JOVELLAR, ALBAY

Quick Facts on Jovellar

  • LAND AREA: 105.40 km2 (40.70 sq mi)
  • POPULATION: 16,899 (As of 2010)
  • NO. OF BARANGAYS: 23
  • MAJOR INDUSTRY: Agriculture

Brief History

Jovellar is a fifth class municipality in the province of Albay, Philippines. It was named in honor of Spanish governor-general Don Joaquín Jovellar y Soler. Main access to the town is via Guinobatan. Jeepneys ply the 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) distance from Guinobatan to Jovellar daily with the first trip from Guinobatan leaving as early as 5 AM and the last trip to Jovellar usually at around 5 PM.

Quipia river runs through the town and the river leads all the way to Donsol, Sorsogon.

Tourist activities in the area may include a trip to the river just behind the local school or a trip to Pariaan pool. Once at the town center, you can find a statue of the national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, and the town church directly in front of it.


Tourist Destinations

Naglaus Underground River

This is an underground cave in Sigpit river with formation of stalactites and stalagmites, on top is a rice field. People explore the cave thru the use of raft.

Mode of Transportation (from Legazpi City)
Jeep / Tricycle
(Fr. Legazpi to Guinobatan
To Jovellar to site
Bgy. Quitinday)

Schedule of trips and transportation cost
Daily (6:00am-3:00pm)
30.00
25.00
20.00

Travel Time
1 hr
45 mins
15 mins


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Sigpit Falls

Attracts tourists (foreign & local) especially during summer because of its green and cold water.

Mode of Transportation (from Legazpi City)
Jeep / Tricycle
(Fr. Legazpi to Guinobatan
To Jovellar to site
Bgy. Quitinday)

Schedule of trips and transportation cost
Daily (6:00am-3:00pm)
30.00
25.00
20.00

Travel Time
1 hr
45 mins
15 mins

Festivals

Quipia Festival (August 20 - 29)

The town’s festival being done in time for the town’s fiesta celebrating the beheading of St. John the Baptist, its patron saint. This is a week-long celebration showcasing the history of the locality where sporty and socio-cultural events were being held.

Hosted the Provincial Dance Showdown, RapAttack & the National Invitational Motocross competition during the festival.

Bgy. Sto. Niño is the commercial site of the locality.

Feast of Sto. Nino (3rd Sunday of January)

Like in any other parts of the country, Bgy. Sto. Niño in this locality also celebrates the Feast of Sto. Niño to honor and pay homage to the child Jesus, through colorful, joyful processions of devotees and their Sto. Niño images after the thanksgiving mass. Ati-Ati-Atihan is also included to add color to the celebration wherein competing barangays within the municipality wore their tribal-attired revelers with painted faces dance to the “Hala, Bira” beat while carrying the image of the Sto. Niño.

Bayanihan Anniversary (April of every year)

This is an organization of the older folks where they gather once in every year by way of social gathering where Jovellareños presently living in other places have their homecoming. People from neighboring towns like Guinobatan and Camalig attended the said social gathering.

Organized in 1962 by the late Dr. Vicente Borre.

PERDON (October (9 days))

A religious activity done for 9 consecutive days through a dawn procession around the town proper and the highlights was the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the middle of the procession. This has been a long practice of the place thus keeping the faith not only the old but also the middle and young generation.

Perdon is usually done whenever there is an upcoming typhoon in the region as a way of asking help and forgiveness to God.

Products

Product How Much (Range of Prices) Outlet (Where to Buy)
Conserva de Jovellar 10.00 / pc. Gloria Ibañez Sweets
Special Pili & Coco Sweets 50.00 - 150.00 / pack Vhie’s Specialty


HOTLINES: Kasurog Cops (09394447060)
Medical Emergency (0973562826)
MSWDO (09192302515)

Contact Person:
Lourdes B. Boreta
MCR / Tourism Officer Designee
LGU - Jovellar, Albay
Tel. No. 09157799795
Email address: lboreta79@gmail.com

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