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Locked deep in the inland, the region has long been the backwater of the country. Its distance from the booming coastal provinces makes it a perfect sanctuary for the survival of its rich ethnic and cultural diversities. It is where one can still find flamboyant folk costumes, kaleidoscopic festivities, life styles and traditions that seemingly frozen in time and, above all, the extraordinary hospitalities among the people of