church bell, cagsawa ruins

Lagalag sa Legaspi

Parallel title: Wanderer in Legaspi
Who: High school friends
Where: Legaspi, Albay, Bicol Region, Philippines

We are really going to Caramoan. And since we need a stopover, we decided to do a side trip to Legaspi. And it didn’t fail us. I assure you, it won’t fail your expectations to see the famous perfect cone shaped mountain, Mt. Mayon.


A bumpy route that passes through water, rocks and trees. Off to the road ride, go!

Chika Alert: I don’t know how to operate a bike nor an ATV. So I was really afraid that the ATV might be a no-no for me. But look at the pics and it will tell you, it is worth the ride. 😉

We chose the easiest and cheapest trail because of the time and money constraints. (Also, I’m too excited to see the waters of Caramoan.)

If you are now considering going to Legaspi and availing this trail, you can look into Mayon SkyDrive ATV Adventure for reference. You can also choose other exciting trails. 😉



Kinda cloudy at this side


My dear readers, that is your prize after the trail, a wonderful masterpiece! And hey! Look below at our Instagram-worthy group shots. 😉

ATV shot

The we-made-it shot

ATV shot

The view of the Mayon Volcano is worth it!


Jump friends!


You can stop by this scenic place after the tiring bumpy ride. There are food stalls near the souvenir shops that will provide you with refreshments. Try their famous chili mango shake that will make your mouth fiery.

Chika Alert: I love spicy foods. So for me the drink is a must try.

Spicy drink

I love how the drink played with my senses. It is refreshingly cold, the sweetness and sourness of the mango fruit blends well with the hotness of the chili. All their chili shakes has levels 1-3 to choose from. I had mine in level 2 and I tell you guys, it is super hooot! 🔥🔥🔥


So after refreshing ourselves with the drink, we all now prepare to be camera ready for another batch of magnificent shots. But before all of that, here’s a little background.

“The Cagsawa Ruins are the remains of a 17th century church built by the Franciscans. … In February 1, 1814, Mt. Mayon began its most violent and deadly eruption in recorded history. Unfortunately, the church, along with most of the town of Cagsawa, was destroyed by lahars and pyroclastic flows, killing thousands of inhabitants.”

“… Today, the site of the Cagsawa ruins is now a park managed by the municipal government of Daraga and is now the most visited tourist spot in Albay. In 2015, the site was declared a national cultural treasure, the Philippines’ highest designation for a cultural property.” — WowLegaspi

church bell, cagsawa ruins

The historical church bell left by the Mt. Mayon’s eruption in 1814


Supposed to be trick shot. Hi Jec!

Aside from being a historical site, the church bell is also a famous spot for trick shots such as the photo above. (Sorry I’m not that good at it.)

I love cagsawa

Author at I love Cagsawa sign

Legaspi is the place to be. The scenic landscape will make you stop walking away from it. It is hard to leave but I need to depart in order to arrive.

See you again Legaspi!
Now, here we go Caramoan!

💙 Maye


Nature Working

(I had a busy schedule as always, this is overdue I know. So for my lovely passersby, here you go. Happy reading!)

Opportunities come and go. But when an opportunity came by your desk ready for you to fill, grab that paper and sign in.

Look where it took me, again!


Since I am with my lovely workmates, no extreme adventures for us. Also we only have limited time (meaning a day-24 hours) so we need to go to these places in a hurry. Run, run baby!

This will be short but full of scenic pictures just to make you feel the serenity I felt when I was there. So look closely guys. wink wink

🌲 Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto 🌲

Located on a high hill in the western part of the city is a Catholic shrine and place of meditation where you will find an image of Our Lady of Lourdes.

🌲 Tam-awan Village (Garden in the Sky) 🌲

The Tam-Awan Village is found in the northwestern part of the city. The village represents the culture of Baguio. It showcases the different types of houses that the Igorots built. Since the landscape of Baguio is steep and uphill, roaming around can be quite exhilarating. But the huts can be a perfect place for a quick rest before moving on to the next hut.

When we were there, the steps were slippery because of the rainwater the day before our trip. So we decided not to finish the uphill walk to avoid further accidents.

🌲 Bell Church 🌲

It is located north of the downtown area of Baguio along the road leading to the town of La Trinidad, Benguet. Within its compound are intricately designed arches and buildings adorned with flags, bells and dragons; as well as a pagoda, and beautifully landscaped gardens. There are some artifacts about Buddhism that you will find at the Bell Church as well as some literature about the history of China.

Chika Alert: I love taking pictures of flowers. I really find it amazing how they grow in such awesome colors. 🌼

🌲 Baguio Botanical Garden 🌲

It is also known as the Igorot Village, the Botanical Garden features native huts typical of the type of Igorot dwellings found in the Cordilleras. The village is said to capture the ethnic spirit and cultural legacy of the Igorots and being tranquil and quiet, it is a nice place to just sit down and relax, take a leisurely stroll along its narrow and winding pathways and also enjoy the landscape where you will find numerous plants and trees.

There are Igorots at the entrance who were so willing to take a picture with you but of course it comes with a fee. When we were there they’re asking for Php 50.00/ person.

🌲 Mines View Park 🌲

Lo and behold! There is an observatory deck here that will give you the spectacular panoramic view of Benguet’s mountain ranges.

I advise goers to bring a jacket or cardigan to cover you up. The breeze can get chilly even at noon time. 


Landscape at Baguio


🌲 Strawberry Farm 🌲

Due to inclement weather before our trip, there were no ripe strawberries available for picking. But luckily there were available looseleaf lettuces, Romaine lettuces and potatoes, to choose from and they are perfect to use for salads.

Another thing, you’ve got to taste their Strawberry ice cream! Nothing is as sweet as theirs! Everytime I go to Baguio there were two delicacies I shouldn’t miss, their Strawberry ice cream and Strawberry taho! YUM!


Strawberry Farm


Most importantly, take a moment to relax, enjoy every trip and taste the culture of each mesmerizing destination.


Most descriptions came from this site:

Lovelots, Maye


Road to Forever

In a span of a year, I visited the place: thrice. (But I’ll be posting 2trips only because the other one will be for future purposes.) See! I love Baguio that much! I’m planning to invest in a resthouse there someday. wink wink

So, this first post was when me and my friends went there the summer after we took our Oath as Licensed Librarians. (Yes, like a celebration party. Clink that drink!)

Shall we start? Aye? Aye!


Hilltop View

Who wouldn’t love that view? Those greens captured my heart. Ahh! Earth is a wonder.


Swan boat ride with friends

True kids at heart, we’re teaming up and racing towards the other end. Row faster girls!

Who said Burnham is only wonderful at daylight? It is magnificent at night time too!
There’s a closed road near Burnham to give way to tiangges at around 9pm. Great buys for blankets, pillows, jackets and sweaters. Yay! Thrift stalls! Beware of pickpocketers!


Can’t take my eyes off

The landscape is mesmerizing. The walk going to the top was really tiring but if you’ll see these sceneries, it is like walking in a dream. There were so many tourists but the vibe of the place calms and relaxes me, emotionally. (Sits at the edge of a cliff, re-evaluating life’s purpose.)

Seeing people living way up there, growing crops, smiling warmly and being contented in a quiet life was eye opening for us. Happiness can’t be bought by the wealthiest man. Only a simple and contented man can have it. Naks!


Featuring mi bebes 💛

Strawberry taho for fuel

Give me yer best smile ladies!

Strawberry taho, strawberry ice cream, grilled corncob (food is life) were some of the delicious picks to refuel visitors on their way up.

Friends forevermore

There’s a television novela entitled Forevermore that popularized the whole place. Agnes (Liza Soberano) as the female lead and Xander (Enrique Gil) as the male lead. It is said that whoever eats the half of the twin will be destined for the other who will eat the remaining half. Now where’s my twin strawberry? 🍓😂

Whether you are looking for your partner in life, moving on to another chapter or just enjoying life, it is just simple, visit Sitio La Presa. Appreciate everything and everyone that surrounds you while we still have them. Spend your time with the people you value the most. The serenity of the place plus good company is a big hit combo. Thumbs up!


105 mm Howitzer (USA) tank

The inside view of the 105 mm Howitzer tank

Sherman M-4A1 Medium tank

Tank Models

If you guys want to see how it was like inside the Military Academy, you got to visit this place. It is learning while having fun. (Tanks were amazing!)

The Academy is so spacious and nature loving. I just want to walk, walk and walk if it weren’t too hot that day. The place is too beautiful to neglect.

At the Headquarters

Hi there Generals! It was so nice to finally meet you! 😂

Navy Chopper


Okay so I honestly do not know the difference of chopper and helicopter. I’ll research it for you guys soon. Sorry!

Friends with the Cadets

I’m not mocking them but I always mimick them doing the march. They just look so adorable doing that. It looks so tough doing all of those with utmost concentration. Salute!

Shall we all go now to my favorite part? Yes? Yes!

This spot is near their quadrangle. And I just got this urge to direct a photography shoot. (Mood swings)

Friends in Line

I’m using the Pedestrian Lane as a big photo asset. I have this thing with photography but I doubt myself everytime. Ta-da!



My photography victims. Hi guys! Looks familiar? I got the idea from the Beatles. I told my dearest friends to twist it a bit. (we’re twisted like that) They crossed the Abbey Road in London while us, we crossed the PMA Road in Baguio.




There’s another avenue
Beckoning, the great divide
I would choose the same joy,
the same sadness each step of the way
That fought me and taught me that friends never say
Never say goodbye. 🎶


To sum it all. It was super fun to travel with friends you treasure the most.

That’s all folks!
Lovelots! 💙