LIGAO CITY

Quick Facts on Ligao City

  • LAND AREA: 117.14 km2 (45.23 sq mi)
  • POPULATION: 104,914 (As of 2010)
  • NO. OF BARANGAYS: 55
  • MAJOR INDUSTRY: Agriculture, agri-based industries, trading and commercial activities

Brief History

The name Ligao is derived from the local word "ticao", once an abundant tree whose poisonous leaves were used to catch fish in rivers or creeks. Most Ligaoeños, however, believe that the name Ligao was originally "licau" which means to take the long way around or to turn away from the ordinary or usual route.

Ligao started as a small settlement known as 'Cavasi' in the 16th century. It grew in population as it attracted natives from nearby settlements. Eventually, power struggles among ambitious and aggressive leaders caused trouble as they created divisions among the settlement. There arose five divisions led bymaginoos (chieftains): Pagkilatan, Maaban, Sampoñgan, Makabongay and Hokoman. Peace was only restored when Chieftain Pagkilatan was appointed supreme leader over the entire settlement with the approval of the other chieftains.

The town was founded as a barrio of Polangui in 1606, being ceded to Oas in 1665, and finally becoming an independent municipality in 1666. It gained city status on March 24, 2001, after a plebiscite with an overwhelming Yes vote of 17,754 as against 1,387 No votes.

SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ligao

Tourist Destinations

Ligao City, being situated at the foot of the majestic Mayon Volcano, holds a great potential for tourism and investment. Aside from a good panoramic view of Mayon Volcano, the City is naturally gifted with caves, hills, lakes and coastal areas. One of the getting –famous tourist destinations in Ligao City is the Kawa-Kawa Natural Park in Tuburan Ligao City.


KAWA-KAWA NATURAL PARK
California Village
Tuburan, Ligao City

Kawa-kawa Hill and Natural Park has now become an ecotourism destination on top of the list of nature lovers and trekking enthusiasts across the region. Dubbed, as “hill, without a hilltop,” Kawa-kawa became famous because of its hollowed top that resembles a giant cauldron, which is actually the English term for kawa.

Sweat and a little leg or back pain will be all worth it when one reaches the top. The breathtaking view of Mayon Volcano plus a top view of the City and its nearby towns are like sweet rewards for a thirty-minute tiring trek.  Aside from the view, additional amenities were recently installed for the visitors to enjoy. There are benches perfect for picnics and small family gatherings. And for a complete ecotourism experience, one can visit the newly installed butterfly haven, bird houses, and animal sanctuaries.

 

Kawa-kawa Hill and Natural Park is also a reflection of the residents’ religiousity. Visitors, old and young alike, endure the trek, for they consider it as a religious rite. On the way to the top, there are life-sized sculptures that represent the Way of the Cross culminating at the top where Jesus is crucified.  Religious activities during Lenten Season, Christmas, Three Kings and others are also being held in Kawa-kawa Hill, which has become an annual tradition for the residents of Ligao.

During summertime, the Park also serves as venue for summer camps and scouting activities, wherein obstacle courses are built right at the middle of the hallowed top.

Mode of Transportation (from Legazpi City)
Bus / Van / Jeepney

Schedule of trips and transportation cost
Daily (5:00am-9:00pm)
Bus Php 40.00
Jeepney Php 40.00

Travel Time
45 minutes (Bus)
1 hour (Jeepney)

Photo Credit: Neil de la Torre

SOURCE: http://ligaocity.org/tourism.html


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MALISON LAKE

Located at Bonga, Ligao City, Malison Lake offers a different experience for the tourists, especially those who’s up for fishing or swimming. Awarded as the 2nd Cleanest Inland Bodies (Category B- Lake) of water by the Gawad Pangulo sa Kapaligiran (DILG) Regional Office No. V, Legazpi City last December 7, 2001, Malison Lake is considered one of the cleanest bodies of water in Ligao City.

Malison Lake is noted for its ambience and peaceful feel that is perfect for special gatherings like birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and others. Boat rowing, fishing, and swimming are some of the activities that tourists can enjoy.

Mode of Transportation (from Legazpi City)
Bus / Van / Jeepney

Schedule of trips and transportation cost
Daily (5:00am-9:00pm)
Bus Php 40.00
Jeepney Php 40.00

Travel Time
45 minutes (Bus)
1 hour (Jeepney)

Tricycle( From Centro to Malison) Php 8.00


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SPRING RESORTS

If you’re up for a plunge especially during the summer season, check out these various resorts in Ligao City.

One of which is Twin Peaks Resort located at Batang, Ligao City, the resort offers two outdoor swimming pools, a function hall for holding gatherings, and a fish pond for guests viewing.

Also located at Batang, Ligao City is the Coco Farm Spring Resort, which became popular for its ten-foot deep outdoor swimming pool. The resort also offers a function hall that can accommodate about 300 guests and rooms for rent for those who want to stay for the night. 

Another spring resort in Ligao City is the Ligao Hidden Spring Resort in Barangay Herrera. The resort is famous for its continuous flowing spring water and the place’s cool breezy temperature. Rendezvous Resort is also located in Barangay Herrera.



Mode of Transportation (from Legazpi City)
Bus / Van
Schedule of trips and transportation cost
Daily (6:00am-3:00pm)
Bus Php 35.00
Van Php 50.00
Travel Time
45 minutes (Van)
1 hour (Bus)


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MANGROVE PLANTATION

Mangrove plantation of about 42.5 hectare along the coastal shoreline of barangay's Maonon, Cabarian, Catburawan, Ligao City and a fish sanctuary. This is a adopted by the of Ligao in order to conserve and protect the coastal marine resources.


 

One of the most memorable experiences you would want perhaps is to breathe sea’s fresh and soothing air and see for yourself the coastal wonders. Well, Ligao City has also what it takes to be on list for your getaways.

Aside from the breathtaking view of the horizon, you will also get to know how Ligao City has beefed up its campaign to environmental conservation specifically marine biodiversity’s protection and preservation. A Fish Sanctuary and Marine Reserve were built at Sitio Tambac, Maonon Ligao City so as to give further protection to city’s marine living treasures.
Moreover, one of the tourist spots you would want to bear witness is the magnificent rock formation called Batong Languyon. Local and foreign visitors have been considering it as one of the great things nature has to offer.

 

Mode of Transportation (from Legazpi City)
Bus / Van
Schedule of trips and transportation cost
Daily (6:00am-3:00pm)
Bus Php 35.00
Van Php 50.00
Travel Time
45 minutes (Van)
1 hour (Bus)

Jeepney (From Centro to 3 coastal barangays) Php 70.00 5am to 2pm


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ST. STEPHEN'S PROTOMARTYR CHURCH

The Parish church of St. Stephen Protomartyr in Ligao is a prominent landmark in the city frequented by pilgrims and tourists. The city of Ligao traces its history from the 16th century when a small settlement known as Cavasi existed without a ruler or leader. Every resident was peaceful in his endeavor. This trait enabled the settlement to grow and even attracted other natives from nearby settlements. Along with increasing population, ambitious and aggressive leaders emerged causing friction and creating factions endangering the general peace in the settlement. Five divisions were formed led by maginoos (chieftains): Pagkilatan, Maaban, Sanpongan, Makabongay and Hokoman. Chieftain Hokoman considered himself the supreme leader over the whole settlement. Even then, rivalry and strife persisted and the once peaceful inhabitants lived in constant fear. According to accounts by Father Felix de Huerta, a Spanish Corporal endowed with the ability to settle jurisdictional disputes mediated among the ruling Maginoos. With the approval of the other chieftains, Pagkilatan was chosen the Supreme Chieftain over the entire settlement and peace and tranquility returned to the place. The town was founded as a barrio of Polangui in 1606, was ceded to Oas in 1665, and finally became an independent municipality in 1666. Since then, the once minor settlement called Cavasi prospered economically, socially and politically.


Mode of Transportation (from Legazpi City)
Bus / Van
Schedule of trips and transportation cost
Daily (6:00am-3:00pm)
Bus Php 35.00
Van Php 50.00
Travel Time
45 minutes (Van)
1 hour (Bus)

Source: http://wowlegazpi.com/visita-iglesia-st-stephen-protomartyr-ligao/
Photo by: Shubert Ciencia


Products

Product How Much (Range of Prices) Outlet (Where to Buy)
Palay Php 12.00 per kilo Market
Coconut Php 15.00 each Market
Corn Php 15.00 per kilo Market
Sunflower Seeds    
Karagumoy Php 50.00 per piece Morato, Market, LGU Ligao City
Puto Php 7.00 per pair Market, Brgy. Paulog
Pili Php 35.00 per pack Morato Pili Sweet Store, Market
Fish Php 120.00 per kilo Market
Copra Php 15.00 per kilo Market


HOTLINES: Police (+63) (052) 485-1777
Medical Emergency: (+63) (052) 485-1777
Mayor's Office (+63) (052) 485-1115 / 485-1385 / 837-1400

Contact Person:
Ma. Gina R. Balingbing
Tourism Officer Designate
City Government of Ligao Ligao City, Albay
Tel. No. 0939-903-4367 / 0917-514-3517
Email address: comtech_lcc@yahoo.com

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