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A world-class mega tourism project—an international cruise ship terminal—is set to rise in Albay in the Bicol region.

To be built along the Legazpi City boulevard that is adjacent to the newly constructed Sawangan Park, the project will offer passengers of cruise ships a full view of the majestic Mayon Volcano once the ships dock at the Albay Gulf.

Construction of the project will commence as soon as the national government transfers an initial amount of P150 million to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Bicol, according to the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

The cruise ship terminal is seen to boost international tourist arrivals in Albay, the capital city of Legazpi, which is in turn the regional center of the whole Bicol region (located in the southern foothill of the 200-year-old Mayon Volcano).

The international cruise ship terminal is expected to attract more tourists because of its strategic location, as it lies between the serene Albay Gulf with a four-kilometer stretch boulevard, and the panoramic, cone-shaped Mayon Volcano.

Legazpi City, billed as “The City of Fun and Adventure” seems to be a perfect location to put up an international cruise ship terminal. It’s a thriving city and one of the country’s top adventure tourism destinations.

Aside from the world-famous Mayon Volcano, other tourist attractions in Legazpi include the iconic Cagsawa Ruins, the Daraga Church, the Ligñon Hill Nature Park, and the Albay Park and Wildlife, among many others.

The international cruise ship project includes the construction of a seaport that can accommodate a 300-meter long tourism cruise ship which is the standard size of international cruise ships.

Upon completion of the project, Legazpi will be the second city after Tagbilaran City in Bohol, to have an international passenger cruise ship terminal.