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The Gayon Bicol: Festival Showdown sa Magayon is one of the most colorful and vibrant highlights of Magayon Festival 2012. Here are the results of this year’s competition.
The mythical creatures of ancient Bikol folklore will come alive in a grand, larger-than-life fashion at the Higantes: Parade of the Giants, a highlight of the month-long Magayon Festival 2012.
Thousands of Catholic faithful throng the streets of Legazpi City every Good Friday to witness the procession of beautifully decorated carrozas and pasos bearing statues re-enacting the passion and death of Jesus Christ.
The province of Albay is poised to become a vital Christmas tourist destination as it revives age-old traditions with a lantern-making festival and the Pastores Bikol on December 13, 2010 in Legazpi City
The annual celebration of Bicol’s folk epic-fragment, the Ibalong, returns this October 2010 — bigger, more colorful and more festive than ever. The Ibalong Festival 2010 is a month-long celebration that also coincides with the feast of St. Raphael the Archangel and the fiesta of the Legazpi Port District.
Ibalong, the sixty stanzas the remain of a full-length folk epic that is today little known even in Kabikolan itself, was presumably jotted down in its complete Bicol narrative by Fray Bernardino de Melendreras (1815-1867), a Franciscan missionary in Ginobatan, Albay, from a minstrel referred to in the epic as Kadungung and who could be the same wandering bard described years later by another Franciscan, Fray Jose Castaño (b. 1854), as “Homero de Ibalon.”
The 2009 Magayon Art Exhibit showcases the talents of Albayanos in the Visual Arts. This exhibit is located at the atrium of the Albay Provincial Capitol. Several outstanding works of art are on display for the whole month of April.
Every Good Friday, the Catholic citizens of Legazpi gather to commemorate the passion and death of Jesus Christ by witnessing and joining the annual procession. Beautiful ‘carrozas’ carrying various Saints as well as scenes from Christ’s passion and death are decorated with hundreds of flowers and lights and solemnly paraded through the streets of the city. The faithful, with candles and rosaries in hand, follow the ‘carrozas’ as it meanders through the city.
The beautiful but tragic legend of Mt. Mayon