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Albay Beauty

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An April 2005 trip to Bicol by writeonthespot

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Quote: Albay is a province in the Bicol Peninsula that boasts of the majestic cone-shaped volcano, Mayon. But more than Mayon, Albay is home to other interesting stuffs.

Albay Beauty

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Albay is not a usual tourist destination. Located at the Bicol peninsula, about 460km or 287 miles south of capital Manila, there are so many things that remain undiscovered in Albay. Albay came from the word Albaybay which meant "by the bay". The first thing people picture when in Albay is the cone-shaped Mayon volcano which remains to be a beauty whether it's in its active or dormant mode. Being a peninsula and boasting of one of the wonders of the world, Albay is known for its numerous natural treasures like waterfalls, caves, natural springs, beaches, and marine life. The town of Malinao, Albay has the Vera Falls and the Palale Falls which are both used for ecotourism. The local cuisi...Read More

Cagsawa Ruins

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A church and convent used to rise at Cagsawa but with the major eruption of Mayon in 1814, the church was buried beneath the hot lava. The local people of Cagsawa took refuge at the church but they later perished when the church was engulfed by lava—many lives were lost but their memory lives on. Photos of the eruption are sold at the ruins. To date, only the church bell tower was left which now becomes a popular foreground in many Mayon pictures. Tourists now flock at the ruins to personally view the majestic Mayon and Cagsawa. Large rocks are also scattered at Cagsawa. They are evidence of the fury that Mayon once displayed. The National Museum there preserves the life of people before the Mayo...Read More

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Cagsawa Ruins
Mt. Mayon
Cagsawa, Albay Province

Pili Nuts in Legazpi City

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Pili is a famous product of Albay. Pili nuts are a little bigger than cashew nuts and a bit smaller than walnuts. They are sometimes coated with sugar to make the nuts taste sweeter and more delicious. Others have hardened caramel coats that make them taste like candies. Pili is grown in Albay which is an agricultural province. It has become one of the native products of Albay and locals come up with a variety of Pili delicacies to sell to tourists and in local trade shows. As a tourist, if you do not bring home Pili nuts, it’s as good as saying that you haven’t fully experienced the beauty and delights of Albay. You can buy Pili almost anywhere in Legaspi City but locals will point you to...Read More

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Pili Nuts in Legazpi City

Legazpi City, Albay 4500

Island Hopping Our Way

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There are several islets off the shore of Albay. It must be because of the presence of Mayon that these islands were born due to its volcanic eruptions and activities. Some where uninhibited while there are some that were being developed as a beach resort. But what’s good with the resorts there was that they weren’t commercialized and still maintained their natural beauty. We boarded a small pump boat in the local port of Sto. Domingo, Albay. The boat is part of a tour package we obtained from the Tourism office. Our guide was with us giving us background of the places we will be visiting. The boat took us to various islands off the shore of the small town. It seemed like eternity before w...Read More

Rustic Life at the Rosita's Beach Island

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As our boat chugged around the islands, we approached a solitary islet which has empty picnic huts and lush green trees. Coconut trees became more distinct as we approached the isle. Coral, seaweed, and sea urchins dotted the shallow sea bed. We got off the boat and proceeded to the picnic huts as we put down our stuff to get ready for a saunter at the beach. We were really gearing for a swim but there were just so much seaweed and coral which are not ideal for swimming. It was a bit weird to stroll along the shores because the soft brown sand has a marshy texture that made our feet stick to the ground whenever we step on it. With the sun shining hot on a high noon, we got back to the huts...Read More

A Town Called Sto. Domingo

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Sto. Domingo is a town in Albay named after its patron Saint Dominic of Guzman. This scenic town is known for its black sand beaches and the grandeur of the view of the Albay Gulf. Although Sto. Domingo is only a small town, it is a place that has been wonderfully planned. The Cathedral sits at the heart of the town and surrounding it are the public market, the public plaza, and the school. Everything seems to be a walking distance and we didn’t mind the stroll because the narrow alleys are well paved and the air is just so refreshing. We stayed at Puerto Vista Suites that has complete amenities like air-conditioned rooms, a hot shower, restaurant, billiards table, and even picnic huts at the roof...Read More

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