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Legazpi, Albay

The Albay province is a paradise located in the Bicol Region of the Philippines, 460km (287mi) south of Manila. Albay is home to the spectacular Mayon Volcano, the region’s crown jewel and one of the great wonders of the world.

Only one hour away is the natural habitat of the fascinating Whale Sharks in Donsol, an amazing interactive eco-experience for the whole family.

Albay is filled with many natural wonders: waterfalls, caves, natural springs, beaches and marine life. The local cuisines are delectable, and for those who like to shop, there are plenty of the finest abaca handicrafts, cutleries and ceramics. The people are friendly and very hospitable.

In Albay, you will experience a genuinely exotic adventure…

Historical Tourist Destination

Liberty Bell

A bronzed bell installed in 1945by the American liberation forces located in Peñaranda Park along Rizal Street. It is enclosed with a dome-shaped concrete structure with this inscription, “Whenever oppression knocks at your door, feel free to ring this bell.”

Jose Ma. Peñaranda Monument

A monument built as a tribute to the late Jose Ma. Peñaranda who served as a Governor of Albay from 1834-1843 located at Peñaranda Park along Rizal Street.

Headless Monument

Located within the Legazpi City Post Office Compound at Barangay Lapu-Lapu, this monument was constructed as a dedication to the unknown heroes who died and shed their blood during the Japanese mialitary occupation of Legazpi City.

Legazpi Heroes Memorial Pylon

A 16 meter high pylon in the commercial district of Legazpi. It is located at the junction of Rizal Street and Quezon Avenue in Legazpi Port District.

Japanese Tunnel

A 40-meter long L-shaped and seven-feet deep tunnel used by the Japanese forces as an arsenal during the 2nd World War. It is located at Barangay EM’s Barrio South in Albay District.

Gen. Jose Ignacio Paua

This is a small park located in Barangay Bañadero features a monument of the late Gen Paua, concrete benches and a waiting shed. This is also planted with different kinds of shrubs and flowering plants. Its triangular shape is formed by the converging streets of Rizal, Bañadero and E. Jacinto.

Matanag Cross

This can be found in the upper area of Barangay Matanag in honor of 77 farmers who were killed during the fatal eruption of Mayon Volcano in 1993.

Cagsawa Ruins

In February 1, 1814, Mt. Mayon began its most violent and deadly eruption to date. During the eruption, some 1,200 people took refuge in the stone church of Cagsawa. Unfortunately, all perished when lahar and pyroclastic flows engulfed the church. Only the belfry of the Cagsawa church remains as a grim and silent reminder of that fateful day. For almost two hundred years, it has withstood the test of time and the elements to become one of the most recognizable landmarks of Albay Province.

Cathedral of St. Gregory the Great

The Cathedral of St. Gregory the Great, also called the Albay Cathedral, is the Episcopal Seat of the Diocese of Legazpi. The cathedral started as a wooden chapel built by early Spanish missionaries who moved into the town in the 1580s. It was damaged by American bombers and reconstruction went beyond 1951. The church was elevated to become a cathedral when the Episcopal See of the Diocese of Legaspi was established.

Natural Tourist Destination

Mayon Volcano

Once acclaimed as one of the “Seven Wonders of the World” with its nearly perfect cone shape. The southern foot of the volcano is situated within the barangays of Buyuan, Matanag, Bonga and Mabinit. The Volcano stands at an elevation of 8,189 feet from a broad base of about 10kms. in radius and can be viewed within a radius of 10 kms. up to 50 kms. It has a crater measuring a half kilometer in diameter with a notched rim from which can be seen a pool of bubbling hot lava in the center and rich coal deposits on the sides.

Kapuntukan Hill

It is a two-hectare land and is barely half kilometer from the Legazpi Port. It is described as the sleeping lion because of its form and contour. The view can be more appreciated within a radius of about five kms. It is located within barangays Dapdap and Victory Village. Atop the hill, one is afforded a beautiful view of Legazpi at night and the neighboring municipalities of Manito and Rapu-Rapu.

Porta Azul

This resort in Padang is ideal for swimming, scuba diving, boating and speed boat racing. It is complete with modern and luxurious facilities.

Lingñon Hill

A place good for hiking, climbing, zip line, rappelling, and lava watching. It offers a 360 degree-view of the Mayon Volcano and a very good view of the city as well, especially at night. Visitors are encouraged to walk from the foot to the top of the hill.

Albay’s Pili Nut Hills

Albay has its very own version of Bohol’s famous Chocolate Hills? These little-known hills straddle an area stretching from the third district to the second district of Albay. The hills are not as conical and symmetrical as the ones in Bohol, but they are remarkably similar in appearance and are probably of the same limestone composition. Indeed, these hills are a natural attraction and potential tourist destination in Albay just waiting to be discovered and explored.

The Black Sand Beaches of Albay

The black sand is a product of millions of years of natural erosion that pulverized the mighty volcanic rocks into fine-textured sands. Albay’s black sand beaches stretch across the province’s eastern seafront with the best ones found in the towns of Bacacay, Tiwi, Sto. Domingo, and the city of Legazpi.

Man-made Tourist Destination

Legazpi Boulevard

A reclaimed area beside the Legazpi Port at barangay Victory village, overlooking the sea and has a good view of Kapuntukan Hill. The place is very wee lighted and very appropriate for strolling, biking and jogging.

Rizal Park and Monument

A modest place to pass away the time. Its dominating features are the monument of Jose Rizal sculpted by National Artist Napoleon Abueva in 1966, the fountain located at the center of the park, and the colorful geolites.

Locsin Park

Usually occupied for sports activities with perimeter fence, concrete stage, and benches for spectators, and a basketball court. The

Churches and Shrines

Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine

Located atop the Buraguis Hill overlooking the city proper, and features life-size images of the characters of the Way of the Cross stations arranged within the hill slopes. A 20-feet image of the Blessed Virgin Mary stands at the hilltop. The feast day is celebrated every 12th day of December. A mini museum is also located within the compound.

St. Raphael Parish Church

A church located within the Legazpi Port Commercial District. St. Raphael is the Patron Saint of the city; feast day is celebrated every 24th day of October.

Iglesia ni Kristo Church

Constructed in 1965, this serves as the central church of this religious denomination in the Province of Albay. It is located in Barangay Cabagñan.