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city of the Philippines and capital of the province of Albay

Legazpi is the provincial capital of Albay, and the regional center of Bicol Region. It is a economic center, and a transportation and tourism hub for the province and the region.

The nearby town of Daraga, though an independent municipality since 1922, is historically tied with the city, and it hosts the picturesque ruins of Cagsawa Church, and the future airport as well.

UnderstandEdit

HistoryEdit

Legazpi's history trace back to prehistoric times, with Neolithic discoveries dated back to 500-100 BCE. Spanish explorers who first arrived also speak of an ancient pre-Hispanic civilization in the area, practicing rice farming, producing gold jewelry, and trading silk.

Miguel López de Legazpi led the Spanish expedition that colonized the Philippines in the 1560s, after Magellan's expedition had "discovered" it in the 1520s. Legazpi himself did not visit this region, but one of his officers named the town after him. Before the Spaniards, it was the village of Sawangan, and the first Spanish structures were in a Roman Catholic mission, named Misión San Gregorio Magno de Sawangan. The mission was repeatedly ravaged by raids from pirates, mostly Muslims from Mindanao, during its first years, but the Spaniards kept rebuilding it; it officially became a town in 1616.

ClimateEdit

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The climate is tropical, with plenty of rainfall throughout the year. For most days, there would be sunshine, with the daytime high between 29–32 °C (84–90 °F), and rainfall coming in the afternoon, with overcast skies caused by moisture moving inland from the Pacific Ocean.

The rainiest months are from late October to January, while the hottest months are from April to early October. The peak season for tourism is practically from February to October, though the best time to visit is from February to March, when the temperatures are tolerable and there are few rainy days.

Get inEdit

By planeEdit

  • 1 Legazpi Airport (LGP IATA). Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific fly daily from Manila to Legazpi and vice versa. Cebu Pacific departs from NAIA Terminal 3 in Manila. Cebu Pacific also fly from Cebu to Legaspi and vice versa.    

A new airport, Bicol International Airport is under construction 15 km (9.3 mi) southwest of the present airport. It is expected to open by 2020. The new airport will have a runway long enough to support wide-body aircraft, and to accommodate international flights.

Tricycles will take 10-15 minutes to get to downtown, and the driver will quote ₱50 for a single-person trip. Walk straight out of the airport, across the parking lot, and out of the gate where the cars are exiting. Taxis are also available in the airport.

To return to the airport, tricycles waiting at Peñaranda Park and F. Aquende Dr will charge ₱30.

By trainEdit

As of Oct 2019, there is no through train service between Manila and Legazpi. It may be restored in 2022 at the earliest.

PNR operate local train service between Naga and Legazpi only.

By busEdit

  • Legazpi Grand Central Terminal (Near SM City Legazpi).

Legazpi has a good central bus terminal. Several food stalls serve local food for departing and arriving passengers, there are signs for bays serving buses headed for a certain destination, e.g. to Manila, to Naga, and there is also a handicrafts store and a Savemore supermarket.

Tickets are sold on booths, and you can also buy a ticket in advance. Look for the name of the bus line the booth are selling tickets for.

The following bus line companies have trips from Manila:

  • Philtranco. Three daily buses leave Pasay every 6:30PM, 7PM, and 8PM. They also have buses going south as far as Davao and Cagayan de Oro via Tacloban and Butuan, which stop at Daraga.
    • Amihan. Philtranco's sister bus line, with a similar schedule, but with departures from Cubao.
  • Raymond Transportation.
  • RMB Express.
  • Superlines. Three departures from Cubao every 6:30PM, 10:30PM, and 5:30AM.

The journey from Manila to Legazpi via Naga takes about 8-10 hours. Most of them arrive and depart from company-owned terminals at Pasay.

There are also buses and vans from Tabaco City. The fare is from ₱25.

By ferryEdit

  • To get to Cebu City or Masbate from Legazpi you first have to take a van from the van Terminus to the ferry port of Pilar the van fare is ₱100. then from Pilar port Montenegro Shipping lines has a fast ferry three times a day from Pilar port to Masbate city the ferry departs Pilar port at 8AM, noon and 3:30PM. The fare is ₱396 + ₱15 port fee. From Masbate city you can take a Cokaliong shipping lines night ferry every Saturday at 7PM down to Cebu city. Fan ₱750 air-con ₱890. Or every day there is an a/c RORO bus/ferry/bus from the Montenegro shipping lines ticket office in Mabate port to Cebu city for ₱800.
  • To get to Virac city in Catanduanes island you must take a bus or van the 25 km from the Legazpi van terminus to Tabaco City. two ferries depart the ferry Port of Tabaco at noon fast and 1PM slow. the fast M/V Silangan Express ferry takes 1½ hours and costs ₱330. And the slow Regina Shipping lines ferry takes 3½ hours and cost ₱240. From Tacaco you can also get a van to Naga city ₱180.

Get aroundEdit

Jeepneys are frequent. The largest sign on the windshield will be the jeepney's final destination, so you must ask the driver if they serve your intended deatination.

Tricycles are useful for short trips. You may share one with other passengers to the same destination. Hail one at the terminal or on the street.

SeeEdit

Natural attractionsEdit

 
Ligñon Hill Nature Park
  • Ligñon Hill. A 156 m (512 ft) peak with a nature park at its summit offering panoramic views of the city and Mayon Volcano, and adventure activities like ziplining.
  • Kapuntukan Hill (Sleeping Lion Hill). Provides a view of the Embarcadero, the Legazpi Port District, Albay Gulf, and Mayon Volcano.

Historical landmarksEdit

 
Kapuntukan Hill and Legazpi Boulevard at Night
  • Albay Gulf Landing Monument, Rawis. Built in 1995 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Landing of the Allied American Forces in Legazpi City.
  • Japanese Tunnel, EM's Barrio South, Albay District. An L-shaped tunnel used as an arsenal by the Japanese Imperial Army during the World War II. It measures 40 m (130 ft) long and around 2.1 m (6.9 ft) deep below the ground.
  • Legazpi City Museum. It showcases the heritage and culture of the city and of Albay
  • Liberty Bell (at Peñaranda Park). A bronze bell installed in 1945 by the American liberation forces. It is enclosed within a dome-shaped concrete structure with the inscription, “Whenever oppression knocks at your door, feel free to ring this bell”.

ChurchesEdit

 
St. Gregory the Great Cathedral
  • Cathedral of St. Gregory the Great, Albay District. The episcopal seat of the Diocese of Legazpi, it was first built by Spanish missionaries as a wooden chapel in 1581. The present church, designed by then governor Don Jose Ma. de Peñaranda, was built in 1839 using volcanic rocks.
  • St. Raphael the Archangel Church, Port District. The original church was built in 1834 under the auspices of Pedro Romero, but was destroyed during the liberation of Legazpi by Allied forces in 1945. A more modern church was rebuilt in its place. Notable features include an altar table made of a single block of hardened lava rock.
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, Buraguis. It features life-sized depictions of Stations of the Cross and a huge statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe at the summit.
  • Our Lady of Fatima Church, Imelda Roces Avenue. A modern church with a semi-circular nave built in 1999.
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Church (Redemptorist Church). The mission house of the Redemptorist congregation.
  • St. Jude Thaddeus Parish Church, Lapu-Lapu Street. Built in 1965 to serve the Filipino-Chinese community.

ParksEdit

 
Albay Park and Wildlife
  • Peñaranda Park, Albay District. Has a statue of Jose Maria Peñaranda, the first governor of Albay. Around the park is Legazpi City Hall, Albay Capitol and St. Gregory the Great Cathedral.
  • Rizal Park, Peñaranda Street (In front of Saint Raphael Church). It has a fountain and a monument to José Rizal, the country's national hero, sculpted by National Artist Napoleon Abueva in 1966.
  • Albay Parks and Wildlife, Diversion Road, Bogtong. A picnic grove and a zoological park combined.
  • Kalayaan Park, Barriada, Gogon. Has pavilions, a playground, and a basketball court. Also at the park is Mag-Ilusyon, a metal sculpture by award-winning artist Eduardo Castrillo, commissioned in 1976.
  • Bicol Heritage Park (Inside Camp Simeon A. Ola). Has a statue of General Simeon Ola.

Streets

 
Legazpi Boulevard
  • Legazpi Boulevard. A picturesque seaside road along the city's southern coastline with wide promenades, bike lanes, monuments such as the statue of Miguel López de Legazpi, JCI Legazpi Tourism Marker and the Freemason Obelisk, restaurants, cafés, and pubs.

Monuments

 
Battle of Legazpi Pylon
  • Battle of Legazpi Pylon, Quezon Street (At the corner with Rizal Street). A 16-metre (52 ft) high monument built to commemorate the defeat of Filipino fighters by American forces in 1900. The pylon marks the site of a bloody battle during the Philippine-American War and World War II.
  • General Jose Ignacio Paua Statue, Bañadero. Paua is the only pure-blood Chinese who supported the Katipunan during the Philippine Revolution.
  • Headless Monument, Post Office Compound, Lapu-Lapu. It is dedicated to the unknown heroes who died in the Japanese occupation of Legazpi City during World War II
  • Ibalong Heroes Monument, Rizal Street (At the corner with Lapu-Lapu Street). Honors the mythical heroes of the Bicol epic Ibalong: Baltog, Handyong and Bantong.
  • Mag-Ilusyon or Magsing-irog (Lovers).
  • The Obelisk, Legazpi Boulevard Puro. A monument which is built as a joint project between the city government and Masonic Lodge No. 61.
  • Padang Memorial Cross, Padang. A monument dedicated to the victims of Typhoon Durian ("Reming") in 2006, which destroyed parts of the city.

Do

  • A. Bichara Silverscreens and Entertainment Center.
  • Black sand beaches: The city's coastline has lot of them, along the Albay Gulf, and are ideal for skimboarding.
  • Whale shark watching: Whale sharks, locally known as butanding, occasionally visit the waters off the city's coast.
  • Diving: There are 16 coral reefs off the coast of Legazpi and around the Albay Gulf ideal for scuba diving.
  • Karangahan Falls, Banquerohan. Has a deep catch basin ideal for swimming.

Buy

Malls & supermarkets

  • Ayala Malls Legazpi. 6AM-8PM. Has an LCC supermarket.
 
LCC Mall Legazpi
  • Embarcadero de Legazpi. A marina-inspired waterfront lifestyle hub, commercial and entertainment center in the city's port area. It also hosts the first Duty Free Philippines store in Bicol.
  • Pacific Mall. Has a Metro Gaisano supermarket and a cinema.
  • Robinsons Supermarkets.. 8AM-8PM. Has one outlet in Legazpi.
  • LCC Mall Legazpi. 8AM-8PM.
  • SM City Legazpi, Brgy 37 (Bitano) Capantawan. 9AM-8PM. A 140,000-m² mall, which also hosts the central bus station.

EatEdit

BudgetEdit

Mid-rangeEdit

LCC Mal nearby Lapu-Lapu Street has several vendors that sells some Filipino menu, just like fried bangus with rice, fried chicken with silog.

SplurgeEdit

Find out in the cafes within Embrocadero and having dinner towards the sea.

DrinkEdit

  • Blue Lights (BL), Vicotry Village Legazpi City. 24/7. Great ambiance and good crew!

SleepEdit

BudgetEdit

  • Magayon Hotel, Penaranda Street, +63 52-4807770, +63 9107881144 (Cell phone). Fan single room with cable TV. Outside bathroom. From ₱400.
  • Catalinas Lodging House, 96 Penaranda Street., +63 52 4807841. Single fan rooms with shared bathrooms. Old but clean. From ₱250.
  • Mayon Backpackers Hostel, 040 brgy 11 Maoyod (off rizal street), +63 52-4800365, +63 9055186076. Fan dorm beds in a room with 4 beds per room. A/C dorm beds in a room with 6 beds. 250/350.
  • Great Pacific Inn, Rizal Street (near the Sampaguita tourist inn,), +63 52-82006348. Check-out: Noon. Single fan rooms have their own bathroom. The single rooms have no windows and are very small. From ₱350.
  • Anvil Bed & Breafast, 241 Oro Street (btwn Quezon Aveune & alonzo strret.), +63 52-4808886, +63 9159585180. Fan double room. No window. From ₱490.
  • Bicol Traveller Inn, Bariada Road Bitano (near Pacific mall.), +63 52-4801380. Single fan room outside bathroom. Rooms are very small, with no windows. From ₱350.
  • J Y Tourist Inn, Rizal Street & Vinzons Street., +63 52-4811777. Fan rooms only. From ₱300.
  • Rex Hotel, Penaranda Street, +63 52-4805489. Single fan rooms. You must pay an additional ₱100 for cable TV. From ₱450.
  • R M J Apartelle, Imperial Court. Rose Street (near Pacific mall), +63 52-4801145, +63 9175589100 (cell). A/C double room with bathroom and cable TV. From ₱700.
  • Salvador Manor De Legazpi, 153 Washington Dive (near old Airport), +63 52-4802330. A/C double room with bathroom. From ₱600.
  • Siville Inn, 667 Vibal Street, +63 52-4812883. Fan double rooms with bathroom. from ₱500.

Mid-rangeEdit

  • Hotel St. Ellis, Rizal Street, +63 52 480 8088. It is a 3-km drive from the airport. It offers rooms completely furnished with a 32-inch LCD television set with satellite cable TV connection, high-speed internet access, NDD/IDD telephone, in-room safe, and an electronic door lock system. Amenities include Essences Spa, Salon Mye, a fitness center, and a kiddie activity room. From ₱3150.
  • Tyche Boutique Hotel, Gov. Forbes St. corner Rizal St., Baybay (directly across the Philippine National Bank branch, it is only a few minutes from the Legazpi Domestic Airport), +63 52 480-5555. All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, widescreen high-definition LCD TV with cable channels, complimentary wireless internet access, bathroom amenities and hair dryer. 24-hour room service, concierge, massage service (by arrangement), laundry service, 24-hour security, business center with Internet access for email, secretarial services, and fax. From ₱2700.
  • Alicia Hotel, 653 Capt. F. Aquende Drive, +63 52 4810801, . A few minutes from the domestic airport. 32 rooms and suites individually equipped with modern amenities like cable TV, individually controlled air-conditioning, a telephone, and Internet access. From ₱1950.
  • La Piazza Hotel, Tahao Road, Airport District, +63 52 480 3377. A/C suites equipped with LCD TV with cable channels and unlimited Wi-Fi access. Function rooms, Wi-Fi access in public areas, massage services and airport transfer. From ₱1600.

SplurgeEdit

  • The Oriental Legazpi, Taysan Hill, Sto. Niño Village, +63 52-742-8888. A/C suites equipped with TV with cable channels, executive work desk, IDD/NDD telephone and high-speed broadband Internet access. Airport transfer, wireless Internet access, infinity pool, spa, fitness room/gym, business center, car rental, and city transfer. From ₱6500.

ConnectEdit

Stay healthyEdit

  • Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital. Rizal Street. Phone +63 52-4830636. (DOH Hospital).

CopeEdit

  • Bureau Of Immigration Legazpi Office. Door 3 Blst Building Rizal Street.

Go nextEdit

  • Virac
  • Donsol
  • Metro Cebu via Masbate
  • Naga.
  • Calbayog
  • Sorsogon,
  • Gubat and Rizal Beach. There are several sleepy towns and nice beaches after Legazpi just like Sorsogon and Gubat. Take a jeepney to these directions. Normally they make a stop in Pilar Port on the way to Sorsogon and Gubat.
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