To borrow the phrase of our Department of Tourism’s ad campaign “it’s more fun in the Philippines, I would like to share with you a series of pictures of all the historic, famous landmarks and beautiful spots I’ve visited in our country over the past years. 🙂
Hopefully, my Filipino friends would start checking them out. And for foreigners who plan on visiting the Philippines, come and enjoy what our country has to offer. I know there are bad publicities about our country specially in Mindanao where Davao is a part of and where I live. But that’s just that, publicities. True, there are shady and dangerous areas, which even I would not dare to go. But those places don’t even represent 10% of our country!
Today, I am starting with the Philippine’s perfect cone – Mt. Mayon .
I took this photo of Mt. Mayon in 2010 during our Philippine Road Trip. I wrote about this here:
Mayon Volcano, also known as Mount Mayon, is an active volcano in the province of Albay, on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. Renowned as the “perfect cone” because of its almost symmetric conical shape, Mayon forms the northern boundary of Legazpi City, the largest city in terms of population in the Bicol Region. The mountain is a national park and a protected landscape in the country proclaimed as Mayon Volcano Natural Park in the year 2000.
Local folklore refers to the volcano as Bulkang Magayon (Bikol: ‘Beautiful Volcano’), after the legendary heroine Daragang Magayon (Bikol: ‘Beautiful Lady’).
Mayon Volcano is the main landmark of Albay Province, Philippines, rising 2,462 metres (8,077 ft) from the shores of the Gulf of Albay about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) away. The volcano is geographically shared by the cities and municipalities of Legazpi City, Daraga, Camalig, Guinobatan, Ligao City, Tabaco City, Malilipot, and Santo Domingo (clockwise from Legazpi) which divide the cone like slices of a pie when viewed from above.
HOW TO GO THERE:
Airlines like Cebu Pacific (www.cebupacificair.com) has several trips to Albay coming from Manila.
Like I said, we did a roadtrip in 2010. The roads are concrete and it is safe! John just bought a Philippine map and we just followed it till we arrived in Davao. 🙂 Man, that was one of the best experiences I had…
WHAT TO DO IN ALBAY:
The website, http://wowlegazpi.com/, shares a lot about the Province of Albay. 🙂
So what are you waiting for? Plan your trip now and enjoy our country! 🙂
Lea C. Walker