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Greetings from Legazpi City Februari 19, 2008

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I arrived in Legazpi City ten days ago. It is the capital of province of Albay, southern tip of Luzon, Philippines. I am here as my husband is here. He is posted as a part of emergency relief to build houses for people who lost theirs from the typhoon attack a couple of years ago. I will only be here for a month or so since he is leaving in April too.

It is a very small city with population only less than 200,000. The terrain is hilly and the weather is nice. The Mayon is the volcano overshadowing the city. It is practically surrounded by hills.

It is a pretty little city with low rise houses and a lot of greenery – I suspect the earth is very fertile because of the mineral traces from the volcanic ashes. From the first glance of the map, I was thrilled that because it is a coastal town, there must be beautiful beaches in the bay area. Yeah it’s not. The whole coast is barricaded by sea wall. The resorts build small stairs for tourists who wants to take a dip or a swim. But it’s not really beach vacation I had in mind.

There is only one flight to and from Manila to Legazpi City. Domestic airline is dominated by Cebu Pacific Airlines, a cheap flight provider, mainly online booking. Legazpi City is 55 minutes flight away from Manila, 12 hours by road.

The language is Bicol. I had sun tanned from the last beach trip, so I am easily thought as one of the local girls. People would come up to me and start speaking in Bicol. I have to reply in English, and they look a bit irritated and offended – maybe thinking that I am rude not to speak Bicol. After a couple of days, I stop saying anything and just smile.

The city has not stopped raining since I got here. It has been raining for 8 days straight. I have not seen sun and clear sky since the beach trip. Nobody has seen the tip of the volcano for weeks. I got the photo posted here from one of the staff in the office. It is difficult to catch the volcano in clear day, so I am quite pessimistic if I could get one.

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the mayon

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1. Neil - Februari 19, 2008

Nice info. But, what would you recommend doing there for people who have never been to that country (like me)?

2. andiesummerkiss - Februari 20, 2008

That is for the next post … keep on tuning in🙂

Thanks for the comment.

3. drt - Februari 22, 2008

Looking at the picture, I thought it was Merapi.😆 Thanks for sharing.

4. treespotter - Maret 29, 2008

nice picture. you live there now?

5. marife - September 24, 2008

nice view. . . there`s a lot of nice places to be seen in bicol ,. . .try to be there. . .

6. eleanor b. hutton - Desember 11, 2008

May I ask the writer what part of legazpi they have visited because there were so many inconsistencies in the statements. I feel that Legazpi City was belittled as whole. If you are still in the Philippines try scouting a little more because my American friends were very sorry for having a short stay here.

The seawall is only a part of the coastal area built to protect the pier’s marina and sea vessels, and pump boats boats to the Misibis Discovery Island and other nearby islands. It has developed into a a very beautiful boulevard with a 5 star hotel , casino, bowling center, malls, call center. You should have visited Hotel Venetia, Renaissance Gardens and travelled from Legazpi to Ligao to Sabluyon, Tabaco, Mayon Rest House , Tabaco, Sto. Domingo then back to Legazpi and you will realize that around Mayon Volcano the nearest hill that you can view is the Lingñon Hill and below it is the Wildlife Zoo.

7. eleanor b. hutton - Desember 11, 2008

Did you go to the Bacacay Beach Resorts? I can feel that you visited a far flung barangay from the way you described the residents. The City Proper itself is a very peaceful, lively city, with 2 big mallsand commercioal centers. You can view the Mayon Volcano from our roof deck. And your visit was just part of the rainy season.

We have one flight Philippine Airlines 7:45 to 8:40 to Manila International Airport and 2:00-2:55 to Manila via Cebu Pacific Airlines.

8. Tom - Desember 26, 2008

In a few hours, we’re be leaving Manila by car to Legaspi City. My first time to drive all the way to Legaspi City.

9. Dan - Oktober 25, 2009

To the Indonesian tourist, you have not seen nothing yet. you need to explore some places, i.e., boracay beach, and other places in the north. On your second visit, you may visit boracay beach and you can compare and contrast the best places between Indonesia and the Philippines.


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