There’s nothing like going to an unfamiliar place and having a local take you around. We’ve been to Legazpi City and neighboring towns (see the posts from that trip) and never got to visit the places that Alex went to last week. We just spent so much time getting lost and getting pissed. Alex was luckier this time.
Last summer, Alex asked permission to spend Holy Week in Bicol. Her schoolmate and friend, Chesca, who hails from Legazpi City, was spending Holy Week there and invited her to come along. We didn’t know Chesca at the time except for a few casual hellos when we saw her at their school. That changed after the summer. Over the next twelve months, Chesca, along with other schoolmates, would spend several weekends at our house here in the suburb. And we got to know her — all of them, in fact — quite well. When Alex asked permission to go to Bicol with Chesca this summer, we said yes.
Alex, Chesca and their friend, Ardy, traveled by car. SUV, actually — Manila to Bicol is a twelve-hour drive and too punishing for a car meant for city driving. They travelled all of Wednesday, spent the next three days sightseeing and drove back to Manila on Sunday.
These are the photos from the trip. They were taken by Alex, Chesca and Ardy. THANK YOU, you three, for allowing me to publish them here.
No, there are no photos from the first day because they just slept for most of the twelve-hour drive. I think they only woke up when it was time to eat.
Day 2: Subic Beach, Matnog, Sorsogon
Alex can’t remember how long the drive from Legazpi City to Matnog took. She just said, “Long.” Legazpi City is in the province of Albay while Matnog is in Sorsogon.
From Matnog, they took a boat to Subic Beach in Calintaan Island.
Now, that is my idea of a beach. Not Boracay which is too commercialized and too crowded.
Ardy, Chesca and Alex.
So, they spent all of Thursday at the beach. And took more photos on the boat ride back to Matnog.
No, the boat didn’t go inside the caves.
On page 2: Cagsawa and Ligñon Hill