries are made available for sale. With the admission being free, non-beer drinks and guests of all age groups can engage in the delicious food, live performances and games that are organized along with the festival to keep the masses hooked.