La Union

Sillag Festival

Sillag Festival, also known as Sillag Poro Point Festival of Lights, is a tourism and summer festival held at Poro Point Freeport Zone in the city of San Fernando, La Union, Philippines generally taking place every first week of April.


Sillag Festival comes from sillag, an Ilokano word for moonbeam or lunar light.

History of Sillag Festival

Sillag Festival was launched on April 2012. The event is a partnership between Poro Point Management Corporation (PPMC), a subsidiary of Bases Conversion and Development Authority, and the Provincial Government of La Union.

This annual event is aimed to boost tourism in the northern region, bolster the development of the local business and trade scene, and put La Union on the map as a must-visit destination. It attracts over a hundred thousand visitors each year, offering both a spectacle and an outlet for celebration of culture and heritage within an investment zone.

PPMC is the management behind the Poro Point Freeport Zone. Through an agreement with the Philippine Coast Guard in 2012, it also looked after the iconic Poro Point lighthouse, a landmark that has served as an aid for sea navigation since the Spanish colonial times.

Sillag Festival Activities

The first Sillag Festival was scheduled in April 2012. In the following two years, it was slated in March. Since 2015, it has been scheduled for three days during the first weekend of April.

YearSillag Festival Schedule
2019April 5 – 7
2018April 6 – 8
2017April 7 – 9
2016April 8 – 10
2015April 9 – 12
2014March 7 – 8
2013March 9 – 10
2012April 28

The highlight is the spectacle of light and nighttime illumination in air, water, and land in the festival venue. Among the awaited mainstays of the festival are the Ceremonial Lighting of the Sillag Village, Sillag Delights Trade and Food Fair (a marketplace filled with local treats and goodies where you can shop and taste delicious food), lights parade and pyromusical show, street dancing competition, fluvial parade, and sky lantern release. Other activities includes air shows, concerts, presentations, etc.

How to reach San Fernando, La Union

San Fernando City can be reached via land-based trips from major airports (Clark Airport, Ninoy Aquino International Airport) and sea port (Subic Bay Port). Busses are available from Subic, Metro Manila, and Baguio City.


Sillag Festival Summary

NameSillag Festival
CelebrationLight, Tourism
Contact(072) 242 0684
DateFirst Sunday of April
DurationThree days
EstablishedApril 2012
LocationPoro Point Freeport Zone in the city of San Fernando, La Union
OrganizerPoro Point Management Corporation, Provincial Government of La Union
Other NamesSillag Poro Point Festival of Lights