Provinces

Sorsogon Province

Written by Patrick

ABOUT

Sorsogon, is a province in the Philippines located in the Bicol Region. It is the southernmost province in Luzon and is subdivided into fourteen municipalities and one city. Its capital is Sorsogon City and borders the province of Albay to the north.

Its rich marine resources yield various products such as fish, crabs, clams, mollusks and seaweeds. Sorsogon is known for its historic and panoramic places.

LOCATION

Sorsogon

Coordinates: 12°50′N 123°55′E

FAST FACTS

The following are a few useful and interesting details about this province.

Province:
Sorsogon
Location:
12°50′N 123°55′E | View Map
Year Founded:
1894
Capital:
Sorsogon City
Area:
2,119.01 km2 (818.15 sq mi)
Population:
828,700
Density:
370/km2 (970/sq mi)
Division:
Region:
V
Cities & Towns:
1 Component city, 14 Towns (Municipalities)
Demonym(s):
Sorsogueño/a
Elevation:
(Mount Bulusan) 1,565 m (5,135 ft)
Time Zone:
PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code:
4700–4715
Area code:
+63 -(056)-XXX-XXXX
Electricity:
Standard voltage is 220V.
Plug commonly used is Type A but Types B and C are used as well.
Bring A to B adapter(s).
Currency:
Philippine Peso (PHP)
Exchange Rate:
Approximately 1 USD = 50 PHP | click for exact exchange rate
Income Class:
Second Class
Religion(s):
Sorsogon is predominantly a Catholic province.
Language(s):
Sorsoganon, Bicolano, Filipino, English, Gubat language, Waray-Waray
Known For:
Bulusan Lake, Bulusan Volcano, whale sharks
Major Industries:
Agriculture (rice, coconut, abaca, pili nuts), Fishing
Climate:
Tropical
Best Time to Visit:
Summer
Clothing:
Casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.
Airport(s):
Bacon Community Airport | Bulan Airport
Seaport(s):
Bus Terminal(s):
COMING SOON

CLIMATE

The climate in this province is Type 2 climate based on the Climate Map of the Philippines by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). Being a Type 2, Sorsogon has no dry season with a pronounced rainfall from November to January.

Best time to visit is during summer, before or after the rainy season.

The most appropriate clothing for this province is casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.

READ MORE: Climate & Weather in the Philippines

CITIES & TOWNS

Sorsogon Province Map

The Sorsogon province is divided into 14 Municipalities and 1 Component City:

  • Barcelona
  • Bulan
  • Bulusan
  • Casiguran
  • Castilla
  • Donsol
  • Gubat
  • Irosin
  • Juban
  • Magallanes
  • Matnog
  • Pilar
  • Prieto Diaz
  • Santa Magdalena
  • Sorsogon City
 

ISLANDS

There are 7 outlying islands surrounding the mainland of Sorsogon which are under the jurisdiction of the province.

  • Bagatao Island
  • Bantayan Island
  • Batang Island
  • Calintaan Island
  • Dona Ana Island
  • Juac Island
  • Sablayan Island
 

POINTS OF INTEREST

The following is a list of points of interest relating to the Sorsogon province:

  • Bagatao Island Lighthouse
  • Barcelona Ruins Park
  • Bayugin Falls
  • Buhatan River Eco Adventure
  • Bulusan Lake
  • Donsol Beaches
  • Juban Old Houses
  • Libanon Beach
  • Liyang Cave
  • Malungoy-lungoy Falls
  • Paguriran Island
  • Palogtok Falls
  • Rizal Beach
  • Subic and Tikling Beach
  • Tolong-Gapo Beach
  • Ubo Falls

FESTIVALS

The following is a list of festivals celebrated in Sorsogon throughout the year:

  • Ginubat Festival (Gubat) – June 1-13
  • Pili Festival (Sorsogon City) – June 20-29
  • Parau Festival (Pilar) – October
  • Kasanggayahan Festival (whole province) – Last week of October

FAQs

The following are the most frequently asked questions about the Sorsogon province.

Where in the Philippines is Sorsogon located?
Sorsogon is located on Southern Luzon.

Is Sorsogon a city or province?
Sorsogon is a province.

What is the Capital of Sorsogon?
The capital of Sorsogon is Sorsogon City.

What is Sorsogon famous or known for?
Sorsogon is famous or known for Bulusan Lake, Bulusan Volcano, and whale sharks.

How do I get to Sorsogon?
There are several ways to get to Sorsogon, the most common being from Manila:

  • Bus | 13 hours | $16-$24
  • Drive | 8 hours | $42-$62
  • Plane to Legaspi | 1 hour | $38-$160 + Bus to Sorsogon | 1 hour | $3-$4′

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How many islands are in Sorsogon?
There are 7 islands in Sorsogon province.

How Safe is Traveling in Sorsogon?
Sorsogon is generally safe for locals and tourists.

Is the climate in Sorsogon the same as the rest of the Philippines?
The climate in Sorsogon is considered tropical with significant rainfall throughout the year.

To learn more about the various climate types in the Philippines, and for a Climate Map, click the link below…

READ MORE: Climate & Weather of the Philippines

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About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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