Sights and Spices: Albay

On my birthday last October 27, I set foot at the port of Tabaco City, Albay coming from a full day adventure in Catanduanes. Immediately after getting out of the port area, I hailed a pedicab and told the driver to take me to the Church of Tabaco, otherwise known as Saint John the Baptist Parish Church. This church was declared a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines last 2012.

Tabaco Church

Tabaco Church

A short walk from Tabaco Church is another imposing heritage structure, Bahay-Kalakal ng Smith, Bell & Co. (also known later as Angela Manalang Gloria Ancestral House). The said ancestral house is a perfect example of Spanish era bahay-na-bato in Albay and the biggest ancestral house in Tabaco City.

Bahay-Kalakal ng Smith, Bell & Co.

Bahay-Kalakal ng Smith, Bell & Co.

Then, I boarded a van bound to Legazpi City at the terminal. Upon arrival at Legazpi City, I hailed a tricycle to bring me to Ellis Ecotel in Embarcadero de Legazpi.

Embarcadero de Legazpi

Embarcadero de Legazpi

My afternoon in Legazpi City was just spent in exploring the city. I managed to have a quick caffeine fix with pili nut twist at La Mia Tazza. Then, I also went to Church of Legaspi (Saint Raphael Church) where its present altar table is made of a single block of solid hardened lava. I then took my early dinner at Graceland and returned to Ellis Ecotel.

La Mia Tazza

La Mia Tazza

Church of Legaspi

Church of Legaspi

On the morning of October 28, I went to the town of Daraga and visited the most famous view point of Mayon Volcano, which is the Cagsawa Ruins. However, the weather was not in favor of me that time as the volcano was covered with clouds. After roaming the vicinity of the ruins, I tried the stalls surrounding the area. I tried the sili shake, bought some sili key chains, and picked the best pili pasalubong.

Cagsawa Ruins

Cagsawa Ruins

Another National Cultural Treasure in Albay is the Daraga Church or Our Lady of the Gate Parish Church. This church is perched on top of a hill and also offers a magnificent view of the Mayon Volcano.

Daraga Church

Daraga Church

After my excursion in Daraga, I went back to Legazpi City to meet my college friend, Doms. We had some catch-up over lunch at Waway’s Restaurant.

Then, it was time to leave Legazpi City. I was lucky to have a window seat at the side of the plane to have an aerial view of the Mayon Volcano.

Aerial view of Mayon Volcano

Aerial view of Mayon Volcano

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