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TIWI
Places to See
  • The Municipal Hall, built during the incumbency of Mayor Maximino Cruel in 1919, was renovated during the term of Mayor Naomi Corral in 1990.  Nearby is the Church of St. Lawrence the Martyr.
  • The Sinimbahan Ruins, located along the road opposite the town’s market in Brgy. Baybay, are the charming remains of the town’s original church built by Franciscan Fr. Pedro de Brosas but  abandoned due to its vulnerability to typhoon-induced tidal waves.  There is a glass case embedded in the walls which contain human bones.
  • A hectare-size Japanese Garden, just off the town’s main square, was developed by Japanese Peace Corps volunteers using Japanese landscaping blended with local materials and native flora.
  • The Philippine Ceramics Arts and Crafts Center (PHILCERAMICS), a state-of-the-art ceramics production facility in Brgy. Putsan, and the DOST-Ceramics Technology Center, in Brgy. Tigbi, provides world-class decorative ceramics made of terra cotta, the red clay, employing glazing technology.
  • Tiwi Hot Springs National Park, located 3 kms. from the town, consists of Naglagbong Lake (Brgy. Naga) and the vast hot springs in the vicinity of the resort and youth hostels.  The volcanic lake, with its boiling sulfurous pools, first exploded in 1982 but was destroyed by geothermal activity.  The huge geothermal plant was inaugurated on January 11, 1979 and its 15 wells produced steam for two powerhouses that generate up to 100 MW of electricity.
  • The Joroan Skyline Drive, also called the Hanging Road to Joroan, a highway 40 kms. north of Legaspi City going to Joroan, was carved from the sidesteps and steep cliffs of Mt. Malinao. It offers breathtaking views of the rugged Caramoan Peninsula across Lagonoy Gulf.
  • Church of Our Lady of Salvation (Brgy. Joroan)
  • Binugsukan Falls, in Brgy. Masibis, is a narrow multi-tiered waterfall set on a mountainside beside the road to Joroan.
  • Corangon Island, a tiny islet within a marine reserve and formed by pulverized corals, is clearly apparent during low tide, as one approaches Tiwi.
Brief History
  • Tiwi was formerly a barrio of Malinao
  • It became a separate municipality in 1696.
  • The town's name was derived from the gabi-like tigbi plant which evolved into Tivi and, then, finally to its present name Tiwi.
Economy

The municipality is noted for its pottery, hammocks, mats and hot springs. The Philippines' richest source of geothermal energy, Tiwi hosts the Tiwi Geothermal Plant which contributes a major share of electricity to the Luzon grid.  Cottage industries here include caragumoy and abaca handicraft making, highly concentrated in upland barangays.  Sinamay, banig, baskets, and bags with various symbolic designs (usually floral) are among the finished products.

Brgy. Putsan, a picturesque fishing and pottery village located about 2 kms. off the main road, past Naglabong Lake, and Brgy. Bolo have small jet-black volcanic sand beaches that supplies the ancient ceramics and pottery industry in the Bicol region.  They use a simple wheel without treadle to hand-shape earthenware water jugs and flower pots and bake them in open fires without kilns.  Putsan and Bolo clay is world's best clay type. Brgy. Baybay is the producer of decorative ceramics with diversified designs depicting Philippine flora and fauna and panoramic views.

General Information
  • Area (sq.kms.): 116.28
  • Population (2007): 49,185
  • No. of Barangays: 25 (1 urban)
  • Income Class: First
  • District: First
  • Zip Code: 4513
  • Area Code: 052
Where to Dine
  • DJC Halo-Halo (near the church)
  • Katigbihan Restaurant
Where to Stay
  • The Manantial de Tiwi Youth Hostel, located 3 kms. north of the town, has cottages and non-airconditioned single/double rooms with or without bath.  It also has a restaurant and a spring-fed swimming pool.
  • Mendoza Resort, next to the hostel, has airconditioned single/ double rooms with private pool and a restaurant.
  • Tiwi Hot Spring Resort, at Baño, next to the hostel, has airconditioned (with fridge and TV) and non-airconditioned single/double rooms with bath.  It also has a restaurant and two swimming pools.   Tel: 488-5320, 488-5326 & 488-5048.
How to Get There

Distances (Tiwi to:)

  • Manila: 538 kms. (AMA Trans and Philtranco)
  • Tabaco City: 12 kms. (30 mins., jeepneys)
  • Legaspi City: 41.5 kms.
Tourist Information Center
  • Mayor’s Office - Municipal Hall (tel: 488-5051 & 435-4866)
Festivals
  • Third Sunday of August (Pilgrimage to Joroan, Our Lady of Salvation) - held in Brgy. Joroan, it features a fluvial procession after a mass at Church of Our Lady of Salvation in Joroan.
Medical Assistance
  • G. Gonzales Medical Clinic (18 beds) - Brgy. Naga (tel: 488-5045)
  • St. Claire Medical Clinic (17 beds) - Poblacion (tel: 488-5553)

  

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