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Region V
Bicol Region
—  Region  —
Map of the Philippines showing the location of Region V
Country Philippines
Island group Luzon
Regional center Legazpi City, Albay
 - Total 18,114 km2 (6,993.9 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 - Total 5,109,798
 Density 282.1/km2 (730.6/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
Provinces 6
Cities 7
Municipalities 107
Barangays 3,471
Cong. districts 14
Languages Bikol, Albayano, Masbateño, Rinconada, Pandan Bikol, Sorsoganon, Tagalog

The Bicol Region or Bicolandia is one of the 17 regions of the Philippines. It occupies the Bicol Peninsula at the southeastern end of Luzon island and some other islands.

It consists of six provinces, namely, Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate, and Sorsogon. It has one independent component city, Naga City, and six component cities, Iriga, Legazpi, Ligao, Masbate, Sorsogon, and Tabaco. The regional centers are Legazpi City, the region's political and administrative center, Naga City, the region's cultural and religious center. Legazpi City, Naga City, and Sorsogon City are the leading cities in the region in terms of urbanization and also the hub of the region's economic activity.



The Bicol region is often seen as the epicenter of the counterculture and liberal politics in the Philippines because many of its inhabitants seem to oppose many right-wing governments and ideology which they blame for political corruption. The region has a political reputation for always voting for left-wing politicians. It is also widely seen as a stronghold for the National Democratic Front Philippines|National Democratic Front.



Inhabitants, called Bicolanos, speak any one of the several varieties of Bikol, an Austronesian language closely related to other Central Philippine languages such as Cebuano and Tagalog. Bikol varieties include Bikol Rinconada (Iriga-Buhi area), the western Albay dialects Oasnun and Darageño (Oas, Daraga), Bikol Sorsogon (Sorsogon), Bikol Catanduanes and Bikol Partido (municipalities surrounding Lagonoy Gulf). Standard Bikol is based on the dialect of Naga City and is spoken in a wide area stretching from Camarines Norte, most of Camarines Sur, the entire east coast of Albay (including Legazpi and Tabaco) and northern Sorsogon. Standard Bikol is generally understood by other Bikol speakers and is the regional lingua franca.

The Bikol languages are the dominant languages of the region. The Filipino language (Tagalog) is also spoken in northern parts of Camarines Norte as well as in the municipality of Del Gallego, Camarines Sur. Two Visayan languages, Sorsoganon and Masbateño or Minasbate, are spoken in Masbate and Sorsogon; they are collectively referred to as Bisakol.


Bicol is the one of the most secular regions in the Philippines, as only 55% of Bicol Region inhabitants attend church weekly compared to 68% nationwide. However, the region retains Roman Catholicism as the religion of the great majority. The Catholic religion has the highest number of followers than in any other area in the Philippines. Fiestas (festival of saints) are common occurrence, from a simple barrio fiesta, which honors a patron associated for good harvest, to a town fiesta honoring a miraculous saint, or a regional one such as the Peñafrancia Fiesta, a one week long celebration to honor the Virgin Mary, dubbed as the "Queen Patron of Bicolandia". As a matter of fact, it is widely acknowledged that in Luzon, it is Bicol Region that holds the most number of men entering the seminary for Catholic Priesthood, and women entering the religious life to become Catholic nuns.


Albay's archaeology shows concrete evidence of trade with China, Malaya and Indonesia going back two thousand years. The first Spanish contact was in 1565, when a treasure-galleon returning to Cebu from Acapulco, Mexico, was swept off course and the captain recorded his awe at the sight of Mt. Mayon erupting. Mount Mayon is the most prominent of the several volcanoes in the province, and one of the most famous jewels of the Pacific Ring of Fire; its eruptions have repeatedly inflicted disaster on the province, and enriched the survivors. When at peace, it is a particularly beautiful mountain. Albay has a large amount of rich flat land, and agriculture is the largest component of the provincial economy. Coconuts, rice, abaca, and maize are the chief crops. Handicrafts bolster rural incomes. Commercial fishing is also important, and the province has several thousand manufacturing enterprises. There are plenty of places to visit, offering opportunities to swim at beautiful beaches, scuba-dive to wrecked galleons, explore caves, climb volcanoes, admire waterfalls, lush vegetation, Baroque architecture, etc.

Gold-mining and jewelry manufacture continue to distinguish the province. Agriculture and fishing are major factors in the province's economy, and several handicrafts and small-scale industries are widely practiced. The region has recently seen a revival in its tourism industry, due mainly to the popularity of the new CamSur Water Sports Complex, the Mayon Volcano and the whale shark spotting and an increase in the number of upscale resorts in the region. Daet has long been a destination for surfers. It is hoped that the planned Southern Luzon International Airport will further boost tourism in the region.

Administrative divisions

Bicol is composed of 7 cities.

Political map of Bicol Region

Component Cities

Independent Component City

Coordinates: 14°N 123°E / 14°N 123°E / 14; 123


  • William "Bogs" Adornado, Legazpi City ~ PBA player, MVP
  • Liz Alindogan, Sorsogon ~ Model, Actress and Producer
  • Chx Alcala - Daraga, Albay ~ Model, Pinoy Big Brother Season 1 Housemate
  • Pepper Angeles Legazpi City ~ Commercial model, Ballerina and Swimming Instructor
  • Jeff Arcilla ~ Singer
  • Joker Arroyo, Legazpi City ~ Senator
  • Jane Banares, Legazpi City ~ Mutya ng Pilipinas-International 2009
  • Ian Batherson, Starstruck Finalist Season 5. Vote for him at
  • Nora Aunor, Camarines Sur ~ Superstar Actress, Singer, Host, Commercial model,Theater Artist
  • Rochelle Barrameda, Bacacay, Albay ~ Actress, Model, Miss Teen-Philippines
  • Roy Benitez, Virac, Catanduanes ~ actor, model, commercial model
  • Bentong, Tabaco City, Albay ~ comedian,TV Host
  • Maribeth Bichara, Ligao City ~ Dancer, Choreographer, TV Host
  • Ely Buendia, Naga City ~ lead vocalist of Pupil and formerly Eraserheads
  • Merlinda Carullo Bobis ~ contemporary Filipino writer and academic in Australia
  • Emilia Boncodin~ Cabinet Secretary,Department of Budget & Management (DBM)
  • Dina Bonnevie, Legazpi City ~ Actress, Beauty Queen, Model
  • Lou Bonnevie~ Singer
  • Shawnaleh A. Brauner, Daraga, Albay ~ Mutya ng Pilipinas-Globe, Model, Scriptwriter
  • Most Rev. Nestor Carino, Catholic Bishop, CBCP Secretary
  • Christopher Cantonjos, Sorsogon ~ PBA player
  • Paolo Clemente~ Singer, TUX
  • Irene Cortes ~ former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines / First Female Dean of the UP College of Law
  • Bobby Dacer ~ Publicist
  • Bal David ~ PBA Player
  • Henrietta Demetrio, Tabaco City ~ Supreme Court Judge
  • Marianne dela Riva, Legazpi City ~ Actress, Model
  • Enchong Dee, Naga City ~ Actor, TV Star, Swimmer
  • Angel James "AJ" Dee, Naga City ~ Actor, TV Star, Swimmer
  • Edna Diaz, Legazpi City ~ Actress, Model, Host
  • Paquito Diaz, Daraga, Albay ~ Character actor
  • Rene Dio, Sorsogon ~ Powerlifter, Fitness Instructor
  • Anna Dizon, Catanduanes ~ Singer, Businesswoman
  • Carlita Rex Doran - Oas, Albay ~ Inventor and Entrepreneur.
  • Bugoy Drilon- Ocampo, Camarines Sur ~ Singer/Actor, Pinoy Dream Academy Season 2 2nd Star Dreamer
  • Francis "Chiz" Escudero, Sorsogon ~ Senator
  • John Eva, Legazpi City ~ Fashion Designer of Krista Boutique by Sharon Cuneta
  • Jayson Fernandez, Camarines Norte ~ Lead vocalist of Rivermaya
  • Tabetha Jo Frick, Pasacao, Camarines Sur~ Beauty queen
  • Amalia Fuentes, Sorsogon ~ Actress
  • Manuel Gaite, Deputy Executive Secretary-Presidential Management Staff
  • Eddie Garcia, Sorsogon, ~ Actor, Commercial Model
  • Geraldine Garcia, Albay ~ Commercial model
  • Fr. Jessel Gonzales, SJ, Albay ~ Composer, Musician, Catholic Priest
  • Joross Gamboa, Daet, Camarines Norte ~ Actor, Star Circle Quest runner-up
  • Jaime Garchitorena, Albay ~ Singer, Actor, Model
  • Melody Gersbach, Daraga, Albay ~ Bb. Pilipinas-International 2009, Restaurateur
  • Karla Paula Henry, originally from Albay ~ Miss Earth 2009
  • Kristine Hermosa, Masbate ~ Actress, Commercial, Ramp & Print Ad model
  • Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan,Sorsogon ~ Military Colonel, Senator
  • Julie Sheila Jovellanos, Legazpi City ~ TV Host, Mutya ng Pilipinas
  • Cindy Kurleto, Albay,~ Actress, VJ, TV Host, Commercial, Print & Ramp model
  • Ricky Lee, Camarines Norte ~ Scriptwriter
  • Willy de Legazpi, Albay ~ Fashion Designer
  • Loida Nicolas-Lewis, Sorsogon ~ Fil-American billionaire, US Immigration Lawyer, Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of TLC Beatrice, LLC
  • Ricky Lo, Tabaco City ~ Columnist, TV Host
  • Christi Lynn L. McGarry ~ Miss Teen Philippines, Top Model of the World
  • Jamby Madrigal Ligao Albay ~ Senator
  • Emmanuel Mago, Albay ~ Basketball player, Model and Mr. Philippines-World
  • Janelle Quintana Manahan - Daraga, Albay - actress / Best New Female Artist (19th Aliw Awards) nominee
  • Liezel Martinez, Sorsogon ~ Actress, TV Host
  • Jude Michael,Albay ~ Singer/Recording Artist
  • Muriel Moral, Legazpi City ~ Binibining Pilipinas-Maja
  • Renato "Ato" Morano - Oas, Albay ~ Basketball Player (Coca-Cola, Welcoat, Pampanga Dragons)
  • Jovit Moya, Masbate ~ Actor, Thespian, Military Colonel
  • Aga Muhlach ~ Actor, model
  • Maniya Munoz ~ movie starlet
  • Mura, Guinobatan, Albay ~ comedian, character actor
  • Tina Maristela-Ocampo, Masbate ~ Binibining Pilipinas, Fashion Model, Bag Designer (Celestina Bags New York), The Black Shop owner
  • Diane Elaine S. Necio, Camarines Sur, Binibining Pilipinas, First Runner Up
  • Roberto Gumba de Oliveira ~ Model, film bitplayer
  • Mila Ocampo, mom of Snooky Serna,Iriga City ~ Miss Press Photography/Actress
  • Elizabeth Oropesa, Guinobatan, Albay ~ Actress, Model
  • Robin Padilla, Camarines Norte ~ Action Star, Commercial model
  • Imelda Papin, Camarines Sur ~ Singer/Recording Artist, Politician
  • Baba Parma, Daraga, Albay ~ Fashion, Commercial & Ramp model, Member of Professional Model's Association of the Philippines (PMAP)
  • Roderick Paulate, Legazpi City ~ Actor, Comedian
  • Pepito Vera-Perez ~ Scion of Sampaguita Pictures, politician
  • Miles Poblete, Tabaco City ~ Singer, GMA Star Search Winner
  • Lito Pimentel, Naga City ~ model,host, TV & movie Actor
  • Pepe Pimentel, Naga City ~ TV Host, actor
  • Isidro del Prado, Sorsogon ~ Asian Games Trackster/Sprinter medalist
  • Fr. Nolan A. Que, Legazpi City ~ Radio & TV Host, Catholic Priest
  • Miriam Redito Quiambao, Oas-Bacacay, Albay ~ 1999 Miss Universe First Runner-up, TV, Print and Ad Model, TV Host, Actress, Fitness trainor, US Licensed Physical Therapist
  • Precious Lara Quigaman, Ligao City ~ actress, model and Miss International 2005
  • Conrado de Quiros, ~ Writer & Columnist, PDI
  • Maria Venus Raj, Camarines Sur ~ Binibining Pilipinas-UNIVERSE 2010.Miss Philippines-Tourism 2008, Fashion Model
  • Dr. Ramona Bustamante Rañeses Oas Albay, - Grand Prize Winner (WORLD SPEECH COMPETITION,Indiana USA
  • Mike Realba - Oas Albay ~ Canadian Actor
  • Stephanie Roco-Reese, Albay ~ Singer/Miss Saigon
  • Gina Ritter, Legazpi City ~ Miss Philippines-Air 2002
  • Mae Rivera, Balogo Oas, Albay ~ Singer (ARAYYY, Ayoko Nang Maalala Pa, Bakit Ako Mahihiya, I Can't Be With You Tonight, Inano Ni Kwan, Kay Sarap, Mahal Kang Totoo, Malas Lang, Paalam, Sexy, Swak Na Swak).
  • Raul Roco, Naga City ~ Senator
  • Bembol Roco,Naga City ~ Actor
  • Celia Rodriguez, Irosin, Sorsogon ~Actress
  • Eddie Rodriguez, Camarines Norte ~ Actor
  • Jericho Rosales, Naga City ~ Actor, Penshoppe Model, Commercial model
  • Rafael Rosell ~ Actor, Bench Model
  • Aurora Salve ~ Actress
  • Georgina Sandico, Legazpi City ~ Binibining Pilipinas-International,film bitplayer
  • Randy Santiago~ Singer, TV Host
  • Raymart Santiago ~ Actor
  • Rowell Santiago ~ Actor, Director
  • Beatriz Saw - Baao, Camarines Sur ~ Actress, Pinoy Big Brother Season 2 Big Winner
  • Shalani Soledad, Baras, Catanduanes ~ Politician, current fiance of Noynoy Aquino
  • Russel Simon formerly Russel C. Mon, Sorsogon ~ Matinee Idol, Actor & Model
  • Francisco Tatad, Catandunes ~ Senator
  • Lucio Tan, Naga City – Business Tycoon
  • Gary Valenciano, Camalig, Albay ~ Singer, Concert artist, Actor, Commercial model
  • Isabel T. Valte, Legazpi City ~ House model of Cinderella, Ms. PHILIPPINES-Red Cross
  • Bro. Mike Velarde, Catanduanes - Tele-evangelist, Founder-El Shadai Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement
  • Bong Villafuerte, Camarines Sur ~ Action star, Governor
  • Benedict A. Villamora, Naga City ~ Bodyshots winner, Model, film bit player, Ginoong Filipinas-Mindanao,
  • Jonalyn Viray ~ Singer
  • Miguel White, Sorsogon ~ Sprinter, Olympic Silver medalist
  • Anjo Yllana, Camalig, Albay ~ Actor
  • Jomari Yllana, Camalig, Albay ~ Actor, Bench Model, Concert Producer
  • Victor Ziga, Tabaco City ~ Senator
  • Jose Cardinal Sanchez, Catanduanes ~ Roman Catholic Cardinal
  • Mahal, Catanduanes ~ Actress
  • Jose O. Vera, Catanduanes ~ Senator
  • Andy vital, Catanduanes ~ DZRH radio announcer/commentator
  • Christofer Rojas, Baras, Catanduanes ~ Actor

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