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The Fiesta That You Must Not Miss! – Magayon Festival of Albay

Hindi lahat ng fiesta sa Pilipinas, mapupuntahan mo. Kukulangin ang powers at resources mo, bukod pa sa allowable leaves mo sa kumpanya ninyo.

And if you have to choose among the festivals, you must not forget about Albay and its Magayon Festival.

Held during my birthmonth of May, Magayon Festival celebrates talent, harvest, beauty, and the very distinct Mayon volcano. Di bale nang mangutang, basta may handa sa fiesta. Nakakahiya naman kung hindi ka pumunta, nagpahanda na nga.

 

Street performances at the Magayon Festival

Street performances at the Magayon Festival

King and Queen of Magayon Fest

King and Queen of Magayon Fest

The faces of Magayon

The faces of Magayon

Magayon Festival parade

Magayon Festival parade

 

ALBAY CRAWL, HISTORIC SITES AND MAGAYON
-Arnold “Arnie” Alesna

Albay is one province with many hidden and known beauties, it bears beauty that is pure, basic and grand. Albay has a certain charm that will sweep you off your feet and bring you to the time that was or give you a majestic feeling that is simply indescribable. With fifteen 15 municipalities and three 3 cities, Albay bears so many things to see and experience.

Governor Al Francis Bichara was a gracious host. Hospitality reflected on the people, from the people and this was reflected by the people of the various local government units (Dept of Tourism and Dept of Agriculture) and that of Human Explore Travel and Tours. The tour given to us was both informative and time worthy. Tiring as it may be BUT truly worth every moment. Our gratitude to Ms. Dorothy Colle and her people from the Department of Tourism Provincial Division Region V – Albay, Ms. Che Rebeta of the Provincial Agriculture Department and Ms. Farah Sobremisana – owner partner of Pepperland Hotel. They truly made our visit such a wonder thru their efforts and time generosity.

Albay is filled with old churches, old craft making, worthy places to go to, old houses, natural beauties and beautiful festivities. With magnificent places around the majestic Mayon Volcano, if you do a whole 360 tour like the one we did ours, one would get to see this natural wonder in all its beauty. Try to learn also the story behind this famous volcano and and unconver the Daragang Magayon mystery.

From the ruins of Cagsawa (with a average guest of 150pax per day) to the churches in Camalig, Ligao, Sto. Domingo and Daraga, to the calm Sumlang Lake and the historic Japanese caves in Quituinan Hills, to the traditional way of metal smiting in Tabaco, farms and various beautiful parks and landmarks all over Albay, you will never have a dull moment when you decide to do a full exploration of the province. It is also filled of noteworthy food places that you could and should try out. Albay also has spring resorts with water source coming from near the volcano or underneath the ground making it cool or even cold depending on the time of the year – such resort is D’ Hacienda Spring and Nature Resort in Guinobatan, Albay.

For active people, I would highly recommend for you to try out the Japanese tunnels/caves in Quituinan Hills. The trek is not that stressful but the crawling (should you be adventurous enough) is like having an archeological dig. For historical buffs, try seeing the various churches of the different municipalities and compare notes in terms of its style and story behind it. Should you wish to see various craftsmanship of the place, go to Sumlang Lake to see the woven beauties of Albay, the metal smiting of Tabaco, pottery shops in Tiwi and pili delicacy making in Legazpi. Don’t forget to visit the various farms in the province that show the resiliency of the people as reflected in their farms – some of them are IG worthy too.

Experience Albay and, you get to see this natural beauty in all its grandeur. With clouds or without, Mayon will surely captivate you may it be morning, noon, mid afternoon or sunset. With its romantic yet tragic story behind this beauty, you will definitely want to be welcomed by it every time you are in the said province.

Albay is truly beautiful! The people reflect their place and the place live through its people.

Magayon Festival 2017 at the streets

Magayon Festival 2017 at the streets

Magayon Festival 2017

Magayon Festival 2017

Ms Magayon 2017

Ms Magayon 2017

Colorful Costume at Magayon Festival

Colorful Costume at Magayon Festival

Magayon Festival youth

Magayon Festival youth

promoting Albay and the Magayon Festival

promoting Albay and the Magayon Festival

Magayon Festival at night

Magayon Festival at night

Karantahan 2017

Karantahan 2017

Bea and Enchong visits Magayon Fest

Bea and Enchong visits Magayon Fest

Magayon Festival on stage

Magayon Festival on stage

Daragang Magayon 2017

Daragang Magayon 2017

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SMB 7107 Celebrations Beer Locator and Events Calendar

This is something new and innovative from San Miguel Beer, the number 1 liquor company in the Philippines.

To support the country’s festivals and celebrations, San Miguel launched its SMB 7,107 Celebrations Web site. Generally, it is all about the Fiestas in the Philippines where party people can enjoy their favorite SMB products.

SMB 7,107 Celebrations

The usual travel peeps must have experienced huge festivities already,;such as Sinuog, Dinagyang and Ati-atihan. But I bet you did not know about small festivities which are as exciting.

Recently, me and a bunch of blogger friends visited Batangas for their lechon/San Juan festival. The parade lasted the whole day and being soaked in water while walking on the streets with lechon was such an experience. I won’t be able to get to the place without having a friend who knows that the festival exists.

San Miguel Beer would be the perfect friend to inform us of such events with their event calendar. All upcoming events where SMB brands are being offered can be found on the page. Check it out here.

For some people who road trip a lot, you may check out the Beer Locator page and check out places where you can get your favorite SMB brands. I for one, would always want a San Mig Light whenever I would have dinner on the road.

A light touch of alcohol is the best social lubricant. Plus, it gives you an easy smile that reflects on your pictures. You may check out the beer locator here.

For people who do everything on their own, planning their own family or barkada trips, looking for places and setting up your schedule would be a pain. One of the features of the Web site will filter your interests and match your activities.

Once the schedule has been set, you may print it out from the Web site and share the itinerary with your Travel Buddies. Check out the Itenerary Planner here.

Yes, 7,107 is quite a big number but I can tell you, with all honesty, that there are more than 7.107 reasons to celebrate in the Philippines.

My first reason would be San Mig Light.

Register now and enjoy San Miguel Beer’s Web pages. Click HERE.

SMB 7107 Celebrations Web site

SMB 7107 Celebrations Web site

Quezon BonPen Festival 2011

Naku. first time ko maga-out of town with the bloggers.

Naimbitahan po kasi ang inyong lingkod na mag-cover ng isang event sa 4rd district of Quezon. Balita ko, cooking contest ito na gagamit ng Goat Meat at Guinea Fowl. Tunog pa lang, masarap na. Magja-judge ata ang grupo ng bloggers kasama ng pag-cover ng Fiesta doon.

Sa totoo lang, hindi ko maintindihan ang details. Buti na lang, isang dating kasama sa Lasalle Aspirancts ang mga nagpadala ng sulat. Sobrang excited ako na makita siya ulit.

Tapos, meron pa daw fun run na gaganapin. Sabi ng coach ko, tatakbo daw sila doon. FYI po, ang coach ko na si Coach Adrian Arcaya ay tubong Quezon. Southern Treaders ang team namin at tatlo ata sa team namin ang tatakbo doon. Gusto ko rin sana tumakbo. Sana, may race kit sila para sa akin.

Eto nga pala ang kanilang festival schedule.

BonPen Festival 2011

Discover the beauty of the 3rd District of Quezon Province in a unique tourism festival on October 28-29, 2011. The two-day festival is designed to promote the people’s awareness on the current environmental concerns and inspire activism in protecting our planet while featuring the beautiful sites of the district’s twelve towns and promoting tourism in the area.
Events and Activities

OCTOBER 28, FRIDAY
  • The Green Mile Tree Planting – the quest for the longest simultaneous road-side tree planting covering the twelve towns of the district. Tree seedlings will be planted along the more than 265 km highway. Confirmed guest is Hon. Jejomar C. Binay, Vice-President of the Philippines and the officials of Quezon Province. (Early Morning, Simultaneous Tree Planting in all the towns of the District).
  • Konsiyerto para sa Kalikasan and Beerfest – a fund-raising concert featuring Kalayo Band (formerly Pinikpikan) and other professional bands coming together for the cause of the environment. (6:00 PM, DBES Open Grounds, Pitogo)
  • AgriTrade Fair- an agricultural trade fair catering to tourists and locals interested in buying local produce and products. (Days 1 & 2, Pitogo, Quezon)
  • Medical Mission Sponsored by Vice-President Jejomar C. Binay for the towns of Pitogo and Catanauan, mission includes medical check-up, dental procedures and optical consultations with free corrective eyeglasses and medicines. (6:00 AM, Municipal Plaza, Pitogo, Quezon)

OCTOBER 29, SATURDAY
  • Takbo at Padyak BonPen Para sa Kalikasan (BonPen Fun Run and Fun Ride for the Environment) – a fun run with 21km, 10km, 5km and 3km distances ending in the town of Pitogo. Expected number of participants is 3000-5000. (Fun Run: 5:00 AM, Pitogo Highway; Fun Ride Assembly: Padre Burgos Municipal Covered Court, P. Burgos, Quezon)
  • Kulinarya BonPen 2011- cooking competition open to professional and apprentice chefs featuring produce from the 12 towns of the district. (11:00 AM RESMA, Unisan, Quezon)
  • Mr. and Ms. BonPen 2011- a pageant participated by the most beautiful young men and women of the district. Winners of the pageant will be the official BonPen environmental ambassadors. (6:00 PM Quezelco-I Compound, Pitogo)
  • Awarding of the Cleanest and Greenest Municipality – awarding of the winners for the cleanest and greenest municipality in the district which will be done during the pageant program. (6:00 PM Quezelco-I Compound, Pitogo)
Festival Host

This year’s festival is hosted by the Municipality of Pitogo, the fourth town belonging to the gateway cluster of the district which welcomes the visitors coming from the National Capital Region. Pitogo is a coastal municipality which boasts of coconut farmlands, beautiful beaches and a fascinating seascape.

Invitation

The festival is open to all who wish to see this hidden treasure in the heart of Quezon Province, experience the warm friendship of its people and be immersed in their unique culture. Investors are invited to explore possible business opportunities in this yet to be discovered mine. Media practitioners are most welcome to cover and feature their experience here.

BONPEN FESTIVAL 2011 SECRETARIAT |
SPECIAL PROGRAMS AND COMMUNICATIONS TEAM OFFICE
MOBILE NO. (0917) 894-6176 |
TELEFAX NO. (042) 318-8585
EMAIL teampitogo@ymail.com
URL facebook.com/discoverbonpen

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