Albay is a mountainous province located on the southeastern area of Luzon. Crowned by one of the most stunning volcanoes in the world, Albay is also a top performer in the agricultural industry. Countless volcanic eruptions and quakes may have shaken its lands in the past but it remains one of the most-visited and most progressive provinces in the Bicol Region.
Anyone will be mesmerized by the beautiful Mayon Volcano, the biggest tourist draw of Albay. It towers at 2,462 meters above sea level and possesses a nearly perfect cone shape. It is also the most active volcano in the Philippines; its explosion in 2014 was reported to be the biggest tourist event of Albay that year. But for safety reasons, it is still best to see Mayon Volcano when there is no reported volcanic activity.
A trip to the Mayon Volcano won't be complete without visiting the Cagsawa Ruins, another tourist attraction in Albay. When the volcano erupted in 1814, lahar destroyed and buried everything in its path, including the Cagsawa church (though new evidence suggests that the church may have been destroyed through weathering and neglect). Built in 1724, only the bell tower of the baroque church remains. The ruins are now within the premises of a park built by the government.
Another attraction in Albay is The Ligñon Hill Nature Park, built on the Ligñon Hill. It stands at 156 meters and overlooks the Mayon Volcano and the city of Legazpi. Sightseers can enjoy viewing the cityscape, the volcano, and the Albay Gulf from the park's viewdeck.