It’s summer once again, and in Albay, that means it’s time for the annual Daragang Magayon Festival! For starters, the festival is actually a province-wide celebration of the Albayano culture mainly focused on Daragang Magayon (literally ‘beautiful lady’), the majestic Mayon Volcano.
Daragang Magayon, the legend, tells the story of two star-crossed lovers named Magayon and Panganuron whose great love ended in tragedy, but is immortalized by the now world-famous Mayon Volcano which is supposed to be the tomb of the legend’s main heroine.
Banking on this narrative, the government for years now has been holding the annual festival – a month-long showcase of Albay’s rich culture, warm weather, exotic (and spicy) food, music, pageantry, arts and crafts, and so much more. This year, the festival begins on April 5 and culminates on May 5. Aside from the street presentations, pageants, band fests which are festival mainstays, Albay also puts a spotlight on the different sectors of the society such s education, sports, the indigenous peoples, as well as the different municipalities given a chance to showcase their own programs and festivities.
For the schedule of activities, please visit http://albay.gov.ph/daragang-magayon-2015-calendar-of-activities/
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