2
3
4
Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun)
5
6
7
8
9
Persons Dead
Typhoon Mameng Sep 28 1995 10,126 0 71,499,797
Typhoon Rosing Nov 1 1995 440,372 0 539,599,785
Typhoon Pining...
Know the vulnerable
Jan 2014 Disaster Risk Assessment
NAME OF CITY/ No. of No. of No. of
MUNICIPALITY Bgys Bgys Bgys
Affec...
POST TY GLENDA
 Zero Casualty
 Zero Missing
 Cleared roads of debris in 2 days
 NGCP back on 3rd night, but distributi...
GLENDA ACTIONS
1. Posting and monitoring of Storm Tracks JTWC starting Fri
2. Advisory 1 on Sunday noon informing of Glend...
Executive Order 2014-08
14
 DANA (Damage and Needs Assessment) in
Wed
 PAGERR (Plan for Albay Glenda Early Recovery
and Reconstruction) in Thurs DA...
MONETARIST APPROACHES
to EARLY RELIEF
1. Social Security System (SSS)
2. Government Service Insurance System (GSIS)
3. Hom...
Province of ALBAY
 Land Area = 2,566 sq. km.
 Population = 1,233,432
(May 2010)
 Households = 231,750
 3 legislative d...
Programmatic Themes
 ALBAY MABUHAY (ensure boat is safe) – recovery from
disasters with focus on
 DRR - CCA
 ALBAY RISI...
TOURISM SITUATIONER
 Albay is the center of tourism boom in the
Philippines from only 8,765 foreign tourists
in 2006 (36,...
 Upcoming hotels –
 Gaisano Condotel- 300 rooms
 LCC – 150-200 new rooms
 Misibis – 160 addl rooms
 Others: Lamba (Ko...
NEW HOTELS
21
NEW HOTELS
22
Name of Establishment Class
No. of
Rooms
Name of Establishment Class
No. of
Rooms
Name of Establishment Class
No. of
Rooms...
INT’L MEETING ROOM CAPACITY
Name of Establishment Convention Facilities Capacity
The Oriental Legazpi Jazmin VIP Room 200
...
Air Access to Albay
 Initiated international charter flights (from
China) by implementing Albay International
Gateway, th...
Int’l Chartered Flights to Albay
1. July 11 via PR 383 Guangzhou (Canton) ETA 0435H
2. July 18 via PR 383 Guangzhou (Canto...
Bicol International Airport (SLIA)
27
Bicol International Airport (SLIA)
28
• APEC 2014/15
– 1st meeting with 300 official delegates
– 6 other working group meetings
• UN GCF 2015
29
Center for Int’...
Major International Conferences
30
Major International Conferences
31
UNWTO & ASEAN CONFERENCES
32
33
34
MAIN PRODUCT OFFERING
35
ENVIRONMENT
 Forest Cover Change, Albay Province
(2003 vs 2010)
Description Land Area (Hectares)
% against
total land are...
ENVIRONMENT
 Mangrove Reforestation, Albay Province
(2009 vs 2013)
Description Land Area (Hectares)
1950’s 5,100
 50% we...
ATTRACTION
• GREEN LANE
– Fruitbat Sanctuary
– 3 hotsprings (Inang Maharang, Nag-aso, Parong)
– Botong Twin Falls
– Mangro...
• SILK ROAD (BROWN LANE)
– Daraga Handicrafts
– Albay Pili Nut / Locsin (Albay district)
– Domz Paper Products (Sto. Domin...
The GREEN LANE is basically ecotourism, highlighting its
natural resources and nature formations, such as natural
habitats...
• Citadels of Faith
– Church on a Hill (Church of Nuestra
Senora de la Porteria)
– Cagsawa Church Ruins
– Budiao Church Ru...
BUTANDING WHALE SHARK INTERACTION
Albay serves as the port of entry for tourists who are interested to visit and
interact ...
Inside the BGPF are ecotourism sites recognized
and endorsed by the Department of Tourism.
These sites include flora and f...
The almost 2 kilometers stretch of white to
golden sands is in the prestine edges of a
woodland in Pinamintogan Islet on t...
Located in a secluded
nook at the southern base
of Mt. Malinao is Vera Falls:
a paradise of forest and
clear cascading wat...
A four-hour spelunking
adventure site, about 10 feet
above the beach line. Its cave
entrance is shaped like a
yawning mout...
Awarded as the 2nd Best-Managed Reefs in the
Philippines in 2001 by PhilReefs, the San Miguel
Marine Fishery Reserve is an...
The EL CAMINO COLONIAL or Colonial Road takes the
tourist down history lane, where the heritage of our
colonial past are h...
Built in 1773 on a top of a
hill by Franciscan
Missionaries, the church is
a priceless relic for art
enthusiasts because o...
The St. Michael the Archangel
Parish Church in Oas was
founded in 1605 by Franciscan
missionaries. Fray Marcos de
Lisboa w...
Built in 1820, the church is built with massive
solid stone walls unsupported by pillars. Two
dome-shaped belfries give a ...
Probably the most photographed man-made structure in the country is
the bell tower of the Church of Cagsawa. It is surroun...
Just about two kilometers away from the bell tower of Cagsawa Church
are the ruins of the town of Budiao, another place bu...
What used to be the home office of Smith, Bell & Co., one of the country’s leading
trading companies of the 18th century w...
Spanish-type plazas, the Peñaranda Park is
surrounded by administrative and
religious institutions, most notably the
Albay...
Relief sculptures of Baltog, Handyong and Bantong is installed near
Lapu-Lapu Street. It is a tribute to the legendary her...
Situated in downtown
Legazpi, it is a memorial to
the valiant defense of
Albayanos against American
invaders in 1900. Alth...
The SILK ROAD takes the visitors to trade and souvenir
centers where the best native products are displayed and
are sold, ...
The Satellite Market is a one-stop
shop for souvenir items. It offers a
wide selection of pasalubong such
as abaca native ...
Dom’s Handmade Options in Sto. Domingo, Albay is owned by Domingo Banda
Barrios. The place is a workshop of colorful art p...
Longganisa (sausages) of Guinobatan has a distinctive taste, a little sour
and salty. Dipped in vinegar or any condiment o...
Pinangat and Bicol Express are popular Bicolano dishes which both uses
gata or coconut milk, a staple ingredient of the lo...
The red and dark clay soil in Brgy Putsan, Tiwi makes for a perfect
element for stoneware potteries in terra cotta or glaz...
These makers of Tabak (bolo) and cutlery became the pride of
Tabaco City because of the old-fashioned way they craft
produ...
PILI NUT
65
66
Magayon Festival
Get into the beat of Albay’s biggest and grandest
festival! There’s street dancing, show bands, sport
com...
Ibalong Festival
A celebration during August 7-28 in recognition of the socio-historic-cultural
heritage of Bicolanos as b...
Arandurugan Festival
The festival is held every August 7-15 to coincide with the town
fiesta as a form of thanksgiving for...
Pinangat Festival
An annual festival celebrated every month of June 10-24 to coincide with the
town fiesta in honor of its...
Christmas Sunflower Festival
Nito-Talahib Festival
The festival, celebrated every October 14-23, brings honor to the nito-...
Pulang-Angui Festival
Annually celebrated every June 15-30, this festival is in honor of St.
Peter’s and Paul, with line u...
Sarung Banggi Festival
Sto. Domingo is best known to be home of the immortal and beloved
song of Bicol– Sarung Banggi whos...
Cagsawa Festival
The Cagsawa Festival aims to celebrate the indomitable spirit and
resilience of Albayanos, and not the me...
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  1. 1. 2
  2. 2. 3
  3. 3. 4
  4. 4. Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun) 5
  5. 5. 6
  6. 6. 7
  7. 7. 8
  8. 8. 9
  9. 9. Persons Dead Typhoon Mameng Sep 28 1995 10,126 0 71,499,797 Typhoon Rosing Nov 1 1995 440,372 0 539,599,785 Typhoon Pining Nov 12 1997 1800 0 37,663,000 Typhoon Loleng Oct 15 1998 201,834 0 303,950,141 Typhoon Sendang Nov 7 1999 1,122 0 110,000 Mayon Volcano Eruption 1999 68,626 0 284,076,061 Mayon Volcano Eruption 2001 46,914 0 11,937,460 Typhoon Dindo May 13 2004 33,892 0 226,712,081 Typhoon Unding Nov 14 2004 1744 0 42,394,231 Typhoon Yoyong Dec 4 2004 18,372 0 50,590,299 Tropical Storm Caloy May 9 2006 47,065 0 99,346,841 Mayon Volcano Eruption 2006 40,451 0 50,590,299 Typhoon Reming Nov 28 2006 1,060,875 618 3,230,435,702 Typhoon Mina Nov 21 2008 214,734 0 22,800,000 Typhoon Frank Jun 18 2008 138,937 0 21,789,000 Typhoon Dante May 1 2009 49,712 0 238,316,148 Typhoon Pepeng Oct 9 2009 89,926 0 9,000,719 Typhoon Santi Oct 30 2009 671,314 0 6,510,000 Mayon Volcano Eruption July 2009 47,563 0 16,659,000 TS Chedeng May 25 2011 221,094 0 5,710,768 TS Falcon June 22 2011 107,253 0 46,762,630 TY Glenda July 15 2014 711, 490 0 9,117,017,374 Affected Population Calamities Date Damage Cost (Php) Major Disaster Events in Albay Province 1994-2011: Zero Casualty in 17 years except 2006 and 2011 10
  10. 10. Know the vulnerable Jan 2014 Disaster Risk Assessment NAME OF CITY/ No. of No. of No. of MUNICIPALITY Bgys Bgys Bgys Affected Affected Affected 1. TIWI 17 1,987 596 10,281 3,084 8 934 934 4,794 4,794 - - 2. MALINAO 26 2,991 897 14,589 4,377 12 1,874 1,874 5,547 5,547 - - 3. TABACO CITY 40 1,062 319 5,535 1,661 2 122 122 645 645 11 5,134 2,054 28,008 11,203 4. MALILIPOT 17 608 182 3,173 952 6 209 209 942 942 3 1,476 590 7,298 2,919 5. BACACAY 53 1,193 358 6,207 1,862 7 451 451 2,396 2,396 1 2,505 1,002 6,980 2,792 6. STO. DOMINGO 14 464 139 2,425 728 5 446 446 1,563 1,563 5 2,990 1,196 12,834 5,134 7. LEGAZPI CITY 66 16,372 4,912 84,182 25,255 10 305 305 1,611 1,611 8 5,348 2,139 23,814 9,526 8. RAPU-RAPU 33 1,392 418 7,993 2,398 5 522 522 2,643 2,643 - - 9. MANITO 12 958 287 5,802 1,741 13 1,063 1,063 6,376 6,376 - - 10. DARAGA 26 2,393 718 11,584 3,475 6 669 669 3,450 3,450 17 10,431 4,172 47,888 19,155 11. CAMALIG 23 4,604 1,381 24,105 7,232 10 822 822 4,228 4,228 7 3,220 1,288 16,075 6,430 12. GUINOBATAN 18 2,923 877 15,214 4,564 4 14 14 84 84 8 4,545 1,818 18,948 7,579 13. JOVELLAR 13 302 91 1,603 481 3 54 54 282 282 - - 14. LIGAO CITY 29 897 269 4,608 1,382 21 1,928 1,928 10,052 10,052 7 2,080 832 10,820 4,328 15. PIODURAN 10 1,691 507 8,799 2,640 9 134 134 699 699 - - 16. OAS 18 1,946 584 13,663 4,099 11 1,841 1,841 9,530 9,530 - - 17. POLANGUI 25 7,136 2,141 35,999 10,800 12 1,115 1,115 5,777 5,777 - - 18. LIBON 28 7,465 2,240 38,822 11,647 8 819 819 3,345 3,345 - - TOTAL 468 56,384 16,915 294,584 88,375 152 13,322 13,322 63,964 63,964 67 37,729 15,092 172,665 69,066 Sources: MGB V; CDCCs/MDCCs/BDCCs; NSO 2007 Families Affected 30% of the Affected families Population 30% of the population Families Affected Population 100% of the population Families Affected 40% of the Affected families Population FLOODING LANDSLIDE MUDFLOW / LAHAR 100% of the Affected families 40% of the population NOTE: Some of the population threatened by Mayon Volcano eruption are also threatened by other hazards like flood and lahar due to weather hazards. Some Coastal Barangays which are threatened by Storm Surge/Tsunami are also threatened by flooding. Hence, overlapping on total number of population (by barangay) affected by 2 or more types of hazards is possible. 11
  11. 11. POST TY GLENDA  Zero Casualty  Zero Missing  Cleared roads of debris in 2 days  NGCP back on 3rd night, but distribution should take 2 weeks to town centers but 45 days to outer areas  Flights back to normal  Hotels have reopened 12
  12. 12. GLENDA ACTIONS 1. Posting and monitoring of Storm Tracks JTWC starting Fri 2. Advisory 1 on Sunday noon informing of Glenda and usual measures 3. Advisory 2 on Monday morn: shock therapy ... ALL LEVEL CLASS SUSPENSION 4. Advisory 3: PDRRMC full council Monday lunch w advice to C/MDRRMCs and BDRRMCs 5. Advisory 4: Evacuation Order for Floods, Landslide and Lahar 6. Advisory 5: Additional evacuation for storm surge and houses made of light materials 7. Advisory 6: Suspension of gov’t work w advice to private 8. Advisory 7: Reiteration of no crossing of rivers and no sailing to sea 9. Inputting of advisories and SWBs to Smart Infoboard and PINDOT 10. Release of evac assistance 5kg packs and dispatch of trucks 11. Activation of 14 DRUs and 3 HEMs 12. Continuous radio interviews from Sunday afternoon to Tues evening13
  13. 13. Executive Order 2014-08 14
  14. 14.  DANA (Damage and Needs Assessment) in Wed  PAGERR (Plan for Albay Glenda Early Recovery and Reconstruction) in Thurs DANA (Damage and Needs Assessment) in Wed POST TY GLENDA 15
  15. 15. MONETARIST APPROACHES to EARLY RELIEF 1. Social Security System (SSS) 2. Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) 3. Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG) 4. Expedite roll-out of infra projects 16
  16. 16. Province of ALBAY  Land Area = 2,566 sq. km.  Population = 1,233,432 (May 2010)  Households = 231,750  3 legislative districts; 3 cities, 15 municipalities  2nd largest Province in the Bicol Region  4 major islands (CRaBS)  Total coastline of 364 kms with 149 coastal barangays and 128,751 people 17
  17. 17. Programmatic Themes  ALBAY MABUHAY (ensure boat is safe) – recovery from disasters with focus on  DRR - CCA  ALBAY RISING (ensure everyone in the boat) – to regain capacity with focus on  Health  Education  ALBAY BOOM (push boat to the destination) – to expand economic base through  Tourism  Rich Agriculture  SMEs  ALBAY ROCKS (fortify the boat for the bigger sea) – to flex competitiveness for light industrialization  Energy Development  More infra18
  18. 18. TOURISM SITUATIONER  Albay is the center of tourism boom in the Philippines from only 8,765 foreign tourists in 2006 (36,608 in 2007), Albay foreign arrivals are now at 383,000 of which 300,000 were added from 2010-2013. Year Domestic Foreign Tourist Arrivals 2009 187,462 48,395 235,857 2010 183,352 116,011 299,363 2011 212,256 138,373 350,629 2012 353,411 170,421 523,832 2013 535,013 339,445 874,458 19
  19. 19.  Upcoming hotels –  Gaisano Condotel- 300 rooms  LCC – 150-200 new rooms  Misibis – 160 addl rooms  Others: Lamba (Korean), Kagayonan (Korean), Airport (Korean) and Legazpi Baywalk (Sunwest)  2013 room capacity in Albay is 2,825  The Oriental Hotels and Resorts  La Piazza Hotel  Venezia Hotel  Hotel St. Ellis ACCOMODATION 20
  20. 20. NEW HOTELS 21
  21. 21. NEW HOTELS 22
  22. 22. Name of Establishment Class No. of Rooms Name of Establishment Class No. of Rooms Name of Establishment Class No. of Rooms Misibis Bay Hotel & Resort De Luxe 130 Tyche Botique Hotel Hotel 24 Vista Al Mayon PH 15 The Oriental Legazpi De Luxe 115 Tanchuling Hotel E 30 Pensionne Venezia Hotel FC 40 Hotel Villa Angelina E 9 Nueva Villa Home Lodge PH 4 Casablanca Hotel S 27 Jennifer's Kababayan Hotel E 29 & Conference Center Casablanca Suites E 19 Legazpi Tourist Inn* T. Inn 24 Xandra Hotel LH 53 La Roca Veranda Suite E 16 Ellis Ecotel E 132 Bicol Traveler's Inn Inn 15 Hotel St. Ellis FC 40 Sampaguita Tourist Inn T. Inn 142 Legazpi Amigos Hometel 17 La Piazza Hotel & Cnvtn Center S 49 Shell Inn T. Inn 9 Rex Hotel LH 21 Alicia Hotel S 32 Dreams Inn Café T. Inn 32 JR Lodging House LH 8 Ninong's Hotel S 40 Great Pacific Inn* T. Inn 34 Albert's Inn LH 10 Magayon Hotel E 74 JY Tourist Inn & Dormitory T. Inn 12 Casa Avelina Lodging House LH 18 Sub Total 582 Salvador Manor de Legazpi T. Inn 29 Shirman Lodging House LH 33 Double Mother's Mayon 14 Pinehurst Suites Hotel 6 Lita's Lodging House LH 20 Spring Resort Gazelle Hometel T. Inn 14 Mila's Lodge LH 11 Green Heaven Lodge 10 Rawis Pension House PH 14 King's Lodge LH 9 Reynaldo's Travel Lodge LH 20 Vine Inn Café ( Closed) PH 19 Josam Mart Pension LH 14 Twilight Zone Hotel Inn 20 Villa Consuelo PH 12 RELC Dorm Dorm 11 Corner Place Hometel Hometel 35 Carlos Hometel B&B PH 13 Tropical Garden Mayon Apartelle 6 Legazpi Airport Hotel 24 Sub Total 584 Siville Inn 8 Daraga / Sto Domigo 829 King Arthur Motor Lodge Motel 14 Sub Total 952 Legazpi Pension Motel 10 Ibalon Travelers Hostel Hostel 11 Catalina's Lodging House LH 21 Anvil Bed & Breakfast PH 9 Sub Total 338 GRAND TOTAL 2,825 ACCREDITED ROOM CAPACITY 23
  23. 23. INT’L MEETING ROOM CAPACITY Name of Establishment Convention Facilities Capacity The Oriental Legazpi Jazmin VIP Room 200 Grand Ballroom 1 & 2 700 Manila Exec. Board Room 20 Luzon Room 40 Pagsanjan Room 150 Leyte Room 280 Total 1,390 Venezia Hotel 500 Convention Center 500 Cafee San Marco Restaurant 60 Meeting/Conference Rooms 350 Total 910 Hotel St. Ellis Convention Center 300 Entertainment Center (Theater Type) 500 Board Room 10 Meeting Room 30 Restaurant 60 Total 900 La Piazza Hotel & Convention Center Convention Center 1,580 (Classroom Type) 304 (Round Table Type) 700 Misibis Bay Resort Convention Center 350 GRAND TOTAL 6,134 24
  24. 24. Air Access to Albay  Initiated international charter flights (from China) by implementing Albay International Gateway, thru E.O. 29 (pocket open skies)  Night Landings to start by September 2014  Bicol International Airport in Daraga  Terminal being bidded out in Aug 2014  Completion in May 2016  The only intl airport to be completed in PNoy term 25
  25. 25. Int’l Chartered Flights to Albay 1. July 11 via PR 383 Guangzhou (Canton) ETA 0435H 2. July 18 via PR 383 Guangzhou (Canton) ETA 0435H 3. July 23 via PR 383 Guangzhou (Canton) ETA 0435H 4. July 25 via PR 383 Guangzhou (Canton) ETA 0435H 5. July 30 via PR 383 Guangzhou (Canton) ETA 0435H 6. August 01 via PR 383 Guangzhou (Canton) ETA 0435H 7. August 02 via PR 383 Guangzhou (Canton) ETA 0435H 8. August 06 via PR 383 Guangzhou (Canton) ETA 0435H 9. August 08 via PR 383 Guangzhou (Canton) ETA 0435H 10. August 13 via PR 383 Guangzhou (Canton) ETA 0435H 11. August 20 via PR 383 Guangzhou (Canton) ETA 0435H 12. August 22 via PR 383 Guangzhou (Canton) ETA 0435H 26
  26. 26. Bicol International Airport (SLIA) 27
  27. 27. Bicol International Airport (SLIA) 28
  28. 28. • APEC 2014/15 – 1st meeting with 300 official delegates – 6 other working group meetings • UN GCF 2015 29 Center for Int’l Conventions
  29. 29. Major International Conferences 30
  30. 30. Major International Conferences 31
  31. 31. UNWTO & ASEAN CONFERENCES 32
  32. 32. 33
  33. 33. 34
  34. 34. MAIN PRODUCT OFFERING 35
  35. 35. ENVIRONMENT  Forest Cover Change, Albay Province (2003 vs 2010) Description Land Area (Hectares) % against total land area Total land area 256,677.00 100% 2003 forest cover 26,298.71 10.25% 2010 forest cover 44,891.16 17.49% Forest cover change: Land Area (Hectares) % over total Increase in forest cover in 7 years 18,592.45 88% Annual rate of gross forest cover increase 2,656.06 ha/year 5.92 percent /year 36
  36. 36. ENVIRONMENT  Mangrove Reforestation, Albay Province (2009 vs 2013) Description Land Area (Hectares) 1950’s 5,100  50% were converted to Fishponds  Leaving on 700 ha. vegetated 2009 700 2013 2,400 Increase in forest cover in 4 years 1,700  More than 3x mangrove forests Source: Gilbert Gonzales, DENR V 37
  37. 37. ATTRACTION • GREEN LANE – Fruitbat Sanctuary – 3 hotsprings (Inang Maharang, Nag-aso, Parong) – Botong Twin Falls – Mangrove – Mayon skyline – Two caves: Pototan Cave and Hoyop-hoyopan • COLONIAL ROAD (GOLD LANE) – Citadel on the Hill (Nuestra Senora de la Porteria) – Cagsawa ruins – Budiao Ruins – Plaza Colonial (Guinobatan): Colegio de San Buenaventura – Old Houses (Camalig): Nuyda, Anson, Valenciano , Nolasco, Moyo and 6 others – Japanese tunnels – Lignon and Mt. Kitwinan 38
  38. 38. • SILK ROAD (BROWN LANE) – Daraga Handicrafts – Albay Pili Nut / Locsin (Albay district) – Domz Paper Products (Sto. Domingo) – Karagumoy showroom (Bacacay) – Pinukpok (San Roque, Malilipot) – Cutlery (Cobo, Tabaco) – Ceramics pottery (Putsan, Tiwi) • Golf Course being rehabbed: Kagayonan (Legazpi) and St. Expeditus (Polangui) ATTRACTION 39
  39. 39. The GREEN LANE is basically ecotourism, highlighting its natural resources and nature formations, such as natural habitats, waterfalls, caves, beaches, and ecoparks. Mountain climbing, rafting and boat rides, flora and fauna interactions are also included here. 40
  40. 40. • Citadels of Faith – Church on a Hill (Church of Nuestra Senora de la Porteria) – Cagsawa Church Ruins – Budiao Church Ruins – Nuestra Senora de Salvacion • The only Marian tradition allowed by Vatican to bear the name “salvation” which is exclusive to Jesus- making her the most potent Marian name • Annual pilgrimage in August – roughly 280,000 over one month • Maritime fluvial procession ATTRACTION 41
  41. 41. BUTANDING WHALE SHARK INTERACTION Albay serves as the port of entry for tourists who are interested to visit and interact with the world famous Whale Shark called Butanding, the world’s largest fish. Albay's neighboring province to the south, Sorsogon, is host to one of the highest concentration of Whale Sharks in the world. These creatures have been frequenting the waters off Donsol, Sorsogon for generations and in 1998, the Philippine Department of Tourism declared this area an official sanctuary for the Whale Shark, thus protected this fascinating species. 42
  42. 42. Inside the BGPF are ecotourism sites recognized and endorsed by the Department of Tourism. These sites include flora and fauna preservations and natural wonders such as hot springs and waterfalls. EDC ECOTOURISM 43
  43. 43. The almost 2 kilometers stretch of white to golden sands is in the prestine edges of a woodland in Pinamintogan Islet on the northern side of Cagraray Island, which is still part of Bacacay, Albay. It is a thrilling 45 minutes boat ride from the port of Bacacay passing through the sand beaches and fishing villages of Buang, Uson and Pongco and through the Marine and Fish Sanctuary off the Coral Isle. As you pass through these shallow waters, you will marvel at the seawater turning from pale coraline blue on shallow shoals to ultramarine on deep crevices. Here and there you see a the lonely figure of a lone fisherman after his catch or a couple of children frolicking in the waves. PINAMUNTUGAN BEACH 44
  44. 44. Located in a secluded nook at the southern base of Mt. Malinao is Vera Falls: a paradise of forest and clear cascading water, a little over an hour away from Legazpi. It is a natural treasure to behold, and easily accessible ecotourism site with a big reward. An exotic 1,200m (1,000 yards)foot trail through lush vegetation awaits trekkers before arriving at the crystal blue lagoon covered under a forest canopy. The sound of the cascading water and native birds heightens the sense of tropical paradise. VERA FALLS 45
  45. 45. A four-hour spelunking adventure site, about 10 feet above the beach line. Its cave entrance is shaped like a yawning mouth, about 30ft high and 20 ft. wide. Once inside, an underground river that spans around 12 ft high calmly flows into the different chambers and passageways. Stalactites and stalagmites of various shapes, sizes and contours are carved on craggy walls. POTOTAN CAVE 46
  46. 46. Awarded as the 2nd Best-Managed Reefs in the Philippines in 2001 by PhilReefs, the San Miguel Marine Fishery Reserve is an area where fish and the reef are protected from damaging fishing practices, and fish populations are allowed to prosper. This is also a good site for snorkeling. The marine reserve was founded by the Coastal Resource Management Project in San Miguel Island (COREMAP-SMI), which is a multi-disciplinary approach to developoing and managing habitats and resources through the establishment of marine fishery reserves in the context of a community-participated co-managed scheme. The project is a collaboration among local government units, a state university, and other non-government organizations. It was established in 1998. The reserve is also the site of ongoing research to monitor the fish populations and fisheries productivity of San Miguel Island. SAN MIGUEL ISLAND MARINE FISHERY RESERVE 47
  47. 47. The EL CAMINO COLONIAL or Colonial Road takes the tourist down history lane, where the heritage of our colonial past are highlighted, including museums, cultural centers, colonial houses, churches, monuments, tunnels and other man-made structures. 48
  48. 48. Built in 1773 on a top of a hill by Franciscan Missionaries, the church is a priceless relic for art enthusiasts because of its rich baroque architectural designs carefully carved on volcanic rocks, and its façade gives the church its special distinction from the other churches in the country. It contains archeological relics of “Santos” and rare religious seals ingeniously carved throughout the entire face of the church, even up to the belfry. OUR LADY OF THE GATE PARISH CHURCH 49
  49. 49. The St. Michael the Archangel Parish Church in Oas was founded in 1605 by Franciscan missionaries. Fray Marcos de Lisboa was its first pastor. The first Oas church was made of wood and cogon grass. In 1825, a bigger church with a rectory was built out of volcanic rocks and bricks. The construction of the new church was supervised by Fray Francisco de Anunciacion O. Peñaranda. P. Fray Marcos de Lisboa compiled “Vocabulario de la Lengua Bicol”, the first Bicol Dictionary published posthumously in Sampaloc, 1754, from his manuscript. OAS CHURCH 50
  50. 50. Built in 1820, the church is built with massive solid stone walls unsupported by pillars. Two dome-shaped belfries give a graceful symmetry to the church. Since cement was not yet used during the construction of the Sto. Domingo church, massive stone walls were built using a mixture of lime, egg albumin, and “tangguli” (or molasses) that serve as binder and hardener. The church was built through forced labor. Workers shed sweat, tears, blood and even their lives for the construction of the church.The town of Sto. Domingo was originally named Libog from the corrupted Bicol word “libot” which means roundabout. The poblcation was off the main route between the trade center towns of Tabaco and Legazpi City, but had to be included in the route for trading and government purposes, thus a roundabout road had to be constructed. ST. DOMINIC DE GUZMAN 51
  51. 51. Probably the most photographed man-made structure in the country is the bell tower of the Church of Cagsawa. It is surrounded by the fallen walls of the church, the Casa Real and the Ayuntamiento of the old town which was completely devastated by lava and lahar flow coming from the Mayon Volcano when it erupted in February 1, 1814. The Cagsawa Park now stands as a monument to the resiliency of the people who survived and continue to enjoy life at its fullest in the nearby town of Daraga. CAGSAWA RUINS 52
  52. 52. Just about two kilometers away from the bell tower of Cagsawa Church are the ruins of the town of Budiao, another place buried by the lava flow that came from Mayon Volcano that fateful day of February 1, 1814. Only a very small section of the church protrudes above ground and on the edge of a village road. The town of Budiao gained popularity during the Spanish colonization period because it was there that the foreign colonizers set up an arena for bullfights. BUDIAO RUINS 53
  53. 53. What used to be the home office of Smith, Bell & Co., one of the country’s leading trading companies of the 18th century was bought by the family of the poetess Angela Manalang-Gloria and turned into a house of stone with all its idiosyncratic designs. The brilliant poetess herself stamped her eccentricity in the literary world by introducing feminism into her poetry in the 1940s. Today the house stands as a nostalgic monument to a glorious past as well as to a literary genius who was so much ahead of her time. THE POET’S STONE HOUSE OF TOBACO 54
  54. 54. Spanish-type plazas, the Peñaranda Park is surrounded by administrative and religious institutions, most notably the Albay Capitol, the Legazpi City Hall, and the St. Gregory the Great Cathedral. It is also a stone’s throw away from educational institutions such as the Divine World College of Legazpi as well as convention facilities such as the Albay Astrodome. The Peñaranda Park (also called Freedom Park) in the Old Albay District of Legazpi City is a plaza dedicated to the first Governor of Albay, Jose Ma. Peñaranda who served from 1834- 1840. FollowIng the traditional style of PEÑARANDA MONUMENT 55
  55. 55. Relief sculptures of Baltog, Handyong and Bantong is installed near Lapu-Lapu Street. It is a tribute to the legendary heroes who fought and defeated the monsters that plagued the land of Ibalong, the ancient name of Bikol. MYTHICAL HEROES OF IBALONG 56
  56. 56. Situated in downtown Legazpi, it is a memorial to the valiant defense of Albayanos against American invaders in 1900. Although faced with formidable American forces using modern armaments, they chose to face the enemy wielding only spears and bolos and a few firearms salvaged from the newly ended revolt against Spanish colonial forces. BATTLE OF LEGAZPI TRYLON 57
  57. 57. The SILK ROAD takes the visitors to trade and souvenir centers where the best native products are displayed and are sold, including abaka handcrafted products, pottery, woven fabrics, cuttlery, precious and semiprecious stones, and art products. 58
  58. 58. The Satellite Market is a one-stop shop for souvenir items. It offers a wide selection of pasalubong such as abaca native bags, home decors, decorative boxes made of handmade paper, abaca rugs, household items made of indigenous materials, souvenir shirts and key chains, pili nut confections and many others. It is located at Tahao Road Right across the Legazpi City Terminal and the Ibalong Centrum for Recreation. To get there, take the jeepney marked Tahao Road. PASALUBONG (souvenir) SHOPPING at the SATELLITE MARKET 59
  59. 59. Dom’s Handmade Options in Sto. Domingo, Albay is owned by Domingo Banda Barrios. The place is a workshop of colorful art posters, greeting cards, poster frames and decorative boxes in whimsical shapes all made with abaca pulp and other local materials. All their products are for export. But the surpluses are for sale. They have product samples for buyers. You can even have your boxes customized for a minimum order of 100 pieces. To get to Dom’s, you will have to go to the Legazpi City Terminal at Tahao Road and hop in the van going to Sto. Domingo which is about 11 kilometers from there. Get off at the Municipal Hall located right across the St. Dominic De Guzman Church. From there, you can either take a tricycle or walk 100 m to the house at 2A-88 Brgy. San Juan. HOMEMADE PAPER PRODUCTS 60
  60. 60. Longganisa (sausages) of Guinobatan has a distinctive taste, a little sour and salty. Dipped in vinegar or any condiment of choice, it is best served for breakfast but it’s just as good to eat on any mealtime. It also comes very cheap. It can be bought in the Guinobatan market, very accessible by jeepney. LONGGANISA DE GUINOBATAN 61
  61. 61. Pinangat and Bicol Express are popular Bicolano dishes which both uses gata or coconut milk, a staple ingredient of the local cuisine. Pinangat is made of shredded young gabi or taro leaves, shrimps, pork and ginger, wrapped in whole taro leaf and cooked in coconut milk until done. Another version of this is the tinilmok, which filling is sliced lukadon (young coconut meat) and small shrimps. The Bicol express is a fiery dish made of sili (chili) with pork and cooked in gata. The town of Camalig is a known maker and exporter of these native delicacies and it is also where you can find a chain of Pinangat and Bicol express stores along the national road. These delicacies are available in can, bottle or just frozen. PINANGAT & BICOL EXPRESS IN CAMALIG 62
  62. 62. The red and dark clay soil in Brgy Putsan, Tiwi makes for a perfect element for stoneware potteries in terra cotta or glazed finish. From clay cooking pots the potters have added new designs like ceramic chimes, candleholders, decorative jars and others. This is also a good stop for souvenir shopping. Brgy Putsan is about 4 kms from Tiwi poblacion and is accessible by tricycle. PHILIPPINE CERAMICS 63
  63. 63. These makers of Tabak (bolo) and cutlery became the pride of Tabaco City because of the old-fashioned way they craft products of proven quality. Two pandays alternately hammer on the smoldering steel to shape it into sleek final form before it cools off. More than the wisdom of striking the iron while it’s hot, cooperation and hardwork through harmonious partnerships are the time-tested values the people of Tabaco uphold and these ideals are showcased in their unique masterpieces. THE BLACKSMITHS OF COBO 64
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  66. 66. Magayon Festival Get into the beat of Albay’s biggest and grandest festival! There’s street dancing, show bands, sport competitions, and more! It’s a celebration of everything grand in Albay – Mayon Volcano, history, culture, trade, and nature. Join the fun and experience merrymaking the Albayano way.67
  67. 67. Ibalong Festival A celebration during August 7-28 in recognition of the socio-historic-cultural heritage of Bicolanos as based on the Ibalong Epic showcasing the bravery and strength in character of three heroes Baltog, Handyong, and Bantong as they fought against the villains Tandayog, Oryol, Rabot, and other wild monsters that threatened the place and orderliness of their place. Various activities are organized and conducted with an Executive Committee taking the lead. Alinao Festival An annual tribute every July 20-27 to the lost tree of alinao on the mountains of Malinao, is celebrated annually in keeping with people’s observance of the town fiesta in honor of patron saints, Joachim and Anne. The Alinao Festival has become a tourist attraction which has successfully drawn attention from both local and foreign guests. 68
  68. 68. Arandurugan Festival The festival is held every August 7-15 to coincide with the town fiesta as a form of thanksgiving for the bounties from the land. Various activities are lined up to drumbeat the affair. Paroy Festival The festival, celebrated every July 21-25, reflects on the town’s main source of living”paroy” or rice and known as the rice granary of Albay. It features various activities including street parade, sports fest, longest tilapia and corn grill, and many more. 69
  69. 69. Pinangat Festival An annual festival celebrated every month of June 10-24 to coincide with the town fiesta in honor of its Patron Saint, St. John the Baptist. This festival features various sports, cultural, historical, and religious activities, primarily to boost the tourism industry in Camalig. The festival’s name is acquired through the world famous native food delicacy of the municipality which is the pinangat. Quipia Festival An annual festival held in time for its fiesta celebration from August 21-29, the festival features various events highlighted by a street presentation. The term “Quipia” was the former name of the municipality. 70
  70. 70. Christmas Sunflower Festival Nito-Talahib Festival The festival, celebrated every October 14-23, brings honor to the nito- talahib, also known as common grass or kans grass, which plays a vital part in the history of their place and in the lives of the people. The municipality was named Manito by the early settlers because the place is rich in nito, a clinging vine which belongs to the rattan family. 71
  71. 71. Pulang-Angui Festival Annually celebrated every June 15-30, this festival is in honor of St. Peter’s and Paul, with line up various activities like the Search for Mutya ng Pulang Angui (Beauty pageant), singing contest, civic & military parade, Gala night, motorbike challenge, Search for the reyna Elena ng Bayan and other cultural activities which highlight the festivities. Layag Festival A week long activity commemorated every May 20-27, coinciding with the feast of Our Lady of Penafrancia. The festival name was taken from a local word “layag” or sail boat which is a primitive means of transportation of the early people of Rapu-Rapu. It depicts the people’s journey of faith. 72
  72. 72. Sarung Banggi Festival Sto. Domingo is best known to be home of the immortal and beloved song of Bicol– Sarung Banggi whose composer was Potenciano Gregorio, a native son of Sto. Domingo. The festival is celebrated yearly from May 10-20 coinciding with the birth of the late composer on the third week of May. This celebration, which features various educationally and culturally flavored activities aims to “display the rich cultural legacy and exceptional character of Domingueños being lovers of arts and music.” Tabak Festival A celebration showcasing the legend of the city commemorated from June 16-25. This is held in conjunction with the city’s foundation anniversary. 73
  73. 73. Cagsawa Festival The Cagsawa Festival aims to celebrate the indomitable spirit and resilience of Albayanos, and not the memory of the disaster’s horrors. The month-long Cagsawa Festival, celebrated every February, kicks off at the historic and world famous Cagsawa Ruins Park, marked by the remains of a church belfry amid a tumble of bricks that define the layout of an Spanish era settlement. Only the top of the belfry remains above ground after the church and the settlement were buried by the violent Mayon Volcano eruption in 1814. Lubid Festival A celebration every July 8-16 showcasing abaca hemp–locally known as lubid which the Municipality of Malilipot is known to be the region’s producer, its many uses and importance as a major source of livelihood of the local community. Various activities are lined up highlighted by street dance parade where participants are colorfully dressed in abaca costumes. 74
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