KanLAHI Festival

KanLAHI Festival, officially Kanlungan ng Lahi Festival, is the annual cultural festival in the province of Tarlac, Philippines every first week of March. It was conceptualized to celebrate the diversity of its people and promote tourism.

History of KanLAHI Festival

KanLAHI Festival comes from the shortened form of kanlungan ng lahi, which translates to cradle of races. It was first launched under the term of Governor Susan Yap in May 2017 in line with the 144th founding anniversary.

In succeeding years, the schedule was moved and the provincial legislative board declared every first week of March as KanLAHI Festival Week.

The festival gives a toast to the people, culture, and tradition of the province. According to the Philippine Statistics Office in 2000, it is considered the ‘melting pot’ of Luzon. Its population is composed of people who moved to the province coming from nearby places such as the Ilocanos, Pampangueños, Pangasinenses, and Tagalogs.

It pushed through its activities in 2020 despite the COVID-19 scare. The next year, much of the activities were streamed online to avoid the gathering of crowds.

KanLAHI Festival Activities

A few of the activities of the festival start before the official opening. This is true for preliminary events of the Binibining Kanlahi, the prestigious beauty pageant. As one of the highlights, it is search for the female candidate with wit, beauty, and presence.

Others are events such as music, parade, art shows, painting contest, Palaro ng Lahi (which is traditional games), street dancing and showdown called Sayawan at Yugyugan, chorale, pet shows, fireworks display, etc. Its schedule also has space for sports such as fun run, basketball, paralympics, motocross, and e-games.

Various contests are also held such talent competitions, cook fest, etc. People can also see and buy locally made products in the agri-farm trade.

How to reach Tarlac

Tarlac is a three-hour land trip via bus from Manila. One can also book a flight to Clark International Airport and take a bus to Tarlac.


KanLAHI Festival Summary

NameKanLAHI Festival
DateMarch 12
Duration1 week
EstablishedMay 2017
Official NameKanlungan ng Lahi Festival