In admiration of the Majestic Mayon’s beauty and splendor, this festival is dubbed as Magayon, a Bikol term which means beautiful. It is a celebration of the Albayano’s way of life and a thanksgiving for the abundance of the land’s plentiful harvest through various activities such as agricultural products display and trade fairs, cooking shows, cultural events, street parades, photo/arts exhibits, sports events, and many more.
The festival this year focuses on patriotism and nationalism according to Albay Tourism Office. Magayon Festival will start on April and this month long festival is expected to offer entertainments to promote culture, arts, sports and tourist destinations in the province.
Previous year’s Magayon festival, posted 35.58 percent increase in tourist arrivals with an average of tourist expenditures of P2,400 per day.The provincial tourism office recorded a total of 235,000 foreign and local tourist arrivals. “The figure is expected to rise this year because of the business opportunities in the province, increase in the number of air flights as well as new air-conditioned buses from Manila to Legazpi,” the province's Tourism Officer added.
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