It’s a long weekend (August 25 – 27, 2012) and this only means one thing: laag again sa mga suok-suok! To where this time? Sa bayan ng Mayon Volcano, Legaspi – Albay. Promo na naman ang CebuPac, ang mga wak-wak nangatol nasad. For a roundtrip fare of P2,190 for both me and Coleen *The SEO Traveller, ay wala na talagang atrasan to!
Meet my Travel Buddy:
The truth is: Na-byaan mi sa flight, pastilan Dolores, Colores! I couldn’t miss the chance to go, I was excited and I couldn’t disappoint Coleen. And since it was an unintentional fault (og akung sala, aku jung sala..og akung pinakadakung sala), I re-booked the flight right then and there sa halagang – SECRET! And Yes, dayun mi but waited 5 hours for the next available flight!
I’ve seen Mayon Volcano around several magazines, even inside my elementary books. It has turned a very popular spot to represent the country due to its perfect cone shape but getting close to this magnificent masterpiece of nature has given me a lot to think – ba’t xa ganyan, ayaw magpakita? chos rasad kaaU.
I have my cousin in Legaspi, Ate Marilou who gladly welcomed us! We were pampered and secured with her and her family’s presence all throughout our stay in Legaspi. Thank you so much ate Mar – kuya Roy – beautiful Lila and playful Gab!
So here are the things we tried and experienced in Bicol:
1. Albay Park and Wildlife
The park is open from 6:00am to 8:00pm daily except Monday. Entrance Fee: P20 for adults and P10 sa mga bulilits. Kids will surely enjoy the spacious playgrounds, mini-zoo and biking areas. Sulit for the entire family and mga isip-bata like me.
Meet my cousin’s smart son: Gab-Gab
Ate Pam: Gab oh, my peacock! Ba’t kelangan ng peacock uminom ng tubig?
Gab: Para di po sila tumanda! O.O
2. Cagsawa Ruins
The Cagsawa Ruins are the remnants of an 18th century Franciscan church, the Cagsawa church. It was built in 1724 and destroyed by the 1814 eruption of the Mayon Volcano. They are located in Barangay Busay, Cagsawa, in the municipality of Daraga, Albay.
Feeling nag-basa, wala raba jud! *chus sa self!
3. The Mayon Valcano
We missed to get a clearer and nicer snap of the volcano when we’re close to it. Both its base and peak were covered with thick clouds though weather was extremely fair. But its beauty was still extraordinary, you would really wonder how nature was able to shape it so perfect. At all points of Albay, you will see this giant landscape standing firm and strong as if guarding the entire place.
4. The Embarcadero Mall
Embarcadero’s special setting makes the place perfect not only for various shoppers but for the entire family and couples. Facing the fascinating Legaspi harbor, you have the options to either listen to a live band, indulge yourself to great cuisines, relax inside the first-class accommodations or just freely stroll and savor the coldness of the night.
Embarcadero Mall is owned by the same person who owns the luxurious Misibis Bay – Zaldy Co!
And who would dare to miss the famous Bicol Express? Bicol region is known for their spicy foods. Almost all forms of dishes in the area are flavoured with SILI – katakot-takot na amount ng sili!
The Original Bicol Express fresh from 1st Colonial Grill in Legaspi !
Bicol isn’t just blessed with wonderful sights but also with warm and very polite locals. In every corner are souvenir shops in interesting colors made even more inviting by the smiles from friendly and gentle Bicolanos.
Our very friendly and nice tour guide:
You have all the time to shop for every possible crafts you have in mind in Bicol. Apart from Sili, they also have a bunch of Pili. They also produce statues out from volcano’s ashes – something you couldn’t find anywhere else in the Philippines.
HIGHLIGHT of the TRIP?
The ATV RIDE at the Base of Mayon Volcano
It wasn’t too long ago when the ATV ride is made available so I guess we were among the few privileged to even try it. At P2,500/ head, you’ll get the chance to marvel the ma-rocky, ma-river, ma-bumpy yet ma-exciting na trail going to the base of Mayon. *Hay naku – ma-arte lang!
I’m glad to be able to come with Coleen, she’s always on the go to try new adventures.
ATV controls are so easy to master, you just have to practice proper control of your pace para iwas baligtad.
The ride going to the base of Mayon was for about an hour. The sun was still up and biting but it was nothing to what we were able to witness when we reached the top!
The climb-climb session- para ingnun climber (murag unsa kataas sa gikat-kat, sus!)
Would you believe that these hard rocks were once hot lava released from the last massive eruption of Mayon Volcano in 2006? Yes na lang gud, mao may ingun ni tour guide gud.
The view was out of this world. On every side, there was a unique piece of wonderful sight! I couldn’t believe to how close I was to Mayon. He’s so huge but its surface was so calm that time. It would be hard for anyone to believe that this sleeping giant has already killed thousands of locals.
On the otherside is the top view of Albay, an extremely laid-back, peaceful and clean town at the Southern part of Luzon.
So much memories to keep with my encounter with nature again! This is what I love most of travelling – the unique experience I’m able to bring home each time I leave – from the place itself, foods, people, to friends.
Legaspi is an interesting and beautiful spot and would surely not doubt to visit again. If mahitabo, mu-hapit kog Sorsogon, hadlukun naku si Whale Shark a.k.a Butanding, rar!
Stayed at: Sampaguita Tourist Inn
Transportation: Plane and Jeepney
Expense: P11,000 (due to re-booked ticket)
Enjoyed most: the ATV ride
Missed: clear and clean sight of Mayon Volcano
Overall Impression: 8 Stars