– Participate Summer Pilipinyahan Festival in Tagaytay on 1 to 7 May 2011 announces the summer Festival of Pilipinyahan in Tagaytay. The festival was developed by the Tagaytay tourism council and local government to celebrate the pineapple as an important and attractive agricultural product particular to the island nation of the Philippines.

Tagaytay, Philippines, April 18, 2011 --( The pineapple did not start out as a symbol of the Philippines. It actually started out in Spain. The Spanish, when they came over to the Philippines in the 19th century, introduced the pineapple into the local agriculture.

Since then, the fruit has taken off. Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, has become the place to grow and sell pineapples. Today, the Philippines is the second largest producer of pineapples in the world, growing 1.618 million tonnes in 2010. They are behind only Thailand, who produced 1.979 million tonnes in 2010.

In the Philippines, the pineapple is used as more than just a food. The leaves of the pineapple produce a fibre called pina that is combined with silk or polyester to create a textile fabric.

The location of the festival, Tagaytay, has its own history and appeal as well. Touted as being as close to paradise as one can find, the scenic city features the Taal Volcano, which many people like to take in while sipping tea early in the morning from the balcony of their Tagaytay hotels.

The area also holds a memorial to American World War II General Douglas MacArthur. The memorial is in the Visayas Region, near Tagaytay. Tagaytay is also located very close to Manila, the busting capital city of the nation and site of the Manila NAIA International Airport.


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