Profile of Albay Province (Geography)
Location –> Bicol Region, Philippines (See map below)
Neighboring Provinces –> Camarines Sur and Sorsogon
Capital –> Legaspi City
Area –> 2,575.77 km2 (994.51 sq mi)
Population –> 1,314,826 (2015 census)
Terrain –> Hilly and coastal plain
Industries –> Agriculture, Tourism
Major Products –> Coconut, Rice, Abaca, Pili Nuts, Rootcrops
People/Language –> Bicolano
Governor –> Al Francis C. Bichara
Predecessor –> Jose Maria “Joey” Salceda
Vice Governor –> Edcel Greco Lagman
Predecessor –> Harold Imperial
Representative (1st District) –> Edcel C. Lagman
Representative (2nd District) –> Jose Maria C. Salceda
Representative (3rd District) –> Fernando Cabredo
Predecessor –> Fernando V. Gonzalez
Cities –> Legaspi, Ligao, Tabaco
Municipalities (Towns) –> (15) Bacacay, Camalig, Daraga, Guinobatan, Jovellar, Libon, Malilipot, Malinao, Manito, Oas, Pio Duran, Polangui, Rapu-Rapu, Santo Domingo, Tiwi
Albay History: Timeline
1569 – Spaniards reached Bicol Region and subsequently founded the town of Camalig.
1573 – The town of Libon was established by Juan de Salcedo.
April 3, 1574 – The province of Albay was established, then called Ibalon.
February 1, 1814 – Eruption of Mayon Volcano burying the town of Cagsawa
September 22, 1898 – Revolutionary government of Albay was formed with Anacieto Solano as president.
1898 – Albay was occupied by the Americans.
April 26, 1901 – The Americans organized a civil provincial government of Albay.
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Economy of Albay
Although agriculture is the main industry where coconut, abaca, rice, pili nuts and rootcrops are the primary products, tourism and other services are growing in importance. The province is the home of the world-famous Mayon Volcano. In Legaspi City alone, there are dozens of hotels and resorts catering to the needs of visitors.
Albay has a large manufacturing plant producing coconut oil and another producing paper from abaca. The geothermal plant in Tiwi and Manito towns supplies electricity to the national grid.