Legazpi For A Day


November 24, 2010 by jotan23

Since my 1-day affair with Bohol was successful, I’ve decided to do the same with Legazpi, Albay.

I left Manila on November 22, 2010 at 9:10 in the morning and arrived Legazpi at 9:55 AM (15 minutes ahead of schedule.)
I only had 3 hours to go around Legazpi before heading back to Manila again.

I went straight to the tricycle area and asked around for the rates going to Cagsawa Ruins.
Luckily, it was cheaper than the one I had in Bohol πŸ™‚

Going to Cagsawa Ruins would be Php 150 and the trike driver offered me the same price going back.

Once settled with the price, I also asked him to take me anywhere else he thinks is nice in Legazpi since this was my first time to visit Bicol.

First stop: LIGΓ‘ON HILL
This was a good 5-10 minute ride away from the airport.
Tricycles cannot climb up the hill as it was very steep but Habal-habals (motorcycles) are readily available.
Ride going up: Php 20 (same rate going down) so that’s a total of Php 40
Entrance fee to Lignon Hill: Php 20
Package deals are also offered such as riding the ATV going to the Lava Stones.
That’s KUYA JUN on the motorcycle. You may contact him through his mobile number (+63-999-308-4669) if you need a tour guide in Legazpi.

The view on top was breathtaking!
You may also zipline or rappel while you enjoy the scenic view of Legazpi, Albay.
Lignon Hill is the perfect spot to unwind, relax and get a great shot of Mayon Volcano.
FYI, Chowking opened a branch here so you may have breakfast or lunch with a great view as you wish.
From the top, aside from the Mayon Volcano, you may also sight the Legazpi Airport.

“In February 1, 1814, Mt. Mayon began its most violent and deadly eruption to date. During the eruption, some 1,200 people took refuge in the stone church of Cagsawa. Unfortunately, all perished when lahar and pyroclastic flows engulfed the church. Only the belfry of the Cagsawa church remains as a grim and silent reminder of that fateful day. For almost two hundred years, it has withstood the test of time and the elements to become one of the most recognizable landmarks of Albay Province.”Β  – Wow Legazpi

Entrance Fee: Php 10

Locals are there to serve as your photographers. They have been doing this for years. They will ask you to pose and take your pictures using your camera.Β 
Just be careful with the kids because they will try to get your camera from your hand and it might fall. This was what happened to a tourist and the camera lens broke 😦

That’s Kuya EDWARD. He is a regular “photographer” in Cagsawa :p
He also serves as a tour guide if you want to go around Legazpi, Albay. (same as Kuya Jun, pictured earlier with the motorcycle)
Kuya EDWARD’s number is +63-919-957-0130
These were just a few of the silly shots he made me do:
A gratuity tip would be very much appreciated by the locals but no certain amount is expected.
Php 20 should be, at least, the minimum.

“The church of Daraga, Albay is dedicated to their patroness Our Lady of the Gates. The church stands on top of a hill which gives you a commanding view of the Bicolandia’s most famous attraction: The Mayon Volcano.
The church was built in 1773 by the Franciscan missionaries after the original church was buried Cagsawa after a massive volcanic eruption. This Baroque architectural masterpiece features religious carvings in its facade.” – Byahilo
It was very hard to get a full view of the volcano because of the clouds.
Locals said that the Mayon Volcano view is usually clear from 6AM to 8AM.
Fortunately, I got to take a glimpse of it..
It was truly mesmerizing to see the peak of Mayon Volcano!
I’ll be back next year!!!

PeΓ±aranda Extension, Bonot, Legazpi City.Β Β Β 
(Tel Num: 480-3030)
Located across WAWAY’s, this fairly new restaurant had already captured the regulars of WAWAY’s.
This was where my trike driver and I had our lunch πŸ™‚
We ordered what Kuya Jun recommended: Pinangat and Bicol Express

Spicy Pinangat (Php 70) – spicy laing. This was good but I wish it was more spicy.

Spicy Sibid Express (Php 145) – spicy Bicol express
I was expecting this to be really spicy but to my surprise, it was not that spicy because they did not use Siling Labuyo =/

It was already 12:45 PM when we finished our lunch, just in time to head back to the airport.

Wow!!! What a wonderful surprise!Β 
You can still see Mayon Volcano while waiting for the plane to arrive!!!
I hope that the new Legazpi International Airport would still have the same magnificent view as this πŸ™‚

15 thoughts on “Legazpi For A Day

  1. aubrey says:

    day trip lng toh???? astig =) check my fb poh got trips den =)

  2. You went there alone? Cool! Is SIBID SIBID Restaurant good? Might try that next time I visit Legaspi again. – Apol

  3. mahirap nga ma-tyempuhan ang mayon… mabuti nalang at medyu nagpakit cya when i was there… hehehe… thanks for visitng my site…

  4. jotan23 says:

    Hi Aubrey πŸ™‚
    Yes πŸ™‚ day trip lang :p
    What's your link?

  5. jotan23 says:

    Hi Apol πŸ™‚

    Yes, with me, myself and I :p

    Sibid-Sibid is okay lang πŸ™‚


  6. dcpn says:

    i have been to bicol twice na. managed to capture mayon on top of a building, from the sea, during sunset and sunrise πŸ˜€ haven't been to the other places yet but will try to go there next year

  7. Lydia says:

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  8. jotan23 says:

    Hi Lydia πŸ™‚

    Thank you for the tip πŸ™‚


  9. pang says:

    Hi po,
    im planning to go to legazpi din sana.
    magkano po un bayad nyu sa trike driver para sa buong trip nya dun sa inyo? 150php na ba lahat un?

    thanks po

  10. jotan23 says:

    Hi Pang,

    yes, buong trip na πŸ™‚

    pero if you will be going with a group, better ata to rent a van, try nyo c LOUWIL:

  11. Palutang says:

    Hi Jotan,

    FYI lang po. Finger pepper is used in Bicol Xpress not the siling labuyo. But you can ask for the labuyo for extremely hot dish πŸ™‚ If your not used to it, you will lose appetite because you kept on drinking water. Hope you come back in Legazpi..

  12. jotan23 says:

    now we know!
    hahahaha maybe next time we should ask for them to add a BIT of siling labuyo πŸ™‚

  13. Anonymous says:

    Hi Jotan,

    Which hotel in Legaspi have you tried? Ano kaya maganda na hotel where a family could stay in?

    Would appreciate your opinion.

  14. jotan23 says:

    Hello πŸ™‚

    When we went back last Feb 2011, we stayed at HOTEL ST. ELLIS is Legazpi πŸ™‚

    it was quite new and the rooms were really nice.
    they also have indoor pool for the kids πŸ™‚
    food was super good too πŸ™‚


  15. Anonymous says:

    nkapunta nko ng sibid sibid sarap ng fud nila grabe at super dami pa ng serving at very affordable ang price… and kng gs2 nyo nmn ng super spicy,pde nmn kyo mag request. :))

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