Infobox Philippine province
name = Albay
sealfile = Ph seal albay.png
Bicol Region(Region V)
March 10, 1917
pop2000 = 1,190,823 (2007)
pop2000rank = 22nd largest
popden2000 = 427
popden2000rank = 10th highest
areakm2 = 2,552.6
arearank = 26th smallest
hucities = 0
componentcities = 3
municipalities = 15
barangays = 720
districts = 3
languages = Bikol, Tagalog
Joey Sarte Salceda( KAMPI)
locatormapfile = Ph locator map albay.png
Albay is a province of the
Philippineslocated in the Bicol Regionin Luzon. Its capital is Legazpi Cityand the province borders the Camarines Surto the north and Sorsogonto the south. Also to the northeast is Lagonoy Gulfleading to the Philippine Sea, and to the southwest is Burias Pass. Mayon Volcanois the symbol most associated with the province. This nearly perfectly-shaped active volcanoforms a scenic backdrop to the capital city of Legazpi 15 kilometers to the south.
People and culture
Population Based on the August 2007 census, Albay has a total population of 1,190,823, which makes it the 22nd most populous province in the country. There are 208,640 households in the province with an average size of 5.22 persons, significantly higher than the national average of 4.99.
Languages Bikol is the primary language spoken in Albay, being a part of the Bicol Region. There are other dialects spoken in the province, however, such as Bicolano Viejo, Daragueño, Legazpeño or Albayanon, Oasnon and others. The dialects spoken in the coastal areas of the province are similar to that spoken in Camarines Sur while those further inland are similar to each other but differs significantly from the coastal dialect. Majority of the inhabitants also understand Tagalog and English.
Agricultureis the main industry in Albay, which produces such crops as coconut, rice, sugar, and abacá. Handicrafts is the major source of rural income. It continuous to provide fairly large share in the small-scale industries of the province. Forestryand papermakingare another source of livelihood. The manufacture of abacá products such as Manila hemp, hats, bags, mats, and slippers is one of the main sources of income in the rural areas. Fishingis also done along both shores of the province. Tourism, primarily because of Mayon Volcano, also draws income for Albay.
Heavy manufacturing industries Of the total 6,369 manufacturing establishments of varied sizes in the
Bicol Region, 48.6% are located in Albay. Bicol's largest industrial sites are in Albay: Tiwi and Manito boast geothermal energy plants, Camalig has the Goodfound Cement Factory, Daraga has its Isarog Pulp and Paper Company, Legazpi City has Bicol Hair, and Legaspi Oil Company and two other large coconut oil milling plants, making Albay top foreign currency earner this part of Luzon. [http://www.rdc5.gov.ph/albay/albayhistory.htm]
Transportation Albay is also the region's principal transshipment point with its ports: Tabaco International, Legazpi National, Pio Duran Provincial, and the Pantao Regional Port (under construction in 2003). Legazpi City also has its own domestic airport which hopes to serve international flights in the near future.
Legazpi Airportserves as Bicol's gateway to Manila and the Visayas.
Albay and its surrounding areas were known as "Ibalon" when
Juan de Salcedoand 120 soldiers explored 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. In 1894, Sorsogonbecame a separate province and Catanduanesin 1945. The province of Albay itself was created on March 10, 1917.
In 1649, the natives rebelled against their recruitment to
Caviteto build galleons. In 1814, Mayon Volcanoerupted, killing 1,200 people and burying the town of Cagsawa. During the early 19th century, abacá hemp for shipping rope became a source of wealth.
In 1942, founded of the Japanese Imperial forces entering in Albay.
In 1945, beginning the defenders of the Filipino and American troops with the Bicolano guerrillas against the Japanese forces beginning the liberated in Albay during
World War II.
Albay has a total land area of 2,552.6 square kilometers, which makes it the 26th smallest province. Most of Albay is located on mainland
Bicol Peninsulaand it has four major islands to the east: Rapu-Rapu, Batan (part of Rapu-Rapu), Cagraray (part of Bacacay), and San Miguel (part of Tabaco City). Lagonoy Gulfborders the province to the northeast, separating it from the province of Catanduanes. Burias Islandin the province Masbatecan be found to the southwest across Burias Pass.
The province is generally mountainous with scattered fertile plains and valleys.
Mayon Volcano, standing at around 2460 meters, is the most famous landform in Albay, and in the whole of Bicol, in fact. This active volcano is nearly perfectly-shaped and is considered by many to be more beautiful than Mt. Fujiin Japan. Other mountains and volcanoes in the province are Catburawan, Masaraga, Malinao, and Pantao.
January 18, 2008, Albay Governor Joey Salcedaand the Department of Science and Technology(DOST) Estrella Alabastro relaunched one of the country's 4 P 18-million upper-air receiving equipment in Albay. The other upper-air receiving stations are in Laoag, Cebu, and Tanay, Rizal. [ [http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/regions/view/20080118-113304/DOST-installs-P18-M-weather-gadget-in-Albay Inquirer.net, DOST installs P18-M weather gadget in Albay] ]
* [http://www.gobicol.com goBicol: Online Bicolano Community]
* [http://www.albay.com.ph Albay.com.ph: The Albayano Online Community]
* [http://legaspi.globalink.net.ph/~cpdoleg Legazpi City Website (Official)]
* [http://bicolanoes.com www.bicolanoes.com]
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