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Philippine Tourism News: Discover More Attractions Beyond The Mayon Volcano

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

In 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 offer.

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.


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