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New Year's Day is celebrated with great vigour and plenty of fireworks. On 9 January, the Black Nazarene Procession, the largest procession in the country, carries a life-size, blackwood statue of Jesus through the streets of Quiapo.

The Filipino version of Mardi Gras is the three-day Ati-Atihan, celebrated in Kalibo on Panay in the third week in January. On Good Friday, there are many scourges throughout the country, which have become popular attractions, especially those at San Fernando and Antipolo, near Manila.

There are more processions on Flores de Mayo in May, this time in honour of the Virgin Mary. Independence Day is celebrated on 12 June with military parades. There are local festivals taking place just about every week of the year somewhere in the Philippines.

January 9 - Quiapo Fiesta (Black Nazarene) Quiapo, Manila

January 15 - Sto. Niño Fiest (Tondo) Tondo, Manila

January 19 - Buling Buling ng Pandacan Pandacan, Manila

February 3 - Liberation of Manila, Manila Chinese New Year Binondo, Manila

June 12 - Independence Day Rizal Park, Manila

June 24 - Araw ng Maynila (Manila Day) Citywide Manila Film Festival

November Feast of Nuestra Señora delos, Malate Remedios, Manila

December Feast of Birhen ng Loreto Sampaloc, Manila (second Sunday)


Common dishes

As with most Asian countries, the staple food in the Philippines is rice. It is most often steamed and served during meals.

Leftover rice is often fried with garlic to make sinangag, which is usually served at breakfast together with a fried egg and cured meat or sausages.

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