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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.

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I Choose Philippines (Piliin Mo Ang Pilipinas ft. El Gamma Penumbra)

ABS-CBN Regional Network Group recently launched its 2nd music video of their own Philippine tourism campaign “Choose Philippines”. ‘Piliin Mo Ang Pilipinas’ is sung by ABS-CBN talents Angeline Quinto and Vince Bueno. This 2nd music video features PGT grand finalist El Gamma Penumbra. It showcases the beauty of the Philippines through shadow dancing. This was officially launched on February 19 on ASAP 2012.

PILIIN MO ANG PILIPINAS
Angeline Quinto & Vince Bueno

Minsa’y natuwa ang Maylikha
Pitong libong pulo ang ginawa
Mga hiyas na inilatag
Sa mala-sutlang dagat

At ang bayan Niyang pinili
Nasa dulo ng bahaghari
kaya’t isanlibong kulay
Nang-aakit, kumakaway

Piliin mo rin ang Pilipinas
Kapuluang kwintas ng perlas
Piliin mo, yakapin mo
kayamanan nyang likas, Piliin mo ang Pilipinas

Kasayahang di mapatid
Ramdam sa bawat awit
sa masisiglang indak
mga puso’y lumilipad

Piliin mo rin ang Pilipinas
Kapuluang kwintas ng perlas
Piliin mo, yakapin mo
kayamanan nyang likas, Piliin mo ang Pilipinas

At ang ngiti ng Maykapal
Taglay ng bawat nilalang
May lambing na dumuduyan
Sa buong Pakiramdam

Piliin mo rin ang Pilipinas
Kapuluang kwintas ng perlas
Piliin mo, yakapin mo
kayamanan nyang likas, Piliin mo ang Pilipinas

Dito ay itinadhana
Araw, buwan at mga tala
Ganap na magniningning
Kailanma’y di magdidilim

If you know what i’m talking about
Suitcase in the house with the party sound
First choice, first love -if ya’ll ask the crowd
“WE GONNA CHOOSE PHILIPPINES”
Come on shout it out
Everybody’s gonna dance to this
I see the whole world party in the Philippines
Philippines now with Angeline
Quinto, Bueno-on the TV screen hey!
This is like a samba
From Rio to Manila will be hittin’ on drums ya
Shake shake it off on beats of life
No more drama
And shout: WE GONNA CHOOSE PHILIPPINES
No one other
The world keeps talking
But we aint walkin’
We keep on dancing
That’s how we rock it
7,107 islands of beauty
See pieces of heaven

Piliin mo rin ang Pilipinas
Piliin mo rin ang Pilipinas
Piliin mo rin ang Pilipinas
Piliin mo rin ang Pilipinas

Piliin mo rin ang Pilipinas
Kapuluang kwintas ng perlas
Piliin mo, yakapin mo
kayamanan nyang likas, Piliin mo ang Pilipinas

Piliin mo rin ang Pilipinas
Kapuluang kwintas ng perlas
Piliin mo, yakapin mo
kayamanan nyang likas, Piliin mo ang Pilipinas

Piliin mo rin ang Pilipinas
Piliin mo rin ang Pilipinas