Set by Proclamation No. 731, s. 2014, April 3, 2014 was declared a special non-working holiday in Albay so that the people of the Province of Albay be given full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies. And that they did.
As an integral part and essential cog of the Daragang Magayon Festival 2014 celebrations, Albay Day was given appropriate importance in not only celebrating 440 years since the founding of the province, but also in giving full recognition to Albayanos who has given much pride and joy to the land where their roots have been set.
During the Albay Day program, honors and recognition were given to the two Albayano beauties which bagged titles in the recently concluded Binibining Pilipinas 2014, Yvethe Santiago, Miss Supranational, and Bianca Guidotti, Miss International. Also given recognition were PMA Valedictorian Lt. Jheorge Llona, PNPA Valedictorian Glen Tabo Santelices, and PNPA 7th placer Jayson Rey Florin, all of whom hail from Albay or has deep family roots from the province.
In his speech made during the press conference at the Oriental Hotel, Vice Governor Harold Imperial reiterated the importance of the day saying “It is but fitting that today we honor the achievements of a number of Albayanos who have made the pages in the annals of our history.”
Imperial further declared that Albay Day was for unification and not just a singular celebration by saying “This is not just a celebration of the victory of an individual but it is the appreciation of the value of Albay, we reminisce the founding of the province by bridging our differences in politics, economics, and religion, remembering the ties, culture, and history that bind us all together.”
Aside from the young Albayanos who were honored earlier in the day, the Provincial Government of Albay also staged an awarding ceremony at the Albay Astrodome for ten outstanding Albayanos who have contributed greatly in different sectors that have made the Province of Albay distinctive and at par with the best that the world has to offer.
Awarded with the Rigodon De Honor for Tourism were Ms. Nini Ravanilla, Aguinaldo Carino, and Ricardo Dy, Ramona Raneses for Culture, Antonio Arispe for Broadcast Arts, Felipe Napa Jr. for Decorative Arts, Inocencio Bermundo and Plok Chavenia for Music, and for their contribution in the Literary Arts, Merlinda Bobis and Marne Kilates.