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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. šŸ™‚

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. šŸ˜›

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-toā€™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! šŸ˜‰

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 ā€˜Karangahan sa Pasko: Albay Green Christmas 2011, an expanded version of its maiden edition last year. This yearā€™s version admittedly ā€œprovokes a more celebratory attitude that builds on the spirit of the seasonā€.

ā€œIn 2010, we launched Albay Green Christmas, essentially as an advocacy campaign for less pollution and reduced carbon emissions through ā€˜Iwas Paputokā€™; proper solid waste management through ā€˜No Plastics/Less Garbage celebration; and zero casualty, Salceda explained.

He said they added a new ingredient to this yearā€™s ā€˜Karangahan sa Pasko,ā€™ designed to bring out and fortify ā€œthe terms of endearment of Albayanos to their provinceā€ 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 PeƱaranda 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 Albayā€™s advocacy and campaign for environment protection.

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

Of the many activities lined up, of special interest are ā€œMusicHEROā€ 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 PeƱaranda Park
Barangay On-Site Green Christmas Belen Competition
Fiesta Culinaria 2011 In front of Capitol
Paskuhan/Karangahan sa Albay Beer Plaza PeƱaranda 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 PeƱaranda 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 PeƱaranda 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 PeƱaranda 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 PeƱaranda Park, Legazpi City
Vice Governor Imperial’s Cup (Shootfest) BGCI Firing Range, Padang, Legazpi City
December 12 Pastores Bikol PeƱaranda 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 PeƱaranda 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/PeƱaranda Park
Musical Sessions 5: Folk, Rock and Country PeƱaranda Park
December 18 Search for Outstanding Gym and Fitness Center PeƱaranda Park
December 20 Karangahan Green Christmas Photography Contest PeƱaranda Park
December 21 Green Lantern Competition
Lantern Parade and Awarding
PeƱaranda Park, Legazpi City
December 22 to 23 MusicHERO: Battle of the Uniformed Bands PeƱaranda Park, Legazpi City
December 23 Gabi ng Parangal/PDRRMC Night Albay Astrodome
Night Run Legazpi City
December 25 Handog Pamasko/Gift Giving to Orphans PeƱaranda Park, Legazpi City


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 PeƱaranda Park, took the Rizal Street-Quezon Avenue route and finally had the exhibition contest proper at the Legazpi Grand Central Terminal. Thousands of LegazpeƱos, 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 ChampionĀ 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 Bicolā€™s folk epic with this yearā€™s Ibalong Festival. Happening from August 8-22, 2011, this yearā€™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 Sorsogonā€™s Kasanggayahan Festival and Bacolodā€™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 Bicolā€™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 Bicolā€™s folk epic. Dagos tabi kamo!

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KawaKawa Hill (The Hill without a Hilltop)

Kawakawa Hill is a famous hill located in the heart of the 3rd congressional district of Albay, Ligao City. The Hill is dubbed as ‘The Hill without a Hilltop’ – for it resembles a ‘kawa’ or ‘wok’. The Hill is home to the fourteen life-size images of the Stations of the Cross, being visited by the faithful during Holy Week.

The Legend of Daragang Magayon

by Merito B. Espinas

Long ago, there lived in Ibalong the tribal Chief Makusog of Rawis who had an only daughter, Daragang Magayon. Her mother Dawani died shortly after giving birth to the girl. Magayon grew up to be so beautiful and sweet that love-struck swains from faraway tribes, including those outside the region, vied for her affection. But not one of the young men captivated the heart of the lovely maiden, not even the handsome but haughty Pagtuga, the great hunter and powerful Chief of Iraga, who showered Magayon’s father with fabulous gifts of gold, pearls, and wild trophies of the hunt.

Not until Ulap showed up in Rawis. He was soft-spoken but brave son of Chief Karilaya of the Tagalog Region. He had come all the long way on foot to see for himself the celebrated beauty of Daragang Magayon. Unlike other suitors, Ulap bided his time. For many days he simply stole admiring glances from a distance at Daragang Magayon as she bathed at the Yawa River.

It did not take long for an opportunity to present himself. After an unusually rainy night, Magayon went to bathe as her wont to Yawa, but a swift current, dislodging her foot from a slippery rock, abruptly plunged her into the chilly water. In a flash, Ulap was at her side and brought the trembling maiden safely to dry land. The frightened women-in-waiting could only gape at them stupified.

As the stars would have it, this sparked the glowing love between Daragang Magayon and Ulap.

A few more meetings with the lovely daraga after this fateful incident emboldened the youth to follow her home one bright morning. Signifying his intention to marry Magayon, he thrust his spear at the stairs of Chief Makusog’s house. Magayon could only blush and cast her eyes down. sensing that at last Magayon was in love and wishing only happiness for her daughter, the father offered no objection. Magayon and Ulap were overjoyed. But the wedding was to be in a month’s time, for Ulap had yet to inform his people to gather provisions for the feast.

This happy news spread fast and, in no time, reached Pagtuga. He was furious. He laid in wait for Chief Makusog to hunt, took him captive, and sent word to Magayon that unless she agreed to marry him, her father must die, and that a war would be waged against Magayon’s people.

An early date was set for the nuptials. Informed of this unhappy turn of events, Ulap abandoned the wedding preparations of his tribe and along with his bravest warriors, hastily returned to rawis just in time for the ceremonies.

In a skirmish that followed, Pagtuga was slain by Ulap. The joyous Magayon, rushing to embrace Ulap, was hit by a stray arrow. While Ulap held the dying Magayon in his arms, Linog, a burly henchman of Pagtuga hurled his spear at Ulap’s back killing him instantly. At that precise moment, Makusog swung his mighty arm and struck down Linog with his minasbad.

This awful spectacle left the combatants speechless and remorseful. Instead of rejoicing over a wedding, there was wailing over the dead and the dying. Chief Makusog, himself in tears, dug the grave for Ulap and Magayon and tenderly laid them together each in the other’s arms as they had died.

The days that followed saw the grave rising higher and higher attended by muffled rumblings and earthquakes, and red-hot boulders bursting from the crater. When this occurs, old folk believe that Pagtuga, aided by Linog, agitates the volcano to get back the gifts which, following the ancient custom, was buried with Magayon.

On certain days, when the tip is covered with clouds, the old folk say that Ulap is kissing Magayon. When afterwards rain trickles caressingly down the gentle slopes of the mountain, they insist that it is the tears of Ulap.

Magayon has since been shortened to Mayong or Mayon whose tragic story casts a foreboding shadow even on the brightest day, over this lovely countryside of Daragang Magayon.


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