Camalig, Albay Revives Pinangat Festival, Expects 20,000 Visitors

The Pinangat festival in Camalig, Albay is revived after a four-year hiatus, aiming to boost local tourism and economy. The 15-day festival from June 10 to 24, 2024, will feature a pinangat showcase, competition, and bazaar, expecting 20,000 visitors.

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Camalig, Albay Revives Pinangat Festival, Expects 20,000 Visitors

Camalig, Albay Revives Pinangat Festival, Expects 20,000 Visitors

After a four-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the threat of Mayon Volcano's eruption, the local government of Camalig, Albay has decided to revive the Pinangat festival in their town. The 15-day festival will take place from June 10 to 24, 2024, aiming to boost local tourism and economy while promoting Camalig's culture and cuisine, particularly the traditional Bicol dish, pinangat.

Why this matters: The revival of the Pinangat festival has significant implications for the local economy and cultural preservation, as it aims to attract tourists and promote the region's unique heritage. By boosting tourism, the festival can also contribute to the economic development of the region, creating jobs and opportunities for local communities.

The festival is expected to attract 20,000 visitors, who will have the opportunity to witness a kilometer-long pinangat showcase, complete with various ingredients. The event will also feature a Pinangat Amazing Race, a pinangat-making competition for the youth, aimed at preserving the culture and promoting the dish among younger generations. Local shops will participate in a bazaar, showcasing their designs and artworks that highlight Camalig's beauty.

Mayor Carlos Irwin Baldo Jr. expressed his enthusiasm for the festival, stating, "We want the tourists to see that Camalig has so much to offer. Aside from our famous tourist destinations with Mayon Volcano as a perfect view, we have our famous delicacies like the internationally known pinangat and pili nuts." Baldo also emphasized the importance of the Pinangat Amazing Race, saying, "This is aimed at preserving the culture and promoting the dish among younger generations."

The local government has allocated P3.5 million for the Tourism and Cultural Division to use for the festival. This budget will be used to support the various activities and events planned throughout the 15-day celebration, ensuring that visitors have a memorable experience while learning about Camalig's rich cultural heritage.

The revival of the Pinangat festival in Camalig, Albay is a significant step towards promoting local tourism and boosting the town's economy. With an expected 20,000 visitors and a range of exciting activities planned, the festival is set to showcase the best of Camalig's culture, cuisine, and natural beauty. As the town prepares for this much-anticipated event, it is clear that the Pinangat festival will be a celebration to remember.

Key Takeaways

  • Camalig, Albay revives Pinangat festival after 4-year hiatus due to COVID-19 and Mayon Volcano eruption.
  • Festival aims to boost local tourism and economy, promoting Camalig's culture and cuisine.
  • Event expects 20,000 visitors, featuring pinangat showcase, Amazing Race, and local shop bazaar.
  • P3.5 million budget allocated for festival activities and events.
  • Festival runs from June 10 to 24, 2024, showcasing Camalig's rich cultural heritage.