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ALBAY is a prov­ince of the Philip­pines lo­cated in the Bi­col Re­gion in south­east­ern Lu­zon Is­land. The name Bikol first came to be known as the name of the big­gest and long­est river in the re­gion.

The river comes from the out­flow of lakes and springs from the prov­inces of Albay, Ca­marines Sur and Ca­marines Norte and form a large stream that ex­its in the San Miguel Bay, off the shores of Ca­marines Sur. The peo­ple of the re­gion are called Bikolanos and the lan­guage is called Bikol.

The cit­i­zens of Albay are called Al­bayanos. Albay is a prov­ince com­posed of 15 towns and 3 cities. The cap­i­tal of the prov­ince is Legazpi City. It was named af­ter Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, the Span­ish con­ques­ta­dor who came to the Philip­pines in 1565 and started the mas­sive col­o­niza­tion. The coun­try be­came the colony of Spain for the next 300 years. As a re­sult, the Al­bayanos be­came de­vout Catholics.

The sym­bol most as­so­ci­ated with Albay is Mayon Vol­cano, a near per­fectly-shaped ac­tive vol­cano, 2,462 me­tres (8,077 ft) high, which could be seen through­out its 13 towns and 3 cities as well as in the sur­round­ing prov­inces of Sor­so­gon, Mas­bate and Catan­d­u­anes.

Albay has a to­tal land area of 2,554.06 square kilo­me­tres (986.13 square miles).

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