23 Jan 2014

How To Commute To Legazpi City's Tourist Spots

  • 23 Jan 2014
  • Lagalag


  • During my first ever travel to Legazpi City, I meticulously study commuting and walking directions to some of the popular attractions and destinations in this vibrant city as well as the outlying town of Daraga where the picturesque Daraga church is located. The following are the attractions that given directions in this article:

    Albay Park & Wildlife - what to see here
    Cagsawa Ruins - what to see here
    Daraga Church - what to see here
    Embarcadero de Legazpi - what to see here

    Ligñon Hill Nature Park - what to see here
    Plaza Rizal - what to see here
    St Gregory The Great Cathedral - what to see here

    Albay Park & Wildlife - what to see here
    Cagsawa Ruins - what to see here
    Daraga Church - what to see here
    Embarcadero de Legazpi - what to see here
    Ligñon Hill Nature Park - what to see here
    Plaza Rizal - what to see here
    St Gregory The Great Cathedral - what to see here

    Albay Park & Wildlife - what to see here
    Cagsawa Ruins - what to see here
    Daraga Church - what to see here
    Embarcadero de Legazpi - what to see here

    Ligñon Hill Nature Park - what to see here
    Plaza Rizal - what to see here
    St Gregory The Great Cathedral - what to see here

    I thought that it would be more informative if I provide you with details on what to expect in each of these spots, what are the reasons that you might want to go to each of the attractions listed above. To know them, just click the link what to see here opposite a destination name. You will land in another location of this article. After reading the information there and seeing some pictures taken on a particular destination, just hit the button found below the last pic that says 'Back' which will return you back here.

    The skyline of Legazpi City in Bicol

    In travelling to Legazpi City, I opted for land travel as it is cheaper. I took a Philtranco airbus, an express and with toilet on board. The beauty of airbus aside from its convenience and fast travel, compare to regular air-con buses, is - it departs Manila (Cubao or Pasay Terminals) only at night. Just push the button of your seat to recline it and go to sleep comfortably as the seats can be reclined widely because airbus is only 27 seater, it's so spacious. But not all seats are comfortable. Read my Tip #1 on choosing a seat for a more comfortable airbus travel. All valuable tips from yours truly are written below this article. Moving forward, once you're on a comfortable sleep, you won't notice time passes and before you know it, you will have arrived in Legazpi City. The 11 hour journey is shortened because of your good night sleep on your comfortable reclined airbus seat.

    My directions start right as soon as you get off the bus in Legazpi City Central Bus Terminal. So, if it is your first time in going there, this guide would come in handy.





    The first thing, you might want to do as soon as you set foot in Legazpi City is to have a breakfast, right? I have created a separate paralleled post entitled What & Where To Eat In Legazpi City, just click it to open on another tab.

    From the bus that you have ridden, take the exit of the elongated terminal building located at the middle. Once you are outside of the bus terminal, Mount Mayon is clearly seen from afar if the sky is clear. To your right at the short distance is a big building with sign that reads Metro Legazpi. Head towards that building. As a budget traveler, you might skip trike ride and walk instead, as I did. Read Tip #2 at the bottom of this article.

    Metro Department Store is actually a part of the big mall called Pacific Mall and also known as Gaisano Mall. It's a huge landmark building and as such it's the only building recognizable from Ligñon Hill, next to Embarcadero which is farther. Get inside the mall then exit to the opposite end which is the frontage. In front of the entrance/exit of the mall, across the street called Imperial St, is Dream Inn Cafe, a decent place to stay.




    Now that we're talking about places where you can stay while in Legazpi City, I have created a separate post that discussed all types of places where you can stay - from a full service hotel to 3-star and down to the low budgeted ones. Just go to Where To Stay In Legazpi City.

    Familiarization

    rizal st quezon ave rotunda legazpi city bicol

    The first spot that you must be familiar of in Legazpi City is the intersection of Rizal St and Quezon Ave where a roundabout or rotunda is located and this monument (photo above) is erected. You can get to any directions from there, by walk, jeepney and the free e-jeepney shuttle to and from Embarcadero. See map below and read the direction below it.
    Direction to Rizal St and the rotunda: In front of Pacific Mall is Imperial St. Just walk along Imperial St toward east to get to Rizal Ave/Bicol 630. If you don't know 'east': East is the right of every map, that's why Rizal Ave/Bicol 630 is on the right of our map above. Landmarks that you will be passing by are: 101 Shopping Mall, Hong Dept Store and a Dunkin Donut is located at the right corner of Rizal St/Bicol 630 and Imperial St (as of this writing.) You will immediately see the rotunda monument once you get there, to your right. At the background of the rotunda monument is another huge mall called LCC.

    How To Get To Embarcadero de Legazpi City

    By Free E-Jeep Ride

    schedules of e-jeepney to and from embarcadero de legazpi city

    The loading/unloading area for e-jeep free shuttle to Embarcadero is located at the Rizal St & Quezon Ave rotunda, specifically along Rizal St few meters away from Quezon Ave. There's no sign. Rizal St is one way on that area and the e-jeep shuttle turns left from Quezon Ave. All you need to do is to wait there and there's a BDO bank near the spot where the e-jeep drops and picks up passengers. For the schedule of e-jeepney, please refer to the photo above.

    By Public Jeepney

    First, walk towards rotunda monument, turn right onto Quezon Ave and walk further to the junction of Quezon Ave and Lapu-Lapu St, a Y-intersection where public jeepneys pass through. Your landmark there is Legazpi Tourist Inn, with its sign located at the corner. The jeepneys turn right from Lapu-Lapu St to Quezon Ave. Ride a jeepney with "Embarcadero" sign in its front and "Daraga Legazpi City" on both sides. If there's no Embarcadero sign, you must ask the driver if he will go straight there because some of them cut their trip by turning left onto Penaranda St. Refer to the map below and read additional information below it.

    By Walking

    Actually, you are already near to Embarcadero once you are in Lapu-Lapu Quezon Ave Y intersection. Embarcadero is located where Quezon Ave ends. All you need to do is walk further along Quezon Ave, just walk past Lapu-Lapu St until you see the arch or gate of Embarcadero. In the arch is also a sign that reads Legazpi Blvd because the road is continued as Legazpi Blvd and it is built along the elongated complex of Embarcadero.

    Important: You're on mobile. Please pinch-out the map to zoom in. Drag the map by tapping a finger and move to any direction. Tap each red pin to reveal more information.

    In the map you will see Imperial St where you walk from Pacific Mall. You turn left to Bicol 630 (Rizal St), the road in the map where you see a downward arrow which indicates that traffic is one way toward south. The unloading/loading waiting area for e-jeep is at the southwest corner of Bicol 630 (Rizal St) and Quezon Ave and remember that it's along Bicol 630 side near BDO. The e-jeepney shuttle will take the one way part of Bicol 630/Rizal St which is only down to Lapu-lapu St where the e-jeepney will make a sharp left to take the one way northward Lapu-Lapu St. The e-jeepney then turns right onto Quezon Ave on its way to Embarcadero. For public jeepneys, walk past e-jeep loading/unloading area, turn right onto Quezon Ave and walk southward along Quezon Ave until you get to Lapu-Lapu where jeepneys turn right onto Quezon Ave from Lapu-Lapu St. To get to Embarcadero on foot, just continue walking along Quezon Ave past Lapu-Lapu St until you see Embarcadero past Legazpi Blvd arch.

    How To Get To Embarcadero de Legazpi From Any Point Of Rizal St?

    Rizal St is a long city street that runs from west to east. It connects Daraga to Legazpi City. If your point of origin, like your hotel is located along Rizal St, that is already two way, it means you might be in the far area. If that is the case, in going to Embarcadero, you must take a jeepney that plies the route of Daraga - Legazpi and there must be a sign that reads "Embarcadero" at the front of the jeepney. The jeepney makes a U-Turn after dropping off and picking passengers at Embarcadero and it heads back to its point of origin.


    How To Get To Daraga Church?

    From Embarcadero de Legazpi City

    Go to the jeepney stop at the north entrance of the building. North entrance is the one nearer to Quezon Ave and the city proper. Take a jeepney with "Daraga Legazpi City" sign. Alight at Daraga Municipal Bldg. It's a long ride and the jeepney passes by Legazpi City Hall and Albay Capitol where Saint Gregory the Great is also located. You will know that you are in Daraga once you enter a busy town with lots of commerce going on after a journey of less buildings and houses. Once there you can ask the driver to drop you off at "Munisipyo" or the Daraga Municipal Hall. You will immediately see concrete stairs at the left side of the Municipal Bldg. The photo below shows Daraga Municipal Hall and the stair that goes up to Daraga Church. Use that stair. Once at the top, walk uphill and there is the majestic Daraga Church that made picturesque by the Mayon Volcano as its jow-dropping backdrop. To go back to Legazpi City later, use the same stair, cross Gen Luna, the road where you alighted before, enter the small alley opposite the stairs and go to the other road paralleled to General Luna. That street is Rizal St and it's one way towards Legazpi City. General Luna is also one way which served as the opposite lane of Rizal St. The jeepney from Legazpi turns right to another street from Rizal St and then turns left onto Gen Luna where Municipal Hall is located. Now take a jeepney to Legazpi City. Note: There's also a stair nearer to the church that goes down to the right side of Daraga Municipal Hall.

    daraga municipal hall and the stairs to daraga church this is the unloading for jeepney from legazpi city

    From Ligñon Hill and Albay Park & Wildlife

    Outside the gate or entrance of either Ligñon Hill Nature Park or Albay Park & Wildlife, wait for a jeepney with "Loop 1" or Loop 2" sign on its front. Note: Don't cross the road. If you cross the road, you will be back to Legazpi City proper. Just wait at the side of the road where the nature park and wildlife are situated. After traversing areas of woods and trees, the jeepney will enter the town as indicated by commercial buildings and establishments. This time the jeepney takes Rizal St from Ligñon Hill. Ask driver to drop you off at Ninoy Aquino Park. At the right side of Ninoy Aquino Park is an alley or small road. Enter that road and walk up to the paralleled road which is Gen Luna where you will immediately see Daraga Municipal Hall and on its right side is the stairs that lead to Daraga Church. To get back to Legazpi City, go to the same spot where you alighted earlier and then ride another "Daraga Legazpi City" route jeepney.

    From Imperial St cor Rizal St or Quezon Ave Rizal St Rotunda

    Along the one way Rizal St cor Imperial St, wait for a jeepney with "Daraga Legazpi City" on its both sides and on its front. Read direction given at direction from Embarcadero to know where to get off the jeepney in Daraga.

    From Pacific Mall

    In front of the mall entrance where you exit, there is a terminal of jeepneys bound for Daraga. Ask the driver if he will pass by Daraga Municipal Hall. If he does, then follow the direction previously mentioned, above.

    How To Get To Ligñon Hill Nature Park and Albay Park & Wildlife?

    The jump off point to the top of Ligñon Hill Nature Park is next to the gate of Albay Park & Wildlife along the road called Binitayan Rd through which the jeepneys from city proper passes on its way to Daraga. To avoid confusion, this route is different from the one via Rizal St. The jeepney turns right from Legazpi-Daraga diversion Rd to Binitayan which is a Y intersection. You will first see the building of Legazpi City Jail with its sign seen from the distance, which is situated exactly after the jeepney turns right to Binitayan Rd from Daraga-Binitayan Diversion Rd. Remember that it is not a sharp turn. It is just a Y intersection as the diversion road leads to airport tower control tower. The sign of jeepney that you must ride is "Loop 1" or "Loop 2" which is attached to the windshield. The terminal or loading area is located along Peñaranda St near corner or before Rizal St (intersection). You must patiently wait for this jeepney as there might be none when you get there. The "Loop" jeepney will either go straight to Lignon Hill or it will transfer you to a waiting vacant jeepney on another terminal along the way. Read Tip #3 so that even without the driver's assistance you can alight at the exact location of either Albay Park & Wildlife or Ligñon Hill Nature Park.

    How To Locate The Jeepney Bound For Ligñon Hill?

    From Embarcadero de Legazpi

    If you're riding e-jeepney, you will get off at Rizal St-Quezon Ave rotunda as I have mentioned already earlier in the post. The terminal of e-jeepney in Embarcadero is located at the opposite or south end of Embarcadero. From inside ground level, walk past Puregold and exit the building and wait for e-jeepney to arrive. Once you've gotten off the free shuttle in Rizal St, cross Quezon Ave and walk along the extension of Rizal St. Walk past Magallanes St, the road perpendicular only to the left side of Rizal St until you get to the crossing or intersection of Penaranda. Cross Penaranda to the other corner and wait for the Loop 1 or Loop 2 jeepney.

    From any point along two way Rizal St and the one way Lapu-Lapu St

    The jeepney that you would take might pass by Embarcadero de Legazpi to drop and pick passengers. Don't alight at Embarcadero. Stay on-board. If the jeepney you're in doesn't go to Embarcadero, it will turn left onto Penaranda St. If you're riding a jeepney that comes from Embarcadero, the jeepney will traverse Elizondo St and it will cross the intersection of Rizal St. You must get off the jeepney at Rizal St. Cross Elizondo and walk along Rizal St until you get to the next crossroad which is Penaranda St. Wait for the "Loop 1 or 2" jeepney along Penaranda St at the left corner side Rizal St. If you're riding a jeepney from any point of Rizal St, get off at exact location of the Loop jeepney terminal if the jeepney doesn't go to Embarcadero and turns left instead onto Penaranda St. The jeepneys that turns left onto Penaranda St pass by Loop terminal and cross Rizal St. See map below and read additional information below it for more detailed directions.

    From Imperial Street

    Let's say you will be coming from Pacific Mall and you walk down Imperial St toward Rizal St, or you have a fast snack in Dunkin' Donut located at Imperial St cor Rizal St, and you will be going to Ligñon Hill Nature Park for some adventure. Just walk along Rizal St toward the rotunda, cross Quezon Ave and walk further along Rizal St past road perpendicular to the left of Rizal St (Magallanes) and the next crossing is Penaranda St. Cross Penaranda St and wait for a "Loop 1" or "Loop 2" jeepney at the area where they pick up passengers. See map below and read additional information.

    Important: You're using mobile. Please pinch the map so that it zoom out and you get to see the road to take to get to this jeepney terminal from your location. Drag the map by tapping your finger and move it.

    In the map above, the loading area of "Loop 1 or 2" jeepney is situated along Penaranda at the southeast corner of Penaranda and Rizal St. Coming from Elizondo, you must walk westward along Rizal St. Coming from Quezon Ave if you have ridden e-jeepney shuttle from Embarcadero, you must walk eastward along Rizal St. All jeepneys that don't go to Embardacero turn left onto Penaranda. You must get off before the jeepney crosses Rizal St, then wait for "Loop" marked jeepney.

    How To Get To Cagsawa Ruins

    "Polangui" is the sign of the jeepney that you must take in going to Cagsawa Ruins. You will see this word on both sides of the jeepney and on its front. The jeepney drops and picks passengers at Embarcadero jeepney stop. So, if you are in Embarcadero, just go to the jeepney stop and wait for this jeepney to arrive. You can also take Polangui bound jeepey along the entire stretch of Rizal St. In Daraga, you can ride one along the road to which all jeepneys from Legazpi City turn right from Rizal St because the other side or extension of Rizal St is one way toward Legazpi City. From Ligñon Hill Nature Park or Albay Park & Wildlife, take a "Loop 1" or "Loop 2" jeepney and once in Daraga, do not get off at the one way Rizal St. Once the Loop jeepney turns left onto the road back to Ligñon Hill Nature Park, get off the jeep and wait for Polangui bound jeepney. Just ask driver to drop you off at the unloading area nearer to Cagsawa Ruins. Once there, you can either take a trike or walk your way to Cagsawa Ruins. There are signs that point to Cagsawa Ruins.

    How To Get To S t Gregory The Great Cathedral?

    As I have already mentioned earlier, jeepneys with "Daraga-Legazpi" and vice versa route pass through the area at which St Gregory The Great church is located. Whether you're current location is Legazpi City (e.g., Embarcadero, Rizal St-Quezon Ave rotunda, Imperial cor Rizal St, etc) or Daraga, all you need to do is to ride a jeepney with "Daraga-Legazpi City" signs on its left and right body sides.

    I have already mentioned earlier that you can take "Daraga-Legazpi" jeepney as your second ride from Ligñon Hill Nature Park and Albay Park & Wildlife. So, if you are in any of the two destinations, just follow directions mentioned earlier.

    You will immediately see the church in front of you if the jeepney you're in comes from Legazpi City proper because the church is located where Rizal St turned right. Visually, the church is on the middle of the road as the jeepney approaches. If the jeepeny is from Daraga, it will pass through the left side of the church, then you should see the frontage of the church as the jeepney turns right and before the road turns left again right at the gate of the church. Besides, the area is full of local government institutions, i.e., Legazpi City Hall, Albay Capitol, plaza, etc. Please see map below.


    How To Get To Plaza Rizal

    Hope by now, you have the reasons in going there, since it's not much of a traveler's haven if not for the surrounding institutions, e.g., church, cinemas, and other establishments that I have mentioned when you click what to see here. Public jeepneys that turn left onto Peñaranda St from Quezon Ave after turning right from Lapu-lapu st pass by Plaza Rizal. If the jeepney comes from Embarcadero, it will take Elizondo St which is paralleled to Peñaranda St. Here's how to get to Plaza Rizal:

    From Daraga and St Gregory The Great Cathedral as well as two-way Rizal St

    Ride a jeepney with "Daraga-Legazpi City" sign. If the jeepney turns left onto Peñaranda, wait until it crosses Rizal St (first intersection). Look to your left and get off the jeepney as soon as you see the park. San Rafael Church is just opposite the park in Peñaranda St which is to your right. If the jeepney you're riding goes first to Embarcadero to drop off and pick up passengers there, wait until it makes U-turn back to city proper. It will take Elizondo and will cross intersecion of Rizal St (as you can see on the road sign). Get off the jeepney as it reaches the next road which is Aguinaldo St. Cross Elizondo and walk down Aguinaldo St until you get to the corner of Peñaranda St. San Rafael Church is to the right corner of Peñaranda and Aguinaldo. Opposite the church is Plaza Rizal.

    From Ligñon Hill Nature Park and Albay Park & Wildlife

    As I have already mentioned earlier, the sign of jeepney to take is either "Loop 1" or "Loop 2." It will take Peñaranda St in going back to Daraga via Binitayan Rd where Ligñon Hill and Albay Park are situated. You must cross Binitayan Rd, then wait for a jeepney headed back to Legazpi City. It will stop at Peñaranda St cor Rizal to pick up passengers. Just get off the jeepney at Rizal St, then cross Rizal St and walk along Peñaranda St until you see Plaza Rizal on your left and opposite the park is San Rafael Church.

    From Imperial St and the rotunda of Rizal St and Quezon Ave intersection

    This is for those coming from Embarcadero via free e-jeepney shuttle and those coming from Imperial St different spots like Pacific Mall, Metro Dept Store, Hong, 101 Shopping Mall or if your hotel is located there. After you get off the e-jeepney at its stop in Rizal St cor Quezon Ave, cross Quezon Ave and walk down Rizal St. From Imperial St cor Rizal St, just walk along Rizal St toward the rotunda monument and cross Quezon Ave to take Rizal St again. Now in Rizal St past Quezon Ave, walk further until you get to Magallanes St which is only perpendicular to Rizal St. Turn left onto Magallanes and walk until you get to Plaza Rizal which is to your right. You will immediately see SilverScreen Entertainment Center once you get there. See map below and read information below it for more vivid directional guide.
    As you can see in this map, the green-colored rectangle is the Plaza Rizal, your destination. The one way road (symbolized by an downward arrow) that is perpendicular to Rizal St and between Quezon Ave and Peñaranda St is called Magallanes St. So, coming from Imperial and e-jeepney stop, you just cross Quezon Ave and turn left onto Magallanes to get to Plaza Rizal. Getting off the "Loop 1 or 2" jeepney, just cross Rizal St and walk northward along Peñaranda St. Aguinaldo St is the unmarked road paralleled to Rizal St and crosses Elizondo St. Getting off the jeepney from Embarcadero at Aguinaldo St, you will walk nearer to get to Rizal St. Other jeepneys pass by Plaza Rizal.


    What To See In:

    Albay Park & Wildlife


    what to see in albay park & wildlife

    It's a ranch with a lagoon and some park features with your regular wildlife animals in captivity. It would attract kids but if you are a zoo lover with an eye for expanse steppe in a very tiny scale setting and a bit of forest on the side, you might like to check it out. There are these small huts where you can take a break especially if it's noon time when you get there and tired at that, not bad if you've got a pack of lunch. Entrance is Php 20 as of this writing. See the photo of its entrance that you get to see from the jeepney, on the right side of the Binitayan Road, after the jeep turns right from Daraga Legazpi Diversion Rd.

    albay park and wildlife

    small horse at albay park & wildlife

    couple eagles at albay park & wildlife

    albay park & wildlife gate and entrance fee



    Cagsawa Ruins


    Remember the classic postcard of Mayon Volcano with the belfry that stood on the right side? This is where they took the picturesque photography. Definitely a must-to-see. You can take a lot of angle of Mayon and the Cagsawa belfry plus a lot of other scenic areas. Read Tip #4. And if you want the souvenirs, lots of them are sold here.

    cagsawa ruins and mayon panoramic

    mt mayon volcano from cagsawa ruins


    Daraga Church


    daraga church and mt mayon photography

    Another historical site with panoramic view worth photographing if you integrate Daraga Church and the Mayon Volcano in your frame in a very creative and artistic way. Take a lot of shots and surely you will get one jaw-dropping photograph of the world famous Mount Mayon. Not to mention a good souvenir of you if you are in few of those pics. While in there, don't forget to visit the church itself. A solemn prayer for a few minutes would definitely release that tiredness of your travel. And you know what, you would be tempted to stay a bit longer inside. When you get out, you'll feel energized.
    mayon volcano and daraga church panoramic pic


    Embarcadero de Legazpi


    embarcadero de legazpi panoramic photography

    Now this one is an amazing place for me. Maybe because I got here during holiday season and there are lots of things going on, lots of travelers from different parts of the country and the world. But no, the whole package is really great. First, as it names implies which means 'pier' or 'ferry' and its root words means 'to embark', the premier commercial and recreation center of Bicol Region is situated by the body of water called Albay Gulf. So, a lighthouse is not only integrated to the building design but also utilized as viewing deck and an adventure seekers magnet courtesy of "Edge-Walk" atop the lighthouse. Second, it is backdropped by a folkloric Kapuntukan Hill and surrounded by spots where you can take photographic images from any directions. One perfect spot is on the breakwater across the water which you can reach by getting out of the mall, walk along Legazpi Blvd towards Kapuntukan Hill, then go left towards the direction of the magnificent Mayon Volcano. The best time to be here is in the afternoon towards evening. You get to see the panoramic view of Embarcadero de Legazpi at dusk. Read Tip #5. Aside from Edge Walk, there's also a long zip-line and an outdoor wall-climbing. Dining is fabulous on the deck of Embarcadero fronting the sea especially at night. There's a hotel, albeit expensive for budget traveler, but a popular fast-food restaurant is located on the second level. Highly recommended for all types of travelers especially those into photography. Read my tip#?

    embarcadero de legazpi and kapuntukan hill

    embarcadero lighthouse

    mt mayon seen from embarcadero de legazpi

    view from embarcadero de legazpi

    dining on deck of embarcadero de legazpi

    e-jeepney free shuttle from and to embarcadero de legazpi city


    Ligñon Hill


    zipline superman or advance in lignon hill nature park

    The ultimate destination for those who want to sweat vigorously before jumping in to lots of adventures this hill offers, namely, basic and advance zip-lines, rappelling, hanging bridge, Japanese tunnel, paintball, kapit2ko, etc. How? Brisk walk your way uphill from the entrance to the top. No need to run for heart pumping activity. With the very steep uphill zigzag road, a brisk walk will do. Once you reach the top, a more nearer Mt Mayon will greet you. Enough for one to utter, "What a sight!" upon seeing the majestic most perfect cone volcano in the world. Aside from adrenalin rushing activities mentioned, these are what await you: viewing decks, minigolf, open gallery, Lignon Hill Observatory, souvenir shops, restrooms and restaurants. For those driving, parking areas are available on top of the hill. Entrance fee as of this writing is Php 20.

    uphill zigzag road to top of lignon hill nature park

    mt mayon is nearer in lignon hill nature park

    zipline for beginners in lignon hill nature park

    scenic view from top of lignon hill nature park


    Plaza Rizal


    There's not much to see in the plaza itself. But it serves as your reference point because around it might interest you. For one, there's a church you might like to visit. San Rafael church is just opposite the park across Penaranda St. There's also an outlet of a Bicolandia popular restaurant called Graceland. You might like to taste their delectable foods. Above all, a classic-movies inspired mall housed in the tall building in the area would be worth checking out. Silver Screen Entertainment Center. One reason you would go there is the cheap internet cafe in one of the mezzanine floors. I've got one of my lunches on the third level bar style eatery with small tables and chairs just right outside a theater entrance. The place is cozy, the one I prefer rather than the crowded and noisy mall food courts and fast-food chains. Downside? Paid comfort rooms, they are clean alright.

    plaza rizal and san rafael church is opposite each other along penaranda st

    silver screen entertainment center legazpi city


    St Gregory The Great Cathedral

    Located at the area in which local government buildings are situated, meters away from the St Gregory The Great Cathedral are: Legazpi City Hall, Albay Provincial Capitol, Albay Astrodome and a big plaza called Penaranda Park.




    Tips in Traveling to Legazpi City

    1. On riding a Philtranco airbus, take a seat beside another seat if you're travelling alone. Seats that are side by side are on the left of the bus. They have enough room for your legs to stretch that makes for a very comfortable long travel. The single seats which are on the right side of the bus have very narrow clearances between them. As a result, you can not stretch your legs as much as like you do if you're sitting on the left row.

    2. If you are a budget traveler, it would be into your advantage if you forego trike rides. Most of their routes are served by public jeepneys. Trike drivers charge Php 30 for a person riding alone. That's their minimum in the city.

    3. The "Loop 1" or "Loop 2" jeepney will turn left onto the only one perpendicular road to Penaranda St which is "Bogtong" as what is written on the road sign at the corner. Bogtong is actually the Daraga-Legazpi Diversion Rd. You might transfer to another jeepney waiting along Bogtong after the one you're riding in has turn left. If not, then you'll go directly to your destination. Even without driver's assistance, you can get there by watching for Legazpi City Jail sign because that's the one visible and fronting the jeepney you're riding. Next to the jail complex is the gate of Albay Park & Wildlife with its big sign not visible upon approach because it faced the opposite side of the road. If you want to go to Lignon first then get off at the next road perpendicular to Binitayan. That's the jumping off point. Entrance is located as you climb the uphill road.

    4. Timing is very important in going to any spots where Mayon Volcano can be photographed. Plan your travel and make sure that weather is on your side. If the volcano is covered with clouds, what you'll get is only the lower portion of it that will only look like some ordinary mountain.

    5. Outside Embarcadero de Legazpi, try to explore other areas other than the breakwater and seawall. Of course, you can get good photos of Mayon with different angles and foreground from those areas. But if you walk further along Legazpi Blvd where you get to the back of Kapuntukan Hill, there are scores of scenic views especially farther south of Legazpi Blvd where you can take amazing shots of Mayon with the boulevard in the foreground. Meanwhile, a beach and a monument of I think the conquesador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi himself are behind Kapuntukan Hill. I highly recommend spots down there.

    6. You can go to Naga City and other far flung areas around Legazpi City as well as nearby towns and barangays by taking a jeepney or the air-conditioned van like the ones here in Manila such as UV Express. Read my separate post that listed the destinations of jeepneys and Filcab/UV Express vans which serve the public at their terminals in LKY Metro Transport & Lifestyle Hub. Please go to Legazpi City's Jeepneys & UV Express Terminals.
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    What & Where To Eat In Legazpi City?

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  • When we travel, our body becomes so active and we crave for food as well. Many of us go for stuffs that we are accustomed to in the city, like any "food on the go" just to fill our stomach. So, we enter a branch of any popular fast food chain in any mall that we find ourselves in as soon as we get off a jeepney from a far flung destination that we visit in our travel. But there are few, like me, who want to have a taste of any if not all traditional food of the province we visited.

    Here are my top three Bicolano's traditional cuisines that have satisfied my taste buds while in Legazpi City:


    Obat

    Obat is a soup dish in Legazpi City Albay Bicol

    A very excellent appetizing dish of flavored hot soup with lots of large cubes of beef and onion leeks swimming on it in a bowl. It's good if you've been hiking or just finished a round of wandering under the sun. I highly recommend this for a very healthy lunch. Surely, it will make you more energized and full of vigor again, ready for more rounds of adventures or any outdoor activities that you might want to have.

    Pangat

    Pangat is a Bicolano dish sold anywhere like Legazpi City in Albay

    It's another variety, and an excellent at that, of a popular Bicolano vegetable cuisine made from taro leaves (dahon ng gabi) cooked in coconut milk in such a way that the spices, seasoning and flavoring are stuffed and wrapped together inside the leaves themselves and then bound using young coconut leaves or banana yarn that holds them together. So delectably tasteful and with newly cooked rice on the plate, it's so scrumptious. This one will make you eat more rice making your body loaded with much needed carbohydrates for any adrenalin pumping activities that you will do afterwards.

    Pili nuts


    The main reason you will like to get a bottle of Pili nuts is for pasalubong for obvious reason that you will be buying it right from where it is harvested and made. It is crunchier, butterier, and more satisfying as if just cooked hours before you buy it. But munching a handful of Pili nuts while on travel of Bicol Region will do more good to your body than you think. You will be needing more sugar inside your body because of the long hikes involved not to mention climbing of hills are enervating. Pili nut preserve has a lot of sugar. It is packed with energy, protein, vitamins, minerals, etc. Definitely an excellent snack on the go. Go buy some before you head out to any destination outside Legazpi City.

    Where to eat in Legazpi City?


    Since this post is a paralleled post of the main article I have written about directions to Legazpi City's attractions, I will guide you to places where you can eat from Legazpi City's Central Bus Terminal and we go further along the way. If you happened to land on this page from a different site, please go first to my first article by clicking this post title: Title Here

    Once you're outside of the bus terminal, there are lots of eateries where you can fill your stomach. If you are a budget traveler and not picky, you can also see small carinderias even inside the terminal. Outside the terminal, there's an open air small food court at the right end where food stalls that sold ordinary foods are located. There's even this stall that sold Bulalo but it was closed when I was there.

    There are also food establishments located at the Legazpi City jeepney and UV Express Terminal inside LKY Metro Transport & Lifestyle Hub across the bus terminal which you can easily see. Go there and check out. You might want to buy some bottled water or something at SM Save More which is also located at the back of jeepney terminal, next to Filcab UV Express terminal.

    Your favorite fast food chains, i.e., Jollibee, Chowking, McDonald's, etc are located at the ground level of nearby Pacific Mall aka Gaisano Mall which I have already given direction in the article How To Commute To Legazpi City's Tourist Spots. There's also Mang Inasal there located at the third level near the food court.

    Expensive restaurants are also located at the ground level of Pacific Mall alongside the popular food chains I have mentioned above. There's a large grocery at Metro Legazpi where small booths that sold different varieties of merienda, sandwiches and bakery products are located. You might want to go to Metro supermarket instead of Save More for your grocery needs for practical reason. It's nearer to the thoroughfares through which you will be passing on your way to hotels, lodging, destinations, etc. Outside Pacific Mall are row of commercial buildings where restos such as Chickboy are located. The building row is paralleled to the elongated building of Pacific. Just check out both sides. You'll find it there.

    Along Imperial Street there are plenty of food establishments as well. A Dunkin' Donut is at the corner of Imperial and Rizal streets.

    Now, here's for either affluent or budget travelers that want to eat in the cool ambience of Embarcadro de Legazpi. Since you already know how to get there quickly as I have already given you three ways to get there quickly including the free e-jeepney shuttle, you might want to have your first meal done in the premier destination of the city. For budget travelers, Mang Inasal is located at the second level. Among high end restaurants, there are branches of Gerry's, Gillian, and the Bicol's dining resto called Biggs.

    An eatery bar where Filipino dishes are served is located at the third level of the quaint Silver Screen Entertainment bldg.

    Pili nuts are sold cheaper at Legazpi City Public Market. You can get there from Pacific Mall via Imperial St and turning left onto the first main intersection (crossing). You'll immediately see the market on the left.

    Obat is sold in one of the food outlets inside the food court of the LCC Mall which is located along Quezon Ave past Rizal St rotunda. See the second photo of the post How To Commute To Legazpi City's Tourist Spots. The food court is located at the 4th or 5th floor if I'm not mistaken. You will enter the food court from escalator area. The small food stall that serves Obat is next to the bigger one at the corner and on the left side as you enter. Tip: You can also enter LCC Mall via Penaranda St which is paralleled to Quezon Ave. It's a huge mall that it has a third entrance along Rizal St where a sign that reads "Essentials" is attached above. No, LCC Mall is not bordered by Rizal St because there are other buildings there such as BPI at the corner of Rizal and Quezon Ave. It's just like a different department store named "Essentials" something that is housed in an elongated building fronting Rizal St is connected to the main bulding of LCC Mall.

    Pangat is sold in one of the food stalls outside the cashiers' area of LCC Supermarket located at the ground level of LCC Mall Penaranda St wing, next to Penaranda entrance. You can get your pangat there and go up the food court, order another viand and enjoy the delicious taste of a Bicolano popular dish. The only thing I hate in LCC Mall food court is that drinking water is sold by vendo machine, 1 peso per small glass the size of small cup. It'll help if you buy a medium size bottled water at LCC Supermarket.

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    Where To Stay In Legazpi City?

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  • Now that you know your way around Legazpi City's Attractions which you have learned from my post entitled How To Commute To Legazpi City's Tourist Spots, it's time to dig the city for places where you can stay. Whether you are a penny pincher or a spendthrift, this article would definitely help you in finding a place fit for your budget. Before we continue, for those who don't read the first and second articles that supplemented this guide, please go to How To Commute To Legazpi City's Tourist Spots and What & Where to Eat in Legazpi City, respectively.

    Moving forward, listed below are hotels and inns chosen to be recorded here for variety of reasons such as: their proximity to the city center of Legazpi, easiness of finding them, their being along jeepney routes and of course you can just walk to them if you want. I myself, had only walked from Legazpi City's Central Bus Terminal to my chosen hotel. Albeit not all the way, because I had to have a fast snack at Dunkin' Donut, which is located along the way, to use their free wifi.

    Catalina Lodge
    Dream Inn & Café
    Ellis Ecotel
    Great Pacific Inn
    Legazpi Tourist Inn
    Magayon Hotel
    Sampaguita Inn
    Twilight Zone

    Along Your Way From City Bus Terminal

    We start this guide as you head towards Legazpi City proper from Central Bus Terminal where you have gotten off the bus from Manila. You will need the maps embedded in our post about Legazpi City's Attractions. So, to open that article in another tab or window for easy shift of reading between two articles, please open How To Commute To Legazpi City's Tourist Spots now. Then click the tab of this article on your window to get back here and vice versa.

    As you exit Pacific Mall aka Gaisano Mall on its end fronting Imperial Street, the first hotel you get to see is Dream Inn & Café. It is the building about 4 or 5 storey located across Imperial St opposite Pacific Mall entrance. See first map on How To Commute To Legazpi City's Tourist Spots?

    Dream Inn & Café - is a newly renovated economy hotel which I think is also a decent one. I have entered the lobby and talked to the reception desk officer on duty at that moment and the way our conversation went, their rooms are all air-conditioned, wifi is available only at the lobby, rate is Php 500 and yes they have just done the facelift of the hotel. Judging on the way their lobby and reception area are looking at that time, I will assume that each of their rooms are clean and nice. But don't take my word for it. See a room first and then make a decision.

    As I walked down Imperial Street from Pacific Mall toward Rizal St, I came inside Dunkin' Donut upon seeing the sign that reads Free Wifi attached at the door. Dunkin' Donut is situated at the right corner of Imperial and Rizal streets.

    Great Pacific Inn - is just nearby as Google Map had indicated to me when I opened the map app on my tablet. It is only less than 500 meters to walk from Dunkin' Donut and located along Rizal St. Here's the direction: From Dream Inn & Cafe, walk along Imperial St and then turn right onto Rizal St. Walk further until you see Great Pacific Inn on the left side of Rizal St.

    A notice that read "Closed for the Holidays" was paradoxically attached at the front of the building. It's December and a lot of guests should be coming in. I think it's not ordinary for a hotel business to be closed during holiday season. Anyways, I just continued walking along Rizal St and I saw the big sign of "Sampaguita Tourist Inn."

    Sampaguita Tourist Inn - is located not on the roadside of Rizal Street. Instead, there's an open space next to Great Pacific Inn and the elongated building of Sampaguita Tourist Inn is situated at the back of that open space. So, if a new building is now erected at the time you're reading this, you wont see the building of Sampaguita Inn unless you go to the back of that newly constructed building. Nevertheless, a huge but discolored and washed-out Sampaguita Tourist Inn sign is hanged above the sidewalk.

    Sampaguita Tourist Inn is for unfastidious travelers. If you are not picky then you wont have any problem with cockroaches crawling on the floor, a rusty shower that's also broken, taking a bucket bath with a help of a water dipper, unclean toilet window screen full of dust, not working tv, and a bit of slimy tile floor in the toilet. But not all in this hotel are bad. The window curtain is immaculately clean. Just don't take a look beneath that curtain. Or else you might puke. Rate is Php 300 for fan room and Php 475 for air-conditioned room. If you're asking, "Yes, I've checked in one of those rooms." Actually, I switched to another room because TV in the first one was not working. And they transferred me to another with broken rusty shower. That's where I trampled a cockroach to kill it. Now if your need is a decent signal of wifi notwithstanding those not-so-pleasant-amenities, you have a big reason for not choosing this hotel. Why? You will be connected but you can not open a site. Even if you're in the lobby which is where wifi is "available" as you will be told. Other than those I mentioned, this inn is a safe place to stay the night.

    Twilight Zone - is located next to the open space I was talking about a while ago at the frontage of Sampaguita Tourist Inn. I happened to see it on the last day of my visit to Legazpi City, poor me. If I had known it's there, I would have chosen that hotel. I saw it by chance when I tried to walk forward along Rizal St waiting for a jeepney. Most of the time I walked to the "Centro", as Bicolanos referred to the city proper, before heading out to Legazpi City destinations. I had not carried heavy stuffs except my camera and a small single strap bag during my trips to spots I visited. But this time I have my backpack full of gear and everything. The sign of Twilight Zone is not conspicuous. You have to be at the frontage of the vertically erected building to see the signage. The building is a bit newer than that of Sampaguita. I didn't check out this hotel because I was rushing up.

    Legazpi Tourist Inn - is located along Quezon Ave near corner Lapu-Lapu Street. A sign that reads Legazpi Tourist Inn is placed at the corner of that two roads. If you're riding a jeepney to either Embarcadero or Penaranda St, just alight as the jeepney turns right onto Quezon Ave from Lapu-Lapu St. You will immediately see the hotel main signage on the right side of Quezon Ave. Refer to my directions on your other tab (How To Commute To Legazpi City's Tourist Spots?) to see a map and learn how you can get there directly from the City Bus Terminal.

    Legazpi Tourist Inn is a kind of hotel frequented by foreign travelers. As I climbed down from the reception area located in the third floor of the building, I passed five Caucasians carrying huge backpacks and had just gotten off a trike. Although, the hotel is located up in the third floor and there is no elevator, the hotel lobby looks good to me. It's like a 3-star hotel that was built in the '80s but very well-maintained and managed. I am sure with no doubt that this one is a decent hotel with standard accepted by international clientele. Rate is Php 700, with hot & cold shower, and wifi is available only at the lobby.

    Ellis Ecotel Embarcadero de Legazpi City
    Ellis Ecotel - is for opulent travelers, those kind of people with a lot of money to spend. Rate is Php 1,200 per person. Inclusive are: free breakfast, free spa and free airport transfer among others. Coming to Legazpi City by plane? Use this hotel for a more enjoyable and complete stay on Legazpi City.

    Located inside the crowd-drawer attraction of Legazpi City which is Embarcadero, you are just a few walks away from scores of dining destinations some of which have decks that give unobstructed view of the bay and the Mayon Volcano. There's also a popular fast food chain and a big supermarket. Duty Free Philippines is located at the second floor of Embarcadero. For commuting directions in going to Embarcadero where Ellis Ecotel is located at the third floor and can be accessed via escalators in the activity center, please read my other post which you opened in another tab of your browser.

    Catalina Lodging House - is another penny pincher friendly place to stay in the city proper. Located along Penaranda Street before the prominent building of Albay Doctors' Hospital. All jeepneys that pass through Penaranda Street also pass by Catalina Lodging House and Albay Doctors' Hospital, respectively. The jeepney will first pass by Rizal Plaza which is on the left side. Watch for Catalina Lodging House on your right. If you miss the lodging house, you wont miss Albay Doctors' Hospital. Alight there and then walk back to get to Catalina Lodging House. Since it's near to Plaza Rizal, you can refer to my post on commuting to Legazpi Tourist Spots, and read how to get to Plaza Rizal by walking from Imperial Street if you want to get there on foot. You can also take a jeepney from the area of Sampaguita Tourist Inn and Twilight Zone by riding a jeepney with Penaranda on its sign. Ask the driver if he will enter Penaranda from Quezon Ave.

    Magayon Hotel - is a bit far from city proper but within walking distance from Plaza Rizal. To get there by jeepney, ride one with either "Loop 1" or "Loop 2" sign. The jeepney will cross Ramon Santos St which is after Albay Doctors' Hospital. Watch for Magayon Hotel on the left side of Penaranda St. Refer to the other post in another tab (How To Commute To Legazpi City's Tourist Spots?) for guide on riding a "Loop 1" or "Loop 2" jeepney.

    Another post on commuting in Legazpi City - Legazpi City's Jeepney & UV Express Terminals

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    Legazpi City's Jeepney & UV Express Terminals

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  • The terminal of jeepneys and air-conditioned UV Express Service vans are located opposite the main bus terminal of the city called Legazpi Grand Central Terminal. The jeepney terminal and UV Express terminal are situated in large area called LKY Metro Transport and Lifestyle Hub.If you are headed to a town or city served by these jeepney and van terminals, all you need to do is walk across the Access Road between the Legazpi Grand Central Terminal and LKY Metro Transport & Lifestyle Hub.

    LKY Metro Transport & Lifestyle Hub is a small commercial center where a lot of services and establishments are located. Aside from a big supermarket owned by SM, also found here are: courier and parcel services, photography services shop, food stalls, fast food joints, souvenir shops, comfort rooms, waiting sheds and more.

    Here are some of the destinations of jeepneys and air-conditioned vans in LKY Metro Transport and Lifestyle Hub:

    Bacacay, Banquerohan, Bigaa, Bonga, Buenavista, Buyuan, Camalig, Donsol, Guinobatan, Homapon, Iriga, Libon, Ligao, Manito, Nabua, Naga, OAS, Padang, Pilar, Pio Duran, Polangui, San Francisco, Sorsogon, Sto Domingo, Tabaco, Tiwi

    Filcab Terminal at LKY Metro Transport

    Legazpi Jeepney Terminal at LKY Metro Transport & Lifestyle Hub

    You can get to LKY Metro Transport & Lifestyle Hub from any main city street of Legazpi City such as Rizal St by riding a jeepney with "LKY Metro Terminal" sign attached at the windshield of the jeepney. Enjoy your trip!

    Read our main articles about Legazpi City Travel:


    How To Commute To Legazpi City's Tourist Spots?
    Where To Stay In Legazpi City?
    What & Where To Eat In Legazpi City?


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    11 Jan 2014

    Comet E-Jeepney Is The New King Of Philippine Roads

  • 11 Jan 2014
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  • Move over PUJ jeepney, COMET E-Jeepney is here. Yes! And it's taking your place as king of the road in Metro Manila. Packed with hi-tech features for the riding public, the new electrically powered public transportation vehicle for the masses hits the road this March.

    Beginning of a new era

    COMET E-Jeepney
    The forthcoming start of operation of the City Optimized Managed Environmental Transport (COMET) E-Jeepneys marks the beginning of a modernized public transportation system in the Philippines similar to the ones already existed in our neighboring Southeast Asian countries for so many years now.

    For starters, fare is charged and paid through card. No ticket booth lines, no fare collection on board. Next, there are designated loading and unloading areas at which boarding passengers should wait and alighting passengers should get off. Now that's civilized way of commuting. These coupled ways of commuting, card payment system and loading/unloading only in designated areas, has long been the rule enforced and observed in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Hong Kong. Among the contemporaries, the Philippines is the only country that is still primitive in the area of moving its people through reliable, efficient and fast public transportation.

    Moving forward, the COMET E-Jeepney is environment friendly as it doesn't emit fumes which caused polution.

    High-tech

    COMET e-jeepney schedule
    Each unit of COMET E-Jeepneys has wifi connection, flat screen tv, built-in camera for passengers' security and above all it utilizes a technology called 'air suspension' which enables the vehicle to drop and load disabled persons fast, safe and conveniently by lowering the platform in the door area and automatically moving it back up again to floor level of the vehicle. Definitely a good news for persons with disabilities. Lastly, the hi-tech e-jeep is capable of passing through flooded areas. That's what I've heard. Just want to see as to what extent. Very interesting! Let's just see come rainy season.



    More economical to the old PUJ jeepney

    Compare to regular jeepney, comet e-jeepney is cost efficient as it only needs to be charged for 5 hours in 220 volts that would amount to Php 400 to 500. With the same distance both types of jeepney take, traditional PUJ consume diesel that costs drivers and operators money amount to the tune of Php 1,200. Even with the impending power hike, electric consumption needed to charge COMET jeepney is way too low.

    Initial Route

    The first batch of COMETS numbering to 30 units is scheduled to open officially this coming March. They will serve the riding public from North EDSA to EDSA Ortigas and vice versa. Existing jeepney fare rate applied and charged through the card.

    Let's welcome the arrival of COMETs!


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