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Lagonoy Gulf borders the province to the northeast, separating it from the province of Catanduanes.
Burias Island in the province Masbate can be found to the southwest across Burias Pass.
This active volcano is nearly perfectly-shaped and is considered by many to be more beautiful than Mt. Other mountains and volcanoes in the province are Catburawan, Masaraga, Malinao, and Pantao.
History Albay and its surrounding areas were known as Ibalon when Juan de Salcedo and 120 soldiers explored it in 1573.
Its capital is Legazpi City and the province borders the Camarines Sur to the north and Sorsogon to the south.
Also to the northeast is Lagonoy Gulf leading to the Philippine Sea, and to the southwest is Burias Pass.
Albay is a province of the Philippines located in the Bicol Region in Luzon.
In 1894, Sorsogon became a separate province and Catanduanes in 1945.
The province of Albay itself was created on March 10, 1917.
Cities * Legazpi City * Ligao City * Tabaco City Municipalities * Bacacay * Camalig * Daraga * Guinobatan * Jovellar * Libon * Malilipot * Malinao * Manito * Oas * Pio Duran * Polangui * Rapu-Rapu * Santo Domingo * Tiwi Physical Albay has a total land area of 2,552.6 square kilometers, which makes it the 26th smallest province.
Most of Albay is located on mainland Bicol Peninsula and it has four major islands to the east: Rapu-Rapu, Batan (part of Rapu-Rapu), Cagraray (part of Bacacay), and San Miguel (part of Tabaco City).Forestry and papermaking are another source of livelihood.