Sorsogon Province History, Geography, and Economy

Sorsogon Province History

Sorsogon Province History
Sorsogon Provincial Seal (Credit: PIA)

Profile of Sorsogon Province (Geography)
Location –> Bicol Region, Philippines (See map below)
Neighboring Provinces –> Albay, Northern Samar across the San Bernardino Strait
Capital –> Sorsogon City
Area –> 2,119.01 km2 (818.15 sq mi)
Population –> 792,949 (2015 Census)
Terrain –> Rolling hills and mountains with coastal lowlands
Industries –> Agriculture
Major Products –> Coconut, Rice, Abaca
People/Language –> Bicol, Waray
Governor –> Francis Joseph “Chiz” Guevara Escudero
Predecessor –> Robert A.Lee Rodrigueza
Vice Governor –> Manuel “Wowo” Fortes
Predecessor –> Ester E.Hamor
Representative (1st District) –> Evelina Escudero
Representative (2nd District) –> Ma. Bernardita “Ditas” Bañares Ramos
Predecessor –> Deogracias “Ding” B. Ramos Jr.
City –> Sorsogon
Municipalities (Towns) –> (14) Barcelona, Bulan, Bulusan, Casiguran, Castilla, Donsol, Gubat, Irosin, Juban, Magallanes, Matnog, Pilar, Prieto Diaz, Santa Magdalena

Sorsogon Province History

The Spaniards explored the area now covered by Sorsogon Province starting in 1570 when the Augustinian friars, Alonzon Jiménez and Juan Orta reached Hibalong, a small village and built a chapel, the first in the entire Luzon Island. Since then, they evangelized and converted the residents to Catholicism.

On October 17, 1894, Sorsogon was separated from Albay Province.

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Economy of Sorsogon

Sorsogon is primarily an agricultural province where coconut and rice are the main products. Most of the people in the coastal areas are engaged in fishing. Manufacturing are mainly done at home or in small shops producing furniture, tricycles, processed foods and handicrafts.

Tourism is slowly gaining importance especially in the town of Donsol which is considered as the whaleshark paradise of the country.

Sea transportation is served through seaports in Matnog, Bulan and Pilar. The port of Matnog is the gateway to the Visayas and Mindanao Islands Via Maharlika Highway.

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See also: List of Philippine Provinces and Capital by Region

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