Saturday, April 7, 2012

See Magayon Festival in Albay, Philippines

Magayon Festival, Albay's foremost festivity will awe and titillate
tourists and visitors to explore the magic and mystery of the
province's mythical past this April, but with a fresh outlook.

The festival program also includes a package of close to 150 events
that feature culture and the arts, trade and industry, tourism
spectacles, culinary food trips, sports and special interests.

Albay Gov. Joey S. Salceda said the Magayon 2012 edition will not only
showcase the artistry and beauty of spirit of the Albayanos, and
provide fun and excitement, but will also offer opportunities to
promote and enhance trade and tourism designed to advance Albay's
drive towards the fulfillment of its socio-economic development goals.

Endowed with enticing tourism assets like the near perfect cone Mayon
Volcano and the historic Cagsawa Ruins, Albay invests much on tourism
among its revenue generating concerns. Salceda has adapted Albay
Rising as the province's slogan for his second term as governor, which
is largely anchored on the tourism industry.

Among the newest events of Magayon Festival 2012 is the staging of the
Dance of the Three Mountains, a play written by multi-awarded Albayano
writer Abdon Balde in the vernacular. The legendary sage tells the
story of the three sister mountains -- Magayon, Masaraga, and Malinao
which is actually the legend of Mayon Volcano.

Film stars Derek Ramsey, Lovi Poe and Matteo Guidicelli are among
those expected to grace the highlights of the month-long festival,
which starts April 10, immediately after the Holy Week. The festival
ends May 10.

Taking center stage is the Mutya ng Magayon Festival 2012, a pageant
which has already produced world-class beauty titlists, to be hosted
by Ramsey and Guidicelli, and the Higantes, a parade of giant effigies
which are all Albay mythological characters.

The festival highlights include the Ginoo ng Magayon Festival 2012, to
be hosted by actress Lovi Poe; Concierto sa Magayon, with Jhong
Hilario and Kiss Jane; Concierto Pasasalamat; Magayon Lyre, Drum and
Baton Competition; Gayon Bicol Festival Showdown; Daragang Magayon
Legend Showdown, the street dancing and festival queen presentation;
Hot-Taw sa Karaonan, and the Sili Viand Eating Contest; among others.

Magayon's Beer Plaza, a record holder in its own right for consuming
the most number of beer in a single setting, will present bands and
artists as nightly guests at the Penaranda Park in Legazpi City, and
is expected to keep the festival's night life awake until dawn.

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