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Albay crawl - historical sites and everything that's MAGAYON

by - June 18, 2017

Albay is one province with many hidden and known beauties that bear purity, simplicity and awe. Albay has a certain charm that will sweep you off of your feet and bring you to the time that was or give you a majestic feeling that is simply indescribable.  With fifteen  15 municipalities and three 3 cities, Albay offers so many things to see and experience.

Governor Al Francis Bichara was a gracious host as he welcomed visitors to his place. Hospitality reflected on the people, from the people  and this was reflected by the people of the various local government units (Dept of Tourism and Dept of Agriculture) and that of Human Explore Travel and Tours.  The tour given to us was both informative and time worthy.  Tiring as it may be but truly worth every moment. With gratitude to Ms. Dorothy Colle and her people from the Department of Tourism Provincial Division Region V – Albay, Ms. Che Rebeta of the Provincial Agriculture Department and Ms. Farah Sobremisana – owner partner of Pepperland Hotel.  They truly made the trip such a wonder thru their efforts and generosity.

Albay is home to ancient houses and churches, old craft making, worthy places to go to, natural beauties and festive celebrations.  If you would do a whole 360 tour around the majestic Mayon Volcano, you would get to see this natural wonder in all its beauty.  Try to learn also the story behind this famous volcano and uncover the Daragang Magayon mystery.



From the ruins of Cagsawa (with average guests of 150pax per day) to the churches in Camalig, Ligao, Sto. Domingo and Daraga, to the calm Sumlang Lake and the historic Japanese caves in Quituinan Hills, to the traditional way of metal smiting in Tabaco, farms and various beautiful parks and landmarks all over Albay, you will never have a dull moment when you decide to do a full exploration of the province.  It is also filled of noteworthy food places that you could and should try out.  Albay also has spring resorts with water source coming from near the volcano or underneath the ground making it cool or even cold depending on the time of the year – such resort is D’ Hacienda Spring and Nature Resort in Guinobatan, Albay.

For active people, a visit to the Japanese tunnels/caves in Quituinan Hills is highly reccommended. The trek is not that stressful but the crawling (should you be adventurous enough) is like having an archaeological dig.  For historical buffs, try seeing the various churches of the different municipalities and compare notes in terms of its style and story behind it.  Should you wish to see various craftsmanship of the place, go to Sumlang Lake to see the woven beauties of Albay, the metal smiting of Tabaco, pottery shops in Tiwi and pili delicacy making in Legazpi.  Don’t forget to visit the various farms in the province that show the resiliency of the people as reflected in their farms – some of them are IG worthy too.


Experience Albay and, you get to see this natural beauty in all its grandeur.  With or without the clouds, Mayon will surely captivate you; may it be morning, noon, mid afternoon or sunset.  With its romantic yet tragic story behind this beauty, you will definitely want to be welcomed by it every time you are in the province.

Albay is truly beautiful! The people reflect their place and the place live through its people. Follow my blog with Bloglovin

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