Adventure Festivals In The Philippines

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Discover all the upcoming adventure festivals in the Philippines

The country motto is “it’s more fun in the Philippines”, you can expect the country to have a lot to offer for adventure seekers. With more than 7000 islands, Philippines are obviously famous for water sports. Nonetheless, Filipinos got creative and developed a wide network of land sports as well, such as mountain biking, trail running and zip lining.

The country has a great range of adventure events and sports competitions, that you might want to check out if you are planning a holiday there. To make your life easier, here at Rad Season we have compiled a list of the upcoming adventure festivals in the Philippines.

Ride on the best Mountain Bike track of the Philippines

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If you are a fan of the two wheels, you might be interested in exploring Guimaras, a small island west of Cebu famous for its mountain bike tracks. Next 24th February the island will host a mountain bike festival: a 35km of off-road competition followed by a local fiesta to experience Pilipino culture and amazing food. The island is easily reachable by flight from nearby Cebu.

Learn more here

Get crazy and join the Spartan Race of Manila

The toughest and the bravest can enrol in the Spartan Race that will be on soon just north of Manila. The Spartan Race is an obstacle course race where you are expected to run, climb, push, pull, throw and crawl through walls, hills, trees, mud, barbed wire and other challenging but fun obstacles.

The next one is set to happen on February 24 in Porac Pampanga, north of Manila. The Sprint option is a 5KM + 20 obstacles track, while the Super has 25 Spartan signature obstacles over a 13km course.

Learn more about the event here, and read our guide on how to prepare or a Spartan Race.

Watch the most famous kitesurf event of the Philippines

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The longest running professional kiteboarding competition of the Philippines, the Philippines Kiteboarding Tour is on now. If you are in the country, you’re still in time to watch the final leg of the tour on the 2nd-4th March.

The best kitesurfers of the Philippines are going to challenge themselves in Cagbalete, a tiny and windy island east of Manila. Moreover, the kitesurfing season will be on and pumping until the end of March. The perfect time to enjoy the ocean and improve your kiting skills there.

Learn more here

Run through the green hills of Baguio

Next 3rd March is going to be Trail Fest day in Baguio. Baguio is situated on the hills of Luzon, 4h drive north of Manila. The event will include three different races: a 3km trail for kids, 16km race for adults and a 21km on horseback.

The area is famous for its beautiful green hills and charming traditional villages hidden in the jungle. Several companies organise one day or overnight treks that will allow you to explore the region at a chiller pace after the race.

Learn more here

Run a Marathon on the beautiful rice terraces of Ifugao

Are you a hardcore runner? If so, you can test your stamina running through the rice terraces (UNESCO World Heritage), hot springs and waterfalls in Hungduan, Ifugao. For sure one of the most humid – and most scenic- marathons in the world.

The next race will be on June 3, 2018. If you feel that a full marathon in the tropics might be too much, you can still settle for the half marathon. On the other hand, if you feel particularly brave, you can opt for the 50 miles run.

Learn more here

Witness the WSL Surf Competition in Cloud 9, Siargao

Raoni Monteiro on the way to winning Cloud 9 Surfing Cup. Photo credit: WSL / TOM BENNETT

If you are into surfing, Siargao is the place to be in the Philippines. A lush green island still untouched by mass tourism with great breaks for everyone. The peak of the surfing season is in September and October when the WSL completion is held.

Moreover, in the same period, a local fiesta is on. It lasts around 2 weeks and includes parades, parties at the resorts and bars and crazy times along the boulevard with live bands and discos.

Check last year event and results here and read our adventure guide to Siargao.

There you have it folks, the upcoming adventure festivals in the Philippines. Stay tuned as we gallivant around the world finding more adventure events to keep you amused.

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Sabrina Trevisan

Sabrina Trevisan is a freelance web editor and copywriter based, for now, in Milan. After studying in Paris, she decided to move to the southern hemisphere to work and travel extensively through Australia, South East Asia and India. Now back in Milan, she plans to return fully nomad soon. Her personal career goal is to be able to work with Italian customers from the Pacific Ocean shores.


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