Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Albay Province

Mayon Volcano ready to erupt.

This is view of Mayon Volcano and Cagsawa Church.

Albay is a province which is part of the Bicol Region. It is in souhtern part of Luzon; one of the 3 major islands of the Philippines. Albay is 460km (287mi) south of Manila. Just like the other islands in the country, you can also see beautiful tourist spots like caves, natural springs, waterfalls and also marine life. One of the most famous volcano in the world is located in this province. This volcano is called "Mayon" which is a perfect cone volcano. It is active and already erupted several time. It is also a wonder to people that inspite of these eruptions, it maintained its perfect shape. Close to this volcano is a spot where many tourists visit. It is the cagsawa church which bear a history. When you visit it you will see the tower bell and the rest of it is burried underground due to the eruption many years ago. According to the history, during the eruption in 1814 many people living there went to the church for safety. unfortunately, the whole place was covered with lava and these people died in that church.

Albay celebrates the Magayon festival anually on the month of May which relives the legend of Mayon volcano. This volcano is called Daragang Magayon which means a beautful lady. this festival also portrays the cultural life of the people from Albay.

Magayon Festival

There are many destinations where you can visit if you are planning to explore Albay. One of whish is the Mayon resthouse which is on the eastern slopes of Mt. Mayon at an altitude of 2,700 ft. Up there, the temperature is 28 degree celsius which is compared to the temperature in Baguio; the summer capital of the country. You might also want to visit the Hoyop-hoyopan cave which is located in Camalig Albay. This cave is believed as the primitive habitat of the natives of the area. This cave has 3 levels and has very interesting story. Another cave is called the Calbidongan cave which means cave of the bats. it has a groto-like stone formation which you can see inside. There is a beautifal falls located in Tiwi Albay called Bugsucan falls. This falls is located on the side of Joroan road. This falls blended with the natural spring on the same spot.Busay Falls is considered as one of the highest waterfalls in the country because of its seven-tiered cascading white foam, estimated to have a vital height of 800 feet from the top. It is located in Malilipot Albay. You can also visit San Lorenzo beach in Tabaco Albay. Its strategic location has commanded a breathtaking view of Tabaco Bay and quiet island of San Miguel. Another beautiful spot is the Kapuntukan Hill located in Legazpi City. Atop this hill, one will be afforded to see the beautiful vista of Legazpi City including its neighboring municipalities. Described as "sleeping lion-shaped mountain".

Hoyop-hoyopan Cave located in Camalig Albay Philippines.

Busay Falls in Malilipot Albay Philippines.

There are more beautiful spots that you can find in this province. The lifestyle of the people are simple and it is a place of agriculture where these people get their living. People are also called "URAGON" or brave. They always have a hot and spicy food or sauce on a table every meal. They call it as appetizer and they enjoy the food with pepper. The Albayanos are also experiencing typhoons every year, as it is located on the tropical zone. Despite it, people are happy and never stop growing plants and work everyday to survive. Simple life is what they have but they are happy.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Christmas in Dumaguete with Me and My Bestfriend

Chrismas Carol is a typical Filipino trend during Chistmas season. When the month of December starts, many groups start to plan a carolling to be able bring joy, entertainment and also to be able to have some money for a certain project that these different groups are planning to achieve. Kids, religious groups, other social clubs and regular teenagers are doing this for the same reason. Here in Dumaguete i hear some carollers serenading every house and I took some videos of them and I love to share them with you. By hearing them singing Chistmas songs like "O Holy Night", "White Christmas", We Wish you a Merry Christmas" and other Filipino Christmas songs, i really feel different and realize that Christmas is really a season of love and giving. Christmas is coming soon few days from now and I am excited about it. Indeed, it is a time for everyone to forget all the troubles and give and share your time to love ones and to other people.


Here is also a video of me and my bestfriend Blair in my house. We were just happy and playing around. This is a funny video where I try to be a singer and my friend to be a guitar player. He was trying to play around the guitar chords of "Silent Night" and i was trying to be a fake singer..hahaha... Well it wasn't bad anyway. Anyhow it was his visit to our house and I was happy to spend time with him. Please check it out.


Thursday, November 20, 2008

The first time i arrived here at Dumaguete City, i didn’t understand what my feeling was. You know when you leave a place where you spent sometime of your life and you get used to what's around you, you feel kind of sad no matter how exciting is the new place you're moving to.
Well, i grew up in Bicol province, it is in Luzon, one of the three major islands of the Philippines. After my college, i moved with my sisters in Manila- the capital city of the country, to basically hunt for a job and see what's going on around. At first, i was a little out of place with the fact that i came from a province which is a little behind of the moderns of the world. Then i finally got a job being a call center agent and in time was able to adapt well with my colleagues and the big world called “CITY". So i got busy, got new friends and got freedom. You know when i say "freedom" i refer to the money that you earn, it basically let you do most of the things you can't when you don’t have it. It's funny thinking how limited you are when your pocket is empty. Anyhow, i got pretty much adjusted to the place and i should say i was happy. One good thing that happened too was i finally met my soulmate, if it's true i dont know. A white guy who i never thought i would really meet. It was all about how our thoughts blended well and how we respect each other. We have that commonality in such many ways. So there, my new life started and i didn’t resent it. Then moving to Dumaguete became major part of our decision. A lot of people say that it was a very nice place to live with and i should say YES, it's probably is.
When the plane landed, i was full of different emotions, thinking i was farther now from my hometown. The first few days here, i felt like going back and had a little regret. Well that's normal when you feel homesick and you see new faces around. One truth was, i also missed the fast phase world that Manila has and the city looks. On the other hand, this place-Dumaguete City is quiet and a good place for tourists. I specifically would address it to hikers and divers.
The place is not different than any other provinces in the Philippines. You'll see public market, farms, jeepneys, tricycles, universities, vendors and normal people walking. To literally appreciate this place, you should spend sometime visiting the diver's centers. The city is known for having one of the best diving sites in the world. You should also do some snorkeling and boating. I actually visited the Dolphin's Bay in Bais City on my second week here. I loved the sight of these dolphins in groups, swimming and gliding together at the same time. I just felt a bit sorry for not having the right timing for my camera to catch them while they glide altogether. I had some photo though of maybe one or two dolphins swimming close to our boat. We also visited the Sandbar- a white sand area that floats in the middle of the ocean once it is low tide. You won't see it anyway after 3 pm as the tourist guide told us. There were cottages built on the sandbar which tourists can rent to stay at, i actually saw few white guys with their jets visiting that place as well when we were there.
One of the good places you can see downtown is the boulevard. Every night you'll see teenagers sitting on the grass or on the bench having fun and spending time together. Probably most of them are high school and college students that love to go out together and have fun. I really appreciate the trees that give shades to the people and the green grass that make the area looks fresh plus the breeze of the ocean and the view of the port where these ferry boats stop and also the sight of the restaurants on the other side of the street. You'll see white guys, Koreans, Filipinos etc., chatting together eating or drinking beers. White and brown really mix well, as couples or partners you see walking everywhere in dumaguete. Foreigner’s love dating Filipinas and have them around with their adventure. Downtown is really not the place for the tourists, its nothing special aside from the boulevard and the park. The real beauty of
Dumaguete is there at the ocean and by the mountains and all the secret places where you see the hidden nature. I should say I’m still a tourist here and i should see most of those.
Dumaguete City is adventure; Dumaguete City is for hikers, divers and tourists. It is a place of gentle people. Maybe soon I’ll be more gentle too...