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The Difficult Trail to “Mag Asawang Bato” (Couple Rock) – Beautiful Sunday

The Difficult Trail to “Mag Asawang Bato” (Couple Rock) – Beautiful Sunday

My Share for #BeautifulSunday initiated by @ace108 What is it that makes us want to climb a mountain and conquer the summit? Reaching the top is like something that we all want to achieve. In spite of the difficulties along the way, we strive to reach our destination. […]

Masasa Beach – Beautiful Sunday

Masasa Beach – Beautiful Sunday

My Share for #BeautifulSunday initiated by @ace108 Welcome back to another episode of our adventure on the Island of Marikaban, Philippines. Last episode I took you on the road and traveled by ferry to reach the island. We have seen three ports, the journey was long but was […]

A Getaway to Marikaban Island – Beautiful Sunday

A Getaway to Marikaban Island – Beautiful Sunday

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It has been an amazing year and as we face 2020 new opportunities, adventures and goals await us. During the holiday season, most people spent their holiday away from home. To start the year let me share with you our adventure during the long vacation. I will take you with me on our holiday trip to the island of Marikaban located in Batangas Philippine. Here you will see crystal clear waters, beautiful coral reefs and breathtaking views. So get you wet suit ready as we embark on an island adventure.

A Getaway to Marikaban Island

At the crack of dawn, we were on the road headed to Anilao port in Batangas Philippines. It is a port where you could take a ferry boat ride going to the island. From our location, estimated arrival to the port is within 3 hours and driving early in the morning helps avoid traffic. Although out here there are not too many vehicles on the road going there except for bugs that splatters on your windshield once in a while.

We finally reached our destination and the port was already very busy at this time of day.

During our research going on this trip, we learned that we could park our vehicle inside the port for around 100 pesos or almost $2.00 USD per day. Unfortunately, we just learned that they are not allowing vehicles to park inside the port as there will be a car show today. We asked around and discovered that just outside the port there are pay parking areas. The price is more expensive though which is double the price. We do not have a choice so we went for it and on the better side of it, it is private property and your vehicle will surely be safe.

Around this area in Batangas there are already so many beach resorts to choose from. But we planned and wanted something else further from the mainland. We seek adventure away from the crowd and a times a bit hard to get to. Well as I say, the further and harder the road ends up to be very rewarding. This proved to be true for us on a couple of occasions already.

From Anilao Port it will take almost an hour boat ride getting to Tingloy port on Marikaban island. If you love ferry boat rides you would definitely enjoy the trip.

The next ferry trip will leave at 8:30 am and while waiting let me just take you around the port. Also to those who are planning to visit there is a market here and it is best to do your shopping here for your food and supplies. On the island prices are steeper naturally as transporting materials on the island costs more.

If you checked out the video you will see how clear the water is here in this port. I was stunned seeing clear water and different sorts of fish just swimming near the area. I love it when people know how to take care of their natural resources and disposing of garbage properly.

Everyone going to the island would need to pay for an environmental fee of 80 pesos which is around $1.57 USD. All the names of the passengers are also taken here and you would be asked where you would be staying on the island. Before going to the island it is best to reserve for accommodation ahead of time.

Our 8:30 ferry boat has arrived and once all the passengers have gotten off they would allow you to get on board right away. The fare would be collected on the boat which costs 100 pesos or almost $2.00 USD.

We immediately went on board so we could choose our seats as we prefer somewhere closer to the exit. This area near the captain is reserved for the pregnant, disabled and the elderly. That is a standard for public transportation in our country.

Passengers are steadily filling up all the seats as the boat is scheduled to sail at 8:30.

I went to the back of the boat to see if I may find something interesting while waiting for the departure.

A rusty anchor that shows that this boat has gone through many trips already going from island to island.

Life vests are distributed to all passengers as it is a safety requirement when traveling via sea.

As our captain takes a final look to check on the passengers which is an indication that we are about to sail. Excitement fills the air as we head out to the island.

There is a walkway on the side of the boat which is for crew use only. Passengers are not allowed to go to this area and I think you would get the best view from here if it was made safer for passengers.

Here is a video during the trip as I have decided to included videos in my content to share our experience in the best possible way I can.

I do not often include myself in my content but my daughter insist to take my photo. I don’t look too cheerful here as I had a slight headache maybe as I am not used to traveling by boat. At the back of my head, I was telling myself, “Are we there yet? Are we there yet?” lol.

My daughter doesn’t seem to have any issues with the boat ride and was enjoying every minute of it.

Touch down at Tingloy port and from the port we would need to take a tricycle ride to get to the other side of the island. We already contacted our host for our accommodation and she is expecting us already.

This is one of our local public transportation called the tricycle which is like a taxi cab. Renting the tricycle will cost you 120 pesos or around $2.35 USD. The fare is more expensive here on the island usually on the main land it only cost half of the price.

We are headed to Masasa Beach resort which is the most popular resort on the island. As directed by our host we are to go to Pirasan port as we are to be picked up there by a small boat. On this trip, we have gone through three ports already and finally we are almost there. There is an alternate route where there is no longer a need to take a boat ride. That is if you want to take a 5 to 10 minutes walk carrying all your stuff to the resort.

I have taken a lot of tricycle rides in my lifetime but in my experience this ride is the most intense ride I have experienced so far. With narrow, uphill and downhill roads get ready for a thrill ride.

The video below shows a short part of that ride. I had to turn off the camera as I felt I needed to grab on hold on something.

Reaching Pirasan port we patiently waited for the small boat to take us to our temporary home on the island. I realized that our host made us feel welcome to have a boat take us to our accommodation. This is a great way for us not to walk to the resort carrying all our heavy belongings as everyone was already tired from the very long trip.

Our boatman arrived and it seems he already recognizes us without saying a word. He passed around our life vests and helped in loading up our belongings. I wore shoes going on this trip as I didn’t realize I would be getting my feet wet this early. Word of advice is, wear sandals when planning to go to an island.

Another video of our exciting boat ride. As we came closer to our destination everyone could not contain their excitement. A new place to explore, a time to relax from all the stresses of life and to feel once more my passionate love affair with the ocean.

 

After more than 4 hours of travel time we have finally reached our destination. At this time we do not have any plans yet what activities we will do on the island. Right now I would just like to take a little rest and have lunch in a couple of hours. But something in me tells me to take a walk and just dive in the water. I’m tired after that long drive and boat ride but the explorer in me is dying to come out.

This ends the first part of our adventure. There is so much to share on this trip and I hope to see you again next time as we explore the beach area. As we go along I will take you above and beyond this enchanting island. You may even think of never leaving this place and just stay here forever in this island paradise. Hope to hear from you guys and let me know what you think about the long trip to reach our destination.

Until then enjoy the rest of the weekend and wish you dreams on an island getaway.

 

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The Invasion of Crazies, Stars and Bunnies – Beautiful Sunday

The Invasion of Crazies, Stars and Bunnies – Beautiful Sunday

My Share for #BeautifulSunday initiated by @ace108 It is the holiday season and vacation starts now. As Christmas is almost here let me share with you a part of the celebration near our area here in the Philippines. Today I will take you with me to see a […]

Take Me to Church “Daraga Church” – Beautiful Sunday

Take Me to Church “Daraga Church” – Beautiful Sunday

My Share for #BeautifulSunday initiated by @ace108 You have joined the tour across this region in the Philippines. Driving to reach a coastal village, exploring a local market, a close encounter with a deer herd and visiting a ruin destroyed by a volcano.  All journeys come to an […]

The Japanese Tunnel of Ligñon Hill – Beautiful Sunday

The Japanese Tunnel of Ligñon Hill – Beautiful Sunday

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Hello again as we continue with the tour in the Bicol region in the Philippines. Last time we visited the Ruins of Cagsawa in which we had a chance to explore the ruins of the old church. For our next destination today I will take you to Ligñon Hill Nature park in Legaspi Albay, which is another popular tourist destination. Here we will explore the last known Japanese tunnel from WW2 in the area. Come with me today as I take inside the dark cold tunnel and see what it was like hiding inside a cave.

The Japanese Tunnel of Ligñon Hill

Join the tour and see the previous sites that we visited in this Region

Part 1 The Long and Winding Road to Bicol

Part 2 Balatan Public Market

Part 3 Baresbisan Beach Resort

Part 4 Discovering Life by the Road

Part 5 Embraced by Nature “Hibiscus Camp”

Part 6 A Tranquil Afternoon “Hibiscus Camp”

Part 7 A Charming Mountainside Food Shack

Part 8 The Antlers of Ocampo

Part 9 Nabua Church

Part 10 Divine Mercy Monastery

Part 11 Road to the Ruins

Part 12 The Cagsawa Ruins

Driving from Cagsawa Ruins it will take you around 16 minutes to reach the site.

Lignon Hill Nature Park is a place that offers different activities. At the gate, you would need to pay the initial entrance fee of 25 pesos or around $.50 USD. Other activities will require additional fees upon entry.

If you are looking for adventure, activities are posted outside. Take a scenic zip line ride and get a fantastic view of Mayon volcano, rent an ATV to experience an adventure trail to the volcano or visit a Japanese tunnel from WW2.

We settled the entrance fee at the gate and we were asked if we wanted to try the activities that they were offering. Since we do not have enough time to spend, we decided to just visit the tunnel. The fee is 50 pesos per head which is almost $1.00 USD.

Zip Line rates differ during peak and off peak seasons.

Off season

Basic – 250 pesos ($4.92)

Advanced 350 pesos ($6.89)

Peak season

Basic 300 pesos ($5.91)

Advanced 400 pesos ($7.87)

Hanging Bridge

150 pesos ($2.95)

Rapelling

Off season rate – 200 pesos ($3.94)

Peak season rate – 250 pesos($4.92)

ATV ride to the foot of Mayon Vocano

1,800 pesos for one person  150cc ATV ($35.43)

3,500 pesos for two persons 500cc ATV ($68.90)

Paintball

50 paintballs – 350 pesos ($6.89)

100 paintballs – 500 pesos ($9.84)

A map just across the entrance will show you all the points of interest in the park.

The tunnel is located just a few steps away across from the gate.

There is a sign outside about the construction of a memorial site for the Japanese Zero Fighter plane.

The sign outside points out the way to the tunnel and you would need to climb up a few steps to reach the entrance.

The steps are a bit slippery due to moss that has been growing on the steps. As a safety precaution, the have put sandbags and bamboo railings to make sure of the safety of the visitors.

Looks like they have already completed the Zero Fighter memorial site.

The Mitsubishi A6M also known as Zero Fighter and Zeke was used by the Imperial Japanese army during WW2. It had a reputation as a dogfighter during the war due to its excellent maneuverability and long-range capabilities.

Here an old lady who was the care taker greeted us and handed out flashlights as it is very dark inside. Visitors are not allowed to enter the tunnel without a guide.

Our guide who has been the caretaker for more than 10 years now, led our way inside the dark tunnel. The ceiling was low and she told us to watch our head, we would need to crouch a bit as we enter.

The tunnel is only 50 feet long and surprisingly the air inside was very cool.

The tunnel felt creepy and I didn’t expect that they had Japanese mannequins of the soldiers guarding the tunnel.

The dark, cold and damp ambiance of the tunnel would freak out kids to moment the soldiers comes into view. Looking at the figures felt very creepy as light from our flashlights hit the old uniform of the soldier on guard.

Our guide told us that prisoner soldiers of war were used to dig up the tunnels. During the war, there were hundreds of tunnels located across the hill and only this one is left. A lot of the tunnels has caved in and blown by American soldiers.

When the area was occupied by the Japanese, these tunnels were used to store ammunition. When the Americans arrived and captured the area, all the tunnels were hunted down.

If you are claustrophobic it may not be for you as some areas the ceiling is really low.

The tunnel branches out to another section on the left and at the end another soldier awaits in the dark.

We have reached the end of the tour inside and there are two options. The first option is an alternate exit but you would need to crawls through a small hole that leads outside. The other option would be going back where you came from. I told our guide that I wanted to exit the alternate route and she pointed me the way.

This is the way where you would need to crawl through a small hole. It was like the back door exit by the Japanese soldiers.

The way outside would get tighter as you reach the exit but the light outside would keep you going.

I crawled out of the hole this is what it looks like from the outside. If you didn’t know about the tunnel, it would make you think twice to go inside the hole.

The trail would take you back to the front entrance of the tunnel.

I waited for them to exit the cave since I got out faster through the alternate exit. Looks like everyone had a good experience inside and they were all laughing as no one planned to go inside a cave today.

After that experience in the cave, we headed out to the top of Lignon hill. This is the place to buy some refreshments or snacks and is the perfect spot to view Legaspi city.

The map of the region which shows the Mayon volcano and the surrounding areas.

The wind was cool and the air is fresh up here. An amazing view of the city and I hope you enjoy a few shots that I would share using my Olympus 40-150 mm zoom lens.

The airport runway can clearly be seen here and you would also see the planes landing and taking off every now and then.

Another part of the airport where a police helicopter is stationed.

On the left side ships can be seen docking at the port nearby.

A view of the city from up here is amazing and I am imagining how beautiful it would be at night time.

 

This ends our tour here at Lignon Hill Nature Park. Even though we didn’t experience the various activities that the park has to offer, we enjoyed our visit. To those who are planning to visit in the future, it is one of the tourist spots that should not be missed. Thank you for joining the trip today and hope to see you again for the final episode of our adventure.

Until then, hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend and keep on spreading love.

 

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Zero fighter

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The Cagsawa Ruins – Beautiful Sunday

The Cagsawa Ruins – Beautiful Sunday

My Share for #BeautifulSunday initiated by @ace108 In our last episode, we reached the ruins that are very popular in the Bicol region. We first had lunch before exploring the place and had a very interesting dessert that is hot and cold. We had very good feedback from […]

Take Me to Church “Divine Mercy Monastery” – Beautiful Sunday

Take Me to Church “Divine Mercy Monastery” – Beautiful Sunday

My Share for #BeautifulSunday initiated by @ace108 Welcome back to another episode of our travel here in the Bicol region of the Philippines. Last time we visited one of the oldest church in the region which is said to be 400 years old. As we were headed to […]

Take Me to Church “Nabua Church” – Beautiful Sunday

Take Me to Church “Nabua Church” – Beautiful Sunday

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After that amazing close encounter experience with the deer at Ocampo farm. We headed back home at the quiet coastal village in Balatan to plan our next stop. It has been months already since I last visited a church and our trip would not be complete without visiting one. I did a little research to see what it the most popular and closest church from our location. I was thrilled when I discovered one which is just almost an hour away from our location. Stay with me for a while take a walk with me to visit one of the oldest church in the region.

Nabua Church

Catch up on the previous parts of our journey:

Part 1 The Long and Winding Road to Bicol

Part 2 Balatan Public Market

Part 3 Baresbisan Beach Resort

Part 4 Discovering Life by the Road

Part 5 Embraced by Nature “Hibiscus Camp”

Part 6 A Tranquil Afternoon “Hibiscus Camp”

Part 7 A Charming Mountainside Food Shack

Part 8 The Antlers of Ocampo

If you would be coming from Ocampo deer farm, it would take you around 50 minutes to get to the church. We didn’t take this route as we had to go back home in the coastal village and went to the church the next day.

Located in the center of the town of Nabua Camarines Sur. It is one of the popular sites to visit. At the entrance, the Latin words “Porta Sancta” made from stainless steel are attached to the gateway. Words that mean Holy Door which I have not seen in the previous churches that we have visited. The gateway could have been consecrated but I couldn’t discover any story behind it.

 

An angel in the center of the gate greets the visitors. It is a usual sight at church entrances and also seen inside churches holding the holy water font.

On the left is the statue of Saint Peter holding the Gospel and the key to Heaven.

In the right side is a statue of Saint Paul. Carrying a sword as a symbol of his martyrdom when he was beheaded. The scroll represents his teachings of the Gospel.

At the metal, gates is a depiction of Jesus in embrace with someone. A comforting  sight which shows love and compassion.

The parking lot is full and I figured there might be an event being held today. I was a bit disapointed because I won’t be able to roam around the church. There are only a few times I was able to visit a church with no one around.

Nabua church is also known by other names which includes Holy Cross Parish and Vicariate of the Holy Cross. This is one of the oldest church in the region and it is said that it is 400 years old.

The church has gone through a lot of transformations throughout the centuries. Transformations due to typhoons and earthquakes. Natural disasters change the architecture and stronger materials are used which made them survive until today.

The bell tower is often damaged during earthquakes and this tower is the second reincarnation.

Above the church, entrance is an insignia of two lions and two towers. I could not determine the meaning of the symbol but for sure it is of Spanish origin.

A brief history by the Philippine historical committee and can often be seen in historical sites.

When I was about to enter there was a wedding being held as I predicted earlier. No chance to get closer to get clear shots. I cases like these I just try to shoot what I can without disrupting the ceremony.

From the entrance on the right is the depiction of the body of Christ encased in glass.

I am not quite sure but this stone basin is probably used during baptism.

Some of you might know that my favorite part churches are the painted glass windows. I was told that this church has gorgeous artworks in their painted glass.

The place is filled with visitors and often I pretend to be part of the photography crew to get a good shot if needed. No one seems to mind and sometimes they even give out a pose or a smile.

Since I couldn’t approach the front to examine the retablo. Zoom lens comes in very handy although I  couldn’t examine closer the decorations on the retablo. Some are elaborately engraved with vines and flowers which is very interesting.

A Patriarchal cross is in the center of the retablo which is a variant of the cross that we normally see. This symbol dates back during the Byzantine empire and is also part of the coat of arms of Hungary. Its connection with Spain is probably because Spain was part of the Byzantine empire during the Middle Ages.

Normally you would see depictions of the stations of the cross in painted glass windows. Here I have noticed that the depictions are of local origin.

Here it shows scenes that include the introduction of Christianity to the natives. The painted glass on the left clearly shows that this happened in the region as you could see the popular Mayon Volcano in the background.

With Spanish galleons and soldiers on the shore, a priest directs the natives as a cross is being planted.

Fleeing away from an erupting Mayon Volcano, the natives carry a statue of the Virgin Mary cradling the body of Jesus. They are carried on bamboo poles away from the destruction in the background.

Outside on the left side of the church is a shrine of the Virgin Mary. In most Philippine homes these shrines can be found often in Catholic households.

A statue of Nuestra Senora Angustia can be found on the front corner of the church. It is said that an apparition of Angustia appeared that saved the town from an earthquake and a great flood. The earthquake that occurred created the crater of Mayon Volcano.

Weddings are made special when held in 400-year-old churches. It would not be complete without a vintage vehicle to drive the newlywed away.

A horse-drawn carriage would be magical for a storybook-like wedding experience but a vintage vehicle is the next best thing.

This ends our tour for today and I hope you enjoyed our short stroll in this church. How would you like to have your wedding or vows renewed in such a beautiful church? Would you prefer a horse-drawn carriage or a vintage car? Let me know what you think and if you love church architecture I would love to hear from you.

Until then hope to see you again on the next part of our adventure. Have a magical #beautifulsunday.

 

Below are the links of the churches I have visited  here in the Philippines. My goal is to visit  the churches  across our country and share it with you.

San Jose Church

Majayjay Church

Lilio Church

Calamba Church
St. Peter of Alcantara Parish Church

Paete Church

Manila Cathedral

San Agustin Church

Immaculate Heart Convent

Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral

St. Mary Magdalene Church

 

Resource

Pariarchal cross

 

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The Antlers of Ocampo – Beautiful Sunday

The Antlers of Ocampo – Beautiful Sunday

My Share for #BeautifulSunday initiated by @ace108 Welcome back to another part of our adventure in the beautiful Bicol region in the Philippines. Last time we enjoyed a hot bowl of Kinalas and was also taken away the gorgeous view around the area. I have been wanting to […]