The Bicol Region is one of the 18 regions of the Philippines, designated as Region V. Bicol (also spelled Bikol) comprises four provinces in the Bicol peninsula.
The southeastern end of Luzon Island, and two Island-Provinces adjacent to the peninsula, namely: Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate, and Sorsogon. The regional capital, political and administrative center, and largest city is Legazpi which is the capital of Bicol Region.
Legazpi City is also considered as the center of tourism, education, health services, commerce and transportation in the Bicol Region.
Travel time from Sucat, Parañaque – Guinobatan, Albay: 11-13 hrs. It was a long drive but it was defiantly worth it to see the MAYON for the first time.
Mayon Volcano (Tagalog: Bulkang Mayon, Central Bicol : Bulkan Mayon), also known as Mount Mayon, is an active stratovolcano in the Philippine province of Albay , on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. Renowned as the “perfect cone” because of its almost symmetric conical shape, the mountain and its surrounding landscape was declared a national park on July 20, 1938, the first in the country. It was reclassified a Natural Park and renamed Mayon Volcano Natural Park in the year 2000.
Local folklore refers to the volcano being named after the legendary heroine Daragang Magayon (English: Beautiful Lady).
Travel time from Guinobatan – Cagsawa Ruins (Daraga): 20-30 minutes.
The Cagsawa Ruins (also spelled as Kagsawa or Cagsaua) are the remnants of an 18th-century Franciscan church, the Cagsawa church. It was built in 1724. Although allegedly destroyed by the eruption of the Mayon Volcano in 1814, photographic proof demonstrated that the church remained standing well into the 20th century, ultimately destroyed by over a century of neglect. It is located in Barangay Busay, Cagsawa, in the municipality of Daraga, Albay Philippines
The ruins, currently protected in a park overseen by the municipal government of Daraga and the National Museum of the Philippines, are one of the most popular tourist destinations in the area. The International Tourism Bourse, one of the world’s top travel trade shows based in Berlin, has even recognized the site as one of the places to visit in Asia.
The perfect time to visit Cagsawa, Ruins: 7-8 AM so you can clearly see the Mayon.
We are lucky because they say that the Mayon revealed itself on good people and only few have the chance to capture the volcano clearly.
We also visited the Cathedral of Gregorio Magno known as one of the oldest Roman Catholic Churches in the Philippines, It features as one of the tourist attractions and one of the most prominent landmarks in the Old Albay district of Legazpi. It is located nearby Peñaranda Park, Legazpi City Hall and Provincial Capitol in the province of Albay.
The first church was a wooden chapel developed by early Spanish missionaries who moved into town in 1580s. There were unnoted renovations and reconstructions until 1754 when the church was ruined and buried during the eruption of Mayon Volcano.
My favorite part of the trip. The foods from Bigg’s Diner!!!!
The food is awesome and friendly for everyone since they served American, Bicolano and Pinoy Dishes and the meal is also affordable. Bigg’s Halo-halo supreme is must try.
I’m surely coming back to this place. Dios Mabalos Bicol!