February 26th, 2010 – by: CFD
early in the morning and checked into the Magayon hotel (Highly recomended at P200 for a room!) and hired a tricycle to go sightseeing on the sights a little harder to reach. We included the: Cagsawa Ruins which contains the ruins of the church now reconstructed in Daraga
. You can get some great pictures with the ruins in the forefront and Mt Mayon in the background and is well worth a visit. Its also worth to notice that while youre walking through the ruins and appreaciating the view youll stumble on two swimming pools belonging to the nearby resort. Daraga Church is a pretty little church located in Daraga outside of Legaspi easily reached by Jeepneys which run from early till late.
The church is set on a small hill which again gives great views over Mayon volcano and the nearby villages. "Hoyop-Hoyapan caves" is a limestone cave located around 45minutes from Legaspi. Youll pay around P200 for a tour which takes around 40minutes and if youll pay a little more they will turn on the electricy which does it a lot easier to get that picture youll want to show your friends at home. There are potteries dating back to 200 BC in the cave which is now part of the stalaktites (How do you really spell that word?) The Hill overlooking the city. (I dont remember the name, but it begins with an I) is well worth a look and a great place to eat lunch. The views over Legaspi and the bay are great and the views over the perfect Mayon Volcano on the other side is even better. This is a local hotspot where locals go to exersize and even try some of the activies on the top.
Its well worth a look and the locals said we should go up at around 5PM which seems like a perfect time to go as youll see the city in full daylight , twilight , sunset and completely dark in about 90minutes. We also ate at "Small Talk" resturant which is featured in lonely planet while we just stumbeled across it by accident when looking for a place to eat. It features some exelent food and everyone should try the "Mayon Sandwhich" which is a deep fried sandwhich which tastes really really good. The "Bicol Express pasta with" is ok, but a rather small portion and the garlic bread served on the side is a joke. The interiour sets the mood just perfectly with pianos , pictures and mellow music. After this hectic day i decided to drink a few beers with Dee which i met in Donsol
and saw again in Legaspi. I drank a bottle of Whiskley (P38 for 0.375L!) with him and headed outside to meet with some locals. After scoring 80% and 95% on KTV on the songs "Nothing really matters" and "Nothing else matters" (I typed the wrong number the first time) and drinking gin with friendly locals and downing a redhorse to much i decided to walk back to the hotel to sleep while my head was still spinning.