It’s the annual Teachers’ Summer Outing and this year we visited the very beautiful Bicol Peninsula. We acquired a tri-city tour promo from one local travel agency and enjoyed a tiring yet very fun trip. We rode a van from Manila and it took us 12 hours to get to our destination.
Our first stop was the province of Albay where we reveled in the beauty of Mt. Mayon. My mom is originally from Bicol and I lived in the town of Daraga for two years. Honestly, I didn’t appreciate it that much before. I was 8 or 9 at that time and all I really cared about at that time was playing. It was like putting on a new pair of glasses when we entered the province. Mt. Mayon looked so grand and beautiful; no wonder the legend says it was once Daragang Magayon or Beautiful Lady. We went to Cagsawa Ruins where we took a lot of pictures and had fun riding the ATV.
Then we visited Hoyop-hoyopan cave and learned a thing or two about fossils, stalactites and stalagmites.
We also visited Quitwinan hills where we enjoyed another breath taking view of Mt. Mayon and even explored a Japanese tunnel which was used during the Second World War.
Then we dropped by Sumlang Lake, a picturesque lake in the middle of a rice field. The entrance was fairly cheap as well as the raft rent but the sun was really hot and we were really exhausted from travelling all day that we had to pass from the opportunity. We also went to Daraga church, said a short prayer and went straight to Legazpi City for dinner.
We left very early the next day and had another six hour road trip to Caramoan. We got there at exactly lunch time so after eating, we dressed up and went island hopping. Survivor Africa is currently shooting in one of the islands so we were not able to visit that but that’s fine because all the islands we visited are really beautiful. No wonder Survivor chose those islands, the terrains could look pretty in pictures but they don’t seem too friendly in person. You got to have some skills and determination to get to know them better.
Our last day was spent going around Naga City. By this time, it was raining so we were not able to get down from the van when we visited CWC and the Naga Cathedral. We were able to visit a deer farm and I am so glad I was able to visit Our Lady of Peñafrancia before we headed back to Manila.
It was another memorable three days of summer. I wish I could still visit a few more places before the season ends.