Santo Domingo Albay History, Tourist Spots, Festivals

Santo Domingo is a 4th class municipality in Albay Province, Bicol Region, Philippines.

Santo Domingo Albay Municipal Hall
Santo Domingo Albay Municipal Hall (Photo Credit: Facebook Page)

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
Mayor –> Joseling B. Aguas Jr.
Vice Mayor –> Marvin S. Oringo
Barangays: 23
Legislative District –> First District
Congressman –> Edcel Lagman

History

The town of Santo Domingo was formerly a barrio of Legaspi City, known previously 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.

Economy

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.

Tourist Spot

Mayon Volcano Natural Park

Pugad Lawin Park
Santo Domingo de Guzman Parish Church

Andres Bonifacio Monument
Potenciano Gregorio Shrine
Caluyucay Beach
Mirisbiris Garden

Aguas Farm and Coffee Shop

Festivals

Magayon Festival
Sarung Banggi Festival – celebrated in the month of May
Feast of Santo Domingo (Saint Dominic de Guzman) (Observed every 4th of August)

Map of Santo Domingo Municipality

See also: Profile of Mayor Joseling B. Aguas Jr. , Governor Al Francis Bichara

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