TABACO CITY

Quick Facts on Tabaco City

  • LAND AREA: 117.14 km2 (45.23 sq mi)
  • POPULATION: 125,083 (As of 2010)
  • NO. OF BARANGAYS: 47
  • MAJOR INDUSTRY: Agriculture

Brief History

The recorded history of Tabaco began in 1587 when Franciscan missionaries began converting the inhabitants of the town of Cagsawa to Catholicism. In 1616, the Rev. Fr. Pedro de Alcareso, became the first permanent minister of Tabaco. He built a stone church dedicated to Christ's forerunner St. John the Baptist who since then became the patron saint of Tabaco.

Over the years, Tabaco became the largest and the most strategic settlement and in mid-17th century, the province of Albay was divided into two. The first was Partido de Tabaco which included the present-day towns of the First District of Albay, Legazpi, Daraga and Catanduanes. The other division, which was Partido de Iraya, included the towns currently making up the Third District and parts of Camarines Sur.

Known even then for being a town of great charm and character, Tabaco was in fact no stranger to natural calamities. In 1811, a powerful typhoon wreaked unimaginable destruction on Tabaco. Because the storm all but stripped the town bare, it earned the nickname Bagiong Oguis (white typhoon).

Three years later, in 1814, tragedy struck anew. Mayon Volcano erupted violently and rivers of molten lava rampaged down its slopes even as showers of white hot ash and burning boulders destroyed villages and completely buried Tabaco's neighbor Cagsawa. The eruption claimed an unprecedented number of lives and took away much of the people's livelihoods since rice fields were rendered completely unproductive for many years thereafter.

Tabaco was spared much of Mayon's wrath but it took a full decade for it to recover from the damage.

The Americans arrived in Tabaco on February 9, 19 00 under the command of Col. Walter Howe. Despite the well-documented courage and patriotism of Tabaquenos, the superior armaments and well-trained soldiers of the American army hastened its conquest of Tabaco and adjoining towns.

With the restoration of peace after World War II, the residents of Tabaco started rebuilding their lives and their land. By the time the Philippines gained independence, Tabaco was once again a thriving town.



Tourist Destinations

TABACO CITY HALL

For almost 80 years now, the Palacio Presidencia of Tabaco, Present Tabaco City HallOld Tabaco City Hall has housed the local government of the city. It is patterned after William Parson's design of capitol buildings and was completed in the 1929. It is now considered a rare historical structure. Its design is reminiscent of other vintage government buildings in the Philippines like the Central Post Office and the National Museum in Manila. It is believed that only five to six buildings of similar design exist in the country

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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THE BELFRY

Like the Duomo is to Milan, the bell tower is a focal point in Tabaco's landscape. Being visible from almost anywhere in the city, it is constantly used as a point of reference when trying to locate places within Tabaco. Despite the rising heights of modern buildings, the church belfry remains an imposing structure in Tabaco. One can only imagine how much more impressive it was centuries ago, in a bare landscape.

During those ancient times, the belfry might have been a dependable warning device against attacks from pirates. It is said that the tower once had a mystical bell whose powerful tolling could be heard even in distant lands. Because the bell's thunderous tolling invariably spoiled their attacks, pirates supposedly removed it from the tower and buried it under a river where it is guarded by an unbreakable spell. Old folks say that on quiet nights, the bell's ringing, though softened by age, can still be heard

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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SAN VICENTE FERRER SHRINE

St. Vincent Ferrer is the patron saint of builders because of his fame for "building up" and strengthening the Church. Located at San Vicente, Tabaco City, the Shrine is visited by a large number of devotees from other neighboring barangays and towns devoting to its Patron Saint who is known to be miraculous. Many have claimed and experienced the miraculous healing water that is said to be very effective in curing different kinds of illnesses

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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ST. JOHN THE BASTIST PARISH CHURCH

You know you are already in Tabaco when you see a domed and dark tower looming above the buildings in the horizon. The tower is the belfry of the St. John the Baptist Parish Church, or commonly known as Daculang Simbahan (Big Church).

According to the National Historical Institute (NHI), the church, a classic Earthquake Baroque structure was erected under the pastorship of Fr. Fermin Llorente who was a priest, an engineer, and a soldier. Built from 1864 to 1879, the Tabaco Church is made of adobe blocks held together by molasses and lime.


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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BAHAY NA BATO

The Smith, Bell and Company house in Tabaco City is an idiosyncrasy. The Spanish-era structure of durable stone and delicate capiz was once the offices of an import-export firm dealing in abaca whose origins dated from 1868.

The incongruity lies in the fact that the former commercial establishment was bought in 1965 by the talented poet Angela Manalang-Gloria. The company house of a firm engaged in buying and selling was purchased by a woman known for her literary brilliance. A house of trade became the home of an artist.

This architectural wonder built of stone blocks adjoined with mortar and molasses, with its weathered wooden doors decorated with sunburst fanlights and second storey windows of mother-of-pearl, has withstood more than a hundred years of typhoons and volcanic eruptions.


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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CIMBURRIO

With its intricate arcs and pillars which complement the subtle dome of this cemetery chapel, the Tabaco Catholic Cemetery Cimburrio is a testament of the city’s indelible Hispanic past. According to the National Historical Institute, the chapel is a combination of medieval and baroque architecture which is patterned after the structural design of the Saint John the Baptist Church. 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)

Festivals

TABAK FESTIVAL

Begun in 2002, the year after the creation of the City of Tabaco by virtue of Republic Act 9020, the Tabak Festival, is an annual celebration of everything Tabaknon. Through its Tabak Festival street dancing, the prestigious Mutya ng Tabak and Tabakla pageants, cultural performances by various social sectors, Padyak and Sibidan races, trade fair and exhibit, Karawat Bicolnon, and Baile de Amor this two week-long celebration captures the insatiable festive spirit of Tabaqueños as it attracts tourists and investors to the City of Love

Products

Product How Much (Range of Prices) Outlet (Where to Buy)
Tabak Php 500 to 1,000 Cobo Cutlery Stores, Native Product
Fedel Vosotros Scissor Php 200 - 800 Cobo Cutlery Stores, Native Product
Tabaco "Samurai" Php 1,500 - 3, 000 Cobo Cutlery Stores, Native Product
Woodcraft Prices vary according to specific woodcraft San Antonio Furniture Shops
Abaca (Twines and Variants) Prices vary according to productst Native Product Store in Tabaco City Mall
Karagumoy Mat) Php 200 - 600 Native Product Store in Tabaco City Mall


HOTLINES: Police (+63) (052) 487-5227
Fire (+63) (052) 435-4434
Mayor's Office (+63) (052) 487-5238
Radio Room (+63) (052)487-5196
Engineering (+63) (052) 435-2731
City Health Unit (+63) (052) 487-5362
CSWD (+63) (052) 487-5366

Contact Person:
Rafael C. Kallos, PhD
Administrative Assistant
IT Office, City Government of Tabaco, Tabaco City, Albay
Tel. No. 487-5238
Email address: raffy_k102462@yahoo.com

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