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The POPCEN 2015 was undertaken by the Philippine Statistics Authority in August 2015 pursuant to Republic Act No. 10625, also known as the Philippine Statistical Act of 2013 and Executive Order No. 352 Designation of Statistical Activities That Will Generate Critical Data for Decision-Making of the Government and the Private Sector, which stipulates the conduct of a mid-decade census primarily to update the population count in all barangays nationwide.

The successful completion of the census-taking was made possible with the support of the local and national officials, government agencies, local government units, media, private agencies, and non-government organizations.


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Exhilarating View Atop Mt. Mayon

A visit to Albay is not complete without the proverbial moments with the magnificent Mayon Volcano. Hiking up to the crater is a popular activity among outdoor enthusiasts and is usually conducted by registered local guides.

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ATV Tour to Mayon Lava Front

The Ultimate ATV adventure in Albay 3,500 feet above sea level and a Breath taking view of Albay. Ride and Booked your Next adventure here in Legazpi city, Albay Philippines.

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Feast on the Local Cuisine

Sample the fiery Bicol Express from the local eatery and have a takeaway of the famous Pinangat of Camalig, Longganisa of Guinobatan and the Halo-Halo of Tiwi.

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Shop for Native Products and Pasalubong

For the shopaholics, head to the local market for a wide choice of great value native products, pili nut candies and other sweets.



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Albay Tour Circuit

A map of Albay showcasing the different tourism routes represented by the color coded lanes . These tour lanes manifest the diversity of tourism being offered by the province.

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Visit Ligñon Hill
Natural Park

The new Ligñon Hill Natural Park promises to be the city’s best destination offering sights and activities for all types of visitors. For sightseers, a panoramic 360 degree view of Legazpi City, Daraga, Albay Gulf and the Mayon Volcano awaits at the viewdeck.

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Skim at Albay's Black Sand Beaches

The sport of skimboarding entails running as fast as you are willing to fall, throwing your skimboard onto a thin film of water (around an inch deep of water is best), and then hopping onto your board and sliding down the slope of the beach.

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Must Try Adventures at Embarcadero de Legaspi

For adrenaline junkies, Embarcadero also hosts the city's second zip line. Try to climb the lighthouse and zip line 350 m. down, traversing the waters of Albay Gulf, to the other end of the breakwater, getting a magnificent view of majestic Mayon Volcano along the way.

Brief History

Albay and its surrounding areas were known as Ibalon when Juan de Salcedo and 120 soldiers xplored it in 1573. Sawangan, a small settlement by a mangrove swamp, became a town called Albay bay (which means “by the bay”) in 1616. The town was first renamed Albay, then Legazpi, as Albay went on to refer to the province.

In 1846, the islands of Masbate, Ticao, and Burias were separated from Albay to form the comandancia of Masbate. Albay was then divided into four districts: Iraya, Cordillera or Tobacco, Sorsogon, and Catanduanes. 1n 1894, Sorsogon became a separate province and Catanduanes in 1945. The province of Albay itself was created on March 10, 1917.

In 1649, the natives rebelled against their recruitment to Cavite to build galleons. In 1814, Mayon Volcano erupted, killing 1,200 people and burying the town of Cagsawa. During the early 19th century, abaca hemp for shipping rope became source of wealth.

In 1942, the Japanese Imperial Forces invaded and entered Albay.

In 1945, Filipino and American troops with Bicolano guerillas fought against the Japanese and liberated Albay during World War II.


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Located between the provinces of Camarines Sur on the north and Sorsogon on the south. It is bounded on the east by the Pacific Ocean, on the northeast by the Lagonoy gulf, and on the west and southwest by the Burias Pass. The islands in the north under the jurisdiction of the province are Rapu-Rapu, Batan, Cagraray and San Miguel.


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