Mount Mayon & The Cagsaua Ruins - The Landmarks of Legaspi

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Mt. Mayon & the Cagsaua ruins
It took 6.5 hours of waiting in the same spot in Daet for a replacement bus to finally come and rescue us.  Five hours later and a few more stops in a couple of towns with a quick return to Naga (the driver left his bag full of cash), we, at long last, made it to Legaspi, Albay where our resort transfer had been patiently waiting for us since 10am.

All famished with Jollibee on our minds,  our driver graciously took us to the Gaisano mall for a very late 2.30pm lunch.  It should have been a rather relaxing day loafing around the resort after the noontime city tour, but alas, we were held back by the breakdown.
Mt. Mayon
  Lucky for us, our loose schedule worked advantagelously in our favor, giving us time to squeeze in the planned visit to the Cagsaua ruins prior to river cruising and firefly watching along the Donsol (Ogod) River  early in the evening. 

Driving through the town, one can still survey the trail of destruction that typhoon Reming left in its wake in December 2006.  It was one of the country's most catasptophic natural disasters in recent history, claiming hundreds of lives and rendering even more people homeless.  What took one day to raze will take a donkey's years to completely rebuild.

Dominating the horizon is the colossal volcano.  No longer the perfect cone that she once was, Mt. Mayon still remains a sight to behold together with the Cagsaua ruins in the distance.
Mt. Mayon
  An eruption in 1814 buried the parish church in rocks and lava, together with the townsfolk that sought refuge within its walls.  All that was spared is the belfry.

After much photo-taking and frolicking, it was time for us to head out on the last leg of our journey to Donsol.  It would take us another hour and a half to reach our final destination - the Vitton Resort.  Can't wait for the firefly river cruise tonight!

Firefly River Cruise

It was dusk by the time we arrived and were greeted by a very disparate welcome - the serene & gorgeous sunset on the horizon and a crowd of smiling faces of the resort staff eager to attend to each of us juxtaposed with the non-chalant expressions of a whole slew of heavily armed men.  The place was teeming of all sorts of security - the military, PNP (Philippine National Police) and even local tourist police.
We caught a firefly!
  May have been 100 of them in total.

Wow, all this security just for us?!  We know we're special but...

Ok, so the US Ambasadress was checked-in for the night as well.

We hurriedly settled in, perused the menu, pre-ordered our dinner and hopped on a bangka for the cruise.  It was a beautiful evening - the star-speckled sky fused with the tranquil sea like a dome. The luminous planktons glistened from under the surface.   We approached the Ogod river to find the Sudsod fishers - the unique night fishers with kerosene lamps secured on their heads who toil waist-deep for crustaceans - had gone.  It would've been a sight for sore eyes but it was deep in the magroves where the swarms of the glowing fireflies, the only light source in the dark, made for a truly visual & spiritual experience.  Too bad it was too dark to take any decent shots of the fireflies in action.  All we got was of the lone firefly we caught (and immediately set free!).

planisphere says:
wahhhh buti nagpakita sayo ang nipple este ang tutok ng mayon!!!
Posted on: Oct 25, 2008
planisphere says:
next stop ko: bicol!!!! pero Naga ang base ko, one day to daraga for Mt Mayon, then Caramoan na, tapos try din daw namin mga minor falls. for sure, punta din ako sa mga simbahan. separate trip na lang ang butanding! :)
Posted on: Oct 19, 2008
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Mt. Mayon & the Cagsaua ruins
Mt. Mayon & the Cagsaua ruins
Mt. Mayon
Mt. Mayon
Mt. Mayon
Mt. Mayon
We caught a firefly!
We caught a firefly!
Mt. Mayon
Mt. Mayon
Cagsaua Belfy
Cagsaua Belfy
Albay
photo by: planisphere