Malatarlak Festival

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Country and Region PhilippinesLuzon
Type of Festival Dance, Drama, Music
Location of Festival Tarlac City, Luzon, Philippines
Festival Contact Information

Philippines Department of Tourism
Room 207 DOT Building
TM Kalaw Street
Manila, Philippines
Phone: +63 (2)524 2345

Festival Description

The Malatarlak Festival takes its name from the a variety of grass that is native to the Luzon area. The plant is celebrated with sumptuous pageantry that’s characterized by schoolchildren dressed in grass-inspired costumes, who dance to the beat of traditional music. The Rice Cake Festival falls on the same day. Tarlac City’s annual Malatarlak Festival takes over the city during this fun and lively celebration that has a packed program of events and activities for visitors of all ages.

The week-long event begins with an opening ceremony, trade fair, food and drink stalls and live musical and dance entertainment. Additional events include numerous sport competitions, cooking demonstrations, markets, dance competitions and other live entertainment shows. The final day is concluded with a grand procession and a fireworks display.

Festival Dates January 13 - 20, 2012
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