Matnog Travel Guide

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    Macro shot of weird vegetation
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    Walking by the shore
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Matnog Things to Do

  • Gather Seashells at Matnog coastal areas

    Matnog has its own share of Cypraedaes and Conidaes, among other seashells. Shell collectors would find it in abundance on Matnog coastal areas and islands. Residents are not that keen on collecting shells perhaps its not one of their primary concerns; thus, somewhat ignored. Some sea shells from Matnog have ended up in the hands of non-Filipino...

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  • Island Hopping

    Summer (March to May) is a suitable time for island hopping off Matnog coast, a local boatman with motorized outrigger can be hired for about a 1,000 Peso to take you to places notably the white-sandy Ticling island, Juag, Calintaan (where Subic beach is), among others.

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  • Subic Beach: Island of Rose-Colored...

    Subic is nothing short of magnificent. There are no resorts here and is more suitable for day trips. However, you can still camp there; the boatmen assured us that it's quite safe. We spotted several locals line fishing--maybe you can try buying fresh fish from them to cook on the island. Otherwise, if you plan on camping, better bring your own...

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  • beach hopping

    ... one should see the pinkish beach in the island of Huwag, it's called Subic beach. It's there one can also see a beautiful cave, a haven for vats and a huge deposit of A-grade fertilizers. Tikling island is also a must see island and its beautiful beach. You can cover the island by foot in less than an hour. This island looks the same viewed...

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  • Camping

    one can easily camp along the beaches of the eastern part of the town. a real camping is on the island of tikling and subic, all have white beaches and the lights and sounds of mother nature. the waves in padang and kandumaay are a must see for surfers. bats and other birds make the islands their home for the day and bye for the night.

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  • Camping

    one can easily camp along the beaches of the eastern part of the town. a real camping is on the island of tikling and subic, all have white beaches and the lights and sounds of mother nature. the waves in padang and kandumaay are a must see for surfers. bats and other birds make the islands their home for the day and bye for the night.

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Matnog Nightlife

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    by Ramsor Updated Jul 12, 2008

    A fourth-class Philippine town, Matnog dont have those night gigs that one finds in other cities and towns, or in Sorsogon's capital Sorsogon city. Matnog begin to sleep at about 7:00 pm - the same when it has no electricity yet. However there are small eateries with karaoke machine in the town center that caters overnight to the night owls who loves to sing (and drink) til morning comes.

    One of it i frequented while home is the one (encircled in yellow at Photo#4 here) owned by Manay Rosa (Ubaldo) which is just across the town's municipal building and Welcome landmark of Matnog Seaport. It is just three houses away from my grandma's. A similar establisment are also located in two unexpensive mini-beach resorts in Banongdaan - a short tricycle ride past Barangay Tablac which east of the town proper.

    For Matnog visitors, there are two relatively new lodging houses; one in Tablac and another in Caloocan (very near the seaport). "Home stays" are available such as in the Givera family home (Bgy Camachile) at the back of the town hall.

    There is no establishment on what can be called as beerhouse; this name is associated to girlie bar. An enterprising resident once put up one but it did not last long for so many reasons, one of it was perhaps those little scandals as when a wife would promptly chase her husband on a slight suspicion of philandering at the bar. Beside, there were not enough residents who can afford or spend nightly for this thing regarded by still-deeply religious native residents as immoral.

    Matnog is a closely-knit community. Residents native to the town almost know each other. In fact, postal mail address do not have street name or number - it only bears the person's name and place.

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    A view of Matnog Bay The new Municipal building A resident of Barangay Tabunan A View from atop the new municipal building
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Matnog Transportation

  • Manila to Matnog

    Travellers who wish to arrive on the same day at Matnog should use the combination of air and land transports as follows:Take a plane from Manila Domestic Airport to Legazpi City. From Legazpi City airport, take a trycyle to any bus stations (recommendably Philtranco) located at Legazpi City center. Philtranco has a number of trips going to Matnog....

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  • From Cebu to Matnog

    Travellers driving their car who used the Cebu-Isabel-Allen-Matnog route before may use Cebu-Maguinoo-Allen-Matnog as a good alternative .Please note that Maguinoo port is in Calbayog, Samar. This port is being served by the Trans-Asia Shipping for Cebu-Maguinoo (and vice-versa) travellers.

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  • Trycycles around Matnog and Nearby...

    Tricycle, a two-wheel cart (they call sidecar) attached to a motorcycle, is the most popular and inexpensive mode of transport . A 1,000 peso is worth the trip to explore and photoshoot Matnog's different villages and nearby towns of Bulan, Irosin, and Sta. Magdalena.

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Matnog Local Customs

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    by Ramsor Written Jul 22, 2008

    Roman-Catholic Matnog celebrates its town fiesta in honor of the Holy Infant Jesus every May 15-17. This is one of the occasions when the town proper is teeming with people and bustling with different activities.

    It highlights a religious fluvial procession, sports competition usually Basketball among the town's different villages, a town parade featuring winners of "Miss Matnog" beauty pageant, and a barayle (public dance) at the town's Rizal park.

    This occasion is also the time when town residents would prepare and serve their own "special dishes" for their family, visiting relatives, friends and even strangers.

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Matnog What to Pack

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    by Ramsor Updated Jul 15, 2008

    Luggage and bags: Bring

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring.
    Matnog has a small community hospital that renders basic medical services.

    Photo Equipment: Bring particularly rechargeable batteries and charger.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring tents among others. Matnog has no commercial resort establishment.

    Miscellaneous: Travellers are advised to bring all your camping needs and cash. Matnog has no supermarket such as the ones in Sorsogon City that sells a wide range of products nor a 24-hour convenience store. Its commercial establishments including two small pharmacies basically sells basic needs of this small town residents.

    About your ATM card, there is no branch of any Manila-based banks not even a local one compared to its neighbor towns of Bulan and Irosin - both reacheable by hiring tricyle (if you dont have your own transport) in case of emergency.

    Matnog as seen from a departing Ferry Boat Ticling Island of Matnog, Sorsogon
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Matnog Off The Beaten Path

  • The Lambiyong at San Bernandino Strait

    Past the town's Ticling Island on Matnog Bay is the deep San Bernandino Strait well-known for its whirlpools, natives call it "lambiyong" (also a word to suggest a whirling motion or crazy notion). Everyone in the town has a story to tell about these whirlpools becoming powerful and perilous to sea crafts. According to an elderly resident, once...

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  • Throw some peso coins to these...

    There are some childrens on both sides of the ferry, they swim and ready to DIVE once a passenger throw them a peso coin on the water, they will immediately dive to catch it....that's the way they earn some money! they seems to be a proffesional divers without any divers suit, for some passengers they like it seeing them and give them a few coins...

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  • Simply Paradise

    I can't beleive we spent 1000php in Donsol to see fireflies where you can see loads of them here in Matnog... for free! Although, Donsol has that romantic effect since you'll be viewing the bugs from a boat. =)

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  • On our way back....

    Passengers on board the ferry boat enjoy watching sea waves all the way to Matnog way back to Manila.

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  • the boat leaving the island of luzon

    It's the first time of my husband to take a ferry in Philippines, this is the photo together with my son on the right side. Well, he enjoyed it! At the boat, you can choose where you gonna sit....it's either inside the airconditioned room or outside along the hall way to watch the blue sea and enjoy the freshly air.

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