Quick Facts on Tiwi

  • LAND AREA: 11,628 Hectares (116.28 Sq. Kms.)
  • POPULATION: 50,163 (As of 2010)
  • MAJOR INDUSTRY: Agriculture, Pot Making, Food Processing, Dairy Products & Garments Industry

Brief History

Originally named Tigbi by the Spanish religious community in 1658, this gem of a town was once a barrio of Malinao Albay, before it became formally organized as a town in 1696.

The name, Tigbi, was derived from the name of a plant, a gabi look-alike, which grew abundantly in the area. However, this name was later on changed to Tivi, and then finally, to its present name, Tiwi. The Historical Commission of the National Library described Tiwi, in its early stages a town with a gobernadorcillo and a secular parish priest under the Diocese of Nueva Caceres.

It had some 1,105 houses in its barrios, a parish house and church, a primary school funded by the community and a cemetery outside the town proper. The products were rice, corn, sugarcane, indigo, fruits, and vegetables. Its industries were agriculture and weaving abaca clothes. Legend however has it, that long before the establishment of this municipality by the Spaniards, the present Poblacion, including the barangays of Libjo, Cararayan and Naga, and the hills Bolo and Putsan were part of the Pacific Ocean, as an island.

The filling up of this part of the sea with alluvial deposits came about during the volcanic eruption of Mt. Malinao, now long since extinct. Geothermal drilling in the barangay of Cale, which extracted sand at sea, level has established proof that the legend could be true. The municipality, since Lorenzo Mancilla, the first gobernmadorcillo, to the present Mayor LEO P. TEMPLADO had 120 town executives.

Tourist Destinations


It is a pretty site, readily accessible from the highway along a developed pathway to the ocean. It would provide an enjoyable sidetrip or picnic site for most travelers. It can also be visited by watercraft perhaps as part of a larger, waterbased tour itinerary.

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It is located in the middle of a marine reserve area that increases its attraction from a eco-tourism perspective.

Mode of Transportation (from Legazpi City)
Schedule of trips and transportation cost
Daily (6:00am-3:00pm)

Travel Time
1 hour


This represents a major investment in “green” energy production on a global scale which may be of interest to tourists. In addition, it has a spectacular viewing platform that is accessible via vehicle.

However, because of valid safety and security concerns on the part of the operators CGPHI, access is limited for specific tour groups. With prior permission though the company and the Tiwi Visitor Information Center (VIC) however, this could be a very interesting attraction.

Mode of Transportation (from Legazpi City)
Schedule of trips and transportation cost
Daily (6:00am-3:00pm)

Travel Time
1 hour


An upland attraction for Tiwi. However, like some other upland sites, it involves a somewhat difficult hike through jungle and over a large rock field in hot temperatures and high humidity. A good place to take a dip after a not so long hike from the area.


These include Our Lady of Salvation Shrine and Grotto and the St. Lawrence Church. All of these sites are well established tourism draws for Tiwi, especially during August and, as such, they are all readily accessible to pilgrim-tourist and are well known without need for extensive promotion. They are peaceful and serene and may allow non-pilgrim tourists a few minutes of quiet contemplation as they visit Tiwi.


One of the interesting Roman Catholic churches to visit in Tiwi, Albay is the church of St. Lawrence the Martyr Parish located at Sitio Basag, Barangay Tigbi. It was formerly known as the century-old Tigbi Parish Church.

St. Lawrence the Martyr Parish Church, also called as San Lorenzo Church, faces the municipal hall of Tiwi, Albay. As what its name suggested, the church was established in honour of the patron of the poor and one of the most widely valued saints of the Catholic Church, the Spanish martyr St. Lawrence.

The feast day of St. Lawrence the Martyr is celebrated every 10th of August wherein rites in honour of the patron are held by the locals of Tigbi, as well as by the town of Tiwi. The same patron is also honoured on the same feast day by the people in Balangiga, Samar and Bangui, Ilocos Norte.

St. Lawrence the Martyr Parish Church is just 30 - 45 minutes away from Tabaco City. Mass schedule for weekdays is at 5 a.m. and 5 p.m., while for Sundays, mass in the morning begins at 5 and mass in the afternoon starts at 3.

Mode of Transportation (from Legazpi City)
Schedule of trips and transportation cost
Daily (6:00am-3:00pm)

Travel Time
1 hour


It is readily accessible from the main highway and a has a large structure is in good condition that could readily be used as a multi-purpose facility by the municipality or be rented as a source of revenue for the park to the private sector and public for meetings, conferences, wedding receptions, family reunions etc.


Another upland wilderness trekking site which may attract young eco/adventurer tourists. The route is beautiful but it represents a very challenging hike for the fittest tourist. The distance from the trailhead is substantial (10-12 hrs return) and often an overnight camp is required. Given the long strenuous jungle hike along with potential natural hazards a local guide should be mandatory, along with a full and accurate briefing for the tourist beforehand.


Located in Barangay Lourdes in Tiw.

Foods & Delicacies


Halo-halo is a popular Filipino dessert with mixtures of shaved ice and evaporated milk to which are added various boiled sweet beans, gelo and fruits, and served in a tall glass or bowl.

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Nelia Elacat, one of the members of the Tiwi Food Processors’ Association, said her hometown and its people have come a long way from what started out as a small part-time business established four years ago for the women who needed an additional source of income.

“Back then, we had no training and no machines either. The fishermen would plant and harvest the seaweeds, while the women took over the making the noodles. We did the everything using our hands or mano-mano,” said Nelia.

It eventually caught the eye of the local government, paving the for all the the necessary training on food handling as well as the processors needed for mass production.

“We have evolved to a community enterprise which, in turn, allowed us to provide more jobs not just for the people here but in neighboring towns as well,’ Elacat said.

The association began initially with 35 members and now has about 100 members and counting.

From just seaweed noodles, the town also makes other organic products like malunggay tea and has likewise expanded the noodle’s flavors to include malunggay and pumpkin.



Known not only because of the Geothermal Power, Tiwi is famous originally because of the “Coron” or pottery products that are shaped in different forms and sizes either in round or hexagonal shapes.

     This traditional industry can be traced back in the early part of the seventeenth century when the sticky clay dug at the hilly place near the sea named bolo was discovered to have a useful way when the early settlers formed them in different shapes which they used for cooking, eating or drinking.

     Not ceasing to this discovery, it soon became a big and productive livelihood for the people in the years to come, spreading them commercially to other towns and regions.

     Capitalizing on these clay products from whence the town of Tiwi became known for.

     A showcase of events highlighted by a street presentation participated in by the town’s different public and private schools and sectors gives a week-long of fun and merriment to visitors and local people.

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The religious package of devotion and prayer in honor of Albay’s patroness, Nuestra Señora de Salvacion (Our Lady of Salvation) is the peak event of the festival, colorfully drawing thousands of devotees and religious groups through a long maritime procession of different local sea vessels on the sea spray of the serene pacific ocean going to the quiet barangay of Joroan, the home of the miraculous image.


Product How Much (Range of Prices) Outlet (Where to Buy)
Ceramics & Pottery Products 50.00 above PhilCeramics & beside Churches
Abaka Products 50.00 above Uswag Outlet, Lourdes, Tiwi, Albay
Seaweed Pansit 100.00 / kg TFPASI, Tiwi Gymnasium, Tiwi, Albay

HOTLINES: Kasurog Cops (435-4857)
Medical Emergency (437-7100)
Fire (481-9110)

Contact Person:
Ma. Caroline C. Carullo
Tourism Officer Designee
LGU - Tiwi, Albay
Tel. No. (052) 435-0432
Fax No. (052) 488-5051
Email address: kayephew@yahoo.com

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Page last updated: October 12, 2017