All In A Day: Circling Mayon Volcano in Albay

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March 1st 2011
Published: March 12th 2011
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Dedicate a whole day for this. And do it leisurely, as we did. You may take jeepney rides to get around or you may want to hire a car and local guide for the entire day. Route is simply all around Mayon Volcano (all along a lone, long circumferential street!) starting from Legazpi City, and back to the same city. The guide doubles up as your photographer and food guide too. Forget those fancy ... Read Full Entry

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Entrance to Hoyop Hoyopan CaveEntrance to Hoyop Hoyopan Cave
Entrance to Hoyop Hoyopan Cave

"Hoyop" meaning to blow. Winds blowing from 4 cave exits make this cave some sort of a "crosswind" area.
Cathedral-like Inside Hoyop-Hoyopan CaveCathedral-like Inside Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave
Cathedral-like Inside Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave

This is a private property. As such, there are cemented stairways, lighting and even a dance floor inside the cave. Only in the Philippines! :))
How about a game of volleyball?How about a game of volleyball?
How about a game of volleyball?

These boys while away the time playing volleyball near the parking area which the cow declared as her territory. Simple folks enjoying a breezy afternoon.
Mt. Mayon Was A NO-Show!Mt. Mayon Was A NO-Show!
Mt. Mayon Was A NO-Show!

On this gloomy but breezy afternoon, Mayon Volcano hid behind the clouds. But there was Cagsawa Ruins, a grim reminder of the over a thousand parishioners who took refuge in this Church and perished in the Mayon eruption of 1814.
Cagsawa RuinsCagsawa Ruins
Cagsawa Ruins

About 1,400 people died here in 1814. Cagsawa Church parish was since transferred to another old church in Daraga, Albay.
Daraga ChurchDaraga Church
Daraga Church

This 18th century church is where the Cagsawa parish was transferred to , after Mayon's volcanic eruption in 1814. Our hearts broke seeing it half-painted in white. We like the "old" Daraga Church.
Inside Daraga ChurchInside Daraga Church
Inside Daraga Church

Filipinos' devotion to their Catholic faith is manifested in the many religious statues (of saints) found in many churches around the country.
Lignon Hills: An hour's trek from here Lignon Hills: An hour's trek from here
Lignon Hills: An hour's trek from here

Atop this hill is an unobstructed view of Mayon Volcano and the city and towns below. Unfortunately, we were too tired to do the trek and ready to kill for a cup of coffee!
Typical Rural SceneTypical Rural Scene
Typical Rural Scene

The towns around Mayon Volcano (some as near as 8 kms from the volcano) include Daraga, Camalig, Guinobatan, Padang.
Goodbye, Mount MayonGoodbye, Mount Mayon
Goodbye, Mount Mayon

A last glimpse of the majestic volcano as we board our plane back for Manila............

28th August 2011
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3rd September 2011

Hi Kimberlie
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