Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Travelogue: BICOL



Located on the southernmost part of Luzon, Bicol is one region blessed with natures wonders. This region is composed of six provinces, namely, Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon and the island-provinces of Catanduanes and Masbate. Each province is known for their respective tourist attractions.  Great food, Breath-taking sceneries, Amazing people and picturesque landmarks are just some of the things that a tourist may associate to each province. Whether you have been to this region before or still planning for your first trip, here are some things you might want to consider on your itinerary.

STAY 


VENEZIA HOTEL
With the majestic Mayon Volcano in the background, this charming property offers an unrivaled level of comfort, style and lodging options. Hotel Venezia in Legazpi, Albay is a 40-room boutique hotel that offers luxurious amenities and 4-star service and comfort.

MISIBIS BAY RESORT
 This 5-hectre luxury resort offers an outstanding accommodation with a magnificent view of the ocean. Equipped with different recreational facilities, each guest can engage and enjoy different land and water adventures that will surely pump up the excitement.  

HOTEL ST. ELLIS
A mere 3 kilometer-drive from Legaspi airport will bring you to a posh hotel with tastefully appointed guest rooms. Hotel St. Ellis offers comfortable accommodation furnished with facilities and equipments every guest will enjoy.


VISIT


CAGSAWA RUINS
Visit the remnants of an 18th century Franciscan church with a majestic view of the Mayon Volcano at Cagsawa Ruins Park in Daraga, Albay. Built in 1724, the baroque church of Cagsawa was destroyed by the 1814 eruption of the Mayon Volcano.

 PEÑAFRANCIA BASILICA
Located on the outskirts of Naga City, the Peñarancia Basilica Minore is one of the must-visit places in the Bicol region. Home of the miraculous Our Lady of Peñafrancia, the patroness of Bicol, this citadel of faith is constantly filled with devotees and pilgrims all year round.

HOYOP-HOYOPAN CAVE
Situated in Cotmon, Camalig, Albay, Hayop-hayopan cave is a multi-level cavern filled with natural lime stones. Derived from a bicolano word “hoyop” which means eternal whispering breeze, the cave is home to beautiful stalactites and stalagmites.


EAT


PINANGAT
Also known as Laing, pinangat is a native dish made from ground meat or seafood wrapped in whole gabi leaves (taro) cooked in gata (coconut milk) and seasoned with chili.

MAZAPAN DE PILI
 A favorite pasalubong treat, mazapan de pili is a sweet delicacy made with finely chopped pili nuts mixed with fresh milk and sugar.

BIGGS DINER
 If you are skeptical on trying local food, Bigg’s Diner would be the best place for you to dine. Bigg’s is a famous fast food chain in the Bicol region which serves an array of delectable dish including its house specialties “Crispy Chicken” and “Crispy Cajun”. 


TRY


WAKEBOARDING
A must-try activity in Bicol, wakeboarding is an adventure that will surely give you an adrenalin rush. Tourist and locals are being drawn to this along with other thrilling activities at the Camsur Watersports Complex (CWC).

All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) ADVENTURE
Engage into an ultimate Mayon Volcano Adventure by riding an all-terrain vehicle. Go across 9 kilometers traversing small rivers, rocky areas and hard trails on your way to the Mayon Volcano’ lava front.

ZIPLINE
Experience the thrill of heights at Lignon hill’s Zipline in Legaspi City. Rising to around 160 meters above the ground, this exhilarating activity gives you a breath-taking view of the Mayon Volcano and the greeneries around.


Explore Bicol with this fantastic Tour Package






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