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Ibalong Festival 2011

Legazpi City once again celebrates Bicol’s folk epic with this year’s Ibalong Festival. Happening from August 8-22, 2011, this year’s festivities mark a major shift in the usually-October celebration. Early this year, the Legazpi City Sangguniang Panglusod Tourism Committee had passed a resolution changing the date of the 20-year old festival. It was approved by Legazpi City Mayor Geraldine Rosal. Ibalong Festival 2011 detaches itself from Sorsogon’s Kasanggayahan Festival and Bacolod’s Masskara Festival, both being celebrated during the month of October.

First celebrated in 1991, the Ibalong Festival is an annual festival being observed by the Bicolanos, by the Legazpenos in particular. An epic telling the adventures of the three heroes of the ancient Bicol, known as the Ibalon, Ibalong Festival intends to honor Bicol’s legendary heroes Bantong, Baltog and Handyong.

For calendar of activities, like and visit Ibalong Festival 2011 Official Facebook page.

Come and visit Legazpi City and join the rest of its natives in celebrating Bicol’s folk epic. Dagos tabi kamo!

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Magayon Festival 2011

Albay is once again set to rediscover its rich history and cultural heritage, showcase its natives’ talents and skills, and promote its tourism assets and products. April 2011 is a month-long celebration of life in this home to the majestic Mayon Volcano, land of genuine exquisiteness, and cradle of perfection.

Albay is a province of the Philippines located in the Bicol Region in Luzon. Its capital is Legazpi City and the province borders Camarines Sur to the north and Sorsogon to the south. Also to the northeast is Lagonoy Gulf. Mayon Volcano is the symbol most associated with the province. This nearly perfectly-shaped active volcano forms a scenic backdrop to the capital city of Legazpi 15 kilometers to the south.[1]

Magayon Festival is a celebration of life and its abundance of blessings, blending strong Catholic beliefs and aspects of traditional way of living in Albay, giving the feast an identity of its own.[2] But why Magayon? The story of Daragang Magayon, a legendary tale so tragic and heroic was the seed that shaped what the festival was all about. Her name means “beautiful.” And this description tells all what Albay really is before and after. From her death as told in the legend rose the most beautiful and almost perfect volcano ever to have existed in the whole world-Magayon. Truly, she’s a beauty that victors look forward to see even for a day or two. Nothing can compare her majestic shape and amazing size, her magnificence and fame, her invulnerable beauty and fury.[3]

Come and take part in one of the Philippines’ grandest festivals! Do take note of the activities for the entire month of April. Join the official Facebook page of the Magayon Festival 2011 for updates.