LUBID FESTIVAL - A celebration every July 8-16 showcasing abaca hemp locally known as lubid which the municipality of Malilipot is known to tbe the region's producer, its many uses and importance as a major source of the local community. Various activities are lined up highlighted by street dance parade where participants are colorfully dressed in abaca costumes.
ALINAO FESTIVAL - An annual tribute every July 20-27 to the lost tree of Alinao on the mountains of Malinao, is clelbrated annualy in keeping with people's observance of the town fiesta in honor of patron sanits, Joachim and Anne. The Alinao Festival has become a tourist attraction which has successfully drawn attention from both local and foreign guests.
LIBON 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.
A visit to Albay is not complete without the proverbial moments with the magnificent Mayon Volcano. Hiking up to the crater is a popular activity among outdoor enthusiasts and is usually conducted by registered local guides.
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Sample the fiery Bicol Express from the local eatery and have a takeaway of the famous Pinangat of Camalig, Longganisa of Guinobatan and the Halo-Halo of Tiwi.
A map of Albay showcasing the different tourism routes represented by the color coded lanes . These tour lanes manifest the diversity of tourism being offered by the province.
The new Ligñon Hill Natural Park promises to be the city’s best destination offering sights and activities for all types of visitors. For sightseers, a panoramic 360 degree view of Legazpi City, Daraga, Albay Gulf and the Mayon Volcano awaits at the viewdeck.
The sport of skimboarding entails running as fast as you are willing to fall, throwing your skimboard onto a thin film of water (around an inch deep of water is best), and then hopping onto your board and sliding down the slope of the beach.
For adrenaline junkies, Embarcadero also hosts the city's second zip line. Try to climb the lighthouse and zip line 350 m. down, traversing the waters of Albay Gulf, to the other end of the breakwater, getting a magnificent view of majestic Mayon Volcano along the way.
Albay and its surrounding areas were known as Ibalon when Juan de Salcedo and 120 soldiers xplored it in 1573. Sawangan, a small settlement by a mangrove swamp, became a town called Albay bay (which means “by the bay”) in 1616. The town was first renamed Albay, then Legazpi, as Albay went on to refer to the province.
In 1846, the islands of Masbate, Ticao, and Burias were separated from Albay to form the comandancia of Masbate. Albay was then divided into four districts: Iraya, Cordillera or Tobacco, Sorsogon, and Catanduanes. 1n 1894, Sorsogon became a separate province and Catanduanes in 1945. The province of Albay itself was created on March 10, 1917.
In 1649, the natives rebelled against their recruitment to Cavite to build galleons. In 1814, Mayon Volcano erupted, killing 1,200 people and burying the town of Cagsawa. During the early 19th century, abaca hemp for shipping rope became source of wealth.
In 1942, the Japanese Imperial Forces invaded and entered Albay.
In 1945, Filipino and American troops with Bicolano guerillas fought against the Japanese and liberated Albay during World War II.
Located between the provinces of Camarines Sur on the north and Sorsogon on the south. It is bounded on the east by the Pacific Ocean, on the northeast by the Lagonoy gulf, and on the west and southwest by the Burias Pass. The islands in the north under the jurisdiction of the province are Rapu-Rapu, Batan, Cagraray and San Miguel.
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