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,...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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....more
A clean canteen-type of restaurant located alongside the Mayon Planetarium is a welcome treat to travelers. It is non-aircon but airy because of the big windows that allow the cool air in. They serve meals and snacks. We didn't have a chance to sample their snacks; we just bought softdrinks and bottled water. See picture for sample menu.more
We were happy to find a Jollibee outlet in Tabaco City, so we decided to buy snack for the driver, and breakfast for me and hubby. Aside form fast, delicous value meals, for us, Jollibee is the safest place to relieve yourselves before you set off for a roadtrip. I don't tire of Jollibee's Classic Hotdog Meal for snack, and pancakes for breakfast....more
The place is small (with only two tables), simple and clean. Owned by an old lady, Aling Mer (who else? ^o^). It is famous for its delicious native cakes (kakanin)....suman sa ibos, aroyo, latik and hot cocoa choco drink.Note: The cocoa drink is extremely hot but without the usual steam...be careful!more
As our car neared the site of Mayon Resthouse, children ran following us. I thought they were beggars, but I apologize for the ill thought. These children were helping their parents make a living by selling dish gardens of bonsai. So if you buy anything from them, you help a family. Dish gardens of bonsais of different sizes and styles are sold by...more
The shop sells a wide variety of abaca footwear, bags and decors, as well as other native products. I bought all my souvenir items and "pasalubongs" (token gifts for relatives/friends) at Ariannes because I liked the attention and patience bestowed on me by the proprietress. The items were all so beautiful, I had a difficult time choosing the...more
There is no single shop that I recommend in this tip. The stretch of the street on the right side of the Tabaco City Capitol building is a pasalubong shoppers' heaven. All you have to do is get there early (or late) and go mad. :) The little shops carry tabak (bolos from whence came the city's name... Tabaco), knives, scissors, saws, whetstones,...more
I was curious why the candle vendor kept on asking me if I wanted to put a candle infront of the stained glass window. I then realized that it was customary to first light a candle infront of the religious image before praying inside the church. I noticed that in no time, devotees lit candles on the pavement.more
Don't be surprised and never laugh when you see locals make the rounds of religious icons in the church to kiss and/or touch them. As in other Bicol towns and cities, the religious icons are kissed or touched by devotees, then they touch the part of the body that needs healing, believing that if they touch the ailing parts with the hand that...more
Luggage and bags:
Stick to the basics. Tabaco is a provincial city so you can use your regular backpack or wheeled luggage.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear light and breathable clothes as the sun is fierce in Tabaco. Bring along a wide brimmed hat if you are sensitive.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Be sure to bring your mosquito repellent and strong sunscreen... you will need both in tons.
There are a couple or so of chain drug stores in the city so I imagine you can get all your meds there. But if you require special medications then be sure to bring enough to last you the whole trip.
Photo Equipment: Bring your gear you will have a lot of photo opportunities there. It will help if you bring a waterproof casing for your cameras. If you plan to go up to the waterfalls, then prepare accordingly.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: There are some islands there that will invite a traveler to pitch a tent and watch the sun go down... Be sure to bring your snorkel and fins.
Miscellaneous: If you love fresh seafoods, most particularly uni, then you better bring some wasabi paste and kikkoman with you. :-)
A local cemetery at the side of St. John the Baptist Parish. I find this place very serene, charming and rustic.
Local breads...cheap and delicious! Visit any of the local "panaderyas" (bakeshops). This one is located at the new market in Tabaco.
Fondest memory: Since the breads all look delicious, we bought a few pieces of different flavors. Goes well with everything...hot drinks like coffee, tea or choco...or refreshments like buko juice, sodas.