January 13-15 2012; January 18-20 2013
Local groups in Kalibo on Panay Island compete to see who can create the most over-the-top costumes for a grand procession that’s every bit as loud and flashy as Rio’s Carnival parades. Participate in snake dancing—a boisterous Filipino version of a conga line—and enjoy tribal drumming and dancing into the evening; kalibo.gov.ph.
While you’re here: Hop over to nearby Boracay Island for the white-sand strands that many veteran beachcombers consider among the best in Asia.
Where to stay: The President’s Inn in Roxas City is named after the country’s first president, who was born just a block a way. Rates start at $23 per person; roxaspresidentsinn.com.