Albay’s most recognizable land formation is the Mayon Volcano, which is known for its perfect cone shape. Aside from a wonderful view of its majestic volcano, Albay also offers other attractions for nature lovers. Travelers can visit Albay’s beaches, waterfalls, and springs.
Albay’s rich history traces back to the pre-colonial times:
- Before the Spaniards came, Albay was called Ibalon. Following the Spanish colonization, the area was named “Albaybay,” which meant “by the bay.” The name was later shortened to Albay.
- In the 16th century, the Augustinian missionary Father Alonzo Jimenez began converting the natives to Catholicism.
- The region had its share of revolutionary activities and reorganizations due to the changes under the different regimes. Legazpi was captured during the Filipino-American war. Japanese Imperial Forces took over Legazpi in 1941.
- The land has literally lived in the shadow of the perfect-coned Mayon Volcano, affected with every eruption. In 1814, a massive eruption buried the town of Cagsawa.
Albay’s varied offerings make it a great spot for travelers with different interests:
- Natural attractions—the most popular of which is the Mayon Volcano—are worth a visit. Caves, springs, and falls also make for great vacation spots.
- Unspoiled beaches and islands also make Albay a great destination for those who love the waves.
- Historical structures like ancient churches and ruins abound in Albay. The Cagsawa Ruins are a popular destination in Albay because of the Mayon Volcano in the background. Museums allow history buffs to learn about Albay’s past.
Getting there and away:
- Several bus lines serve the region, among them are Philtranco, Cagsawa Tours, Isarog, and RSL Transit. Buses heading to Albay are stationed in Cubao. Travel time is approximately 9 hours.
- Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific Air fly every day to Legazpi. Zest Air flies thrice a week. Flying from Manila to Legazpi takes an hour.
- The Philippine National Railways trains pass by the station in Legazpi.