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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. 😛

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.


Karangahan: Albay Green Christmas 2011

Albay stages its season-long Green Christmas advocacy project for the second year this year, with a new added element aimed at fortifying its terms of endearment with the local folks with special focus on ethnic culture, food and tastes.

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda has recently launched here ‘Karangahan sa Pasko: Albay Green Christmas 2011, an expanded version of its maiden edition last year. This year’s version admittedly “provokes a more celebratory attitude that builds on the spirit of the season”.

“In 2010, we launched Albay Green Christmas, essentially as an advocacy campaign for less pollution and reduced carbon emissions through ‘Iwas Paputok’; proper solid waste management through ‘No Plastics/Less Garbage celebration; and zero casualty, Salceda explained.

He said they added a new ingredient to this year’s ‘Karangahan sa Pasko,’ designed to bring out and fortify “the terms of endearment of Albayanos to their province” and enhance their pride and unique sense of ethnicity as Albayanos that is articulated by their culinary arts and other cultural forms.

Karangahan is a Bicol term derived from the root word ranga, which refers to a higher level of joy and contentment, and later was used to mean endearment.

President Benigno Simeon Aquino is set to switch on the lights of the giant Green Christmas tree at middle of Peñaranda Park in front of the Albay Provincial Capitol on Nov. 25, marking the start of the month-long festivity. The President will also formally inaugurate the Climate Change Academy at the Bicol University here.

The giant Green Christmas tree is about 58 feet tall, fashioned from recycled fuel drums painted green, with close to a thousand flickering solar powered led lights. It eloquently speaks for Albay’s advocacy and campaign for environment protection.

Salceda said Karangahan has some 40 to 50 activities lined up and has six pillars – Equalympics, a province-wide academic competition for High School, Elementary and Kindergarten/ Nursery levels students; Culinaria Albay – which seeks to promote Albay cuisine and its world-competitive restaurants; Green lantern and Christmas décor competition; Iwas Putok, a campaign for no-firecracker and safe celebration of the season; Wellness – interclub tennis tournament; and an indigenous art competition.

Of the many activities lined up, of special interest are “MusicHERO” or battle of the AFP bands featuring the bands of the Philippine Army, the Marines, the Navy and Air Force; and competitions for composers and signers from all over the country who will be asked to submit or perform their original Christmas jingles in English, Bikol or Tagalog. The entries must be themed Albay and must have a festive beat. (PNA)


Date Activities Venue
November 25 National Media Conference on Climate Change BU Amphitheater, Legazpi City
November 25 to December 25 Green Christmas Tree Lighting Peñaranda Park
Barangay On-Site Green Christmas Belen Competition
Fiesta Culinaria 2011 In front of Capitol
Paskuhan/Karangahan sa Albay Beer Plaza Peñaranda Park, Legazpi City
Luntiang Pasko (Garden Show) Albay Astrodome
Art Decor Atrium
Pasko sa Kapitolyo, Agrikulturang Organiko Display of Organic Farm Products Albay Capitol Compound
Inter-Club Tennis Competition
Karangahan sa Pasko Trade Fair/Pyroclastic Display Peñaranda Park, Legazpi City
November 25 to 26 2 Day Job Fair: Pamaskong Trabaho 3F Pacific Mall, Legazpi City
November 26 Chorale Festival Albay Astrodome
November 27 Rebuilding Lives, Rebuilding Community Dinner for a Cause Albay Astrodome
November 29 Regional Education Student Congress Albay Astrodome
November 30 Provincial Prayer Competition and Dedication of Albay “Albay is for Christ” Albay Astrodome
December 1 to 2 World AIDS Day Celebration Information Caravan
December 2 Iwas Paputok Launching Peñaranda Park, Legazpi City
Tales from Mindanao “Dance Drama” Albay Astrodome
December 3 PUNK & SKAbadoo Night II The Wannabees featuring Punk and SKA Bands from Albay LKY Legazpi Terminal
Night Run in Albay Legazpi Boulevard, Puro, Legazpi City
“O Come Al Ye Faithful” Chorale Concert Albay Astrodome
December 4 Philippine Red Cross Fun Run Peñaranda Park, Legazpi City
Albay Concert Crusade Albay Astrodome
December 5 1st Karangahan sa Albay Open Art Decor Competition Atrium
December 7 Bonggang Krismas ki Lo at La Year-End General Assembly Senior Citizen Albay Astrodome
December 8 Krismas para sa mga may K
Year-End Program and Evaluation of PWDS
Albay Astrodome
December 8 to 9 1st “Karangahan nin Dunong kan Albay (Academic Olympics) Albay Astrodome
December 9 Sounds and Movements “Cultural Presentation” Albay Astrodome
December 10 Christmas Rawit-Dawit Peñaranda Park, Legazpi City
Vice Governor Imperial’s Cup (Shootfest) BGCI Firing Range, Padang, Legazpi City
December 12 Pastores Bikol Peñaranda Park, Legazpi City<
December 15 BUCAL Lantern Parade and Christmas Concert BU Grounds
Tabaco Viva Pastores Tabaco City Terrace
December 15 to 16 The First Bicol Social Media Workshop Ibalong Centrum for Recreation, Legazpi City
December 15 to 24 SANTA CLAUS is coming to Albay! Old Albay District, Legazpi Port and Polangui
December 16 Christmas Chorale Competition Peñaranda Park, Legazpi City
MAGIC OF MAGIK (Magic Competition) Ibalong Centrum for Recreation, Legazpi City
December 17 Children’s Home, Orphans of PWD & Sagrada Familia Christmas Cheers in Costumes Astrodome/Peñaranda Park
Musical Sessions 5: Folk, Rock and Country Peñaranda Park
December 18 Search for Outstanding Gym and Fitness Center Peñaranda Park
December 20 Karangahan Green Christmas Photography Contest Peñaranda Park
December 21 Green Lantern Competition
Lantern Parade and Awarding
Peñaranda Park, Legazpi City
December 22 to 23 MusicHERO: Battle of the Uniformed Bands Peñaranda Park, Legazpi City
December 23 Gabi ng Parangal/PDRRMC Night Albay Astrodome
Night Run Legazpi City
December 25 Handog Pamasko/Gift Giving to Orphans Peñaranda Park, Legazpi City


Off to Broadway Avenue: The Mr. and Ms. Bicol University 2011

Ms. College of Science Francia Layderos and Mr. College of Business Economics and Management Christian Dan Morada emerged as this year’s Mr. and Ms. Bicol University!

Dubbed as OFF TO BROADWAY AVENUE: A NIGHT OF GLITZ And GLAMOUR, Bicol University had its Broadway-themed 2011 Search for Mr. and Ms. Bicol University on September 21, 2011 at the Albay Astrodome. Bueños herded into the venue to witness the turning over of the titles from last year’s Ms. BU Iana France Villania and Mr. BU Casiano Bibon.

Fourteen BU colleges and campuses had their bets vie for this year’s Mr. and Ms. Bicol University title. Candidates took the stage and hit the catwalk with Broadway-like prods and attires.

Here are the results:

First Set of Minor Awards:

Mr. and Ms. Photogenic – Mr. CIT and Ms CENg
Mr. and Ms. Hotel Venezia – Mr. CBEM and Ms. CBEM
Man of the Press – Mr. TC
Darling of the Press – Ms. CN

Second Set of Minor Awards:

Mr. and Ms. Congeniality – Mr. CS and Ms. TC
Best in Swimwear – Mr. CIT and Ms. CS
Mr. and Ms. A. Bichara Silverscreens – Mr. CEng and Ms. CBEM
Mr. and Ms. Nelstar Fitness Gym – Mr. CIT and Ms. CN
Mr. and Ms. Facebook – Mr. CENg and Ms. CENg
Best in Broadway Attire – Mr. CBEM and Ms. CS
Best in Production Number – Mr. CIT and Ms. CS
Mr. and Ms. Misibis Bay – Mr. CIT and Ms. CS

Third Set of Minor Awards:

Best in Talent – Mr. TC and Ms. PC
People’s Choice – Mr. CSSP and Ms. CN
Mr. and Ms. Salon de Pacific – Mr. CEng and Ms. CEng
Mr. and Ms. 2GO – Mr. CE and Ms. CAL
Best in Ramp – Mr. CEng and Ms. CS
Best in Formal Attire – Mr. CEng and Ms. CBEM

Top 5 (Male Category)

Top 5 (Female Category)

Final Question:

In light of the University’s pursuit for globalization, what do you think is the most important contribution of a BUeño to the world?


(Male Category)
Mr. CEng: Pagkakaisa. “Ipakita sa mundo na tayo ay nagtapos sa BU at nagkakaisa-isa.”
Mr. CBEM: To be internationally competitive. “Someday, I can contribute to the world and to the Filipino people.”
Mr. GC: Quality Graduates. “Bicol University is pursuing the 4 pillars of education.”
Mr. CIT: Proper Education. “If every person in this world has proper education, there will be no discrimination in the world.”
Mr. TC: Quality of our Education. “What we need is education.”

(Female Category)
Ms. CEng: Start by being responsible individuals to being globally united with other ones.
Ms. CS: Intelligence and Excellence. “BUenos are always giving for excellence.”
Ms. TC: Utilize our manpower. “…to develop our skills and talents for us to be globally competent.”
Ms. CN: Personality. “BUenos are the most kind people compared to other colleges here…Character supersedes beauty.”
Ms. CBEM: The teaching itself.

The final results are as follows:

Ambassador and Ambassadress of Service: Mr. CEng and Ms. CN
Ambassador and Ambassadress of Leadership: Mr. GC and Ms. CEng
Ambassador and Ambassadress of Character and Scholarship: Mr. #12 TC and Ms. CBEM
Mr. and Ms. September Fest 2011: Mr. CIT and Ms. TC
Mr. and Ms. Bicol University 2011: Mr. CBEM and Ms. CS

Photo Credits: Gov. Joey Salceda, Mr. and Ms. Bicol University 2011 Facebook page

Simeon Ola y Arboleda

September 2, 2011 marks the 146th birth anniversary of Gen. Simeon A. Ola, the last revolutionary general to surrender at the end of the Philippine-American War. By virtue of Proclamation No. 222 issued by the Malacañan Palace, special non-working holiday will be observed in the Province of Albay to give its people the opportunity to celebrate said occasion.

Simeon A. Ola (September 2, 1865 – February 14, 1952) was a hero of the Philippine Revolution and the last general to surrender to American forces during the Philippine-American War.

Simeon Ola was born on September 2, 1865 to Vicente Ola and Apolonia Arboleda, whom was ordinary citizens with few money. He was enrolled in Holy Rosary Minor Seminary and attended the Philosophy, but didn’t finish the course. He joined the the local branch of the Katipunan in his hometown province of Albay and later became the leader. With the help of a parish priest he was able to acquire arms to support his men. Promoted to the rank of captain after the battle of Camalig in Albay, 1898 and again promoted to the rank of major after a daring ambush mission that led to the capture of three Americans. He was also the leader of the subsequent valiant attacks on Albay towns namely, Oas, Ligao and Jovellar. He later surrendered in condition that his men would be granted amnesty, he was put on trial and was proven guilty of sedition and was sentenced to thirty years inprisonment. In 1904, he was given a pardon and returned to his place of birth and became the municipal president. The regional police command in Legazpi City (Camp General Simeon A. Ola) was named after him.

Simeon Ola died on February 14, 1952 and was interred at the Roman Catholic Cemetery of Guinobatan.


Bicol University’s Winning Interpretation of Ibalong

Of the eight official contingents in the recently concluded Ibalong Festival 2011 Street Presentation, Bicol University’s (Contingent No. 4) interpretation of Bicol’s Ibalong emerged as the most unique and colorful. Bicol University is this year’s Ibalong Festival Street Presentation Grand Champion. Bagging all except one of the major awards, Bicol University’s performance left nothing but awe to the judges and spectators.

Bicol University stole from other seven (7) contingents 4 of 5 major awards: Warrior Princess, Best in Costume and Props, Best in Music and Sound, and Best in Exhibition. The winning contingent landed first runner up in Street Dancing.

Bicol University garnered a total cash prize of P390,000.00 and a chance to represent the Ibalong Festival on Magayon Festival of Festivals Competition to be held April next year.

Video courtesy of YouTube‘s fjnmedina.

Ibalong Festival Street Presentation 2011

The streets of Legazpi City were filled with festivity last August 20, 2011 when eight different contingents relived and gave their creative and colorful interpretations of the Bicol’s very own folk epic, the Ibalong. The street dancing parade kicked off at Peñaranda Park, took the Rizal Street-Quezon Avenue route and finally had the exhibition contest proper at the Legazpi Grand Central Terminal. Thousands of Legazpeños, local and foreign tourists flocked into the venue to witness one of the Ibalong Festival 2011’s highlights.

Warrior Princess 2011: Bicol University’s

Best in Costume and Props: Bicol University

Best in Music and Sound: Bicol University

Best in Street Dance: Oro Site High School

Best in Exhibition: Bicol University

Bicol University emerged as the Grand Champion in this year’s Ibalong Festival Street Presentation. A total of 390,000 cash prize was garnered by the Bicol University contingent. A source said that the Grand Champion will represent the Ibalong Festival on Magayon Festival of Festivals Competition to be held April next year.

Ibalong Festival 2011

Legazpi City once again celebrates Bicol’s folk epic with this year’s Ibalong Festival. Happening from August 8-22, 2011, this year’s festivities mark a major shift in the usually-October celebration. Early this year, the Legazpi City Sangguniang Panglusod Tourism Committee had passed a resolution changing the date of the 20-year old festival. It was approved by Legazpi City Mayor Geraldine Rosal. Ibalong Festival 2011 detaches itself from Sorsogon’s Kasanggayahan Festival and Bacolod’s Masskara Festival, both being celebrated during the month of October.

First celebrated in 1991, the Ibalong Festival is an annual festival being observed by the Bicolanos, by the Legazpenos in particular. An epic telling the adventures of the three heroes of the ancient Bicol, known as the Ibalon, Ibalong Festival intends to honor Bicol’s legendary heroes Bantong, Baltog and Handyong.

For calendar of activities, like and visit Ibalong Festival 2011 Official Facebook page.

Come and visit Legazpi City and join the rest of its natives in celebrating Bicol’s folk epic. Dagos tabi kamo!

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