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(älbī`), province (1990 pop. 903,785), SE Luzon, on the Bicol peninsula, in the Philippines. Legaspi is the capital, chief port, and largest city. Albay's terrain is rugged, but its fertile volcanic soil and heavy rainfall favor farming, and the province is a major hemp-producing area. It has many small, sheltered harbors for interisland shipping. Major tourist attractions are the beautiful active volcano, Mt. Mayon (c.8000 ft/2,440 m), the church of Cagsawa, half-buried since an eruption of Mayon early in the 19th cent., and Tiwi Hot Springs. In 1968, Mt. Mayon erupted and engulfed three villages as some 20,000 people fled their homes.
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On October 22, MV COSCO Shanghai arrived in Port Botany, Sydney, Australia, and the Filipino seamen were met onboard the ship by Consul Marford Angeles and Assistance-to-Nationals (ATN) Officer Erlinda Albay of the Philippine Consulate General in Sydney to ascertain their condition.
These things will make Albay a model in disaster response," Albay Governor Joey Salceda told Gulf News in a phone interview.
Rescuers would be dispatched shortly to check on reports about the tourists, said Joey Salceda, governor of Albay province where the 2,460-metre (8,070-foot) Mayon is located.
Bernardo Alejandro, regional disaster management head in the worst-affected area of southern Luzon, said seven of the fatalities were from Albay province while at least one is confirmed in neighboring Catanduanes province.
Residents close to the no-go zone in the central province of Albay were warned of possible rockfalls, pyroclastic flows, ash emissions, and lahar (mud lava) in water channels, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said in its latest bulletin.
In nearby Albay province, nearly 45,000 villagers were moved into school shelters from their houses at the foot of the Mayon volcano amid fears of possible mudslides, he said.
Senator Richard Gordon, who heads the local Red Cross, said his group has recorded a death toll of at least 406, with 398 others missing, based on figures provided by mayors of devastated towns, especially in worst-hit Albay province.
At least 120 bodies were buried in a mass grave late Saturday on the outskirts of Legazpi City in Albay Province, about 550 kilometers southeast of Manila, because they have been decomposing rapidly in the tropical conditions, city mayor Noel Rosal said.
Governor Fernando Gonzalez of Albay province, where Mayon is located, said about 35,000 villagers were being evacuated and an additional 20,000 people would have to be moved out of harm's way in case of a major eruption.
Clockwise, from top, Birgul Balci, Hasret Albay and Nurcan Albay from the Kurdish dance group; Cywair Chamber Choir from Newcastle Emlyn; folk dancers from Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni in action outside; and a member of Hogiau on the roundabout stage Pictures: STACEY ROBERTS
This would allow at least three groups to qualify for the P171-billion project, which is designed to revive commuter rail operations in Luzon, including a long-haul line from Manila to Legazpi City, Albay.
Mount Mayon, a popular tourist site known for its near-perfect cone, lies in coconut-producing Albay province, about 340 kilometres (210 miles) southeast of Manila.