Albay is a province located in the Bicol Region in southeastern Luzon of the Philippines

Albay is a province located in the Bicol Region in southeastern Luzon of the Philippines. Its capital is the City of Legazpi, the regional center of the whole Bicol Region, which is located in the southern foothill of Mayon Volcano, the symbol most associated with the province. This perfectly symmetrical active stratovolcano forms a magnificent, scenic backdrop to the city of Legazpi and is visible throughout the municipalities and cities of Albay including the surrounding provinces. The province was added to the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves in March 2016. Did you know that Mayon is an hebrew word means Spring of Water.

Long before the Spaniards arrived, Albay had a thriving civilization. Formerly called Ibat, and then Libog, Albay was once ruled by Gat Ibal, an old chief who also founded the old barangay of Sawangan, now part of the City of Legazpi. Historian William Henry Scott wrote that in the local epic called siday entitled “Bingi of Lawan”, an Albay Datu by the name of Dumaraog went to the Lakanate of Lawan to ask for the hands of Bingi bringing with him 100 ships. Lawan is a prosperous Lakanate in Samar. Datu Hadi Iberein came from the Lakanate of Lawan. He was described by Scott as a “Samar datu by the name of Iberein was rowed out to a Spanish vessel anchored in his harbor in 1543 by oarsmen collared in gold; while wearing on his own person earrings and chains.” Its capital is the City of Legazpi, the regional center of the whole Bicol Region, which is located in the southern foothill of Mayon Volcano, the symbol most associated with the province. How to get there? By Air. Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific have regular flights from Manila and Cebu to Legazpi City. By Bus. Several bus lines connect Metro Manila to Legazpi City including Philtranco, Superlines, DLTB, Cagsawa Tours, Amihan, Isarog Line, St. Jude Transit and Goldline Tours. Fare starts at 800 pesos and travel time is approximately 9 to 12 hours. By Train. Philippine National Railways’ used to service Albay Province with their Bicol Express. The end terminal was in Legazpi City until the service stopped in 2006 after the line incurred damages due to typhoons. In 2011, the PNR Bicol express resumed its Bicol Express service albeit only up to Naga City, Camarines Sur. Currently, PNR service to Bicol is not operational. Where to Stay in Legazpi City? From backpackers hostel , lodges and inns to fancy hotels, various accommodations for different market segments are available in Legazpi City.

Things To See And Do In Albay? 1st activity. Visit Cagsawa Ruins Park, Built in 1587 destroyed in 1646, then reconstructed in 1724 and once again destroyed in 1814 (along with thousands of native people)- this Franciscan church certainly has some stories to tell. On a clear day, Mt. Mayon sits perfectly behind the Cagsawa Ruins separated only by a plain of bright green rice fields. 2nd activity. Visit Mayon Volcano National Park, You’ll see Mt. Mayon everywhere you go in Legazpi and eventually get curious enough to get a little bit closer. Did you know that Mayon is an hebrew word means Spring of Water. You can hike along the base of the volcano, take an ATV tour, or go with a Jeepney tour that will take you up to the closes to the observatory. As Mt. Mayon is an active volcano, you’ll see a puff of smoke coming from its peak and a small cloud of smoke hanging just above it. 3rd activity. Visit Vera Falls, This stunning waterfall is located between two volcanoes on the other side of Mt. Mayon where you’ll have to cross through a couple of small towns to get there. You’ll hire a car or join a tour group to take a 40- minute drive from Legazpi center. When you reach the car park, you’ll embark on a walk down a set of 100 jungle stairs that will lead you to the beautiful Vera Falls. 4th activity. Visit Quitinday Underground River, At first glance, it looks like there’s not much to be seen…but this is only the beginning. For 100 pesos, a tour guide on site will take you rafting through the underground river where you’ll see a complex system of natural caves that have been formed by water erosion. Some caves you can walk through with small waterfalls at your feet. Others you will raft through, like the Calabidongan Cave, otherwise known as “Cave of Bats”. If you’re brave enough, take a cliff dive into a pool of natural aquamarine water.

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