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.



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.



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.



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

    Bicol Region (Region V)


    Second Congressional District

    Number of Barangays
    7 urban barangays, 43 rural barangays

    Land Area
    13, 088 hectares

    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

    Jeepneys, Tricycles & Motorcycles

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

    Albay Power and Energy Corp. (APEC)

  • Camalig 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


    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


    0700H                Early Breakfast and check-out

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

    1000H                Depart to Legazpi City Airport


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

    For Assistance:


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

  • Tourism Profile and Code

    The municipality of Camalig is making name in terms of tourism and cultural heritage and considered as a fast-growing emerging destination in the province of Albay.

    Being known as one of the oldest-founded towns in Bicol Region and the Cabecera of Christian Evangelization or the mission outpost from which most mission settlements in Albay evolved, Camalig is rich of tourist attractions with historical significance namely: the Old St. John the Baptist Church, the ancient Hoyop-hoyopan Cave a rich archeological site that proved the existence of a civilization long before the Spaniards set foot in this town in 1569, the colonial houses reminiscent of Spanish colonialization and the Quituinan Hills with all its Japanese dug tunnels. In addition, Camalig is also famous with eco-tourism sites designed with unique activities frequently visited by tourists such as Sumlang Lake, Quituinday Green Hills, Calabidongan Cave, Binanderahan Manilao Cave and Green Lake and other potential caves. In 2016, the Camalig Tourism and Cultural Heritage Office (CTCHO) – Tourism Promotion Section recorded at least 189,619 same-day visitors (186,491 – domestic; 3,128 – foreign), a great leap from the previous year’s records. Moreover, a total of 10, 257 tourist visited the town in 2016.

    An account cannot be complete without mention of “Pinangat,” the culinary wonder which enjoys worldwide popularity. Locally made food delicacies such as marcasotes, puto lanson, inulokan and abaca made carpets, bags, tsinelas and coco-coir products can be found also in Camalig. The establishment of tourism support enterprise in Camalig is fast rising. The local treasury earned approximately 1.5M income out of the registered tourism support services.

    The CTCHO made extensive efforts in the development, promotion and marketing of the tourism industry and cultural heritage in Camalig aligned to the town’s tourism and cultural promotions branding as the “Heritage Town of Albay”.

    Camalig as a culturally rich town and fast growing tourist-friendly destination proactively engaged in social and economic transformation promised to contribute 300,000 same-day visitors and 20,000 tourist arrivals annually in the province of Albay. We, in the tourism sector shall promote the culture of tourism among local residents and develop responsible and sustainable community-based tourism and cultural heritage programs leading to inclusive growth, socio-economic development and good image of the municipality.

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    Camalig Integrated Tourism and Cultural Heritage Code 

  • Visitors Arrival Reports
  • Local Transportation Contacts


    Baltazar Campos
    Contact No. 09283535734/ 09103652465
    Route (Bariw/Cotmon)

    Rustom Muni
    Contact No. 09074083193/ 09308895840
    Route (Ilawod-Bliss/Quirangay)


    Oga Sallan – 09325098705

    Jag Layese – 09175749338

    Alex Grageda – 09328800280

Camalig Promotional Videos

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Municipal Tourism and Cultural Heritage Office
Camalig Tourism and Pasalubong Center
Barangay 2, Camalig, Albay
0927-621-2215 / 0907-707-4474 / 0910-827-0668
Facebook: @Camalig Tourism