A 14-hour travel by land to Magallanes, Sorsogon, a province in the Bicol Region can be such a feat, but the sights to see, places to visit, and food to eat make the whole trip worthwhile. It has been my favorite local destination since childhood, and I will always look forward to my future trips there. My recent trip to Magallanes was nothing less than nostalgic and exciting. After all, who wouldn’t be thrilled to visit the place where fond memories of childhood were made?
Here are the top 10 reasons why you should visit Magallanes, Sorsogon ASAP:
10. This mysterious mermaid sculpture by the ocean
On our way, I was delighted to see the mermaid sculpture at Atimonan, Quezon, which has been there as long as I can remember. With all the typhoons that struck the country over the years, the sculpture seems untouched and serves as a landmark for motorists entering the town of Atimonan. Townsfolk have different versions of whimsical stories and mermaid sightings, and my family can’t help but come up with a story whenever we pass by the sculpture.
9. This crabby comfort room
Upon reaching Sorsogon, this particular comfort room catches motorists’ attention because its roof is creatively designed in the shape of a crab.
8. More sculptures!
This giant sili reminds us of the Bicolanos’ love for this spice:
7. Parola Beach
Never miss the chance to visit Parola Beach for your dose of magnesium! A lighthouse stands atop a hill, hence the name of this tourist spot. From Brgy. Bacalon in Magallanes, a jeepney or tricycle will take you to the pier. Boat rentals from the pier to Parola Beach costs Php1,200 – Php1,500.
6. Tinakos Island
One of the sights going to and from Parola Beach is Tinakos Island with Mt. Mayon as its backdrop.
Foodies out there, try the following: Bicol’s version of maruya, the sinapot – bananas covered with rice flour and batter, and deep fried…
Linsa, a family of taro, is best paired with grated young coconut meat and brown sugar. A glass of fresh coconut juice completes this indulgent moment.
3. Boiled Pili
Bicolanon favourite! Boiled pili- flavours burst especially when dipped in patis or fish sauce.
2. The greenery!
Finally, our lungs are rehabilitated.
1. Our family’s ancestral pool
Our family’s ancestral pool is the place to be in Brgy. Bacalon, Magallanes, Sorsogon. Its name “Malihao” is derived from its natural, cool, crystal clear waters that glisten in the sun like emeralds. It is normally open to the public and certain fees are charged for its maintenance.
Planning to go to Magallanes, Sorsogon soon? Let us know!