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).
island: mainland Luzon
province: Camarines Sur
13^ 25" 12' N
123^ 24" 43' E