The City of Legazpi is the capital of the Province of Albay and the administrative center of the Bicol Region. Recognized as one of the fastest-growing and most competitive cities in the Philippines, Legazpi is also an economic, educational, transportation and service center of the region. The city is nicknamed the ‘Gateway to the Bicol Region’ because of its accessibility and complete land, air, rail, and sea transportation facilities. Legazpi is renowned worldwide for its beautiful natural scenery dominated by Mount Mayon. Taking advantage of its natural wonders, Legazpi has positioned itself as an adventure destination and fitness city
Legazpi was named after Miguel López de Legazpi, the Spanish conquistador who conquered the Philippine islands in 1565, and whose family name came from Legazpi, a town in Guipuzcoa, Spain.
The place was founded by the ancient settlers of the old barangay of Sawangan in the domain of Gat Ibal, a chief who ruled Albay. Spread in small groups of huts made of nipa and rattan, the small settlement occupied a conscription of low and swampy land known as Banuang-gurang or Binanuahan, which means old town or place in which a town was built.
Legazpi first became a city under the Becerra Law of 1892, which constituted the municipalities of Legazpi, Albay Nuevo and Daraga, into the Ayutamiento de Albay.
Places to Go
Pinamuntugan Island, Bacacay
Albay is famous for its volcanic jet-black sand beaches, but the province also has its share of islands with stretches of golden sands. Pinamuntugan Island in Bacacay, Albay is one of these; a hidden gem that is off the beaten path of most tourists.
Pinamuntugan Island, Bacacay
he Kawa-Kawa Hill is a 236 meter land form in Ligao resembling a ‘kawa’ or cauldron. It is now one of Albay’s tourist and religious destinations with a stunning 360 degree view of Ligao City and neighboring towns, as well as sprawling green fields and nearby Mts. Masaraga and Mt. Mayon and a life-size Stations of the Cross
Visita Iglesia in Legazpi: 7 Churches to Visit
The visita iglesia or ‘church visits’ is a Holy Week tradition practiced by Catholics all over the world. We have rounded up the top seven churches in Legazpi and the neighboring town of Daraga that you can visit for your annual Visita Iglesia
Nag-aso Boiling Lake, Manito
The ‘boiling lake’ of Nag-Aso in the town of Manito is another off-the-beaten-path wonder in Albay. This 3-hectare lake is fed by a hot spring that has a temperature that can reach 100° Celsius, hot enough to boil eggs within 10 minutes.
Quitinday Green Hills Nature Park, Camalig
Did you know that 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.
The Black Sand Beaches of Albay
The province of Albay, because of its volcanic origins, is home to beaches with distinct black sands of the deepest ebony color. 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.
Mayon Volcano is an active volcano, Southeastern Luzon, Philippines, dominating the city of Legazpi. Called the world’s most perfect cone, it has a base 80 miles (130km) in circumference deed rises to 7,943 feet (2.421m) from the shores of Albay Gulf. Popular with climbers and campers, it is the centre of Mayon Volcano National Park (21 square miles [55 square km]). This is one of the Paradise Philippine Treasure.