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'''Ligao City''' is in the province of Albay in the [[Philippines]].
 
'''Ligao City''' is in the province of Albay in the [[Philippines]].
  
===Get in===
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==Get in==
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Philippine National Railways is currently unavailable for use,
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Most of the trains are dilapidated.
 
===By plane===
 
===By plane===
 
Legaspi City Domestic Airport is an hour away from the city,
 
Legaspi City Domestic Airport is an hour away from the city,
 
Philippine Airlines flies daily from Manila to Legaspi vice versa,
 
Philippine Airlines flies daily from Manila to Legaspi vice versa,
 
Cebu Pacific flies daily from Manila to Legaspi vice versa.
 
Cebu Pacific flies daily from Manila to Legaspi vice versa.
===By train===
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Philippine National Railways is currently unavailable for use,
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Most of the trains are dilapidated.
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===By car===
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From Manila it takes 10 hours by car. The Philippine National Highway stretches from Metro Manila passing different provinces and finally Ligao City.
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===By bus===
 
===By bus===
Buses operate daily from Manila to Legaspi vice versa.
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Buses operate daily from Manila to Legaspi V.V, Try Cagsawa Tours, Penafrancia Tours, RSL Tours, Alps
Philtranco,
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or any of the dozen more bus companies.
Cagsawa Tours,
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Penafrancia Tours,
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RSL Tours,
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And many more bus companies.
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===By boat===
 
===By boat===
  
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By bicycle,car,tricycle and many more vehicles roam the city.
 
By bicycle,car,tricycle and many more vehicles roam the city.
 
==See==
 
==See==
Ligao City is one of the gateway to the Mayon National Park where the majestic Mayon Volcano is located. Local and foreign tourists who visit Mayon Volcano spills over to the city which itself is endowed with natural scenery that nature lovers find interesting. It has natural springs, caves, hills, lakes and a good panoramic view of Mayon Volcano.
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Malison Spring Resort is located in Bonga, Ligao City one can get a full view of the majestic Mayon Volcano and Malison Lake. One can go swimming, fishing and boating.  
  
   
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* '''Kawa Kawa Hill''' is located at California Village, Barangay Tuburan, Ligao City its is just 2km away from the heart of the city or a 30-minute drive northwest of Ligao City. Kawaka Hill is derived from the local dialect "kawa" or native cauldron resembling its crater. It is used to be called "lunad", a Ligao term which means "sagging" or "depressed" and literally describes the six-hectare crater. Nowadays, people who climbed or trekked the hill described the crater as a huge amphitheater, a sliced-coconut and a hill without a hilltop. Although, it may look like an ordinary hill from afar but the uniqueness of it will be felt and appreciated when one is on top of the hill where calm winds and air breeze waits. You can also get a full view of the city and as well as other barangays. Kawakawa HIll has served as a tourist and religious attraction since it was bought from private individuals and later developed as ecotourism by Fernando Gonzales, former governor of Albay and a prominent son of Ligao City. That's why it is opened to the public for people to appreciate nature and environment. Gonzales called this the "Lung of Ligao" where one can breathe freh air. Subsequently, he donated 800-square-meter lot at the top of the hill to the Divine Mercy Monastery of the Carmelite Nuns of the Holy Trinity, Diocese of Legazpi. Eventually, the nuns put up a life-size images of the Station of the Cross. A renowned sculptor from Paete, Laguna designed and conceptualized it. The first eight stations can be seen along the walkway, while the remaining six were installed around the crater ring. To date, the Kawakawa Hill offers to the pilgrims a unique Way of the Cross especially during Holy Week.
  
    Areas identified as recreation and tourist destinations are Divinaflor Hidden Spring Resort and Rendezvous Spring Resort, both located at Barangay Herrera, Kawakawa Hills at Barangay Paulog, Mabigao Lake and underground caves at Barangays Allang and Tula-Tula Pequeno, Bolinao Falls at Barangay Ranao-Ranao, Malison Lake at Barangays Pandan and Bonga, Mount Masaraga and Busay Lake at Barangay Busay, Cabrera Resort at Barangay Bay and Asistio Spring at Barangay Basag.
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* '''Ligao City Hall''' is also another place of interest in the city one can still see the original structure and the inauguration plaque by the late Sen. Domingo Imperial inside.
  
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* '''St. Stephen Protomartyr Church''' is another place of interest one can still see the original blocks and structure of the church.
  
    Ligao City has a special charm distinct within the locality. It has blend of relaxed atmosphere and a scenic view that soothes the tired mind, mesmerizes the body and delights one’s soul. For adventurous people the mystique of Mt. Mayon and Mount Masaraga, the twin peaks, offers an exhilarating experience for mountain climbing and trekking and the thrill of scaling great heights and descending in deep ravines.
 
 
 
 
    The unspoiled beaches along the coastal barangays of Catburawan, Cabarian and Maonon offers an alternative to the highly commercialized beaches of Boracay and Palawan. These areas offers business opportunities for possible investors and entrepreneurs for further development.
 
 
 
 
    All these places are accessible to all types of vehicles from the City center because all barangays can be reached through all – weather concrete roads. There are many types of vehicles that can be hired to take to these places from the vans to the tricycles and even single motorcycles.
 
 
 
 
    One can sample the hospitality of the place when he takes lodging with any of the houses of the inhabitants.There are also 3 lodging houses located in the City with air-conditioned rooms and other amenities. One can also savor the food cooked rich in spices and coconut milk and hot chili dishes inherent in the locality.
 
 
==Learn==
 
==Learn==
Ligao National High School,
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* Friendly Library Training School,
Ligao Community College,
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* Aletheia Christian Academy,
St.Mary Elementary School
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* St. Mary's Academy of Ligao(SMAL),
Aletheia Christian Academy
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* <listing name="VanderPol Christian Academy " alt="" address="Layon" directions="South side of Ligao City " phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">The VanderPol Christian Academy is U.S. Based International School that is recognized in both the US and Philippines</listing>
Friendly Library Training School
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    The prevalence of pre – schools attests to the fact that in Ligao City the parents are concerned with the education of their children at a very early age. There are 13 private pre – schools located in the urban barangays. This is not to mention the pre – schools integrated in the public school system in the elementary schools located in Ligao West Central School in barangay Binatagan, in Ligao East Central School in Barangay Tuburan and in Pandan Elementary School in barangay Pandan. These 3 elementary schools are under the Model of Excellence Program prescribed by the Harrington Foundation. Pre – school education is also being taught in 74 day care centers situated in 55 barangays citywide by day care volunteers hired by the City Government. All the teaching materials in the day care centers are provided free by the local government.
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    For the private pre – schools there are 300 males and 248 females with the total of 548 enrollees for the school year 2002 – 2003 handled by 33 teachers. The teacher to pupil is ratio is 16 pupils per teacher. Collectively there are a total of 33 classrooms for the private pre – schools.
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    In the public pre – school the total enrollment is 150 enrollees broken down to 77 males and 73 female pupils. The public schools hold morning and afternoon sessions to maximize the enrollment handled by 3 teachers. The teacher to pupil ratio is 25 pupils per teacher.
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    The day care program caters to the 3 – 6 years old age bracket. Some of the day care centers hold morning and afternoon sessions. The total enrollees for the day care program are 2,407 pupils broken down to 1,175 males and 1,232 females. It is handled by 74 qualified volunteer workers hired by the City Government. The pupil to teacher ratio is 20 pupils to each teacher / volunteer.
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The elementary public school of the City of Ligao is divided into two school districts – the West and East District. The West District covers 20 schools with a total enrollment of 8,163 pupils, broken down into 4,242 males and 3,921 females for the school year 2002 - 2003. There are 202 teachers with 209 classrooms. The teacher to pupil ratio is an average of 40 pupils per teacher. The average pupil per classroom is 39.
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The East District is composed of 27 schools having a total enrollment of 8,899 pupils. The male pupils are 4,604 while the female is 4,295. There are 228 teachers with 228 classrooms. The pupil to teacher ratio is 39, same with the classroom to pupil ratio.
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For the school year 2002 – 2003 there are 47 elementary schools city wide. The City Government is not lacking in classrooms. There are even barangays where school rooms are in excess. It can be noted that the pupil population exceeds the school age population. This is due to the fact that some school age children from the neighboring towns enroll in the city schools because of transportation accessibility and convenience.
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There are 4 private elementary schools in the City. The total enrollment is 382 pupils. Collectively the total number of teachers is 22 and the total classrooms are 24. The teacher to pupil ratio is 17 pupils per teacher and the pupil to room ratio is 16 pupils per classroom.
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Ligao City is the seat of the Bicol Regional Science High School. Its students numbering about 274 come from the different municipalities of the Bicol Region. Other public high schools are the Ligao National High School with a total enrolment of 3,168 located in the heart of the urban center and a number of barangay high schools located in the different barangays of Ligao with a total of 3,629.
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    The same Table shows that in SY 2002-2003, there were a total enrollees of 835 from the two privately-run high schools, St. Mary’s Academy of Ligao and Mayon Institute of Science and Technology.
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    It can be noted that in the school year 2002-2003 there is a remarkable increase in the enrollment in the barangay high schools. This is to due to the initiative of the City Government to improve the educational facilities and to modernize the teaching methods even in the remote barangays. Overall, there is a sharp increase in the in the enrollment in all public high school for the present school year.
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The City is operating and maintaining a community college, the Ligao Community College. It does not own its school facilities, but is using the school facilities of the Ligao National High School. Its total enrollment during the SY 2002-2003 was 786. Courses offered are: BS Ed major in PHEM, English, Math, Economics, Political Science and Associate in Arts. There is also an increase in the enrollment from last year. Two privately-run technical schools, the Albay Institute of Technology and the Mayon Institute of Science and Technology are offering computer courses such as computer secretarial and computer technician/mechanic. The Information Technology Center located in the Ligao National High School compound already in operation for the year 2003 has opened its enrollment from the elementary level, especially in the Grade 6 level to the college level and to the professional level. Many of the constituents has availed of the program for free and at present has already opened its enrollment to neighboring towns. The curriculum is Tesda accredited and the graduates are presented with Tesda certificates.
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In sitio Tobgon in barangay Batang about 3 kilometers from the city center, a school that caters to the underprivileged especially to the hearing impaired is located. The mission of the Fishermen of Christ Learning Center endeavors to reach the Filipino Hearing Impaired in the province of Albay to reach their full potential; prepare them for further training and employment as respected citizens. Its goal is to provide a strong and functional education through the implementation of DepEd thrust and adapted programs.
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    The school offers free education from pre-school to elementary up to high school. Its operations is supported through foreign funded organizations such as the World Opportunities International, the Deaf Evangelistic Alliance Foundation ( DEAF ), and other religious organizations.
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    The school was granted government recognition for their curriculum. For the present school year there are 16 enrollees for the pre-school, 50 for the elementary and 100 for the high school level. They maintain a multi-purpose Hall, 6 classrooms, an Administration Building, a Dormitory with 2 big rooms for male and female residents, a library and a Mess Hall / kitchen.
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    The school does not depend solely on foreign funding for their operation. They maintain local Income Generating projects for their counterpart funding. They have a small rice farm, a piggery and a rice mill. They employ working students in their projects and these students are given free accommodations. The students which come from faraway places and stay in their dorms are charged 20 pesos per meal but their rooms are free. They also accommodate their graduates to work with the school for their livelihood. For promising graduates they send them to0 their mother organization, the DEAF school in Cavinti, Laguna for college and they are trained for evangelistic work after graduation. At present they also maintain an extension school in barangay Bariw, Malinao, Albay that caters to the same underprivileged children.
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==Work==
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==Buy==
 
==Buy==
Handicrafts and other hand made items are sold along the city sidewalks and in the market as well as souvenir items.
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Check out the local market and small shops. Shopping is not at par with the bigger Legaspi market but there are items of comparable quality, and sometimes, the prices may even be a bit lower. The following products are not exclusively available in Ligao, but are widely available and regarded as of high quality.
The city’s industry is basically agro – industrial since the economy is agriculture – based. An offshoot are projects as piggery, poultry and comprada – warehousing especially in the rural areas. The manufacture and processing of agricultural products also exist through ricemill, oilmill, feedmill and the like. Other industries include ice plant, coco manufacturing, pansit ( noodles ) manufacturing, pilinut and storage warehousiung.
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'''Woven fibre products''' made of Abaca, Hemp, Banana fibres etc. made into items like Mats, Bags, Totes, Screens, etc.
  
AGRICULTURE PRODUCTS
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*<buy name="Our Children's Montessori Foundation, Inc." alt="" address="Samson St., Sta. Cruz" directions="" phone="052-485-15-13" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></buy>
  
    * Coconut
 
    * Corn
 
    * Palay
 
    * Rootcrops
 
    * Vegetables
 
    * Banana
 
    * Pili
 
    * Ginger
 
  
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==Eat==
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Craving late night food? Looking to bust that hangover? Check out noodle and congee stands near the bus terminals, try the '''Pansit'''(noodles with hard-boiled eggs and a splash of chili and vinegar),''' balut''' (boiled fertilized duck eggs), or '''Goto''' (rice congee with ginger, chicken and an optional boiled egg, served with patis or fish sauce and some cracked peppers). Or Feeling like shopping for grubs? Head straight to the city market, previously busy on Thursdays and Sundays but recently more accessible and pretty much open from mornings until the evening hours all week. For the more adventurous traveller who is not squeamish about trying street food, it would be worth the adventure to seek out the following food favourites in this city:
  
MARINE PRODUCTS
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* '''Pancit Rinuguan''':fresh egg noodles in meat broth, sauteed garlic and spring onions, topped with a tart and savory stew of cubed pork, tripe, various innards and pork blood. Ask for directions to Deling and Boy del Valle's noodle shop.  Most people in the city know them and swear by their pansit rinuguan.
  
    * Fresh Fish
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* '''Sinapot''' Is another street food favorite; ripe sliced saba bananas dipped in rice flour and sugar batter, held by cacao leaves, and fried in hot coconut oil until crisp.
    * Dried Fish
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    * Processed Fish
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    * Tilapia Fingerlings
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* '''Puto sa abab''', a rice cake steamed in coconut shells and filled with some type of coconut jam. A variation of the puto sa abab uses purple yam added to the ground rice.  
  
LIVESTOCK
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* '''Carinderias''' -  The local Carinderias are a delight and sample '''linutong balaw''' (shrimp paste with chilis and pork cooked in coconut milk until reduced and creamy).  Another Ligao specialty is the '''pinangat'''(pork, coconut and shrimp paste, and sometimes, river crabs, wrapped in taro leaves and cooked in coconut cream).  also ask for charcoal grilled pork belly or chops.  THey are great paired with a soy, chili and vinegar dressing, and lots of steamed white rice. They are usually sold to take home.  There are also little stands not far from the Catholic Church where pork bits on a stick, roast chicken and various other grilled meats are sold.  These stands are usually open way past midnight.
  
    * Hogs
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* '''Pili nut products'''  brittles, salted, roasted, mazapan de pili
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    * Cattle Fattening
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    * Breeding of Exotic Animals
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* '''Santan''' coconut jam with slivers of pili nuts. Great with toast or even over ice cream!
  
MANUFACTURED PRODUCTS
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* '''Dried fish products''': Ligao is not far from coastal areas with abundant fish and seafood, hence, the wonderful array of dried and smoked fish products.  A word of caution: do not attempt to bring these items through international flights unless they are packed and sealed.
  
    * Processed Foods
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=== Restaurants ===
    * Furnitures
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    * Pansit ( Noodles )
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    * Organic Fertilizer
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    * Concrete Products
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    * Handicrafts
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'''Jollibee''', a popular national chain serving burgers, fried chicken, spaghetti and quick fastfood fare.
  
MAJOR EXPORTS
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'''Kuyang's Grill''',run by Marcelo Garcia, is a full dining restaurant with an al fresco patio and banquet area, a large kitchen ,a menu of local food favorites.  
 
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==Eat==
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There are few fastfood chains in the city.
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Jollibee,
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Kuyang's Grill,
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Mexita Pizza Parlor,
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and many more food chains.
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'''Mexita Pizza Parlor
  
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'''Berman Ice Cream Haus and Halo-Halo''',ice cream,(ice cream sandwich),(banana split),halo-halo,tapsilog,pancit are available.Come and visit this place
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
  
 
===Budget===
 
===Budget===
*Ligao City Travel Lodge,
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* Ligao City Travel Lodge,
*Ligao City Pension House,
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* Ligao City Pension House,
*Ricardo's Place ,
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* Ricardo's Place ,
*Sambitan Tourist Inn.
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* Sambitan Tourist Inn.
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==Contact==
 
City Mayor-0528371400,
 
Site Administrator- 09152397426
 
  
 
==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==
There are two police substations in the city.
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*There are two police substations in the city.
The city is a safe place at night.
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*The city has a low crime rate 0.9%, but always be alert as bad elements lurk around you.
 
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==Get out==
 
==Get out==
By Philippine National Highway
 
  
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Latest revision as of 20:40, 22 January 2013

Ligao City is in the province of Albay in the Philippines.

Contents

Get in[edit]

Philippine National Railways is currently unavailable for use, Most of the trains are dilapidated.

By plane[edit]

Legaspi City Domestic Airport is an hour away from the city, Philippine Airlines flies daily from Manila to Legaspi vice versa, Cebu Pacific flies daily from Manila to Legaspi vice versa.

By bus[edit]

Buses operate daily from Manila to Legaspi V.V, Try Cagsawa Tours, Penafrancia Tours, RSL Tours, Alps or any of the dozen more bus companies.

By boat[edit]

Get around[edit]

By bicycle,car,tricycle and many more vehicles roam the city.

See[edit][add listing]

Malison Spring Resort is located in Bonga, Ligao City one can get a full view of the majestic Mayon Volcano and Malison Lake. One can go swimming, fishing and boating.

  • Kawa Kawa Hill is located at California Village, Barangay Tuburan, Ligao City its is just 2km away from the heart of the city or a 30-minute drive northwest of Ligao City. Kawaka Hill is derived from the local dialect "kawa" or native cauldron resembling its crater. It is used to be called "lunad", a Ligao term which means "sagging" or "depressed" and literally describes the six-hectare crater. Nowadays, people who climbed or trekked the hill described the crater as a huge amphitheater, a sliced-coconut and a hill without a hilltop. Although, it may look like an ordinary hill from afar but the uniqueness of it will be felt and appreciated when one is on top of the hill where calm winds and air breeze waits. You can also get a full view of the city and as well as other barangays. Kawakawa HIll has served as a tourist and religious attraction since it was bought from private individuals and later developed as ecotourism by Fernando Gonzales, former governor of Albay and a prominent son of Ligao City. That's why it is opened to the public for people to appreciate nature and environment. Gonzales called this the "Lung of Ligao" where one can breathe freh air. Subsequently, he donated 800-square-meter lot at the top of the hill to the Divine Mercy Monastery of the Carmelite Nuns of the Holy Trinity, Diocese of Legazpi. Eventually, the nuns put up a life-size images of the Station of the Cross. A renowned sculptor from Paete, Laguna designed and conceptualized it. The first eight stations can be seen along the walkway, while the remaining six were installed around the crater ring. To date, the Kawakawa Hill offers to the pilgrims a unique Way of the Cross especially during Holy Week.
  • Ligao City Hall is also another place of interest in the city one can still see the original structure and the inauguration plaque by the late Sen. Domingo Imperial inside.
  • St. Stephen Protomartyr Church is another place of interest one can still see the original blocks and structure of the church.

Learn[edit]

  • Friendly Library Training School,
  • Aletheia Christian Academy,
  • St. Mary's Academy of Ligao(SMAL),
  • VanderPol Christian Academy, Layon (South side of Ligao City). The VanderPol Christian Academy is U.S. Based International School that is recognized in both the US and Philippines  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

Check out the local market and small shops. Shopping is not at par with the bigger Legaspi market but there are items of comparable quality, and sometimes, the prices may even be a bit lower. The following products are not exclusively available in Ligao, but are widely available and regarded as of high quality.

Woven fibre products made of Abaca, Hemp, Banana fibres etc. made into items like Mats, Bags, Totes, Screens, etc.

  • Our Children's Montessori Foundation, Inc., Samson St., Sta. Cruz, 052-485-15-13.  edit


Eat[edit][add listing]

Craving late night food? Looking to bust that hangover? Check out noodle and congee stands near the bus terminals, try the Pansit(noodles with hard-boiled eggs and a splash of chili and vinegar), balut (boiled fertilized duck eggs), or Goto (rice congee with ginger, chicken and an optional boiled egg, served with patis or fish sauce and some cracked peppers). Or Feeling like shopping for grubs? Head straight to the city market, previously busy on Thursdays and Sundays but recently more accessible and pretty much open from mornings until the evening hours all week. For the more adventurous traveller who is not squeamish about trying street food, it would be worth the adventure to seek out the following food favourites in this city:

  • Pancit Rinuguan:fresh egg noodles in meat broth, sauteed garlic and spring onions, topped with a tart and savory stew of cubed pork, tripe, various innards and pork blood. Ask for directions to Deling and Boy del Valle's noodle shop. Most people in the city know them and swear by their pansit rinuguan.
  • Sinapot Is another street food favorite; ripe sliced saba bananas dipped in rice flour and sugar batter, held by cacao leaves, and fried in hot coconut oil until crisp.
  • Puto sa abab, a rice cake steamed in coconut shells and filled with some type of coconut jam. A variation of the puto sa abab uses purple yam added to the ground rice.
  • Carinderias - The local Carinderias are a delight and sample linutong balaw (shrimp paste with chilis and pork cooked in coconut milk until reduced and creamy). Another Ligao specialty is the pinangat(pork, coconut and shrimp paste, and sometimes, river crabs, wrapped in taro leaves and cooked in coconut cream). also ask for charcoal grilled pork belly or chops. THey are great paired with a soy, chili and vinegar dressing, and lots of steamed white rice. They are usually sold to take home. There are also little stands not far from the Catholic Church where pork bits on a stick, roast chicken and various other grilled meats are sold. These stands are usually open way past midnight.
  • Pili nut products brittles, salted, roasted, mazapan de pili
  • Santan coconut jam with slivers of pili nuts. Great with toast or even over ice cream!
  • Dried fish products: Ligao is not far from coastal areas with abundant fish and seafood, hence, the wonderful array of dried and smoked fish products. A word of caution: do not attempt to bring these items through international flights unless they are packed and sealed.

Restaurants[edit]

Jollibee, a popular national chain serving burgers, fried chicken, spaghetti and quick fastfood fare.

Kuyang's Grill,run by Marcelo Garcia, is a full dining restaurant with an al fresco patio and banquet area, a large kitchen ,a menu of local food favorites.

Mexita Pizza Parlor

Berman Ice Cream Haus and Halo-Halo,ice cream,(ice cream sandwich),(banana split),halo-halo,tapsilog,pancit are available.Come and visit this place

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • Ligao City Travel Lodge,
  • Ligao City Pension House,
  • Ricardo's Place ,
  • Sambitan Tourist Inn.


Stay safe[edit]

  • There are two police substations in the city.
  • The city has a low crime rate 0.9%, but always be alert as bad elements lurk around you.

Get out[edit]


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