Quick Facts on Legazpi City

  • LAND AREA: 153.70 km2 (59.34 sq mi)
  • POPULATION: 182,201 (As of 2010)
  • MAJOR INDUSTRY: Trading and Commercial Activities

Brief History

Legazpi was originally a fishing settlement called Sawangan that occupied what is now the Legazpi Port, whose inhabitants were mostly fishermen and farmers.

In 1587, Franciscan friars of the Doctrina de Cagsawa began to convert the area's population to Christianity and in 1616, founded a separate parish town a few kilometres inland called Albay. Its first parish priest built a small chapel and established the Misión de San Gregorio Magno de Sawangan. Eventually, Sawangan was absorbed into Albay, which later gave its name to the entire province.

On September 22, 1856, through Royal Decree, the name Legazpi was officially adopted and the settlement was expanded to include the visitas of Lamba, Rawis and Bigaa. The newly expanded and independent town of Legazpi was officially inaugurated on October 23, 1856.

After the eruption of Mayon Volcano on February 1, 1814, Legazpi residents evacuated to Makalaya (now Taysan). At the decree of the Gobierno Superior on October 1, 1829, they were prohibited from establishing another town, leaving them to settle in Taytay (Bagumbayan). In 1818, Sawangan (now called Albay Viejo, 'Old Albay'), was partitioned from Cagsawa and made the capital of Partido de Ibalon (the former name of Albay Province). Some remained in Albay Viejo and established a new settlement around an ermita (hermitage/chapel of ease) dedicated to the Archangel Raphael, whom they adopted as their patron saint after SaintGregory the Great had been transferred to the new site of Albay.

Having attained economic progress, autonomy and prosperity, Legazpi was declared open to world trade by the Cedula real of May 18, 1872.

Legazpi was first declared a city under the Becerra Law of 1892 by Rona Cantuba Mecayer. The new city comprised the municipalities of Legazpi, Albay Nuevo, andDaraga under the Ayuntamiento de Albay. The first set of officials - Alcalde, Teniente de Alcalde, Sindico, Secretario and Regidores (councilor) - took office in 1898.


source: www. wikipedia.com, www.wowlegazpi.com


Tourist Destinations



In the epic IBALONG, it was in the home of Tandayag, a wild boar that destroyed the linza plantation of Baltog, the first hero from Botavara who came to Bicol.

This is a place for hiking, climbing, zip line, rapelling, hanging bridge walking, Japanese tunnelling 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.


source: www.flicker.com, pueblophilippines.com


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A long stretch of road at the seaside interlinking Barangays Rizal, Victory Village, Dap-dap, Puro and Lamba. It is also the area where the planned New Urban District will be placed. It has a very good view of Mayon Volcano as well as the Kapuntukan Hill also known as Sleeping Lion because of its unique shape. The monument of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, to whom the city was named after, is also located along the boulevard. It is a good place to walk and/or jog, relax and take a breath of fresh air.

source: philippinetimesofsouthernnevada.com

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A nine (9) – kilometre and a 45-minute ride going to the Lava Front of Mayon Volcano from the foot of Ligñon Hill crossing small rivers and rocky areas of galley. Upon reaching the lava front, you will get to see the lava that came out the volcano during its several eruptions which already turned into volcanic rocks. This is truly a one kind adventure that one should never miss when visiting Legazpi.

source: www.sulit.com.ph

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Known as the oldest Roman Catholic Churches in the Philippines, the St. Gregory the Great Cathedral features itself as one of the tourist attractions and the most prominent landmarks in the Old Albay District of Legazpi. It is located nearby Peñaranda Park, Legazpi City Hall and provincial Capitol in the province of Albay.

The Cathedral of St. Gregory the Great is also known locally as the Cathedral of San Gregorio Magno and Albay Cathedral. It is the Episcopal Seat of the Diocese of Legazpi and it is one of the massive churches found in the City where one can have a good view of Mt. Mayon on a clear day.

source: www.markmaranga.com, www.markmaranga.com

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TLocated 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 celebrated every 12th day of December. A mini museum is also located within the compound.

source: wowlegazpi.com, photo by: Bing Budiao

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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.

source: www.pinoyadventurista.com

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Constructed in 1965, this serves as the central church of this religious denomination in the Province of Albay. It is located at the barangay Cabangan.

source: wikimapia.org

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A church located at Barangay 37 Tahao Road, Legazpi City. Completely build in 1999 under the hard work of Father Ham.

source: wikimapia.org

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Located at Barangay 57 Dapdap, Legazpi City. They celebrated fiesta from 25th day of May to May 31st day of the same month, in honor of their patron saint Sto. Cristo. They said that the image of Sto. Cristo is believed as many as miraculous as having cured the sick and saved his people from different calamities.

source: divinemercyapalit.blogspot.com

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A small congregation located at Barangay 38 Gogon, Legazpi City. Presently assisted by able group of Redemptorist Lay Missionaries. Their mission is to introduce the devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

source: rishaporras.blogspot.com

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It showcases the heritage and culture of the city. It is currently the only public museum in the Bicol Region.

source: sites.google.com

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Located Camp Simeon Ola headquarters. This is where you can find the statue of Gen. Simeon Ola.

source: vigattintourism.com

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Found in Barangay Padang (Legazpi City). It is said to be the Typhoon Reming Memorial Shrine for those 734 dead, 2,300 injury and 762 missing people when Super typhoon Reming battered the Bicol Region with winds of 190-kilometer  on 30th of November, 2006.

This cross has marker, reads:

To nature’s beauty and wrath;
To those who perished & others who survived;
You are not forgotten, neither will you ever be.
To our individual resilience and communal determination;
To our triumph over tragedy;

Let this mark the change, not the end of strength, hope and peace.

source: mbsctravelandtours.com.ph

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This 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 shrubs and flowering plants. Its triangular shape is formed by the converging streets of Rizal, Bañadero and E. Jacinto. 


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A 16 meter high Pylon in the commercial district of Legazpi. It is located on the Junction of Rizal Street and Quezon Avenue in Legazpi Port District.


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


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An improved park with elevated skating rink, concrete benches and stage surrounded with trees and ornamental plants and neon lights. It is located in front of the City Hall Building and Provincial Capitol of Albay.

source: biklish.com

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

source: harrybalais.com

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A bronse bell installed in 1945 by 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.”

source: www.bicolaventura.com

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This park is located in Barriada, Barangay Gogon features a children’s playground with fountain at the center, concrete benches walks and curbs, around the park and colourful geolites. It is also planted with different kind of trees and flowering plants. The park was designed by the Japanese Architect Shimizum. It is highlighted by an imposing piece of abstract bronze sculpture “mag-ilusyon” (sculptured man and woman placed romantically at the center of the park.)




A two-week celebration in recognition of the socio-historic-cultural heritage of Bicolanos as based on the Ibalong Epic showcasing the bravery and strength in character of three heroes: Baltog, Handyong, and Bantong as they fought against the villains Tandayog, Oryol, Rabot, and other wild monsters that threatened the place and orderliness of their place. Various activities are organized and conducted with an Executive Committee taking the lead.


STO CRISTO FESTIVAL (Barangay Dap-dap, Legazpi City)

A one-week celebration of thanksgiving based on the continuing commitment towards a Christ-centered community amidst and challenges.

source: www.byahilo.com, Enrico Dee

BANGKERO FESTIVAL (Barangay San Roque and Barangay Taysan, Legazpi City)

Feast day in honor of the sainthood and commemoration of the death of Señor San Roque, patron saint of the barangay. It is celebrated every 16th day of August every year. This was formerly called “San Roque Festival” but was re-named “Bangkero” to make the occasion a fitting tribute to the traditional boat-making craft for which the skilled folks of San Roque are known for.

This event is marked and highlighted by a week-long array of events, civic military parade beauty-pageant, street dance presentation, Sibidan race, two-night beer plaza, socio-cultural presentation and capped in the end by the fluvial procession along the coast of Albay Gulf.

source: byaheroph.blogspot.com


BIGA FESTIVAL (Barangay Bigaa, Legazpi City)

This festival is a celebration of the Biga leaf in connection with Ibalong Festival and the feast day of St. Vincent. It is highlighted by a street presentation, beauty pageant, and other activities participated by the different puroks of the barangay.

source: ferdhcabrera.blogspot.com

BANUA FESTIVAL (Barangay Binanuahan, Legazpi City)

A one-week celebration of the feast day of St. Martin de Pores, the patron saint of Barangays East and West Binanuahan from November 2-8 of every year.

This was the first celebrated three (3) years ago in the month of November 2008.

source: byaheroph.blogspot.com

PEÑAFRANCIA FESTIVAL (Barangay Sabang, Legazpi City)

It is the celebration of the feast day of Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia. It was first celebrated in August 1975, and annually celebrated on the first day of September.

It is one-week celebrated highlighted by different events and program such as the search for Ms. Sabang and Ms. Peñafrancia, Maritime Procession, and a Eucharistic celebration with the cooperation of the different nearby barangays.

source: www.scoop.it

HIKOT FESTIVAL (Barangay Victory Village, South, Legazpi City)

Hikot (Fish Net) Festival is an annual activity from May 5-13, 2013. This festivity was conceptualized considering that the Barangay 27 is located along the coastal area of the city. Almost 85% of the residents either as fishermen or fisher folks who rely on fishing to sustain their daily needs.

It is a one-week celebration wherein individual talents are exposed in various activities conducted such as singing, dancing, decorating, and even in taking care of our nature through recycling of solid waste products.

source: www.karenjardeleza.com, www.hikot.com


Product How Much (Range of Prices) Outlet (Where to Buy)
Pilinut Php 20.00 to 100.00 Ibalong Pasalubong Center
Abaca Php 50.00 above Ibalong Pasalubong Center, SEDCen

HOTLINES: Police (+63) (052) 481-2444/821-7947
Fire (+63) (052)481-5013
Mayor's Office (+63) (052) 480-0139/481-0659
Tourism Office (+63) (052)480-2698

Contact Person:
Antonio F. Reyes, Jr.
City Tourism Coordinator
G/F City Hall Bldg., Albay District, Legazpi City
Tel. No. 480-2698
Email address:tonzjrfreyes@yahoo.com / Legazpitourismservices@gmail.com

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Page last updated: October 12, 2017