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Bicol Region Mountains



Lying in the peninsula that comprises Luzon island's southeast arm, Bicol Region's famous landmark is Mayon Volcano, the Philippine version of Japan's Mt. Fuji -- a perfect cone rising in all splendor. The main city of Legazpi, where Mayon's beauty can be seen, is a 12-hour trip from Manila. Aside from the famed Mayon, Mt. Isarog in Camarines Sur is a famous mountain, replete with various flora and fauna, as well as numerous waterfalls. Other mountains include Mt. Asog, Mt. Labo, and Mt. Bulusan, which has active volcanic activity. Bicolanos are known to have a taste for 'hot' foods like chili and peppers; their mountains are also 'hot', with Mayon being the most active volcano in the country. At present, climbing in Bulusan is not allowed, with its most recent eruption in 2007.


Bicol Region - Mt AsogBulusan Volcano: Sorsogon / 1548m

Mayon Volcano

Albay, Bicol Region
Major jumpoff: PHIVOLCS Office, Tabaco, Albay
LLA: 13°15′24″N; 123°41′6″E; 2462 MASL (#23)
Days required / Hours to summit: 3 days / 10-12 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 7/9, Trail class 2-5

Mt. Asog (Mt. Iriga)

Camarines Sur
Major jump-offs: Sitio Ilian, Brgy. San Nicolas, Iriga City; Brgy. Cabatuan, Buhi
Elevation: 1,140 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1-2 days / 4 hours
Specs: Minor Climb, Difficulty 4/9, Trail Class 1-4

Bicol Region - Mt IsarogMt. Isarog/Panicuason Trail

Naga City, Camarines Sur
Major jump-off: Brgy. Panicuason, Naga City
LLA: 13°40' N, 123°21' E, 1966 MASL
Days requires / Hours to summit: 2 days / 8-10 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 5/9, Trail class 3

Mt. Isarog/Patag-Patag Trail

Tigaon, Camarines Sur
Major jump-off: Consocep Base Camp, Tigaon
LLA: 13°40' N, 123°21' E, 1966 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 2 days / 6-8 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 6/9, Trail class 3

Mt. Labo: Camarines Norte / 1544m

Mt. Malinao: Albay / 1548m






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Southern Philippine Cuisine

In Mindanao, the southern part of Palawan island, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, dishes are richly flavored with the spices common to Southeast Asia: turmeric, coriander, lemon grass, cumin, and chillies — ingredients not commonly used in the rest of Filipino cooking. Being free from Hispanicization, the cuisine of the indigenous Moro and Lumad peoples of Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago has much in common with the rich and spicy Malay cuisines of Malaysia and Brunei, as well as Indonesian and Thai cuisines.

More details at Southern Philippine Cuisine

Philippine Top Mountains to Climb: Mount Pico de Loro, Cavite, Mount Daguldol, Batangas, Mount Pinatubo, Zambales, Mount Ugu, Benguet, Mount Pulag, Benguet, Mount Mariveles, Tarak Ridge, Bataan, Mount Kitanglad Range, Bukidnon, Mount Apo, Davao del Sur, Mount Kanla-on, Negros Occidental, Mount Guiting-Guiting, Romblon, Mt. Banahaw, Quezon, Mt. Makiling, Laguna


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