Bicolandia Part 1


Last April, my mom, two brothers and I traveled to the Bicol region. Our destination – Legazpi City!

We woke up early morning to catch our flight from Manila to Legazpi. When we arrived at the Legazpi Airport, the first thing that greeted us was none other than the Mayon Volcano! The cabin crew told us to refrain from taking pictures along the tarmac of the airport, and they were right. The whole time we were in Legazpi, Mayon never left our sight!


The view just outside our room. Majestic Mayon indeed.

We stayed at The Oriental and just outside our room, we can see the beautiful Mayon Volcano. After we checked in, we took pictures with the majestic Mayon right away. It’s a good thing that we did, because that was the only time during our stay that the sky was clear and there were no clouds blocking the volcano’s tip. It was a great sight to see – Mayon’s perfectly shaped cone! Our room was also in the same floor as the infinity pool, which was awesome.

ImageThe infinity pool at The Oriental 

ImageBigg’s Diner in Legazpi, Albay

We were treated to lunch at Bigg’s Diner, said to be the biggest food chain in Bicol. They serve American cuisine with Filipino influences. I ordered Baby Back Ribs, which was served with java rice and mixed vegetables. I think it was good, especially for the affordable price. (PhP 220) The only letdown was the service in this restaurant. It was slow considering that it was a fast food restaurant and the crew seemed to be overwhelmed with the number of customers.

ImageBaby Back Ribs served with java rice and mixed vegetables

After taking a quick rest, we went on an adventure like no other – riding ATVs!


I actually rode an ATV with my brother instead of going for the one-seater vehicle. It was definitely a fun experience and I would be willing to repeat it again!

ImageEven while riding an ATV, you can still see Mount Mayon!

ImageDinner at Alvi’s Albay Cafe

After riding on ATVs, our next stop was Alvi’s Albay Cafe where we had a delicious dinner! The place is actually the ancestral house of the Imperial family, known in politics. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take pictures of the food they served because we were so hungry. The food was great and I will definitely dine here if I ever visit Albay again.

During this trip, we also went to Caramoan, Camarines Sur. I will write about it in another post!

Until we meet again, Legazpi.



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