Region 5 (Bicol Region) : (Filipino: Kabikulan; Spanish: Bicolandia)

Located in the southernmost tip of Luzon Island, the largest island in the Philippines.

                   

 



Albay Islands Philippines
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Albay Churches...

Our Lady of the Gate Church
Daraga, Albay
Built in 1773 on a top of a hill by Franciscan Missionaries, the church is a priceless relic for art enthusiasts because of its rich baroque architectural designs carefully carved on volcanic rocks, and its façade gives the church its special distinction from the other churches in the country. It contains archeological relics of “santos” and rare religious seals ingeniously carved throughout the entire face of the church, even up to the belfry.



Oas Church

Oas, Albay




St. Dominic Guzman Church
Santo Domingo, Albay
Built in honor of the town's patron saint, St. Dominic Guzman whose feast is celebrated every 8th of August.



Our Lady of the Assumption Parish
Guinobatan, Albay




St. John The Baptist Church
Camalig, Albay



Malinao Church
Malinao, Albay




San Juan Bautista Church
Tabaco City, Albay
Declared by the National Museum as one of the National Cultural Treasures, this church was built by the secular clergy in 19th century. Its belltower features rocaille elements dated from an earlier time. The church has an unusual floor plan, with compartments that are inexplicable as of now. The stones on the walls bear masons’ marks, rarely seen elsewhere in this country.



Saint Stephen Protomartyr
Ligao City, Albay




Saint Gregory The Great Cathedral
The Episcopal Seat of the Diocese of Legazpi, Albay


Nuestra Señora de Salvacion
Joroan, Tiwi, Albay
Every 3rd Saturday of August, thousands of pilgrims flock to this small church in Joroan to pay homage to the miraculous image of Nuestra Señora de Salvacion, Albay’s Patroness.



 


Philippines Cuisine History and Influences

The Chinese food introduced during this period were food of the workers and traders, which became a staple of the noodle shops (panciterias), and can be seen in dishes like arroz caldo (congee), sinangag (fried rice), chopsuey. More details at Philippines Cuisine History and Influences


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