Quick Facts on Polangui

  • LAND AREA: 145.30 km2 (56.10 sq mi)
  • POPULATION: 82,307 (As of 2010)
  • MAJOR INDUSTRY: Agriculture, Banking & Shopping Centers

Brief History

Polangui is a first class municipality in the province of Albay, Philippines. It is now a thriving, progressive first-class growth center, considered as the most promising and potential economic destination of the flourishing trade and commercial activities of the Third District of Albay. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 82,307 people, a labor force of 37,247 and 46,586 voting population.

The origin of the name Polangui has many versions. The foremost and seems more accepted version is, “that of a giant robust tree which existed majestically in the early municipal settlement”. The natives of the settlement called the “Oyangue”, which also served as the early landmark of the area whereby new settlers looked upon in their wandering. Similarly, the early Spanish frontier settlers found this tree and it became their famous settlement landmark. The settlement was then called “Binanuaan” but often referred to as “Oyangue” by nearby settlers. As more settlers came to dwell and engage in various trade endeavors with the indigenous dwellers, the more was the settlement known in distant areas by the name “Oyangue” referring to the tree landmark which was more widely accepted than “Binanuaan”. The passing of generations corrupted the word “Oyangue” into several acronyms. Most acceptable and widely used before was “Polangue” and later “Polangui” which has remained today.

Another legend is about the story of a maiden named "Pulang Angui" which means "Red Maria" (Angui is the nickname for Maria) who loved red colors for dress and whose beautiful body, face and red lips became the object of affection by the males to the point of adoration. She was modest in her ways, talented for possessing various skills, with happy disposition, showing love of arts and religion. She would lead the tribe in festivities. When the Spaniards came, the soldiers who first set foot in Polangui asked for the name of the place. The native thought the foreigners was asking for the name of "Pulang Angui" and said so. The Spaniards recorded the name of the place as Pulangui, a concoction of the name which was later on, as years went by, was converted to Polangui. Geography[edit]

Tourist Destinations

Lake Danao Natural Park

Lake Danao Natural Park in Barangay Danao is a small, scenic crater lake, located 15 kilometers from the town proper. It is nestled between Mt. Malinao and Mt. Masaraga. The rare tabios or sinarapan (Mystichtys luzonensis), the world’s smallest fish, is also cultured here. The lake is a 30-minute hike through carabao trails and abaca plantations. Better bring a guide.

Danao Lake offers an exhilirating environment, it is surrounded by lush and verdant vegetation and is haven for anlers asbig eels and other fresh water fish abound. Located at barangay Danao, Polangui, Albay with a land elevation of about 500 meters above sea level and with a distance of about 20 km. from the town.

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Highlanders Watering Hole Resort

This unique "Back-to-Nature" vacation spot is located in Brgy. Maynaga, Polangui, Albay, Philippines. It is ten (10) kilometers away from the business District of the town of Polangui.

The Resort extends to over six (6) hectares of rolling terrain surrounded by sheltering coconuts and variety of fruit bearing trees. It has a wide collection of flora and fauna where nature lovers will find solace, coupled with cool clean air enveloping the place thus adding to the resorts peace and tranquility.

Highlanders Watering Hole Resort will soothe you. Harmonizing you with the relaxing ambiance, all Cottages are fully air-conditioned, equipped with modern furnishing, comfy beds and together with our other amenities, it will give you an unrivaled comfort. Definitely, it will make you stay a very memorable one...

The Resort is also a perfect jump-off point for trekker and mountaineers in search of adventure in the enchanted Lake Buhi and Lake Danao. Its spacious landscape is a perfect location for a beautiful and memorable "garden wedding".

Whether you're planning a family vacation, family vacation, celebrating an anniversary, reunion, honeymoon or you just want to get away from it all, let the mountain seclusion and its natural surroundings relax and rejuvenate you and your love ones...

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La Oping Resort (Laka Fuerte Resort)

Located in Gabon, Polangui, Albay, a resort located just a minute drive from the town center which offers recreation amenities. Two swimming pools with open cottages, private lodging accommodations, function hall/videoke bar and Tennis Court on the side.

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Danny's Resort

Located at Balinad, Polangui, Albay, a "swimming" recreation center with a natural spring-swimming pool surrounded by open cottages, with a "mini store" which offers cold drinks and foodstuff to its customers.

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St. Expeditus Eco-Park

Located at Agos, Polangui, Albay, it is part of the Zepeda Leisure Estates, located at Barangay Agos. It's the best place in town to have a close encounter with nature, with its primary activities such as nature trailing, birdwatching, horseback riding and camping, among others.


Pulang Angui Festival (June)

The Polangui Town Fiesta, started as "Oyangui Festival" in 2003 and later became "Pulang Angui Festival", is an annual celebration of Polangueños during the whole month of June. During this time, a flood of tourists visit the town as Polangueños optimistically await and generously prepare for the month-long celebration as the festivities feature various religious, cultural, social and sports activities that captures the delight, excitement and imagination of the people and visitors during the occasion.

But as the dates June 28 and 29 comes, Polangueños temporarily change the happy to a more serious mood to commemorate the solemnity of the parish patrons, Sts. Peter and Paul through a concelebrated mass. Some elders often prefer to gather at the chapels to lead Novena Masses.

Traditional Holy Week Church Rites

It is one of the most awaited religious celebrations in Polangui because of its deep religious fervor. The procession of pasos (Holy images) during Viernes Santo (Good Friday) has attracted devotees and local tourist alike because of the colorful and grandiose life-sized rebultos (statues) depicting the Passion of Christ and His resurrection installed on top of ornately decorated and lighter carrozas or cars. Many of the images and sculpture are of great antiquity and of magnificent artistry. Some of them are even centuries-old, like the image of St. Peter which dates back to 1857 as an heirloom piece. Undoubtedly, this is one of Polangui's most sought after and attended tradition whether to continue a family tradition or as an intense personal devotion.


Product How Much (Range of Prices) Outlet (Where to Buy)
Kalamay (Muscovado) 30.00 - 50.00 Pamilihang Bayan ng Polangui
Pili Nut Candies 30.00 - 100.00 / pack | 130.00 - 200.00 / canister Pamilihang Bayan ng Polangui

Kasurog Cops (436-6014)
Medical Emergency (486-2431)
Fire (436-6122)

Contact Person:
Imma L. Santayana
CAO / Tourism Officer
LGU - Polangui, Albay
Email address: immsantayanab@yahoo.com.ph

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Page last updated: October 12, 2017