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Bicol Region

September 1, 2013 Michelle Towns to visit

Map bicol

Map bicol

Your travel itinerary in Ilocandia is definitely reminisced with its beaches where you might have tried surfing. Remember, that’s in Region 1. But if we are talking about the Bicolandia, we are referring to Region 5. Famous with the perfect cone-shaped volcano, the Bicol region features different attractions as well as native food which is very popular not only with the spice-lovers but to most Filipinos.

About Bicol

Bicol region is mainly composed of six provinces such as Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, Albay, Masbate and Catanduanes. The native of the region is called Bicolano which is the same term used for its language.

The region receives 50% of its revenue on agriculture producing coconuts, coffee, banana, jackfruit and abaca. Mining and fishing are also contributors for the flourishing economy of the region. The 20% of its economy comes from Naga City which is an independent component city. Naga City is the Educational Center of Bicol but the state university of the region, Bicol University, is located in Legazpi City. The university is already a 9001:2008 certified for having a World Class Management System.

 

Bicol’s cuisine is well-loved not only by its native people but also most of the Filipinos. The Bicol recipe has two major ingredients, coconut cream and hot spices particularly siling l

Bicol’s cuisine

abuyo, which may be combined or separated depending on the meal. Laing, Bicol Express, Kinunot, Tilmok and Ginataang Labong are among the popular dishes. There are also non-spicy food like Pancit Bato which is cooked with petchay and shrimp. Popular sweet treat is the caramelized Pili nuts. Most of the restaurants serve these dishes so you’ll never miss a chance to try each meal even you change your travel itinerary.

Where to stay

Known as the “Heart of Bicol” and “Queen City of Bicol,” Naga City becomes the gateway of the region. About 50 hotels and inns are open for accommodation which varies in terms of price and category. Avenue Plaza Hotel is a top-rated hotel in Naga which receives a Travelers’ Choice 2013 recognition from TripAdvisor. Other popular hotels include Villa Caceres Hotel, CBD Plaza Hotel, Senor Enrico Bed and Breakfast, The Naga Manor and Sampaguita Tourist Inn.

What to do

Bicol offers its visitors cultural, environmental and urban attractions which showcased the

culture and tradition of the region. In Naga, Spanish landmarks still exist today as well as different churches. Among the colonial landmarks include Plaza Quince Martires, Holy Rosary Minor Seminary, Museo Del Seminario Concilliar De Nueva Caceres, San Francisco Bell Tower and Porta Mariae. The churches include Peñafrancia Shrine, Peñafrancia Basilica Minor, Naga Metropolitan Cathedral and San Francisco Church.

If you are a nature-lover, you can also find a perfect place in Naga to add in your travel itinerary in the Philippines. An eco-walk maze can be experienced at Naga City Ecology Park while Mt. Isarog Natural Park will challenge you as you trek in the highest forested peak of Southern Luzon. The gushing sound of Malabsay Falls and Nabontolan Falls give a calming effect to your stressed mind. But if you want a real escape in the hustle and bustle of the city life, visit the secret hideaway Panicuason Hot Springs Resort.

San Francisco Church, Naga City

The urban attractions in Naga features different plaza including Plaza De Nueva Caceres, Plaza Rizal, Plaza Quezon and Plaza Barlin. Other metropolitan attractions you can include in your travel itinerary are Universidad De Sta. Isabel, Ateneo De Naga University, Raul S. Roco Library, Bicol Science And Technology Centrum, Metro Naga Sports Complex and Naga City People’s Mall.

Being the gateway of Bicol, you can reach different tourist spots in the region including Caramoan, Calaguas and Catanduanes which beach and surf lovers will enjoy.

How to get there

Manila to Bicol by air

You can reach Bicol with its direct flight to Bicol Airport which is located in Daraga and to another airport located at Legazpi City.

Manila to Bicol by land

You can catch trips by bus from Manila which are bound to the different cities in Bicol including Naga and Legazpi.

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