This is the view of Ortigas / EDSA from my unit. 👍
I transferred to a new place. I used to live in Manila area but I decided to already moved out of there due to a number of reasons. One of them are the train rides to and from Ortigas. Haha.
I spent around 9-10 years of my life in Manila and moving to this side of towm is somewhat a new experience. (I’m the type of person who gets attached to a place. Haha.)
Tourists viewing the superstar of the museum – “The Spolarium” which was created by the famed Filipino painter / hero Juan Luna.
The facial expression of the mother tellls something. Maybe apprehension?
Again. The facial expression. It’s as if something bad will happen to her after entering that door.
Sculpture by Rizal. I love how it conveys a story. It’s called “Revenge of a Mother” or something like that.
The Manunggul burial jar. This sculpture is important because it’s a proof of the pre-Hispanic Filipino’s belief of the afterlife.
First thing that crossed my mind after seeing this: I hope that this Arch was materialized. Like the arches in Paris.
I never thought you can use jade plus bronze as a medium. Impressive.
Step aside Mt. Fuji, because you are not the only mountain with a perfect cone.
Guys, meet Mt. Mayon. 🙂
Immediately after boarding-off the plane to Albay you will see this wonder. When you have the chance of taking a picture of it “cloud-less”, grab it. The locals say that the mountain is sometimes “moody” and does not show itself to people. Plus the weather in Bicol is somewhat unpredictable. It’s sunny on our first day there and then it suddenly got rainy on the next days to the point of our return flight to Manila being cancelled. Yup. This happened.
Luckily, we were able to take a picture of it after our plane lands. (Sometimes, it really pays to be a cam whore. Haha✌)
The word “Mayon” is actually a contraction of the Bicolano word “Magayon” which means beautiful. So Mt. Mayon literally means Mt. Beautiful. Very fitting right? It looks so pretty. I found myself literally staring at it.
One of our agenda when we went to Bicol was to see Mt. Mayon up-close. You can do this by riding an ATV to the foot of Mt. Mayon. Zac Efron did this activity during his visit in the Philippines.
We chose the black lava trail.
And then the fun began. 🙂
It’s really fun! I’m not the adventurous type of person but I enjoyed the trail so much.
Look at this face. Lol
After like two hours, you’ll reach a rest station where you can buy refreshments and do toilet breaks.
After that, there is short hike going to the foot of Mt. Mayon. Don’t worry. The hike is really short and (more importantly) tolerable. Trust me. Hehe 🙂
Without realizing it, we are the foot already. I was saying “wow” a lot of times when we got there. Haha
It’s raining during this part of our trip so we were not able to see Mayon. But the view is still awesome.
You have the option of going back to the rest station via zipline just like what my friend did. Of course, there is an additional fee for this.
But you can just also hike back.
I really want to go back and do the green trail next time. I really enjoyed this part of our trip. As per our guide, there is even an option of going to the crater or even do camping. Of course, this is only feasible on good weather conditions.
From someone like me who grew up in the Philippines, I used to just see Mayon in our elementary textbooks. So seeing Mayon in person is like seeing a celebrity. A really beautiful celebrity. It’s a must try. 🙂
Note that this is not to be confused with the Subic of Olongapo City. This is the one in Sorsogon. It’s the most well-known beach in Sorsogon and it has been called Subic since way back as per our boat guide.
There is no direct flight from Manila to Sorsogon, so you must fly to Albay and then ride a bus going to Sorsogon proper and then a jeep going to Matnog. It’s about a three and half hour land ride all in all. I must say, the roads in Bicol are of one of the most well-maintained that I saw in the country.
Once you reached Matnog, you’ll see this:
How cool is that! Haha.
Sorsogon is at the southern-most tip of Luzon island (same island where Manila is). It’s quite far that I usually mistaken it to be part of the Visayas region already.
From here, you still have to take a boat ride going to Subic beach (about a thirty minutes ride).
And then, congratulations! You have already reached Subic beach. 🌊
Us, doing what we do best – beach bumming. 🙂
During our Bicol trip, we went to Barcelona, Sorsogon just so we can have a picture of below. Haha
My friend saw this on Instagram and she urged us to go here. But it’s raining that day so we weren’t able to really take good pics of this standee. Plus the flowers were no longer there. Haha.
Anyway, in front of this is the Barcelona Church.
In the Philippines, churches are like public work of arts. We have a lot of old churches spanning as early as the 1600s so it’s really a good idea to go inside and take a peek and of course make a short prayer.
Beautiful stained-glass entrance.
Here is the interior:
I love old churches. They are like silent witnesses of history.