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Copy of Bound for Bicol

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by John Ray Bonganay on 1 February 2013

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to BICOL Region 5 Region 5 Albay is a province of the Philippines located in the Bicol Region in southeastern Luzon island. The capital of the province is Legazpi City, which is located in the southern foothill of Mayon Volcano, the symbol most associated with the province. This near perfectly-shaped active volcano forms a scenic backdrop to the city of Legazpi and is visible throughout the municipalities and cities of Albay including the surrounding provinces. Albay retains Roman Catholicism as the overwhelming religion of the great majority. Language Fiestas (Feast day of saints) are annual celebrations of parishes, from a simple barrio fiesta honoring a patron associated for good harvest, to a town fiesta honoring a miraculous saint, a diocesan fiesta like the feast of Our Lady of Salvation, or a regional one such as the Our Lady of Peñafrancia Fiesta, a week-long celebration to honor the Virgin Mary, dubbed as the "Queen Patroness of Bicolandia". t is widely acknowledged that in Luzon, it is Bicol Region that holds the most number of men entering the seminary for Catholic priesthood, or women entering the religious life to become Catholic nuns. Our Lady of Peñafrancia’s odyssey into Bicol was so full of providential meaning, the story of her Bicol origin was even providentially fascinating The Catholic religion has the highest number
of followers than any other area in the Philippines. Bicol languages include the Inland Bikol of Bikol-Rinconada (Rinconada area), Bikol-Cam. Sur (Buhi, Cam. Sur; Libon, Oas, Daraga, Albay and Donsol, Sorsogon), Bikol-Pandan (Northern Catanduanes). Standard Bikol is based from the coastal Bikol language of the dialect of Naga City and is understood widely throughout the region even though they cannot speak it fluently. The people of Albay, called Albayeños, speak any of the several languages of the Bikol sociolinguistic language, also called Bikolano, an Austronesian language closely related to other Central Philippine languages such as Cebuano and Tagalog. (cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr (cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr • Total 1,233,432 Religion Bikol is the dominant language of the region. The Filipino language (Tagalog) is also spoken in northern parts of Camarines Norte as well as in the municipality of Del Gallego, Camarines Sur. Two Visayan languages, Sorsoganon and Masbateño or Minasbate, are spoken in Masbate and Sorsogon; they are collectively referred to as Bisakol. ALBAY Population Rank 20th out of 80 • Density 480/km2 (1,200/sq mi) • Density rank 10th out of 80 The Albay province is a paradise located in the Bicol Region of the Philippines, 460km (287mi) south of Manila. Albay is home to the spectacular Mayon Volcano, the region’s crown jewel and one of the great wonders of the world. Only one hour away is the natural habitat of the fascinating Whale Sharks in Donsol, an amazing interactive eco-experience for the whole family. Albay is filled with many natural wonders: waterfalls, caves, natural springs, beaches and marine life. The local cuisines are delectable, and for those who like to shop, there are plenty of the finest abaca handicrafts, cutleries and ceramics. The people are friendly and very hospitable. In Albay, you will experience a genuinely exotic adventure Digdi na kamo! Ethnic Group Bicolano Location:
Bicolanos live in the southeastern peninsula of Luzon, now containing the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Catanduanes, Masbate, and Sorsogon. Many Bicolanos also live near in the province of Quezon. Family:
Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian Related languages:
Buhi (Buhi’non), Daraga, Libon, Oas, Ligao Approximate Number of Speakers:
1,900,000 (2000)
4,583,034 all Bikol languages (2000 census) Status:
Stable the fifth-largest Filipino ethno-linguistic group Culture:
The Bicolano cuisine is primarily noted for the prominent use of chili peppers and gata (coconut milk) in its food. A classic example is the gulay na lada, known outside the region as Bicol Express, a well-loved dish using siling labuyo (native small chillies) and the aforementioned gata. Festivity Magayon Festival

Month of May, Albay


It relives the origin of Mayon Volcano. The festival features sports and cultural events and trade fairs. The focus of the event is the stage reenactment of the tragic love story of the legend of Daragang Magayon and Panganoron whose fatal deaths gave birth to the volcano. Legend has it that Magayon’s grave became Mayon while the clouds kissing her is Panganoron. Ibalong Festival

2nd week of October Legazpi City


A week-long festivity recounting the brave exploits of the heroes of Ibalong or prehistoric Bicol. The festival is highlighted by a street parade recreating the classic battles between heroes and beasts of Ibalong. Folkdance Pantomina (also called Sinalampati in Bikol) is a courtship dance imitating the courtship and lovemaking of doves, where men attempt to please the women. It is commonly danced during weddings in Bikol. Beliefs and Practices Bicol religiosity is deeply rooted. Sometimes Christian faith is expressed through indigenous forms, and indigenous beliefs may assume a Christian face. Some beliefs and customs related to farming the life cycle, talismans, and divination survive in the consciousness of the contemporary Bicol, even the educated. The prehispanic beliefs in the hierarchy of supernaturals ranging from bad to good s to a limited extend preserved. The common expression "Tabi po, maki-agi po" (Excuse me please, I would like to pass by) acknowledges the invisible world. The Christian God and heavenly host have replaced the supreme god Gugurang and the minor deities, each of whom had a special function. But the darker side inhabited by witches and monsters seem to live on I the minds of some Bicol Christians. So does ancestor worship in some areas; a postharvest thanksgiving ritual, sagurang, is retained by Bicol farmers by way of offering food to the spirits of their ancestors. Tradition Bicol is well known of cooking foods with “gata” or coconut cream and lots of chili, which marked their region with genuine Asian cuisine. Chili or the “Sili” and coconut cream when mixed together results in a very appetizing taste that goes best with hot steaming white rice and do not ever forget to keep lots of water handy to cool down the spicy and burning taste in your tongue. According to locals, before doing a vigorous activity, they require eating those spicy dishes to let their body release enough energy they needed. Scenic Spots Mayon Volcano Daraga Church Black Sand
Beaches San Miguel Island Whale Shark
Interaction Minaroso Cave Mayon is a stratovolcano known for its almost perfect symmetrical triangle shape. It is commonly referred to as one of the natural wonders of the world. An 18th century Baroque church built on top of a hill (overlooking the magnificent Mayon Volcano). This church was supposedly built by the women (thus the name "Daraga" which means Lady/Single Woman) when the men fled from forced labor during the Spanish era. Awarded as the 2nd Best-Managed Reefs in the Philippines in 2001 by PhilReefs, the San Miguel Marine Fishery Reserve is an area where fish and the reef are protected from damaging fishing practices, and fish populations are allowed to prosper. Minaroso is a rarely explored natural cavern. It is a haven of seabirds and swallows and believed to be an ancient burial site of the early Bicolanos. Everyone has to experience the whale sharks at least once in their lifetime. Seeing the Butanding for the first time is an extremely exciting experience. Black sand beaches are rare and very fascinating. The distinct black sand is created from the natural erosion of volcanic rock and which evolved from ground lava. _THE END_
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