Gibalon Shrine | Things to do in Magallanes-Sorsogon

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Gibalon Shrine marks the first mass ever held on Luzon island. History notes that Miguel Lopez de Legaspi issued a letter to King Philip II asking for a religious envoy to be sent to the Philippines. Fray Alonso Jimenez was dispatched to Luzon where he established a chapel and shrine. The first mass was held here in 1569. The Spaniards then established a settlement and intermingled with the locals. The Spaniards used sea routes to promote trade, but were regularly attacked by pirates. The settlement of Gibalon (Ibalon) became their retreat to escape from the attacks.
Open: Open Everday
Address: Barangay Siuton Basketball Court, Magallanes, Sorsogon
Fee: Free
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Nearby attractions

Magaya-Gayang Springs
1.55 km away

A destination for relaxation, Magaya-Gayang Springs flows with refreshingly cool spring water coming from Bucabulan Spring and Dumalwa Spring. The area was originally the town's laundry washing area until it was developed into a tourist attraction. The water then flows into underground springs and travels all the way towards the ocean.

Sta. Lourdes Grotto
5.38 km away

Santa Lourdes Grotto, a Catholic shrine located on the hilltop of Bihia Island, stands tall with outstretched arms, protecting and overseeing the town of Magallenes. A fifteen minute hike up its stairs lead to a sacred place with a well-preserved statue of Lady of Lourdes. Locals on the island keep watch of the entrance and use the grotto as a safe haven when the surrounding area begins to flood. The view of Santa Lourdes can be seen even in the pitch black of the night and serves as a guide post for those out in the sea.

Bulan Eco-park
9.88 km away

A tourism project of Bulan's local government, this eco-park hosts the Mountain Festival, a lively celebration in honor of land as a renewable resource, held every 2nd Saturday of October. The park covers 14.8 hectares and used to be a garbage dumpsite. Donated by Thomas de Castro, the wasteland was converted into usable land and has been existing as a park for 13 years. The site is being developed to have attractions like butterfly farms, horseback riding, and tree planting programs, alongside concerts and other festivals. Eventually, the area will also allow renewable energy, and dormitories and facilities for public events.

Where to stay

Mariel's Lodging House
Hotels and homes
12.70 km away

Lodging House

Dragon House
Hotels and homes
12.70 km away


Caree' Hotel
Hotels and homes
14.35 km away

Strategically located at Bulan, Sorsogon, this hotel is a great choice for all types of travelers seeking comfortable accommodations. It has clean interiors, quality facilities, and amenities that guarantee a memorable stay.

Getting there and around

Barangay Siuton Basketball Court, Magallanes, Sorsogon

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