Kambing (Goat)

Love the pic with the goat (Kambing) looking at me. We were heading down from Malabsay Falls when we saw a herd of goats (Kambing in Filipino).  I got really excited because this is the first time I saw wild farm animals in Mt Isarog besides a Carabao. This is not Africa so to see something like this in the Philippines is truly magical. Well, at least for me.

A Car Made From Coconut!

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Wow, a car made out of sea shells, coconut flower stalks, rattan stripes…Clayton Tugonon, a well known and award winning furniture designer built the car body along with the help of Cebu.

What do you think?

300+ Followers to date!

Wow, I cannot believe it. 300+ followers in 4 months! It started as a way to kill boredom and it became a full pledge hobby.

I have to say I am very happy and so totally surprised to have 300+ followers. Many thanks to all of you; many thanks to all the likes, sweet comments and the followings.

I will never forget this and am very grateful to all of you! You guys are my inspiration to finally make the change. Thank you followers and thank you WordPress.

To celebrate, I will plan a visit and hike to Mt Isarog and Malabsay Falls in the near future. In the vicinity of Naga City via the town of Panicuason, Camarines Sur, is the Mt. Isarog National Park.  The slopes of Mt. Isarog, a 1,976-meter dormant volcano, cover a vast base and contain many ravines. The 13-meter Malabsay Falls is worth the 45 minute hike (one way).

The pictures were taken many years ago and the boy swimming is my nephew. Its time to get back there again! Mt. Isarog and Malabsay Falls brings back memories of my family and my childhood days.

Magayon Festival – Day 1 Checking on Bicol Trade Products

We feasted on bright and native colors earlier today at Magayon Festival in Legaspi Albay.  Me and my niece left for Naga about 9 am and did not get to Albay till a little after noon time. After settling down in the backpackers inn; we both grabbed some lunch at Biggs Diners in Pacific Mall and headed straight to the festival.

Magayon (Beautiful) festival is a month-long festivity this year. The festival main objective is to provide fun and excitement but also another opportunity to promote and enhance trade and tourism efforts for Albay, thus helping Provincial Government bring to fulfillment the socio-economic development and progress in Albay and the rest of the country. The month long festival will end on May 10, 2012.

Legazpi City, Albay is one of the Bicol Region’s top tourist destinations. It is where the Mayon Volcano, one of the Philippines’ most famous volcanoes is located. It is also a convenient embarkation point to other tourist destinations in the region such as the Cagsawa Ruins, the upscale resort of Misibis, Donsol, the site of one of the world’s largest annual migration of whale sharks and the white sand beaches of Sorsogon and Catanduanes.

Other places to go to and sights to visit include:

  • The Albay Park and Wildlife – This is a picnic grove and a park combined. It also serves as the home to 347 animals of 75 species.
  • Liberty Bell – Installed in 1945 by the American liberation forces at the Penaranda park, in front of Albay Provincial Capitol. It is made from bronze.
  • Japanese Tunnel – Used as an arsenal during the second World War, it measures 40 meters long and around 7 feet deep.
  • Magayon Art Gallery – Found at the lobby of the Albay Provincial Capitol and serves as the avenue for artists to show off their visual creations
  • Legazpi City Museum – Showcases the heritage and culture of the city. It is currently the only public museum in the Bicol Region.
  • Bicol Heritage Park – Located inside the Camp General Simeon Ola Headquarters. This is where you can find the statue of General Simeon A. Ola.
  • Ligñon Hill – Located behind Albay Park and Wildlife. One of the best places to view Mayon Volcano and Legazpi City is the Lignon Hill (also spelled as Ligñon Hill and pronounced as /li-NYON/). This 143-meter high cinder-cone hill located 11 kilometers southeast of the volcano’s summit is the highest location in the city’s downtown area and towers over the adjacent Legazpi Airport. A long and winding road crawls up the sides of Lignon Hill where there is an observation station constructed on top. This is where the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has a permanent station to observe Mayon.
  • Kapuntukan Hill (also known as the Sleeping Lion Hill) – This is the place to visit if you wish to have a view of the Legazpi Port District and the Albay Gulf.
  • Embarcadero – A major waterfront development in Legazpi that will become a destination for both local and international tourists alike. The masterplan maximizes the uniqueness of the location – the site fronts the main harbour of Legazpi with views to the Mount Mayon Volcano. Embarcadero comprises retail, restaurants, markets, a major civic space and landmark lighthouse, with a future waterfront hotel and spa. Embarcadero will “activate” the waterfront creating an attractive and vibrant focus for the city’s leisure and lifestyle activities. Embarcadero will function as a waterfront promenade, with theatrical lighting and performance spaces creating a lively, family friendly environment during the day and at night.

Legaspi and Tourism Source Article: Wikipedia, Magayon Festival

My afternoon stroll in Naga City Market!

My first week in Bicol is mainly hanging out with my family specifically my nieces and nephew.  It was my sisters birthday today so while waiting for the food, I ventured out to the market and checked for abacá and pili products.

Most abacá fiber is pulped and processed into specialty paper used in tea bags, vacuum bags, currency, and more. It can be used to make handcrafts like bags, carpets, clothing and furniture. Abacá rope is very durable, flexible and resistant to salt water damage, allowing its use in hawsers, ship’s lines and fishing nets.

The pili nut is indigenous nut to the Philippines. The pili nut is most abundant in the Bicol region of the Philippines, a peninsula to the west containing the virgin rainforests of Mt. Bulusan. Here, amid untouched primordial woodlands, stand very old pili nut trees measuring some 50 meters high. Other areas of the Bicol region which contain the highly-prized nut include Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, and Masbate.

More to come….

 

Source: Pili Org

Bike wheel out of old boots!

Wow! Only in the Philippines would you ever see someone make a bike wheel out of old boots!

I thought I would share this to everyone. Happy weekend!

Sourced Photo: GRNMNGO @Tweeter