Metro Manila

Caracol Festival

Caracol Festival is an environmental and cultural celebration in the city of Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines. It is held in the last Sunday of February.

History of Caracol Festival

The name of the celebration comes from the Spanish word caracol which means snail and a symbol for resilience.

Dubbed as a version of the Mardi Gras of Rio de Janiero, it is a grand event organized by the city government of Makati that puts calls for environmental conservation and Filipino culture front and center. Additionally, the festivity is aimed to encourage local tourism and invite visitors to the sights and sounds of the bustling city.

It was first launched in 1986 and became part of the Fiesta Island Program of the national government three years later.

Popular images of this annual festival are street dancers in colorful costumes of flowers, plants, animals, and endangered species. The dancers are contingents representing schools (elementary, high school) and barangay units.

Each group has its own theme in terms of costume and assigned different music genre during the competition, with contingents adjudged to have the best costume and choreography receiving plum prizes.

How to reach Makati City, Metro Manila

Makati City is about ten kilometers away (about half an hour land trip) from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City.


Caracol Festival Summary

NameCaracol Festival
CelebrationCulture, Environment
DateLast Sunday of February
Duration1 day
LocationMakati City, Metro Manila
OrganizerCity Government of Makati