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Albay

Albay

The land of Mayon Volcano also has many beaches, caves, and hot springs.
By Kristy Texon

Overview

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.

History

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.

Travelers’ Attractions

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.
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Mayon Volcano

Mayon Volcano is known for its symmetrical, almost perfect cone. The volcano can be seen from nearly all the cities and towns in Albay, but it is most often pictured with the Cagsawa ruins in the foreground.

Cagsawa Ruins

The bell tower of the Cagsawa Ruins is all that remains of the town's church after the town was buried by Mayon Volcano's eruption in 1814.
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