WATCH: Sorsogon to Celebrate Life of Prosperity in Kasanggayahan Festival



Choose Philippines | Oct 09, 2015

Aside from Catanduanes, another province in the Bicol Region will be celebrating its biggest annual festival this October. Sorsogueños will be opening the Kasanggayahan Festival on October 17, 2015 to commemorate the 151st anniversary of the founding of Sorsogon as a province.  The festival will run until October 26.

During the Spanish colonial period, the Bicol Peninsula was explored through a series of missions. The first was in July 1569 when the conquistadores landed on a coastal settlement called Ibalon (now Sorsogon). The other expedition was in the interior parts of Albay, which was Camalig. In 1573, Juan de Salcedo reached as far south as Libon and established a settlement there. The entire region was organized as one province with two divisions, one as Camarines (northwest) and one as Ibalon (southeast). Camarines went through a series of division and re-emerging until it was later divided in to Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte. Ibalon then became a separate province with Sorsogon as a capital. 

St. Joseph Church in Barcelona, Sorsogon
(Photo by Renzelle Ann Palma)

In 1846, Governor-General Narciso Claveria issued a decree which separated Masbate, Ticao, and Burias from Albay to form the province of Masbate. Albay was then divided into four districts: Iraya, Cordillera or Tabaco, Sorsogon and Catanduanes. Finally, on October 17, 1864, Sorsogon was separated from the province of Albay and Sorsogon City is its own capital. The very first Kasanggayahan Festival was held in 1974, the 80th foundation anniversary of the province.

Except for Albay on the northern part, Sorsogon is surrounded by the waters of Ticao Pass and San Bernardino Strait on the southeast and southwest and Albay Gulf on the northwest. It lies at the tip of Bicol Peninsula and is just a strait away from the Visayan island of Samar.

(Photo by Nikka Corsino)


Bulusan Lake in Bulusan, Sorsogon
(Photo by Owen Ballesteros)

With its irregular topography and highly-coastal geography, Sorsogon has become famous for the volcano-made lake of Bulusan, the whalesharks of Donsol, the Mangrove Forest of Pilar, and the amazing surfing waves of Gubat.

Brgy. Buenavista, Gubat, Sorsogon
(Photo credit: Bidge Villaroya)

With such rich heritage and abundance of beatiful places, it is no wonder that Sorsogon's annual festival is called "kasanggayahan," a Bikol word for "a life of prosperity." Festivities include a series of cultural, historical, religious, agro-industrial, and economic activities to showcase the province' cottage industries, folklores, and destinations.


The second leg of the Philippines' first-ever regional surf circut competition will coincide with Sorsogon's festivities.

Watch the video above for a sneak peak of this year's Kasanggayahan Festival!


How to Get There

  • There are local flights from Manila to Legazpi City.
  • Bus lines have direct trips from Manila to Legazpi City. (10 hours)
  • From the central terminal in Legazpi City, public vans ply the Legaspi-Sorsogon Route. (2 hours)

Explore More of Sorsogon

1) Calintaan: An Exceptional Beach in Sorsogon
(Photo by Almer Garrido-Casio)
2) A Church in Barcelona
(Photo by Renzelle Ann Palma)
3) Bulusan Lake, Bulusan, Sorsogon
(Photo by Owen Ballesteros)
4) At Luzon's End: Subic Beach, Matnog, Sorsogon
(Photo by Nikka Corsino)


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