Santo Domingo is a 4th class municipality in Albay Province, Bicol Region, Philippines.
Profile of Santo Domingo Municipality (Geography)
Location –> 565 kilometers southeast of Manila and 11.5 kilometers from Legaspi City, the capital of Albay (See map below)
Neighboring Towns –> (North), Bacacay (East), Legaspi City (West)
Area –> 51.22 km2 (19.78 sq mi)
Population –> 34,967 (2015 Census)
Terrain –> Coastal Plain with hills and valleys in the west
Industries –> Agriculture, Trading, Tourism
Major Products –> Coconut, Rice, Vegetables, Poultry, Handicraft, Home-made Food Items
People/Language –> Bicolano, Tagalog, English
Revenues (2016): 85,349,164.38
Legislative District –> First District
Congressman –> Edcel Lagman
Mayor –> Joseling B. Aguas Jr.
Vice Mayor –> Marvin S. Oringo
Municipal Councilors (Sangguniang Bayan or SB Members)
Dino Jose Surtida
Cynthia Fe Ras
Alfredo Boyet Balbin Jr.
The town of Santo Domingo was formerly a barrio of Legaspi City, known as Ibalon. It was created as a separate pueblo in 1749 through the effort of a certain Diego Castellanos. That time, the town was called Libog but its name was changed to Santo Domingo on 21 June 1959 by virtue of Republic Act 2520.
The first parish church was built in 1785 and rebuilt in 1882 after it was burned. The Presidencia Municipal (municipal hall) was completed in 1832 under Captain Teodoro Felebrico but it was renovated as a school building in 1918.
Father Martin Martinez was the first Filipino parish priest who was appointed in 1832.
Santo Domingo is an agricultural town where coconut and rice are the primary products. Some vegetables and root crops are also produced. Fishing is the main source of livelihood among residents in the coastal villages.
The town center (Poblacion) has several small-scale trading houses and shops.
Mayon Volcano Natural Park
Pugad Lawin Park
Santo Domingo de Guzman Parish Church
Andres Bonifacio Monument
Potenciano Gregorio Shrine
Aguas Farm and Coffee Shop
Sarung Banggi Festival – celebrated in the month of May
Feast of Santo Domingo (Saint Dominic de Guzman) (Observed every 4th of August)