Albay

BRIEF DESCRIPTION

The province of Albay is located between 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, Bata, Cagraray, and San Miguel.

Albay has a land area of 2,552.6 square kilometers, consisting of 14 towns, and a population of 904,382. Its important products are hemp, coconut, sugar cane, pineapple, vegetable, and rice.

The mountains of the province are Mayon, Masaraga, and Malinao in the northeast and Catburaun in the west. Its forests are a source of timber, rattan, pili nuts, and gum elemi. There are also vast grasslands for pasturing horses, cattle, carabaos, goats, and sheep.

GEOGRAPHY

Located at the southern tip of Luzon Island and about 550 km. from Manila, Albay is approximately 13 to 13.5 degrees north latitude and 123.25 to 124.25 degrees east longitude. It is bounded by Lagonoy Gulf and the province of Camarines Sur on the northeast, the Pacific Ocean on the east, the province of Sorsogon on the south, and the Burias Pass on the southeast. It has a total land area of 2,552.6 km.

POLITICAL SUBDIVISION

Albay is composed of three cities (Legazpi, Tabaco, Ligao) and 15 municipalities grouped into three congressional districts. Legazpi has been officially designated as the site of the regional offices.

CLIMATE

Albay experiences no dry season, with a very pronounced maximum rain period from December to January. The western areas have more or less heavily distributed rainfall throughout the year and the central areas have no pronounced maximum rain period with a short dry season from November to January. The province averages 20 typhoons yearly, ranging from 60-180 kph. Average rainfall is 233 millimeters; average temperature is 33.15 Celsius high and 22.60 Celsius low.

POPULATION

As of May 1, 2000, the Census of Population shows that Albay had reached 1,090,907 million inhabitants. The urban population constitutes 19.6% of the entire population, proving that Albaynos are predominantly living in rural areas.

LANGUAGE/DIALECT

Bicol, the local dialect, constitutes a strange variety in words and in diction among the 17 municipalities. Most puzzling is the amazing variation among towns of many words having the same meaning for one object or concept.

Bicol is generally spoken in Legazpi. The people speak Tagalog fluently and can communicate in English with ease.

MAJOR INDUSTRIES

The province has continued to direct its efforts toward the development of its industries. Of the total 6,369 manufacturing establishments in the Bicol Region, half are located in Albay. 48.6% of the large scale lot are operating in Albay. Among them are the export-oriented Isarog Pulp & Paper Mills and Albay Industrial Development Corporation.

Agriculture, however, still accounts for the largest share in the total production and employment. Coconut, rice, abaca, and corn are the major crops.

Handicrafts are the main source of rural income.

Albay is a major supplier of geothermal energy to the Luzon Grid with its Tiwi Geothermal Plant in Tiwi.

  • PABIRIK FESTIVAL

    Paracale, Camarines Norte

    January 23 - February 2

  • BICOL ARTS FESTIVAL

    Legazpi City

    February 1- February 28

  • SPRING FESTIVAL (CHINESE LUNAR NEW YEAR)

    Iriga City, Camarines Sur

    February 11

  • ANNUAL "HARANA: KARANTAHAN NIN PAGRANGA" (A MUSIC FESTIVAL)

    San Jose, Camarines Sur

    February 14

  • MAYON CONQUEST

    Albay

    March 18- March 20

  • TABAK FESTIVAL

    Tabaco City, Albay

    March 19- March 22

  • RODEO MASBATEÑO (LOCAL COWBOYS)

    Masbate City

    April 9-14

  • SEMANA SANTA SA BIKOL

    Calabanga, Camarines Sur

    April 5-6

  • BUTANDING FESTIVAL

    Donsol, Sorsogon

    April 28-May 5

  • MAGAYON FESTIVAL ("Festival of Festivals Showdown")

    Albay

    April 10-29

  • BAYBAYON FESTIVAL

    Sagñay. Camarines Sur

    April 15-17

  • PASA-PASA FESTIVAL

    Monreal, Masbate

    April 18-21

  • KADAHOMAN FESTIVAL

    Lagonoy, Camarines Sur

    April 1-May 1

  • BAGABAS BEACH INTERNATIONAL ECO-ARTS FESTIVAL

    Daet, Camarines Norte

    May 30-June 6

  • BOA-BOAHAN "ALINSANGAN" FESTIVAL

    Nabua, Camarines Sur

    May 2

  • ALBAY DAY

    Albay

    May 14

  • SARUNG BANGGI FESTIVAL

    Sto. Domingo, Albay

    May 19-27

  • KAOGMA FESTIVAL

    Pili, Camarines Sur

    May 24-31

  • PADARAW FESTIVAL

    Bulan, Sorsogon

    May 30

  • LAYAG FESTIVAL

    Rapu-Rapu, Albay

    May 22-27

  • HARANA FESTIVAL "Karantahan nin Pagranga"

    San Jose, Camarines Sur

    May 16-21

  • PINYASAN (PINEAPPLE) FESTIVAL

    Camarines Norte

    June 15- June 23

  • "OYANGE KAUGMAN" FESTIVAL

    Polangui, Albay

    June 20- June 29

  • PILI FESTIVAL

    Sorsogon, Sorsogon

    June 20- June 29

  • LIBON PAROY FESTIVAL

    Libon, Albay

    July 22- 25

  • LUBID FESTIVAL

    Malilipot, Albay

    July 12-16

  • MERCEDES FISHTIVAL/MERCEDES KADAGATAN FESTIVAL

    Mercedes, Camarines Norte

    August 1-8

  • STA. CLARA FESTIVAL

    Tigaon, Camarines Sur

    August 4-13

  • CORON FESTIVAL

    Tiwi, Albay

    August 15- August 17

  • PILGRIMAGE TO JOROAN

    Joroan, Tiwi, Albay

    August 20

  • DARAGANG MAGAYON

    Daraga, Albay

    August 26 - September 8

  • ARANDURUGAN FESTIVAL

    Guinobatan, Albay

    August 12-17

  • PASA-PASA IKAW FESTIVAK

    Pasacao, Camarines Sur

    August 25-30

  • VOYADORES FESTIVAL

    Daraga, Albay

    September 15

  • PENAFRANCIA FESTIVAL

    Naga City, Camarines Sur

    September 17

  • BUSIG-ON FESTIVAL

    Labo, Cam. Norte

    September 7-8

  • LAPAY BANTIGUE DANCE FESTIVAL

    Masbate City

    September 29

  • KASANGGAYAHAN FESTIVAL (PROSPERITY)

    Sorsogon, Sorsogon

    October 17-27

  • CATANDUNGAN "PADAYAW" FESTIVAL

    Catanduanes

    October 22-24

  • IBALONG FESTIVAL (EPIC TALE OF SUPERHEROES)

    Legazpi City, Albay

    October 1-31

  • UNOD FESTIVAL

    Castilla, Sorsogon

    October 1-7

  • MAMBULAWAN FESTIVAL

    Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte

    October 1-7

  • PARAU FESTIVAL

    Pilar, Sorsogon

    October 1-12

  • RAHUGAN FESTIVAL

    Basud, Camarines Norte

    October 17-24

  • No events listed this month.
  • SOSOGON FESTIVAL

    Sorsogon City

    December 16