Nueva Ecija, the largest province in Central Luzon, is a historic province with colorful and remarkable festivals. This province, with 5 cities and 27 municipalities, has diverse cultural traditions that became significant part of Novo Ecijanos culture and tradition.
Here are some of the most famous festivals in Nueva Ecija
Araquio Festival – Peñaranda, Nueva Ecija
Araquio Festival is a unique and one of its kinds in the Philippines. This festival is Nueva Ecija’s very own theatrical-cum-religious presentation similar to “zarzuelas” during the Spanish regime in the country. The Araquio Festival is traditionally held in the month of May in the town of Peñaranda. The festival dramatized the spread of Christianity in the country and the war between Christians and Muslims. Festival performers, 16 performers in each Araquio group, sing, act and dance while a brass band plays. The choice of songs and choreography varies, but the script has remained the same since the tradition started.