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.
- Michael Lim. Makati Holds 2018 Caracol Festival on Feb. 25. Metro News Central. 2018. Retrieved February 1, 2023
- Jay Ganzon. See the photos: Makati’s Caracol Festival, a tribute to nature. Rappler. February 24, 2014. Retrieved February 1, 2023