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14th Daragang Magayon Festival Grand Opening

     Despite the gloomy weather, the 14th Daragang Magayon Festival officially kicked off in high spirits on Monday, March 24, 2014.  The festival opened with a thanksgiving mass "Misa Sa Daragang Magayon" and the "Daragang Magayon Cheers" at the Albay Astrodome, followed by the ribbon cutting  at Peñaranda Park. In the afternoon, the Gayon Bicol Festival of Festivals parade commenced in Ilawod, Daraga, Albay and culminated in a showdown at the Bicol University Grandstand. In the evening, a fashion exhibit called "Night of Fashion, Culture, and Tradition" was held at The Oriental Hotel lobby, followed by the Daragang Magayon Concert at the Albay Astrome. The evening also marked the opening of "Rocklakan sa Daragang Magayon," a month long beer-fest with rock bands regularly performing, also in Peñaranda Park.

Photo by Othelo Padre, grabbed from Governor Joey Salceda's Facebook page.

     Daragang Magayon Festival is an annual month-long celebration in Albay, which, for this year, will be from March 24 to April 30. The festival is celebrated to relive the legend of the tragic love between Daragang Magayon (beautiful maiden) and Panganoron (clouds)[1] as well as to showcase the cultural and tourism wonders of the province.


     Here are some of the sights and fanfare which delighted visitors and Albayanos alike during the Daragang Magayon Festival 2014 Grand Opening Day:


Misa sa Daragang Magayon, a thanksgiving mass before the official opening of the
14th Daragang Magayon Festival. (Photo by Shanti Serrano)
Daragang Magayon Cheers, a toast to Daragang Magayon Festival 2014 with Gov. Joey Salceda,
ASec Benito C. Bengzon, Jr., Vice Gov. Harold O. Imperial, Albay Board Members, Dir. Maria Ong-Ravanilla,
and honored guests. (Photo by Mox)
Albay Governor Joey Salceda slices the Albay Cake during the Daragang Magayon Cheers. (Photo by Ronna)
Ribbon cutting ceremonies with guest of honor Assistant Secretary Benito C. Bengzon, Jr. of the International Tourism Promotion from the Department of Tourism to formally open Daragang Magayon food stalls and beer plaza, trade fair and special setting, and the Daragang Magayon art and photo exhibit at the Peñaranda Park. (Photo by Nikolai Ken Mostoles)

     Here are some photos during the Gayon Bicol Festival of Festivals parade and showdown, attended and participated in by the different festivals from all of Bicol Region. The parade started in Ilawod, Daraga, Albay and culminated with a presentation at the Bicol University Grandstand and Oval.

RODEO MASBATEÑO FESTIVAL
Masbate

Rodeo Masbateño Festival from Masbate. (Photo by JM)
Rodeo Masbateño Festival from Masbate. (Photo by Wang Regalado)

DARAGANG MAGAYON FESTIVAL
Daraga, Albay

Daragang Magayon Festival headed by Governor Joey Salceda. (Photo by Mox)

Mutya ni Daragang Magayon official candidates. (Photo by Mox)

Mutya and Ginoo ni Daragang Magayon official candidates. (Photo by Mox)

Daragang Magayon Festival. (Photo by Mox)

Daragang Magayon Festival. (Photo by Mox)
Daragang Magayon Festival. (Photo by Mox)
Daragang Magayon Festival. (Photo by Wang Regalado)

TINAGBA FESTIVAL
Iriga City

Tinagba Festival of Iriga City. (Photo by Rico de Mesa Manallo)
Tinagba Festival of Iriga City. (Photo by Rico de Mesa Manallo)




KASANGGAYAHAN FESTIVAL
Sorsogon

Kasanggayahan Festival of Sorsogon. (Photo by Bicolano Man)
Kasanggayahan Festival of Sorsogon. (Photo by Rico de Mesa Manallo)


Here are the competing contingents:

CAGSAWA FESTIVAL
Daraga, Albay
Competing Contingent

Cagsawa Festival from Daraga, Albay. (Photo by Rico de Mesa Manallo)
Cagsawa Festival from Daraga, Albay. (Photo by Rico de Mesa Manallo)


HIMAG-ULAW FESTIVAL
Masbate
Competing Contingent

Himag-ulaw Festival from Masbate. (Photo by Rico de Mesa Manallo)
Himag-ulaw Festival from Masbate. (Photo by Rico de Mesa Manallo)


IBALONG FESTIVAL
Legazpi  City
Competing Contingent

Ibalong Festival of Legazpi City. (Photo by Rico de Mesa Manallo)
Ibalong Festival of Legazpi City. (Photo by JM)

TABAK FESTIVAL
Tabaco City
Competing Contingent

Tabak Festival from Tabaco City. (Photo by Rico de Mesa Manallo)
Tabak Festival from Tabaco City. (Photo by Othelo Padre)

PINILI FESTIVAL
Pili, Camarines Sur
Competing Contingent

Pinili Festival from Pili, Camarines Sur. (Photo by Rico de Mesa Manallo)
Pinili Festival from Pili, Camarines Sur. (Photo by Rico de Mesa Manallo)


PINYASAN FESTIVAL
Daet, Camarines Norte
Competing Contingent

Pinyasan Festival from Daet, Camarines Norte. (Photo by Rico de Mesa Manallo)
Pinyasan Festival from Daet, Camarines Norte. (Photo by Rico de Mesa Manallo)


SUGOK SUGOK FESTIVAL
Catanduanes
Competing Contingent

Sugok-sugok Festival from Catanduanes. (Photo by  Peoalbay Albay Province)
Sugok-sugok Festival from Catanduanes. (Photo by Rico de Mesa Manallo)


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     From the competing contingents, here are the winners of the Gayon Bicol Festival of Festivals Showdown [2]:

SPECIAL AWARDS :

FESTIVAL QUEEN: Pinyasan Festival of Daet (Prize: Php 20,000.00). (Photo by Rico de Mesa Manallo)
BEST IN COSTUME: Himag-Ulaw Festival of Masbate (Prize: 50,000.00). (Photo by Othelo Padre)

BEST IN MOVING CHOREOGRAPHY: Pinyasan Festival of Daet. (Photo by Rico de Mesa Manallo)

MAJOR AWARDS:

FIRST PLACE: Himag-Ulaw Festival of Masbate (Php 500,000.00).
(Photo by Rico de Mesa Manallo)
SECOND PLACE: Pinyasan Festival of Daet (Php 300,000.00)
(Photo from Gov. Salceda's Facebook page)

THIRD PLACE: Sugok-sugok Festival of Catanduanes (Php 200,000.00)
(Photo by Rico de Mesa Manallo)

     Here's a short clip showing the highlights of the festival's opening day:


     In his speech at the official opening during the Daragang Magayon Cheers in Albay Astrodome, Governor Joey Salceda said that it is the festival's 14th opening and the 7th under his term -- and if fate will allow, he will open Daragang Magayon Festival for two more years. He proceeded to highlight what the people are to expect for this year's festivities as compared to the previous ones. Governor Salceda emphasized that Daragang Magayon Festival will still be a celebration of the culture and arts of the Albayanos but will go on to showcase word class products, culinary, pageantry, musicals, and a gateway to promote tourism, education, sports, and disaster risk reduction for the province. He also said that the festival also intends to honor Albay heroes and recognize exceptional Albayanos such as 2Lt. Jheorge Llona, PMA Valedictorian for 2014. Thus, he said further, that Daragang Magayon Festival is no ordinary festival whose intent is to just celebrate and rejoice: "Ito ay Festival na naglalayong ilarawan, itanghal, isulong, itaguyod at pagyamanin ang lahat ng maganda at makabuluhan sa ating pagiging Albayano.[3]"

Governor Joey Salceda during the Daragang Magayon Cheers to formally open
Daragang Magayon Festival 2014. Photo from his Facebook page.

     Watch out for more updates on Daragang Magayon Festival 2014 on this blog. Do visit Albay to personally enjoy all the fun and festivities. Come witness the sights, sounds and tastes that are unique to Bicol and to Albay. Hope to see you there!

     Follow Governor Joey Salceda on Facebook for more updates on the Daragang Magayon Festival. Until my next wandering! To God be the glory. ☺

*Photos are all from Governor Salceda's Facebook page.
*Special thanks to the ff. photographers for the images used on this post:
 -Bicolano Man
 -JM
 -Mox
 -Nikolai Ken Mostoles
 -Othelo Padre
 -Peoalbay Albay Province
 -Ronna
 -Shanti Serrano
 -Wang Regalado
*Embedded video courtesy of Warm Albay.

*References:
[1] - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daragang_Magayon
[2] - https://www.facebook.com/rhondon.ricafort/posts/10202866007665692
[3] - https://www.facebook.com/jose.salceda.92/posts/10152403370526756
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