Experiencing Bicol the First Time Around

by - Monday, September 21, 2015

Destination: Penafrancia, Naga City.
Planned Activity: Join Viva LaVirgen Festival.

Well, at least that was the plan. Unfortunately, the best laid plans don’t often turn out the way we want. Nevertheless, it was an awesome trip and a well-deserved vacation.  

We arrived in Naga around 7am and proceeded to the my mom’s colleague’s house for breakfast, lunch and videoke session. Since it’s a fiesta, there was a lot of food on the table. It’s almost like being in a buffet restaurant where food is overflowing. Who am I to complain? I just ate my heart out.

In between the binge-eating and videoke session, it was decided that we'll go to the Basilica of the Nuestra Senora de Penafrancia after lunch, which didn't happen of course. Reason: traffic! So we traveled another hour or so to Pili, Camarines Sur (forgot the name of the barangay) where we’ll spend the night. And yes, you got that right- more food was served. Goodbye, diet!

Pretty unproductive day for a supposed travel vacation? At least, I got to relax and breathe in some fresh air, which we sorely lack in Manila. So I think that more than compensates for a pretty bad day, right? Right! Plus, I got to buy some pasalubong. Tomorrow is another day!

Yey! Sweetness overload :)
The next day started pretty early. Sadly, I wasn’t able to take pictures of the early morning fog. Our itinerary for the day was to go to Daraga, Albay and visit Cagsawa Ruins and Mayon Volcano then off to Legazpi to meet my mom’s boss. Thank goodness we got to do what’s planned with one exception - visit Mayon Volcano.

So near yet so far lol 
First stop was to attend mass at Camalig Church whose patron saint is John the Baptist. This church has been around since the 17th century and has withstood the test of time. Afterwards, we went to Cagsawa Ruins where we got to take pictures (minus the volcano) and bought some souvenirs.

Then we’re off to Legazpi for more pictures and of course, late lunch before heading back to Naga to visit the Basilica. 

As they say, better late than never. Sadly, I never got a chance to see Nuestra Senora de Penafrancia up close because the line was long and it was time to head back home. I did offer a quick thanksgiving prayer and asked that I may be blessed enough to visit this beautiful place once again.

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