Quick Facts on Camalig

  • LAND AREA: 13,088 Hectares
  • POPULATION: 63,585 (As of 2010)
  • MAJOR INDUSTRY: Agriculture, Handicraft Making, Candy Making, Pinangat Making, Cement Production, Coco-coir Processing, Food Processing, Dairy Products & Garments Industry

Brief History

Recent archaeological findings within the municipality show that Camalig had been inhabited by people with developed social attributes of cultural and religious, socio-political and economic relationship and organizations as early as the years 200 BC to 900 AD, the period referred to as the early Iron Age in the Philippines. According to Father Cayetano Sanchez, an OFM who made researches on Bicol History at Franciscan archives in Pastrana, Spain, in 1569, a Spanish fleet led by Captain Luis Enriquez de Guzman came to Bicol Region accidentally as they were scouting the neighboring island in search for food supplies badly needed and went as far as Camalig where they came upon a thinning and prosperous agricultural settlement (rancheria) whose inhabitants kept their farm products in little hut with grass roofs and without walls called KINAMALIG, in local language.

After a brief rest in Camalig, de Guzman and his men went back to Panay . So it is easy to deduce then that Camalig got its name from these native huts used for storing harvests or crops. The settlement or rancheria found by Captain de Guzman in 1569 was evangelized first by the Augustinian friars and later by the Franciscans who came to Bicol Region in 1578. Camalig was founded as town in 1579 by the Franciscan missionaries, Father Pablo de Jesus and Father Bartolome Ruiz, who continued the work started by the Augustinian chaplains of the early Spanish expeditions to the region. It is the earliest town to be founded in the Province of Albay.

Tourist Destinations

Hoyop-hoyopan Cave

Hoyop-hoyopan means ‘blow-blow’ in the local dialect from the sound of the wind whistling through the main entrance. Hoyop-Hoyopan is situated 15 km from Legazpi City and can be reached by land. Pottery, human bones, beadwork and artifacts believed to be 4,000 years old have been unearthed from these caves

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Calabidongan Cave

Situated 2 km from Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave this cave features an underground stream and a population of bats (calabidong in bikol).

Quitinday Green Hills Formations

Different hills formations with two caves that can be found on top of a hill.

Mt. Kitwinan

About 60 years ago, a great battle took place in the mountain of Kitwinan of this municipality. The mountain is a very strategic location within its pentacle protruding over its adjoining rolling hills giving one an opportunity to get a vivid sight on all directions of the expansive downhill plains. The Japanese had chosen Mt. Kitwinan to be their observation point with an underground sanctuary by constructing many tunnels thereat during the stint of their rule in the country.

Tingib Falls

Three-layered mini-falls that can be found within the complex of Japanese Tunnels in Sitio Sogong, Barangay Ilawod.

Foods & Delicacies


Native dish made of ‘gabi’ (taro) leaves skillfully boiled to taste in hand crushed delectable ‘gata’ (coconut milk) flavored with ‘tanglad’ (lemon grass).

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Native dish made of small fresh water crabs (‘ulok’ in the local dialect) and coconut meat flavored with kalamansi juice, black pepper and ‘tanglad’ (lemon grass) to enhance the taste, wrapped in ‘gabi’ (taro) leaves and boiled in delectable hand crushed ‘gata’ (coconut milk).

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Puto Lanson

Native steamed rice cakes in different colors cooked in small cups.


The Pinangat Festival

Celebrated every month of June, the Pinangat festival coincides with the Camalig Town Fiesta in honor to the town’s patron saint, St. John the Baptist. The festivity is a colorful potpourri of memorable and thrilling activities for everyone especially to Camaligueños.


Product How Much (Range of Prices) Outlet (Where to Buy)
Coco-coir Products
Abaka & Native Handicrafts Display Center at Factories

HOTLINES: Medical Emergency (484-1290)

Contact Person:
Jed L. Villanueva
Tourism Staff
LGU - Camalig, Albay
Tel. No. 09276213315
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Page last updated: October 12, 2017