Pio Duran History, Tourist Spots, Festival

Pio Duran is a 3rd class coastal municipality of Albay Province in the Bicol Region, Philippines.

Pio Duran Municipal Hall
Pio Duran Municipal Hall (Credit: Youtube)

Profile of Pio Duran Municipality (Geography)
Location –> 471 kilometers southeast of Manila and 64.6 Kilometers west of Legaspi City via Ligao City (See map below)
Neighboring City / Towns –> Ligao City (northwest), on the east by Guinobatan and Jovellar (east), and Oas (northwest)
* Pio Duran is bounded on the south by Ticao Pass.
Area –> 133.70 km2 (51.62 sq mi)
Population –> 46,693 (2015 Census)
Terrain –> Hilly with narrow coastal plains
Industries –> Agriculture, Trading, Tourism
Major Products –> Rice, Vegetables, Poultry, Handicraft, Home-made Food Items
People/Language –> Bicolano, Tagalog, English
Barangays: 33
Legislative District –> 3rd
Government Officials
Congressman –> Fernando “Didi” Cabredo
Mayor –> Alan Arandia
Vice Mayor –> Marvin Thomas N. Quiroz

Councilors (Sangguniang Bayan or SB Members):
Delia Napa
Karen Joy Moya
Rhudy Apuli
Gina Elorde
Mary June Malgapo
Bon Edward Barnido
Jonathan Acoyado
Pedro Jr. De Luna

History

The municipality of Pio Duran was named after Pio Duran, a brilliant Bicolano lawyer who was born in nearby Guinobatan town. It was created out of several barrios of Guinobatan, Jovellar and Ligao City by virtue of Republic Act 3817 which was approved by President Diosdado Macapagal on June 22, 1963.

In 1970, the town had a population of 26,443 which grew to 46,693 in 2015.

Aerial View of Pio Duran (Credit: Youtube)

Economy

Pio Duran is an agricultural and trading municipality. Coconut, rice and fish are the main products.

The town is home to a seaport, the main gateway to Masbate Province. It is also the gateway to Donsol, a popular tourist destination in Sorsogon Province.

Tourist Spot

Bunawi Hills and Namaluto Falls at Barangay Panganiran
Beaches at Brgy. Buenavista, Cagbatano, Malidong and Marigondon
Bulalacao Cave

Kinalabidungan Cave

Festivals

Lambat Festival

Map of Pio Duran Municipality in Albay Province

See also: Profile of Mayor Alan Arandia, Governor Al Francis Bichara

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