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    The Tabaco Port & Natunawan Cove

    by cyndymc Written Apr 27, 2010
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    Our driver recommended that we pass by the Tabaco Port and try our luck to see or take a shot of Natunawan Island from there. He related an interesting story of an island that sunk underwater after a typhoon, then reappeared forming another island shaped like the caret symbol of Death. We got so intrigued so we agreed to the stopover. Unfotunately, it was foogy at the pier because it was still showering so hubby just took shots of the shipss docked at the port. We learned that Tabaco Port is an international port, and port of entry to the region. RO-ro ships dock there.

    Trivia: A little research revealed to me that creativity overrun the morbid association of Natunawan Island's resurfaced look of Death's caret. The local government has capitalized on the hook-like surface as a beautiful cove, thus the name of the new island is now “Natunawan Cove” and promoted as a rich source of food and livelihood for nearby places. Its unique shape also provides reliable anchorage for fishermen’s boats. It is fast becoming popular for its attractive island and mountain range views, clear and clean blue waters, and serene environment. The place is now open for jogging, swimming, boating, picnics, get-togethers or even quiet meditation.

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    Drop By Mayon Science Park & Planetarium

    by cyndymc Updated Apr 27, 2010
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    It was the Americans who initially built the Seismological instrument now being used by the Philippines Astronomical, Geological and Seismological Agency (PAGASA). Based on historical and scientific studies over a period of many hundreds of years that Mt. Mayon's eruptions had occured, this side of the volcano was never hit by lava flow. This was good enough justification for the instruments to be installed there to monitor Mt. Mayon's volcanic activity and at the same time be able to predict forthcoming eruptions.

    Not intended primarily to be a tourist destination, the Mayon Science Park & Planetarium is actually a pioneering educational facility/site in the Bicol region endorsed by the Philippine Tourism Authority and the Department of Science and Technology. It is therefore a most-sought place for educational tours in Tabaco City by schools in Albay and other educational institutions from neighboring provinces.

    The planetarium is a one-story structure with 4 rooms housing the library, the virtual room, a mini-museum and an audiovisual hall. Entrance fee is only P10.

    The Mayon Science Park & Planetarium is built on the volcano’s slope, offering a panoramic view of the famous Mayon skyline, the Pacific Ocean, nearby towns and lakes, Curangon Shoal, San Miguel Island, and Mount Malinao (another volcano within the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire). We waited for a long time for the fog to clear and hopefully show us the much-talked about breathtaking panorama, but until it showered again, the fog still covered the volcano, ocean, islands and skyline.

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    Sight-seeing From Mayon Resthouse Park

    by cyndymc Updated Apr 27, 2010
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    The closing of Mayon Resthouse didn't stop it from being included in tourists' itinerary. Many travelers still go up the Resthouse park/picnic grounds to have a glimpse of Mt. Mayon. The resthouse is said to be located halfway to the tip of Mayon Volcano, about 8500 feet above sea level, so you can have an awesome view of Mt. Mayon's perfect cone on clear, sunny days. Alas, it was showering and foggy when we went there, so there was just a hazy outline of Mt. Mayon;((

    Despite our dampened spirits, however, we had a good time. When the shower stopped, we strolled at the picnic grounds, explored the terrain and fillled our lungs with fresh air. The climate was so cool like Baguio, a refreshing respite from the hot, humid lowlands. We were told that all year-round, the air is always fresh and cool, with the temperature as low as 50 and high as 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

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    Visit St. John The Baptist Parish Church

    by cyndymc Updated Apr 26, 2010
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    St. John the Baptist Parish Church is a centuries-old church declared a National Historical Landmark per Presidential Decree 260 on August 1, 1993. It was acclaimed as "one of the most stately religious structures in the province of Albay".

    The Franciscan Fathers came to do missionary work in Tabaco in 1587, and Fr. Pedro De Alcareso first built a church in honor of their patron saint, St. John the Baptist in 1616. In 1820, the Tabaco Church was considered the most prominent landmark as it stands, the centerpiece of the poblacion. The present church structure was constructed starting 1864 and was finally completed in 1879.

    The church structure is the result of distinctive craftsmanship of Filipino masons. Stones were used to build the church, using as binder and hardener, a mixture of lime, egg albumin and molasses (there was no cement yet during that time). The massive solid squared stone walls were not supported by pillars. What I found unique is the bell tower which is detached from the main structure of the church, much like the belltowers of churches in Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur. A sad story about the church construction cannot be denied though. It is said that the church was built through forced labor, costing the workers' blood, sweat and tears and sometimes, their lives.

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    Mayon Resthouse

    by rmcuesta Written Oct 7, 2008

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    Nestles on the eastern slopes of Mt Mayon at an altitude of 2,700 ft. An excellent summer resort with almost similar temperature with that of Baguio at 28°C. It is popularly known as "heaven on earth" because of the hanging clouds and the pleasant climate where cool and invigorating air could be experienced. There was a newly built Mayon Planetarium at an entrance cost of P10.00 per head, you may watch a documentary film about Mayon.

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    National Cultural Treasure

    by i-s-a Updated Aug 31, 2006

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    San Juan Bautista Church is an old Spanish church built in 1861. It is a very beautiful architecture with a separate belltower and an adjoining cemetary and chapel. This church is huge with imposing walls just like the ones we see in Intramuros.

    I didn't have the opportunity to hear mass here but was able to offer prayers in its small solemn chapel. Take the gate at the left side of the church and pass by the cemetery...the chapel is hidden at the back portion of the church.

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    Know Thy Name

    by i-s-a Updated Aug 31, 2006

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    All along, I thought the town Tabaco got its name from the word "tobacco" and how wrong I was.

    And so I searched the net and found this informative site let's learn some folklore.

    Word has it that the town of Tabaco got its name during the Spanish colonial years, when the Spanish visitors would ask the townspeople about the name of the place. Unable to understand the question due to disparity in tongues, the natives would usually get irritated, and would ask anyone within earshot for a tabak (or a machete). Thus, tabak ko became Tabaco.

    Having evolved through the years, the story has also earned the town the tabak-making industry, which has provided livelihood for the people in this place located right in the heart of Albay province in the Bicol region.

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    Buy Fresh Fruits

    by i-s-a Updated Aug 30, 2006

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    Fruits abound in Albay. You can find many stalls by the roadside where they sell fresh produce like santol, papaya, banana, young coconuts, etc. Here, a kilo of Papaya cost 15pesos only...cheap...cheap...cheap! So have fun and eat at your heart's desire :0)

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