TAYABAS, QUEZON, MAY 17, 2007 (MALAYA) The ten-day Mayohan sa Tayabas festival, which celebrates the bountiful harvest of summer, culminates today (May 15) in Tayabas, Quezon.

The festivity, which centers on the Feast of San Isidro Labrador, (St. Isidore) patron saint of farmers, recaptures the town’s unique heritage and community life.

The highlight of the May-time fest is the "hagisan ng suman" where revelers get free native cakes from every house.

There is also the traditional parade of "baliskog" (welcome arches made up of native materials) and "suman", as well as the colorful Santacruzan with participants garbed in buri-inspired apparel.

Other activities are trade trainings on business opportunities and basic entrepreneurship, livelihood trainings, an acoustic music night, theater and dance contest, budin plating and cake contest, agro-trade fair and other socio-civic events.

Also launched was the 1st Invitational Trail Dirt Bike Racing Competition to explore the town’s scenic outdoors.

Situated 100 kilometers southeast of Manila, Tayabas is host to historic spots being the provincial capital during the Spanish era.

Among these are the century-old Basilica Minore of St. Michael the Archangel, which reputedly has the longest church aisle in the country; the Casa de Comunidad, a museum and cultural center, and stone bridges.

Located near the foot of mystic Mount Banahaw, the town is also home to family-oriented spring resorts and native-themed restaurants.

DOT prepares for Japan mission MALAYA

The Department of Tourism (DOT) is putting together a delegation for a third grand business mission to Japan next month.

DOT Secretary Joseph Ace H. Durano said this year’s mission will be bigger than last year’s 85 delegates.

"The delegates will have pre-arranged meetings with executives and owners of reputable Japanese firms in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka for investments, marketing tie-ups, joint ventures, sales and supply contracts, and other business transactions. A dedicated one-day tourism business exchange between Philippine suppliers and Japanese buyers will be held in Osaka on June 18, Nagoya on June 20, and Tokyo on June 22," Durano said.

"The Philippine delegates may also opt to conduct individual meetings with their clients outside of the PBM proper," Durano added.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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