ATV Adventure to Mayon Lava Wall

Early February this year when Maya, a classmate back in college, uttered her desire to try the All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Tour Albay has been offering in recent months. She, I and another college classmate, Rojan, scheduled it on Holy Week break, March 30, 2013.

We had our tour under the Bicol Adventure ATV. We decided to make an early reservation, for during our past experiences on Holy Week breaks, tourists usually flock to these known getaways, and problems including delay, arise. So since we don’t want to spoil the planned getaway we had months prior the Holy Week, we texted the contact Bicol Adventure ATV has provided in their Facebook page, for reservation. By the way, we appreciate the very prompt reply of their contact person. :)

Bicol Adventure ATV provides several trails. The price varies on the trail selected by clients. In our case, we chose to have the Pawa-Lava Wall trail. This trail has an overall estimated distance of 9kms. The rate for this trail is PhP 1,500 which is good for 2.5 hrs. The jump-off point is at Pawa, Legazpi City. This can be reached by hiring a trike or a cab from any point in Legazpi City. Should you opt to take jeepney as public means of transportation, take Loop 1 or Loop 2, traversing the Rizal Street, get off at Sagrada Familia Chapel at Bogtong and walk along the street leading to Pawa. Still troubled? Google Maps! We did. :P

A briefing was conducted by an ATV staff when we got on the site. Briefing included trail preview, safety precautions, tips on smooth maneuvering of ATV unit, signing of waiver and paying of fee for the chosen trail. A guide was provided and taught us the how-to’s of ATV driving . Enough time was also provided for us to practice at the site before finally hitting the trail.

The heat was scorching, so having your skin applied with sunblock, is advisable. Guide was the one who led our queue. He’s also the one responsible for documentation, so no worries for pictures to be shared and uploaded online.

Basically, the trail was rough, the kind of trail for a worthy ATV adventure. Trail included grassland, rocky terrain, and my favorite: a number of streams! Accelerating on the streams awesomely made the ride splashy wet! The rocky terrain will require your arms to be vigorous for rocks tend to make the unit get out of the path and maneuvering it back needs some strength. This even made my palms ache for a couple of days after the ride. I guess the ride would be more enjoyable if Bicol Adventure ATV provides hand gloves for the riders, so that pressure on the riders’ palms would be lessen while driving.

After 1.5 hrs, we reached the ATV endpoint camp just several meters from Mayon Lava Wall. Another guide was provided to get on the wall. The wall was formed out of the magma emitted by Mayon Volcano during its eruption in 2006. At this point, we needed to climb boulders to get on the helipad at the top of the wall. Great view of Legazpi City, Albay Gulf, Lignon Hill and Mayon Volcano itself can be seen while on top of the lava wall. A zipline of 100meters length can be tried for an additional fee.

After several minutes of rest at the helipad, same track was trailed back to the jump-off point at Pawa, Legazpi City. It was a 2.5 hours of fun adventure. I guess trying it for the 2nd time wouldn’t lessen the fun.

Indeed, it’s more fun in the Philippines and the fun is doubled when you experience the beauty and adventure your own dear province is oferring to the world. Warm Albay, I love!

Bicol Adventure ATV can be reached at their website or thru their Facebook page. Mabalos Ms. Jeni and Kuya Jay of Bicol Adventure ATV! ;)

Bicol ATV Adventure Rates as of April 2013

Bicol Adventure Rates as of April 2013


The blogger is Julius R. Satparam. Art Buff. Believer. Inquirer. You can reach him thru this blog, on Facebook and on Twitter.

2013 | Year of the Snake

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Bonifacio Day 2012

The Great Plebeian. Supremo. Anak Bayan. Agapito Bagumbayan. Father of the Philippine Revolution.

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The Search for Mr. and Ms. Bicol University 2012: A Night of Colours in Whimsical World, A Teenage Dream Experience

Mr. and Ms. Bicol University 2012 | CENg’s Daniel Joshua Dado and CE’s Monalyn Abaluado

Mr. Engineering Daniel Joshua Dado and Ms. Education Monalyn Abaluado were declared Mr. and Ms. Bicol University (BU) 2012. The teenage-themed coronation night was held on September 19, 2012 at Albay Astrodome, Legazpi City. The night has drawn to a big surprise as dark horses of the competition took home the coveted titles, beating the social media and crowd favorites.

Flash-mob-inspired production number took place after the program’s lead up to the amazement and cheering of the crowd. All clad in colorful costumes and wigs, the candidates formally opened the competition by dancing to the tune of Katy Perry songs.

The ladies during their Katy Perry-inspired Production Number

Encouraging message was given by no less than Bicol University President Fay Lea Patria M. Lauraya during the program which centered on commending BU students for being the ‘best students of Bicol Region’ and the university’s image as a beauty and brain powerhouse, having produced regional, national and international beauty titlists.

Complete List of Minor Awards

Awards Winners
Mr. and Ms. Congeniality Mr. GC and Ms. IPESR
Mr. and Ms. Photogenic Mr. CS and Ms. CN
Best in Production Number Mr. IPESR and Ms. CIT
Man and Darling of the Press Mr. CN and Ms. CN
Best in Casual Attire Mr. CN and Ms. CAL
Mr. and Ms. Aim Global Mr. CS and Ms. CN
Mr. and Ms. Slim n’ Trim Mr. CS and Ms. CBEM
Mr. and Ms. White and Light Mr. IPESR and Ms. CAL
Mr. and Ms. Perfect White Mr. CS and Ms. CENg
Mr. and Ms. Pharex Mr. CS and Ms. CAL
Best in Swimwear Mr. CS and Ms. CN
Best in Talent Mr. CS and Ms. CN
Mr. and Ms. Sunwest Group of Companies Mr. CS and Ms. CAL
Mr. and Ms. BPI Mr. CAL and Ms. CN
Mr. and Ms. Shirtless.ph Mr. CS and Ms. CN
Mr. and Ms. Cotton City Mr. CIT and Ms. CIT
Mr. and Ms. Salon de Estudyante Mr. CS and Ms. CAL
Mr. and Ms. Salon de Pacific Mr. CSSP and Ms. CN
Best in Ramp Mr. CBEM and Ms. CN
Mr. and Ms. Bicol Shirts City Mr. TC and Ms. CE
Mr. and Ms. Most Liked on Facebook Mr. CS and Ms. CN
Mr. and Ms. Willy and Sons Mr. IPESR and Ms. CE
Mr. and Ms. Doc Aung Fitness Center Mr. CS and Ms. CN
Mr. and Ms. Size for You Mr. CS and Ms. CBEM
Mr. and Ms. Red Cheese Pizza Mr. CS and Ms. CENg
Mr. and Ms. Student Choice Mr. CBEM and Ms. CN
Best in Long Gown and Formal Wear Mr. CS and Ms. CN
Mr. and Ms. Universal Robina Corp. Mr. CS and Ms. CN
Mr. and Ms. Globe Mr. CE and Ms. CN
Mr. and Ms. Advil Mr. CS and Ms. CN

Semifinalists

The male and female candidates of CN, CENg, CBEM, CS and CIT successfully advanced to the semi-finals. The complete list of semi finalists is as follows:

Male Category Female Category
Mr. IPESR Merwin Nabor Ms. CE Monalyn Abaluado
Mr. CN Jorge Angelo Carlito Tiongson Ms. CAL Miho Shibata
Mr. CENg Daniel Joshua Dado Ms. CN Miki Santiago
Mr. TC John Mar Canaleta Ms. CENg Daisy Ann Kempf
Mr. CIT Esmyle Garcia Ms. CBEM Patricia Molina
Mr. CS Allan Clyde Amante Ms. CS Abigae Tresvalles
Mr. CBEM Angel Esguerra III Ms. CIT Joyce Baclili

Top 4

Nerve-wracking Q & A followed. Competition for the Top 4 spots was tough since most, if not all of the candidates, were well-versed and spontaneous in delivering their answers. Candidates who took the final spots and outshone other candidates are the following. Both candidates of CN and CBEM secured final spots.

Male Category Female Category
Mr. CN Jorge Angelo Carlito Tiongson Ms. CN Miki Santiago
Mr. CENg Daniel Joshua Dado Ms. CBEM Patricia Molina
Mr. CBEM Angel Esguerra III Ms. CE Monalyn Abaluado
Mr. CS Allan Clyde Amante Ms. CAL Miho Shibata

Ms. Bicol University 2012 Top 4. Misses CAL, CN, CBEM and CE.

Mr. Bicol University 2012 Top 4. Misters CBEM, CENg, CN and CS.

Common questions were given to male and female candidates during the final Q&A. Male candidates were all asked to cite what color could best describe their life. On the other hand, female candidates were all asked to describe their whimsical world as a contemporary teenager in three words/adjectives.

Black for ‘variety’ is what Mr. CENg Daniel Joshua Dado had as his winning edge over his competitors, while ‘colorful, happy and vibrant’ living of life to the fullest eventually made Ms. CE Monalyn Abaluado as this year’s Ms. Bicol University.

Place Male Category Female Category
Mr. & Ms. Bicol University Mr. CENg Daniel Joshua Dado Ms. CE Monalyn Abaluado
1st Runner-Up Mr. CN Jorge Angelo Carlito Tiongson Ms. CBEM Patricia Molina
2nd Runner-Up Mr. CS Allan Clyde Amante Ms. CN Miki Santiago
3rd Runner-Up Mr. CBEM Angel Esguerra III Ms. CAL Miho Shibata

Titles were officially turned over by 2011 Mr. and Ms. Bicol University Christian Dan Morada of CBEM and Francia Layderos of CS.

Mr. and Ms. Bicol University 2011 Christian Dan Morada and Francia Layderos

Hosts and anchors during the coronation night were Mr. Jason Carmona, Mr. Jonar Jake Ramirez, Ms. Bianca Rizzi Hondanero and Ms. Bicolandia 2012 Yvethe Marie Santiago.

Photo Credits: Mga Kuhang Larawan ni Dencio Facebook Page


The blogger is Julius R. Satparam. Art Buff. Believer. Inquirer. You can reach him thru this blog, on Facebook and on Twitter.

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Maligayang ika-114 Araw ng Kalayaan, Pilipinas kong Mahal!

Maligayang ika-114 Araw ng Kalayaan, Pilipinas kong Mahal!

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