Bicolandia Category

Camsur Watersports Complex

July 20, 2013

Unlike southern neighbor Albay, Camarines Sur was not well known as a tourist destination. Aside from being the seat of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Bicol’s patron saint, Camarines Sur and its main city of Naga was just a rest stop of vacationers going to Legazpi to see Mount Mayon, Donsol... (read more)

Misibis Bay

October 16, 2011

Tucked away on the southeastern tip of Cagraray Island in Bacacay, Albay is the luxurious resort of Misibis Bay (official website). I have been vaguely aware of this resort for quite a while now but it is only recently that I read up on it. Of course, I also searched... (read more)

Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine

June 4, 2010

For our next sight, we’ll go to the heart of Bicolandia and zoom in on the Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine in Naga City. As many Filipinos know, Our Lady of Peñafrancia is the patroness of the whole Bicol Region. Devotion to her started in 1710 when the image of... (read more)

Kapuntukan (Sleeping Lion) Hill

August 30, 2009

Located on the southern portion of Legazpi City and protruding out to sea is the imposing Kapuntukan Hill, which is fondly called by residents as the Sleeping Lion Hill because its shape looks like a sleeping lion (well a bit of imagination helps). If you want to take a picture... (read more)

Tiwi Geothermal Power Plant

March 29, 2009

We’ve already seen a wind power plant, a hydroelectric power plant (though indirectly), a coal-fired power plant, a natural gas power plant, and a solar power plant, so let’s add one more type of electricity-generating facility by introducing the Tiwi Geothermal Power Plant in Tiwi, Albay on the northeastern flanks... (read more)

Gota Beach

May 3, 2008

Tired of going to the beaches in Boracay, Puerto Galera, and Palawan this summer? Then why don’t you try going to Gota Beach in Caramoan, Camarines Sur instead? Part of the 347-hectare Caramoan National Park, Gota Beach is composed of two coves, the Small Gota Beach (the southern cove in... (read more)

Albay Park and Wildlife

November 22, 2007

Nestled between Lignon Hill and the Legazpi Airport in Albay is the Albay Park and Wildlife. This is Legazpi City’s only zoo and, according to it’s official webpage, is home to more than 400 birds, mammals, and reptiles. Some specific animals are the Philippine Hawk Eagle, bleeding-heart pigeons, brown boobies,... (read more)

Lignon Hill

September 6, 2007

Lording it over the Legazpi cityscape is the venerable Mayon Volcano, whose 1814 eruption devastated the town of Cagsawa. One of the best places to view Mayon Volcano and Legazpi City is the Lignon Hill (also spelled as Ligñon Hill and pronounced as /li-NYON/). This 143-meter high cinder-cone hill located... (read more)

Cagsawa Ruins

June 23, 2006

In Daraga, Albay is the famous Cagsawa Ruins, probably the most photographed location in Albay. On February 1, 1814, Mayon Volcano erupted and buried the town of Cagsawa in lava flows. About 1,200 people perished and many of them sought refuge in the town’s church, thinking they would be saved.... (read more)