I need to maximize my short stay in Legazpi and visit as fast as I could the touristy places in Albay: Ligñon Hill, Daraga Church and Cagsawa Ruins. All of these tourist spots have the picturesque Mt. Mayon as their background theme. Talk about Mt. Mayon overload.
So here’s DIY (do-it-yourself) tour of Albay:
Ligñon Hill. From the airport, I went to the Tourism Office and asked for a map of Albay. Then went outside the airport to look for a tricycle that would bring me to Ligñon Hill. Ligñon Hill is 30-minute steep uphill walk with a nice vista on the top. What can you see there? Mt. Mayon.
There is also a WWII Tunnel, a zipline, a souvenir shop and a big telescope to see Albay 360 degrees up-close.
I ate my packed sandwich and then bought Buko juice from Kuya Miguel when I went down the foot of the hill.
I took the jeepney to downtown Legazpi
and then rode another jeepney towards
Daraga Church. Daraga Church sits atop a hill, about 200 meters walk from the town proper. The church is undergoing renovation as of this writing. They washed it with lime that’s why it’s now white.
Tweet: “Awed at the lime-washed stone church of Daraga, Mt.Mayon can be seen here too.”
This stone church is actually built for the Christians affected during the volcano eruption. I believe that the stones used even came from Mayon herself. Quite interesting to note that would be erected if Mayon didn’t buried Cagsawa Church in 1814. Now let’s go to the postcard perfect spot of Cagsawa…
From Daraga town proper, I rode another jeepney going to Camalig, went off at the entrance going to
Cagsawa Church Ruins. From the highway, you can reach Cagsawa Ruin after 500 meters of walking. It was scorching hot when I went there so if you can’t take it, there are tricycles that can bring you to the ruins.
I must admit that I’m not really into this kind of place, souvenir shops, touts, picture-picture, entrance fees and a consistent wave of tourists. Anyway, I just enjoyed laughing to myself as tourist do some jump shots or pretend to lift a stone behind the volcano.
Still, kanya-kanyang trip lang yan but deep inside “I wish that tourist guides explain the history of Cagsawa church ruins instead of taking trick shots.”
Before leaving, I bought some souvenirs- Abaka coin purse (Php10 each), Abaka body bags (Php100-150) and sili key chains (Php5) which are quite cheapo. If you love shopping (every woman I know loves to shop), don’t forget to haggle like what you do in Divisoria.
Ligñon Hill: Free (Open from 4:00am-10:00pm)
Daraga Church: Free
Cagsawa Ruins: Php 10
Airport – Ligñon Hill: Php 20 (tricycle)
Ligñon Hill – Legazpi: Php 8 (jeepney)
Legazpi – Daraga: Php 10 (jeepney)
Daraga – Cagsawa: Php 8 (jeepney)
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BICOL SERIES. Happened last September 21-26, 2011, this series of short blog posts about my travels in Albay, Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur will surely whet everyone’s desire to try and visit the home of Mt. Mayon, CWC, pristine beaches and more.