Bicol Region, there are still more things to see than
the popular and world renown mystical mountain Mayon
Volcano. There are some natural attractions that are
still left to be discovered. There are some scenic and
wonderful sites that are not so popular.
Going to Bicol Region, everybody wants to see this
famous Philippine landmark the Mayon Volcano. But there
are still a whole lot more to see in this southern part
of Luzon, from ancient ruins to the beautiful beaches,
to religious festivals and extreme sports.
Here is one of the scenic view that you always see in
the forefront of the postcard shots of Mayon, the
Cagsawa Ruins. In the Spanish Era, a Grand church was
buried in the worst volcanic eruption in 1814. Left
peeking above the earth is the belfry still intact and
the ruins of the convent, which was beside the church.
The imposing facade of Our Lady of the Gate Parish
Church is reputed to be the second most photographed
man-made structure in Bicol after the Cagsawa Ruins.
This is a typical Filipino church that was built on a
hilltop with a mishmash of architectural styles from
Renaissance to Gothic to Mexican Baroque.
If you want to see white sand beach and pristine azure
blue waters then you can go to Misibis beach. This is a
privately owned resort with a wide stretch of white sand
surrounded by the rolling hills. You will enjoy the
panoramic view of the Albay Gulf and the Pacific Ocean.
If you are a watersports enthusiasts then you can go to
the CamSur Watersports Complex or CWC. CamSur
Watersports Complex is one of the best cable water ski
systems in the world. CWC has put the province of
Camarines Sur on the map. Many World's Best wakeboarders
and wakeskaters around the world come here to experience
the excitement that CamSur Watersports Complex can
Peņafrancia Fiesta is one of the biggest religious
festivals in the Philippines. Peņafrancia Festival has
been celebrated for more than 300 years. The highlight
of this celebration is the fluvial procession where the
image of the Nuestra Seņora de Peņafrancia makes her way
down the Naga River in a pagoda pulled by hundreds of
boats tied from end to end, and with crews of then to
twenty men. This procession marks the return of the
Virgin to her home shrine at the Basilica after being
ceremonially transferred to the Naga Metropolitan
Cathedral nine days before for the traditional novena or
nine days prayer.
Bicolano food us well noted among Philippine regional
cuisines, for being spicy. Bicol express is a signature
dish with ingredients of pork, coconut milk, "balao" or
the Bicolano version of shrimp paste and generous
amounts of chili peppers. Laing is another one made with
dried taro leaves stewed in coconut milk, shrimp paste
and some hot pepper.