Bicol Region, also known as Region V, is a peninsula at the southeastern end of Luzon, the islands of Catanduanes and Masbate, and several outlying islands. The region has 6 provinces namely Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate and Sorsogon. It has one independent component city and six component cities. The regionís political and administrative center is Legaspi City and the regionís cultural and religious center is Naga City. Several volcanoes are found in the region: Mt. Labo, Mt. Malinao, Mt. Isarog, Mt. Bulusan and Mt. Mayon which is famous for its perfect natural cone.
Bicol Region is surrounded by natural barriers. It is bordered by Lamon Bay on the north, Pacific Ocean on the east, and Sibuyan Sea and Ragay Gulf on the west. The region has no pronounced wet and dry season and experiences several typhoons in a year. The inhabitants of the region are ethno-linguistic Bicolanos and some are Visayans such as Warays and Hiligaynons. The people speak any one of the many varieties of Bicol, a language related to other Central Philippines languages such as Cebuano and Tagalog. Roman Catholicism is the religion of the majority of the population of the region.
More than 50% of the regionís land is used for agriculture; 30% are forestland and the rest are for residential, commercial and industrial purposes. Major sources of income in the region are farming, forestry products, mining, rice and corn milling and fishing. The major crops of the Bicol Region are coconut, palay, cassava, corn, abaca and coconut. The region has significant deposits of gold, silver, lead, zinc, iron, nickel, chromite, copper and manganese.
Bicol Region is accessible by land transport, rail, air and water transportation. It has several ports both national and municipal. It is one of the famous tourist destinations in the Philippines because of its dynamic culture and magnificent scenic view to offer to visitors and tourists. For nature lovers, the region has much beautiful natural scenery like mountains, volcanoes, lakes, hot springs, rivers, caves and waterfalls. It is also known for its beautiful white sand beaches with world-class diving spots. The tiniest fish in the world can be found in Bicol. Mt. Mayon, located in Legaspi City, is one of the most visited tourist destination in the region. Standing majestically at 7,946 ft, one can see the splendid view of Albay gulf and the nearby towns. Bicol is also famous because of its rich cultural and architectural heritage. Structures of churches are dated back from Spanish Period.
The most populous cities and municipalities in Bicol Region are:
|City Of Sorsogon
|City Of Tabaco
|City Of Ligao
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