Across the Philippines, agricultural towns and villages celebrate fiestas in the months of May and June. Crucial to these celebrations are the successful harvests of rice and other crops in the month of April.
In 1956, to draw the attention of Filipinos to more effective methods of rice production, President Ramon Magsaysay declared the last week of April of every year as Rice Festival Week. And in 2004, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed a proclamation declaring the entire month of April as the Panagyaman Rice Festival.
The Department of Agriculture estimates that about 66% of the total land area of Bohol is agricultural. With over half its land dedicated to agriculture, the province is considered the Food Granary of Central Visayas. Rice production covers over 70,000 hectares of land.