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The City of Legazpi (Bikol: Ciudad nin Legazpi; Filipino: Lungsod ng Legazpi) is a first class city in the province of Albay, Philippines. It is the capital city of Albay, and the political center of Bicol Region.
Legaspi City has a land area of 204.20 km².Location
Legaspi City is located in the 2nd district of Albay. It consists of 70 barangays. Positioned in the geographical center of the peninsula and between the two island provinces of Catanduanes and Masbate, Legazpi City is the southernmost terminus of the Philippine National Railways Main Line South. It also services sea-going vessels through its port.Population
According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 157,010 people in 30,612 households. The city is the ecclesiastical seat of the Diocese of Legazpi, and almost all practice the Roman Catholic religion. Language
Bicol, the local dialect, constitutes a strange variety in words and in diction among the 17 municipalities. Most puzzling is the amazing variation among towns of many words having the same meaning for one object or concept.
Bicol is generally spoken in Legaspi. The people speak Tagalog fluently and can communicate in English with ease.Climate
Albay experiences no dry season, with a very pronounced maximum rain period from December to January. The western areas have more or less heavily distributed rainfall throughout the year and the central areas have no pronounced maximum rain period with a short dry season from November to January. The province averages 20 typhoons yearly, ranging from 60-180 kph. Average rainfall is 233 millimeters; average temperature is 33.15 Celsius high and 22.60 Celsius low.Economy
Currently the ,largest mall in Bicol, Pacific Mall Legazpi serves as the centerpiece of Landco Business Park Legazpi. Recently, Pacific Mall has expanded its floor area to accommodate more tenants. Headquartered in nearby Tabaco City, and with its LCC Central Mall in Naga City, Liberty Commercial Center (LCC) Legazpi remains as Legazpi's original mall. Modernistic Bichara Silverscreen and Entertainment Center is a multi-story haven of shops, bistros, and cinemas.
The city hall and several provincial offices are located in what promises to be another progressive new downtown area known as Albay District (also Old Albay or simply Albay as this place was originally the capital town of Albay Province before it was merged with Legazpi) which has bistros that remain open till late at night although 24/7 shops are practically non-existent in the city. Legaspi has its share of popular fastfood restaurants such as Jollibee, McDonald's, Max's, Chowking restaurants, and Greenwich. In 2008, a Marina-inspired project dubbed as "Embarcadero" shall rise in Legazpi Port Area which shall be a 24-hour IT and Commercial Complex that is truly world-class and first of its kind in the Bicol Region.
Legazpi Airport, with a runway of 2,280 meters, is capable of handling huge aircraft. Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific offers the lowest air fare and now flies twice daily from Manila, using an Airbus A319 and A320, while PAL uses Boeing 737. Air Philippines has three-flights weekly (Tue, Thu, and Sat). The Philippine National Railways also rehabilitated the railroad system from Naga City to Legazpi City which gives an alternative transport system both for Bicolano people and their goods. The railways have been operational since the late 1990s after a strenuous rehabilitation.
Legazpi City is connected nationwide and the rest of the world through up-to-date communication facilities. It has two cable TV operators, DCTV (Digital Cable Television) and ESTV, and cellular and landline phone operators, Digitel/Sun Cellular, Globe Telecom, Smart/PLDT (Philippine Long Distance Telecommunication); and local MATELCO (Mayon Telephone Company), offering mobilephone, fax, data, and DSL Internet services.
Up until 2006, Legazpi City was the top tourist destination in Bicol as it lies just 15 kilometers southeast of Mayon Volcano, one of the Philippines' famous volcanoes. It is also a convenient jump-off point to other tourist destinations in the region through Legazpi Airport which accommodates Airbus A320, Boeing 737-400, and Boeing 727.Heroes
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