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Astillero of Donsol: One of the Historical Sites of Sorsogon


Astillero Site is located at Barangay Dancalan, Donsol, Sorsogon, about 2.5 kilometers away from the town proper. It is believed to be a shipyard way back in 1894 because of the giant anchor discovered by the inhabitants of the said barangay.

by Jhaypee Guia on August 31, 2012

Astillero Site is located at Barangay Dancalan, Donsol, Sorsogon, about 2.5 kilometers away from the town proper. It is believed to be a shipyard way back in 1894 because of the giant anchor discovered by the inhabitants of the said barangay. In 1896, Don Sabas Milleza, popularly known as “Capitan Sabas”, an enterprising rich trader and industrialist from Iloilo, established the shipyard. The enterprise was credited with the building of small galleons of the Spanish inter-island trade and also two big galleons used in the Manila-Acapulco Trade. Recently, a combined team from the National Museum and the Sorsogon Provincial Tourism Council conducted archeological excavation on the site and found different cultural artifacts. It was proposed that a cultural museum be erected in the Astillero Site.

Where to Stay

  • Selvinas Hotel & Restaurant  - Maharlika Highway, Pangpang, Sorsogon City, Sorsogon
  • Fernandos Hotel  - 3799 Rizal Street Piot, Sorsogon City, Sorsogon
  • Ingko Hotel Gabao  - Gabao San Roque Bacon, Sorsogon City, Sorsogon
  • Mayorga Pensione  - Pangpang, Sorsogon City, Sorsogon
  • Tentyard Hotel - Pangpang  - Blk 33 St. Rafael Subdivision, Sorsogon City, Sorsogon
  • Carolina's Hotel  - Magsaysay Street Cogon, Sorsogon City, Sorsogon
  • Villa Isabel Hotel  - Flores Street, Burabod, Sorsogon City, Sorsogon
  • Santa Clara Park Hotel  - Maharlika Highway Pangpang, Sorsogon City, Sorsogon
  • Tentyard Hotel  - 105 San Juan East District, Sorsogon City, Sorsogon
  • Fritz Homestay  - 507 Block 21 Executive Village Tugos, Sorsogon City, Sorsogon
  • Ingko Hotel Macabog  - Macabog Diversion Road, Sorsogon City, Sorsogon

Getting There

  • By Land Transport

The province is accessible from Manila and Visayas via the Pan Philippine Highway. Air conditioned buses plying the Manila to Samar and Leyte routes in the Visayas Island across the San Bernardino Strait from Allen/San Isidro to Matnog.

To get around within the province, taxicabs, for-hire cars, air-conditioned buses, jeepneys, and tricycles are readily available at all hours of the day. One can do an exotic city tour on the ubiquitous 2-passenger tricycles.

  • By Air Transport

From Manila, one can take direct flights to Legazpi City in Albay province. Flying takes only about 50 minutes. From Legazpi, it is only a 45-minute pleasant drive overland to Sorsogon City.

  • By Sea Transport

Sorsogon is also accessible via the Manila-Cebu; Masbate-Pilar/Bulan route. Luxury ships from Manila to the Port of Cebu. From Cebu another ship can take you on a twelve-hour trip to the Port of Cebu, Masbate and from Masbate, a fast craft can take you on another two-hour ride to the rustic town of Pilar. For-hire motorized bancas are also available.

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