Monday, July 11, 2011

iriga camarines sur

on the way to Donsol in the Bicol region to see the whale shark, we made our stop at the world class wakeboard site of CWC in Naga. after one tiring day, we traveled south to the town of Iriga. famous for its mountain view of Mt. Iriga.
it is the second peak in the province of Camarines Sur after Mt. Isarog with a difference of just few meters. as part of the Pacific ring of fire, Mt. Iriga is an active volcano which last erupted in 1642 causing a big slice on its Eastern side facing Lake Buhi.with a limited time to explore the mountain, we dropped by the town church at the city center. destroyed several times since it was first built in 1585. its refurbished facade with two bell towers makes it look like an ordinary church in the country but its interior ceiling gives it a different feature.the city plaza covers a large area with small mini park spots including a Japanese ark. across the park is a convention center with an impressive modern design. just at its back is an elevated grotto which has an overlooking view of the town plaza.
as the sunset approached, we went to the Margallo's residence, who hosted our overnight stay in the city. had a special dinner with the barangay chairman eating laing and a night at one of the restaurant with a local band. just right to end that tiring day.
special thanks to Mark and Luke Margallo for hosting our stay.

how to get there:

one can take a bus to Naga city and from there take a bus or a van at the central terminal to the city of Iriga (45minutes).

location:
island: mainland Luzon
province: Camarines Sur

GPS location:

13^ 25" 12' N
123^ 24" 43' E

29 comments:

Traveling Hawk said...

that monument (or is it a kind of gate?) in front of the church looks very interesting; I haven't seen such a structure before.

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

I can't remember now if I saw Mt.Iriga from a distance when I visited Mt. Isarog years ago. Looks like a great hike awaits there!

gillboard said...

nice looking house. i want to have one that looks like the last picture someday.

Eds said...

weeehhhh! nagbikol trip na sya. i'm so excited na to read your stories about donsol. nakakita ba kayo ng butanding? miss ko na ulit ang bikol/

lzlpio90 said...

wow... what a nice trip and to stay in that very beautiful house is just so fantastic...


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Pinoy Adventurista said...

The church looks ordinary nga from the outside, but the intricate design of the ceiling is really a sight to behold...

Ed said...

haven't truly explored amarines Sur as we only went to the usual tourist spots. the church does look normal nga outside, totally different from the inside.

alicesg said...

Lovely architectural designs of the church. Very interesting to see the inside of the church too.

Rizalenio said...

Ang majestic ng ceiling. Matindi pala ang pinagdaanan ng lugar na yan. Love the last photo.

Axl Powerhouse Production Inc. said...

whahahaha ang ganda ng mga paggawa ng simbahan sobrang kakamangha... iba talaga...

Gawwy said...

Grabe I love the church, sana mapuntahan ko yan at makakanta sa isa sa mga kasal ko.

Reena said...

wait a minute, the peak is "just a few meters" away from mt iriga? coffers, that's what the ceiling design is called. ang ganda nung pic with the view of the mountain at the back. pero if thats an active volcano, then that's scary. looking forward to your whaleshark post. :)

Chyng said...

Iriga is where we also stayed on my 1st ever visit in Naga. I remember waking up with the unobstructed view of mount Isarog.

Butanding series na! Bring it on! =)

pusang kalye said...

ang cool nung convention center.very modern ang harap tas anu na uli yung sa likod? which looks old and historic to.good combination.di masagwag tignan>:D

pusang kalye said...

ang cool nung convention center.very modern ang harap tas anu na uli yung sa likod? which looks old and historic to.good combination.di masagwag tignan>:D

Luna Miranda said...

the church ceiling is beautiful. it reminds me of a church i've seen before (but couldn't remember right now). i missed Donsol when we went to Bicol last year.:(

SunnyToast said...

Dong, malapit lapit na 2 sa lugar namin...samar:)

Bicol has alot to offer and I'm happy na yong include it in your travel...big thanks

By the way can you give me the link of paul theroux blog....I'm such a big fun of Murakami kahit wala na akong makain at mag oatmeal to the max nalang basta my completo ko lang ang books nya:)

thanks and happy blogging

Photo Cache said...

there are so many beautiful spots in the philippines. what is the third image supposed to be?

docgelo said...

i haven't set foot in any parts of bicol so i welcome this post.

it seems you always include a visit or a meet up with the barangay chairman of a town you visit; ang husay! at hosted pa ang stay, wow! :)

lakwatsera de primera said...

Ilang beses na ako nakapunta sa Iriga pero di pa ako nakakapasok sa simbahan dito. (Small world talaga, friend mo din pala si Luke :)

Pietro said...

All so charming, what a nice trip!
Very inreresting the church.

Borneo Falcon said...

I'm impressed with some of the architecture design here

Christian | Lakad Pilipinas said...

Nice church interiors nga. You'd never guessed it from the outside

SandyCarlson said...

Looks like quite an inspiring, humbling place.

Theonoski said...

wohoo!!the Bicol experience!!I Like it!!

bertN said...

Parang nakita ko na rin ang Iriga through your eyes.

Bob Crunch said...

Great pictures! You would think that with Mt. Iriga still being active that they would move that beautiful church farther away after being destroyed so many times.

Dee Quixotic said...

I paused for a couple of seconds to stare at the mountain. Looks challenging. I'm adding that to my future destinations.

flights to manila said...

I would love to visit Camarines Sur. I heard that the water sport like Wake boarding is a hit there.

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