Legazpi City

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Legazpi City is a city in the Bicol Region.

Understand[edit]

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Legazpi City Domestic Airport

  • Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific fly daily from Manila to Legazpi and vice versa.
  • Cebu pacific also fly from Cebu city to Legaspi and vice versa.
  • Cebu Pacific Airlines departs from NAIA Terminal 3 in Manila,

By train[edit]

From the PNR Station in Manila (Tutuban Mall Station), you can ride a PNR train directly to Naga City. PNR provides sleeper coaches, price can range from P416 - P1300 (depending on which coach you want to stay - Economy, Aircon, Family Sleeper, Executive Sleeper). Reservation of seats is possible, please call 319-0048 for reservations/inquiries.

By car[edit]

By bus[edit]

Several buses travel to Legazpi from Metro Manila, serviced by southwest bound. Departed from several buses pool, can be several times within a day but from Legazpi back to Manila normally start from 05.30 pm and the journey takes 8 -10 hours. Asked to be align at Pasay City or nearby EDSA for more convenient travel to downtown Manila.

Legazpi has a good bus terminus. Several canteen served local food and passengers will be departed from the main gate and follow the sign that mentioned its direction, e.g to Manila, to Naga etc. Make sure your bags are properly kept in the baggage compartment and bring your hand-carry into the bus.

Tickets sales daily and can be booked in advance, just go to the counters and choose based on budget: economy (non A/C) to executive (A/C with seating lay out 2 - 2 or 1 - 2 are available).

By boat[edit]

To get to Cebu or Masbate from Legazpi you 1st have to take a van from the van Terminus to the ferry port of Pilar the Van fare is 60. then from Pilar port Montenegro Shipping lines has a fast ferry five times a day to Masbate city the ferry departs Pilar port at 5am/6am/8am/12noon/16,oopm and the fare is 288. then from Masbate city you can take a Cokaliong shipping lines night ferry every Saturday at 6pm down to Cebu city. fan 750 air.con 890.

Get around[edit]

  • By jeepney with duration minutes to hours. The direction that mentioned on the sign is the last stop, so it will be necessary to be asked first: is your direction passed by within the entire of the journey.
  • By tricycle for close destination. It's doable that driver might be add some passenger to the same direction or at least passed by with direction you had mentioned before.

See[edit]

Natural Attractions[edit]

Ligñon Hill Nature Park
  • Mayon Volcano is an active stratovolcano located 15 kilometers northwest of Legazpi renowned for its symmetric conical shape.
  • Ligñon Hill is a 156-meter peak with a nature park in its summit offering panoramic views of the city and Mt. Mayon as well as adventure activities like zip-line.
  • Kapuntukan Hill (also known as the Sleeping Lion Hill) is located at the point south of the Port of Legazpi. The Embarcadero, the Legazpi Port District, and Albay Gulf with Mayon Volcano can be viewed from the top of the hill.
  • Karangahan Falls, in Brgy. Banquerohan, has a deep catch basin ideal for swimming.
  • Legazpi Dive Sites are a collection of sixteen coral reefs off the coast of Legazpi and around the Albay Gulf ideal for scuba diving.
  • The city has a long coastline along the Albay Gulf with black sand beaches ideal for skimboarding.
  • Whale sharks, locally known as butanding, occasionally visit the waters off the city's coast.

Historical Landmarks[edit]

Kapuntukan Hill and Legazpi Boulevard at Night
  • The Albay Gulf Landing Monument on the shores of Brgy. Rawis was built in 1995 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Landing of the Allied American Forces in Legazpi City.
  • The Japanese Tunnel is an L-shaped tunnel used as an arsenal by the Japanese Imperial Army during the World War II. It measures 40 metres (130 ft) long and around 7 feet (2.1 m) deep below the ground. The tunnel is located in Brgy. EM's Barrio South in the Albay District.
  • The Legazpi City Museum showcases the heritage and culture of the city and province.
  • Liberty Bell is a bronze bell installed in 1945 by the American liberation forces at the Peñaranda Park. It is enclosed within a dome-shaped concrete structure with the inscription, “Whenever oppression knocks at your door, feel free to ring this bell”.

Churches[edit]

St. Gregory the Great Cathedral
  • The Cathedral of St. Gregory the Great, located in the Albay District, is the Episcopal Seat of the Diocese of Legazpi. It was first built by Spanish missionaries as a wooden chapel in 1581. The present church, designed by then governor Don Jose Ma. de Peñaranda, was built in 1839 using volcanic rocks.
  • St. Raphael the Archangel Church is located in the Port District. The original church was built in 1834 under the auspices of Pedro Romero but was subsequently destroyed during the liberation of Legazpi by Allied forces in 1945. A more modern church was rebuilt in its place. Notable features include an altar table made of a single block of hardened lava rock.
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine is built on a hillside in Brgy. Buraguis overlooking the port district. It features life-sized depictions of Stations of the Cross and a huge statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe at the summit.
  • Our Lady of Fatima Church, located along Imelda Roces Avenue, is a modern church with a semi-circular nave built in 1999.
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Redemptorist) Church is the mission house of the Redemptorist congregation.
  • St. Jude Thaddeus Parish Church along Lapu-Lapu Street was built in 1965 to serve the Filipino-Chinese community.
  • St. Joseph Quasi-Parish Church is located in Brgy. Rawis. A new church is under construction .

Parks[edit]

Albay Park and Wildlife
  • Peñaranda Park is a plaza dedicated to Jose Ma. Peñaranda, the first governor of Albay. It is located in the Albay District surrounded by the Legazpi City Hall, Albay Capitol and St. Gregory the Great Cathedral.
  • Rizal Park is located in front of Saint Raphael Church on Peñaranda Street. It has a fountain and a monument to José Rizal, the country's national hero, sculpted by National Artist Napoleon Abueva in 1966.
  • The Albay Park and Wildlife, located along Diversion Road - Bogtong, is a picnic grove and a zoological park combined.
  • Kalayaan Park in Barriada, Gogon features pavilions, walkways, benches, children's playground, and a basketball court.
  • Bicol Heritage Park is located inside Camp Simeon A. Ola, headquarters of the Police Regional Office 5 in Bicol.

Shopping Centers[edit]

LCC Mall Legazpi
  • LCC Mall Legazpi, which opened in the late 1980s, is the pioneer commercial establishment of its kind in Legazpi.
  • A. Bichara Silverscreens and Entertainment Center is a premier cinema and entertainment center that opened in 1998.
  • Embarcadero de Legazpi is a marina-inspired waterfront lifestyle hub, commercial and entertainment center located in the city's port area that opened in 2007. It is part of the Embarcadero IT Park. It also hosts the first Duty Free Philippines store in Bicol.
  • Ayala Malls Legazpi - Liberty City Center is a joint venture between LCC Malls and Ayala Malls in the city's main business district. It is a four storey mall with 200 stores, 4 cinemas, al fresco dining and underground parking.
  • Pacific Mall Legazpi is the first full-sized integrated shopping center in the Bicol region.

Streets[edit]

Legazpi Boulevard
  • The Legazpi Boulevard is a picturesque seaside road along the city's southern coastline with wide promenades, bike lanes, monuments such as the statue of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, JCI Legazpi Tourism Marker and the Freemason Obelisk, restaurants, cafes and pubs.

Monuments[edit]

Battle of Legazpi Pylon
  • The Battle of Legazpi Pylon at the intersection of Quezon and Rizal Streets is a 16-metre (52 ft) high monument built to commemorate the defeat of Filipino fighters by American forces in 1900. The pylon marks the site of a bloody battle during the Philippine-American War and World War II.
  • The General Simeon Ola Statue is located at Bicol Heritage Park inside the police camp named in his honor, Camp Simeon A. Ola.
  • The Jose Maria Peñaranda Monument was built as a tribute to the late Governor of Albay who served from 1834 to 1843. It is located at the Peñaranda Park.
  • General Jose Ignacio Paua Statue is dedicated to Gen. Paua, the only pure-blooded Chinese who supported the Katipunan during the Philippine Revolution. It is located in a pocket park in Brgy. Bañadero.
  • The Headless Monument is dedicated to the unknown heroes who died in the Japanese occupation of Legazpi City during World War II. The memorial is located within the city's Post Office Compound in Barangay Lapu-Lapu.
  • Ibalong Heroes Monument, located on the junction of RIzal and Lapu-Lapu Streets, honors the mythical heroes of the Ibalong epic-fragment: Baltog, Handyong and Bantong.
  • Mag-Ilusyon or Magsing-irog (Lovers) is a metal sculpture by award-winning artist Eduardo Castrillo, commissioned in 1976 for Kalayaan Park in Barriada, Gogon.
  • Padang Memorial Cross in Brgy. Padang is dedicated to the victims of Typhoon Reming in 2006.
  • The Obelisk is a landmark monument located along Legazpi Boulevard in Brgy. Puro; it is a joint project between the city government and Mayon Lodge No. 61.

Do[edit]

Buy[edit]

  • Pacific Mall. has a Metro Gaisano supermarket and a cinema.
  • Ayala Mall Legazpi. 6am-8pm. has a LCC supermarket
  • Puregold Supermarkets. (near port). 7am-9pm.
  • S M Savemore Supermarkets. 8am-8pm. have two outlets in Legazpi
  • Robinsons Supermarkets.. 8am-8pm. has one outlet in Legazpi
  • 7-Eleven Convenience stores. 24 hours. has many outlets all over Legazpi.
  • LCC mall and Supermarkets. 8am-8pm. LCC have 3 outlets in Legazpi

Eat[edit]

Local culinary is known as Bicolano food. Coconut milk is the most important ingredient to be added during the cooking. Mains can be pork, seafood or poultry. Flavor will be hot from chili, sweet and sour to savoury enriched by coconut milk base. Most famous amongst the Bicolanos' menu is Bicol Express, which consists of pork and intestine slow-cooked in coconut milk, vinegar and some spices. Common Filipino menus also can be found quite easily. They include dishes like pork adobo, silog (fried rice in garlic), milkfish (bangus) and longganisa (pork sausages). The taste of the longganisa is sweet, quite similar to Ilocano's longganisa.

Budget[edit]

Mid-range[edit]

LCC Mal nearby Lapu-Lapu Street has several vendors that sells some Filipino menu, just like fried bangus with rice, fried chicken with silog.

Splurge[edit]

Find out in the cafes within Embrocadero and having dinner towards the sea.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

  • Sampaguita tourist InnRizal street +63 52 4806258. Fan rooms with outside bathrooms. A/C rooms with own bathrooms and Cable TV . Free WIFI. php300/475.
  • Magayon Hotel.Penaranda Street. +63 52-4807770, 09107881144 (Cell phone). Fan rooms with TV. A/C rooms with TV. all rooms have outside Bathrooms. php200/300.
  • Catalinas Lodging House96 Penaranda Street. +63 52 4807841. Fan rooms with shared Bathrooms. Old but Clean. from php190.
  • Mayon Backpackers Hostel040 brgy 11 maoyod (off rizal street),  +63 52-4800365, 09055186076. Fan dorm beds in a room with 4 beds per room. a/c dorm beds in a room with 6 beds. p250/350.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Hotel St. EllisRizal Street, Legaspi City, Albay, Philippines 4500 +63 52 480 8088. Hotel St. Ellis is superbly situated along Rizal St., it is a short 3 kilometer drive from the airport.. It offers rooms completely furnished with a 32-inch LCD television set with satellite cable TV connection, high-speed internet access, NDD/IDD telephone, in-room safe, and an electronic door lock system. Some of its amenities includes Essences Spa, Salon Mye, a fitness centre, and a kiddie activity room Best rates on official website start at PHP 3,150.00.
  • Tyche Boutique HotelGov. Forbes St. corner Rizal St., Baybay (Directly across the Philippine National Bank branch, it is only a few minutes from the Legazpi Domestic Airport.),  +63 52 480-5555. All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, widescreen high-definition lcd tv with cable channels, complimentary wireless internet access, bathroom amenities and hair dryer. Some of its facilities and services are 24-hour room service, concierge, massage service (by arrangement), laundry service, 24-hour security, business center with Internet access for email, secretarial services, and fax. Rates start at 2,700.00 PHP.
  • [dead link]Alicia HotelCapt. F. Aquende Drive +63 52 4810801, e-mail: . Alicia Hotel in Legazpi City, Albay, Bicol Region is only a few minutes from the domestic airport. It's also conveniently accessible from the city center and various notable spots. The hotel offers 32 rooms and suites individually equipped with modern amenities like cable TV, individually controlled air-conditioning, a telephone, and Internet access. Rates start at PHP 1,950.
  • La Piazza HotelTahao Road, Airport District +63 52 480 3377. A/C suites equipped with LCD TV with cable channels and unlimited Wi-Fi access. Some of its facilities and services are function rooms, wi-fi access in public areas, Massage services and airport transfer. From PHP 1600.00.

Splurge[edit]

  • The Oriental LegazpiTaysan Hill, Sto. Niño Village +63 52-742-8888. A/C suites equipped with TV with cable channels, executive work desk, IDD/NDD telephone and high-speed broadband Internet access. Some of its facilities and services are airport transfer, wireless Internet access, infinity pool, spa, fitness room/gym, business center, car rental, and city transfer. From PHP 6,500.00.

Connect[edit]

Stay healthy[edit]

  • Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital. Rizal Street. Phone 52-4830636. (DOH Hospital).

Cope[edit]

  • Bureau Of Immigration Legazpi Office. Door 3 Blst Building Rizal Street.

Go next[edit]

  • Virac
  • Donsol
  • Cebu via Masbate
  • Naga.
  • Calbayog
  • Sorsogon,
  • Gubat and Rizal Beach. There are several sleepy towns and nice beaches after Legazpi just like Sorsogon and Gubat. Take a jeepney to these directions. Normally they make a stop in Pilar Port on the way to Sorsogon and Gubat.
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