Albay province gears up for month-long Magayon Festival 2018

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The Province of Albay has started its preparation for the 20th edition of the Magayon Festival this coming May.

The province said that more than 100 activities are slated for the month-long event, adding that preparations have begun as early as January by Provincial Tourism, Culture, and Arts Office (PTCAO).

PTCAO head Dorothy Fernandez Colle recently met with the different event coordinators to ensure smooth preparations for the festival.

“For two decades now, people from all over the world flock to the center of Albay to celebrate this annual event, which has become one of the country’s premier festival, it is our job to make sure that we live up to their expectations and better yet, exceed them,” Colle said was quoted as saying.

Colle said that Governor Al Francis Bichara directed the PTCAO to make sure that Albayanos and tourists alike will enjoy the festivities.

“The PTCAO and all the event coordinators and organizers are now fine tuning every detail of the calendar of events ensuring that come May 1, 2018, the formal opening of Magayon Festival 2018 will be hitch-free,” the province said.

Magayon Festival, according to the province, was the first festival throughout the Philippines that came up with a month-long celebration starting in May 1999.

“This idea was conceptualized by Governor Al Francis C. Bichara himself who was then focused on the growth and development of the Albay province through tourism,” said the province.