As a history buff and history professor, my number one agenda whenever visiting a new place is to check if there are museums that can be visited. Upon arrival at Legazpi Airport, I rode a tricycle going to the Legazpi City Hall because I saw online that there is a city museum in the building. I went to the City Tourism Office to ask for information, but sadly they are not that hospitable enough (yeah, considering that it is a tourism office). Skip to the more important part, they pointed me to the other building (the City Hall Annex Building) where the museum is located. They also told me that there is a museum at Tabaco which I was not able to check out.
It turned out that the Legazpi City Museum is the only public museum in Bicol Region. It houses several archaeological artifacts, religious items, as well as old photographs and artworks by Bicolano artists which showcase the rich history of the region.
I was having a solo walking tour in Naga City back in August 2015 when I accidentally stumbled upon a place just in front of the Nagaland E-Mall with a very beautiful interior. For somebody who will go places for Instagram, I cannot help but check out the place. It turned out that it was a coffee shop named White Bean Cafe. It is located at the ground floor of Naga Land Hotel, Elias Angeles Street, Naga City.
My first solo domestic travel via plane is at Legazpi City where I stayed at Mayon Backpackers Hostel where I had a really good time. The staff are really kind and accommodating. I was supposed to check-in at 1pm but I arrived a little early yet they entertained me and allowed me to stay at the common area while they are preparing the room for check-in.
I stayed at the Rizal Room. It has three bunk beds and a bathroom and is airconditioned. I only paid Php700 for two nights (update: their current rate as of November 2017 for this room is Php450/night). You have to pay upon check-in. Since it is an off-peak season and few people are checked-in when I came, I had the whole room for the first night by myself. How cool was that? Other guests started arriving the next day, including a group of friends from Sta. Maria, Laguna and a millennial Chinese businesswoman. They are a fun crowd which put color in my second night of stay at the hostel.
Bicol Region, Philippines (composed of 6 provinces – Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, and Catanduanes) is one local destination I will always keep on coming back – the food is great, the views are spectacular, the people are naturally kind, and there will always be new places to see. Below are 9 things that made my recent trip to Bicol Region an unforgettable one: