The Nuestra Señora de la Porteria (Our Lady of the Gate) Parish Church in Daraga, Albay is a National Cultural Treasure and is one of the most visited old churches in the Philippines. Also known as the Daraga Church, it was built in 1773 by Franciscan Missionaries on a hill overlooking the bustling town. When Mayon Volcano erupted on February 1, 1814, it destroyed the nearby town of Cagsawa, Budiao. Survivors of the catastrophe then chose to relocate in Daraga. Today, aside from its religious and historical significance, tourists flock to Daraga Church for another reason: it offers a majestic view of Mount Mayon.
We failed to see Mayon's perfect shape at the peak of Ligñon Hill, so after breakfast, Malou and I set off to destination number 2: the Daraga Church. From the Legazpi Airport Hotel where we are billeted, we walked towards the highway and hailed a jeepney with Legazpi-Daraga signboard. Daraga is about 6 kilometers away from Legazpi City and I told the driver to drop us off near church's entrance. After about 15 minutes, we disembarked at the foot of Sta. Maria Hill which is only a few meters away from the back side of a Jollibee branch. From the main road, it was a short, uphill hike going to the church. The slope is quite steep though so it can be a bit tiring for those who are not used to walking.
Our second day in Legazpi City, Albay. This is the day we intend to explore places where, hopefully, we could see the full, unobstructed view of Mayon Volcano. So on this day, we started with destination number 1: Ligñon Hill Nature Park. According to many blogs I've read, Ligñon Hill is the best location to catch the breathtaking view of Mount Mayon, the City of Legazpi, the town of Daraga and the Albay Gulf.
In a trip that that took ten months to materialize, my wife and I embarked on our first travel together in the island of Luzon. It was in April of last year when I was able to score cheap round trip plane tickets for the Cagayan de Oro-Manila-Legazpi City route through Cebu Pacific's promo fare. Albay is our destination and the primary goal is to personally witness Mount Mayon in its perfect cone-shaped glory.
It was a calm and uneventful boat ride from San Roque, Mahinog, so unlike what I've heard from previous experiences which made me skeptical to visit this place despite the few times I've been to Camiguin before. After 20 minutes or so, Mantigue Island finally came into view with its white sands shimmering despite the somewhat gloomy skies. The mirror-clear water looked so inviting while on a patch of greenery smacked in the middle of the island, small cottages stood and red, touristy flags flapped along with the wind. As we disembarked from the boat and stepped on the soft and powdery sands, I discovered right there and then that Mantigue, without a doubt, is Camiguin's best beach destination.
The lovely and tropical island location in the Philippines known as Boracay is an adventurer’s paradise. Everyone seems to be on holiday while on Boracay Island and this is for good reason as there is so much exciting and entertaining stuff to do. Whether it’s sailing or windsurfing or perhaps even snorkeling on many of the beautiful live coral reefs that encase this tropical oasis, there is always something to see and do while in Boracay.