Magayon Festival 2013 to Feature Albay-Masbate-Sorsogon Scenic Tourist Spots

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 9 (PNA) -- The Provincial Government of Albay plans to feature different scenic tourist spots in the provinces of Albay, Masbate and Sorsogon (Almasor) during the month-long Magayon Festival 2013 in April.

Albay Governor Joey Salceda, also Bicol Regional Development Council (RDC) chair, announced that the Magayon Festival 2013 will no longer be limited to promoting Albay’s tourism pride and products.

“This year’s festival will also help boost the tourism industry of the neighboring provinces of Masbate and Sorsogon,” he said.

Last year, as RDC chair, Salceda initiated the Almasor tourism area.

He said that tour packages will be offered to both domestic and foreign tourists during the Magayon Festival.

The visitors may opt to start their adventure in Albay from Lignon Hill to Cagsawa Ruin, Daraga Church, Mayon Skyline Observatory, Mayon Volcano lava and all-trail-vehicle adventure, and end up buying Albay’s best souvenir products.

The second leg of the tourism adventure is the “butanding” (whale shark) interaction in Donsol and watching the Matnog eco-aqua/fish sanctuary, both in Sorsogon province.

From Sorsogon, another extreme discovery adventure is to experience snorkeling and manta rays interaction in the island province of Masbate.

Manta ray, locally called “pasa-pasa,” is a gentle creature in the underwater world that abounds in the "manta bowl" off San Jacinto island in Masbate.

In the mid-water reefs of Sitio Tacdo, Barangay Bagahanglad is a wide "playground" of giant manta rays.

With the scientific name Manta birsotris, these gentle giants of the deep have been commonly seen by scuba divers and coastal dwellers.

Salceda also said that after their exciting journey in the provinces of Masbate and Sorsogon, tourists can then enjoy Magayon Festival’s other features like cultural events, sports and trade fair exhibits.

“It is one way of enriching the culture of the Albayanos as well as providing venue for the promotion of their products,” he said.

The main focus of the celebration is the reenactment of the tragic love story of Daragang Magayon and Panganoron whose death, according to a legend, gave birth to the beautiful Mayon Volcano.(PNA)

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