Quick Facts on Manito

  • LAND AREA: 107.40 square kilometer
  • POPULATION: 22, 819(As of 2010)
  • MAJOR INDUSTRY: Agriculture

Brief History

Contrary to the people of this small town believe, the first settlers in the area came from Bacon, Cagraray Island or Casiguran which are geographically situated near Manito. In prehistoric time, the Bicolanos from the above mentioned places had shown evidence of civilization. Recently artifacts unearthed from this place both by Filipino and foreign anthropologist show that Bicol is indeed inhabited first by Bicolanos, not traders from foreign lands.

In 1840, a few settlers the Visayas came and settled in the place near the coast of Manito, because of fear from Moro invaders. They officially established the place and named it Manito, because it was abounding in clinging vine called "nito”, which belongs to the rattan family and is used as raw material for making baskets. When nito vines are artistically made into baskets, the finished products are very beautiful because of the natural dark brown color similar to the color of coffee. The prefix "Ma” means plenty,then Manito means "plenty of nito".

Later, natives from the neighboring towns of Albay, Bacon, and Rapu-rapu who fled from the Moro raiders found a safer place near the seashore and near the thick west Of Manito. In the past this town was surrounded by thick forest that gave natural fiction — a haven of safety and comfort — to the Visayan settlers. Although they were brave and courageous, they lacked arms and ammunitions to fight the Moros.

In the early years of settlement, the center of this place that soon became the Poblacion had only a fear scattered houses surrounded to pour in, the forests were awed. The cleared areas were planted with abaca and other crops. Due to the abundance of food and money which the people earned through the sale of their forest and agricultural products, Manito became a progressive settlement. But today it is left behind by neighboring towns. This is probable due to its poor natural location and lack of industry. Forests are mostly denuded due to concession granting permission in the awn of trees in 1980s, while replanting of trees was neglected. Perhaps, if nito vines had been planted together with other forest trees, the income atone for this industry might be one of the major source of the residents these days.


Tourist Destinations

Nag-Aso Boiling Lake

Nag-Aso Boiling Lake measures one hectare bordered by a lush tapestry of green fields and abundant trees which provide a habitat for flora and fauna. Despite the hot temperature caused by the boiling lake, birds amazingly find their home within the area.


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Muladbucad Beach

This place is now becoming popular even to the local residents because of its white sand and crystal clear water.


PUJ/Tricycle - Once a day (PhP100.00) -2 hrs


Parong Hot Spring

It could be found 50m off the shoreline of Brgy. Pawa Health buffs get the benefits from brisk dip into the hot spring. Abeach is only a smile away from the hot spring. From the beach, one could see the majestic view of Mayon Volcano.


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Mud Pool

Mudpool at Inangmaharang, Nagotgot, Manito, Albay has scattered small wells oozing sulfuric smell. The water therein when cooled naturally will have therapeutic effect on skin disorders when robbed properly. It also smoothen the skin. This mud pool is an abundant source of mud pack.

Mangrove Plantation

Mangroves are found along the sheltered coastline where wave activity tends to be minimal. It provides a valuable physical habitat for fishes, crabs and other species.


Nito-Talahib Festival

The festival, celebrated every October 14-23, brings honor to the nito-talahib, also known as common grass or kans grass, which plays a vital part in the history of their place and in the lives of the people. The municipality was named Manito by the eraly settlers because the place is rich in nito, a clinging vine which belongs to the rattan family.


Product How Much (Range of Prices) Outlet (Where to Buy)
Softbroom 35-150 PhP Buyo, Manito
Pilinut Candies 35-120 PhP Cabacongan

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Luz Huab
Tourism Staff
LGU - Manito, Albay

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Page last updated: October 12, 2017