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.
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. 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.
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.