Bicol – Southern Tip of the Island of Luzon known as Bicolanos
Bicol, found in the southern tip of the island of Luzon, is a region comprised of 6 provinces namely Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte and Catanduanes. Bicol Region has a lot to offer. There’s the Mayon Volcano, unspoiled beaches, lakes and old churches. Even the delicacies and the spicy dishes of Bicolanos are something to look forward to when visiting.
The Bicol region was known as Ibalong, variously interpreted to derive form ibalio, “to bring to the other side”; ibalon, “people from the other side” or “people who are hospitable and give visitors gifts to bring home”; or as a corruption of Gibal-ong, a sitio of Magallanes, Sorsogon where the Spaniards first landed in 1567. The people of the Bicol Region, called Bicolanos, speak any of the several languages of the Bikol language family, called Bikol macrolanguages, an Austronesian languages closely grouped under the Central Philippine languages family such as the Visayan languages and Tagalog. The Bicolano cuisine is primarily noted for the prominent use of chili peppers and gata (coconut milk) in its food. A classic example is the gulay na lada, known outside the region as Bicol Express, a well-loved dish using siling labuyo (native small chillies) and the aforementioned gata.
How to get there? (By Air) Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Airphil Express offer daily flights from Manila to Legazpi City. The flight lasts for approximately 1 hour. (By Land) Bus lines from Metro Manila going to Sorsogon, Visayas and Mindanao, stop at Legazpi City. These include Philtranco, Superlines, Cagsawa Tours, Amihan, Isarog Line, St. Jude Transit and Goldline Tours. Bus fare 800 pesos it depends on the class. Travel time is approximately 9 to 12 hours.
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