• MTCHO / Vision & Mission

    Municipal Tourism and Cultural Heritage Office

    Created through Municipal Ordinance Number 2016-10, primarily the implementing arm for the programs, project and activities related to tourism and cultural heritage including the promotions and marketing of the tourism industries and the protection and conservation of the heritage sites and cultural assets of the municipality.


     Vision

    THE MUNICIPAL TOURISM AND CULTURAL HERITAGE OFFICE (MTCHO) shall promote the culture of tourism among local residents and develop responsible community-based tourism and cultural heritage programs leading to inclusive growth, socio-economic development and good image of the municipality.

     

    Mission

    To implement an inclusive and sustainable tourism and cultural heritage programs by:

    • Good governance;
    • Promoting local culture and developing the tourism industries;
    • Spreading the benefits of tourism and cultural heritage with the support, assistance and cooperation of both the private and public sector; and
    • Ensuring the safe, convenient, enjoyable stay of the visitors.
  • Quick Facts

    Camalig Historical Profile

    Recent archeological findings within the municipality show that Camalig had been inhabited by people with developed social attributes of cultural, religious, social, political and economic relationship and organizations as early as the years 200 BC to 900 AD, the period referred to as the early Iron Age in the Philippines.

     

    According to Father Cayetano Sanchez, an OFM who made researches on Bicol History at the Franciscan archives in Pastrana, Spain, in 1569, a Spanish Fleet led by Captain Luis Enriquez de Guzman came to Bicol Region accidentally as they were scouting the neighboring island in search for food supplies badly needed by Legazpi’s soldiers stationed in Panay. From Sorsogon, de Guzman ventured northward inland and went as far as Camalig where they came upon a thriving and prosperous agricultural settlement (rancheria) whose inhabitants kept their farm products in little hut with grass roofs and without walls called KAMALIG, in local language. After a brief rest in Camalig, de Guzman and his men went back to Panay. So, it is easy to deduce then, that Camalig got its name from these native huts used for storing harvests or crops.

     

    Location

    Southern part of Mayon Volcano
    Daraga on the East
    Guinobatan on the West
    Jovellar on the South
    Mayon Volcano on the North

    Region 
    Bicol Region (Region V)

    Province 
    Albay

    District
    Second Congressional District

    Number of Barangays
    7 urban barangays, 43 rural barangays

    Land Area
    13, 088 hectares

    Population
    60, 319 as of 2009

    Major Industry 
    Agriculture, Handicraft Making, Candy Making, Pinangat
    Making, Cement Production, Coco-coir Processing, Food
    Processing, Dairy Products & Garments Industry

    Banking Facilities 
    1 Rural Bank, 1 Credit Cooperative

    Transportation 
    Jeepneys, Tricycles & Motorcycles

    Communication 
    5 Telecommunication Networks: Bayantel, Digitel, Globe,
    Smart & Sun Cell; 2 Cable Networks: DCTV & Tripinvision

    Power
    Albay Power and Energy Corp. (APEC)

  • Camlig Tourism Cicuit Map and Tour Packages

    Camalig Tourism Activities/Tours:

    1. ATV Ride to 1978 Mayon Lava Wall
    2. Heritage Walk to St. John the Baptist Church and Spanish-American Colonial Houses
    3. Pinangat Making and Culinary Tour
    4. Cave Hopping at Hoyop-hoyopan Cave, Solong Cave and Manilao Cave
    5. Tunnel Hopping, ATV Ride, Camping, Biking, Kite Flying at Quituinan Hills
    6. Trekking at Quitinday Green Hills Formation Reserve
    7. Boating and Fishing at Sumlang Lake
    8. Factory Site Visit, Product Demos and Pasalubong Shopping

    3D/2N CAMALIG HERITAGE ENCOUNTER  

    Discover Camalig!  magayon, ma-ogma,masiram!

    (Glimpse of the Colonial Built Structures, Taste the Native Delicacies, Buy our Locally-Made Products, Enjoy More Thrilling Activities plus Friendly-Loving People)

    DAY 1 (Camalig Heritage Tour)

    0700H                Legazpi City Airport to Camalig

    0800H               Check-In and Breakfast at the Hotel

    0930H                St. John the Baptist Church

    1000H                Heritage Walk to Spanish-American Colonial Houses

    1100H                 Balsa Boating and Fishing at Sumlang Lake

    1200H                Lunch at the Restaurant

    1330H                ATV Ride to 1978 Mayon Lava Wall

    1630H                Kamalig Gallery

    1730H                Night Encounter at Quituinan Hills (Dinner on top of hill, Stargazing, Bon Fire)

    DAY 2 (Eco-Adventure Tour)

    0700H                Early Breakfast

    0800H                Horseback Riding and Tunnel Hopping at Quituinan Hills

    1000H                Pinangat Cooking at (Pinangat Maker Facility)

    1200H                 Lunch at the Restaurant

    1300H                Spelunking at Hoyop-hoyopan Cave

    1500H                Trekking at Quitinday Green Hills Formation Reserve

    1700H                Pasalubong Shopping at Camalig Pasalubong Center and Abaca Product Making at NCI

    1830H                Dinner at the Restaurant

    1930H                Wholesome Massage

    DAY 3 (AGRI-ETHNO ECO VILLAGE)

    0700H                Early Breakfast and check-out

    0800H                Agri-Ethno Eco Village (Albay OTOP Familiarization)

    1000H                Depart to Legazpi City Airport

    OPTIONAL TOUR PACKAGES:

    • Camalig Culinaria Immersion (Pinangat Making and Pilinut Candy Making)
    • Calabidongan Cave Exploration

    For Assistance:

    CAMALIG TOURISM PROMOTION SECTION

    Camalig Tourism and Pasalubong Center
    Barangay 2, Camalig, Albay / 09276213315

  • Camalig History Book

    The Camalig History Book entitled Camalig: Albay’s Cabecera of Christian Evangelization by Danilo Madrid Gerona is the first book written on the history of the town, it provides a comprehensive narrative which traces its epic journey from a vibrant cabecera of the Franciscan missions in Albay in the late sixteenth century, to an opulent abaca trading center in the nineteenth century, culminating in the post war era.

     

    With sources drawn from the major archives in Spain and the Philippines, this book serves as a solid foundation for in-depth studies of scholars on the various aspects of the past.

     

    The book constitutes as one of the foremost legacies in the preservation and promotion of the town’s rich heritage through the initiative of Mayor Caloy Baldo and the Local Government Unit of Camalig.

  • Pasalubong Center

    The Camalig Pasalubong Center housed all the products locally made in Camalig for availment of the public. It serves as a display center of all the Camalig made products and gallery of artworks made by the Camalig artists. It is located at the Camalig Tourism and Pasalubong Center, Barangay 2, Camalig, Albay.

     

    Exhibitors:

    1. Natural Carpet Industries
    2. SIMOR Handicrafts
    3. Juboken Enterprises
    4. The Rains Handicraft and Delicacies
    5. Noveno’s Pilinut Candies
    6. Bicol Shirt City
    7. Bikol Sikat Handicraft

     Pasalubong Center Facebook Page


Discover Camalig Travelogue 


Tourism Profile and Code


 Inventory of Tourism Services 2017


 Camalig Products


 Where to stay


 Tourist Arrivals Update


 Cultural Assets


 Human Culture


 Tourist Guides (Camalig Tourist Guides Organization)


 Local Transportation Providers


 Tourism Officer Contact Info and CTCHC Composition


 Camalig Heritage Structures