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Amazing Travel in the Philippines - The Hot Springs of Albay

'Injured, lost and broke'

I think, after the Penafrancia fiesta in Naga City...the best getaway for an 'injured,lost and broke' parishioner like me is to try a hot spring spa being visited by foreign and local tourists in Albay. Come...let us discover these spots once more in the towns of Tiwi and Manito of the said province here in Bicol, Philippines. Welcoming you is not enough to enjoy such natural spots. You should be here one day if you have enough budget to do it.

Many anecdotes of adventures were posted in the internet through blogs and here on HubPages but I will still add my personal account on this one.

The invitation to be there this week came from my friend, Lestat (changed his true name Lester for a more appealing feel on Facebook..hehe!). I said, I don't have much budget. he replied that everything will be okay (I trust him, you know). They've been busy at their TENT CAMP last week in Santo Domingo Albay, where you can visibly observe the Mayon Volcano activities and take photos at every angle you desire.

So, off I go this week. But allow me to share with you photos and other stills that came from fellow Bicolanos whom I had to get the credit because my original photos are not enough as my digital camera is not functioning so well these days (due to the nth time 'accidental fall'. I had to share with you this hub this early . My itinerary started Friday morning that ended in the evening back in Naga City; so, I hope you'll stand by with this hub for further adventure of yours truly, travel_man1971.

Hotspring in Parong, Manito, Albay c/o ka2aldea

Manito Tourism Council's archive





One-Day Fast Forward Adventure of Travel Man in Albay

Here's my travelogue going to my target destination this last week of September, 2010...Manito Hot Spring. It's just 40 kilometers away from the city of Legazpi, the commercial hub in Albay.

So with my backpack in tow, I rise early Friday morning and ride the first jeepney trip going to Naga City. The 30-minute ride to the CBD II (central business district) allowed me to choose an early trip to Legazpi City for almost 3 hours. From there, a 1-hour bus ride is all you need in order to reach the town of Manito, where most of the hot springs are located.

Manito Travelogue

  1. The jeepney terminal at the central business district of Legazpi City, along with passenger vans is located beside the new mall (Save More) at the tahaw road. To get there, trimobile drivers (motrocycle with sidecar) will ask for a Php 20-peso ride (just 10 minutes or so, from the main road of the city.
  2. I rode the first jeepney with an indicator Manito-Legazpi route. I met a call center agent from Manila who's also on vacation going to Manito.She said that there are two places (adjacent barangays offering the 'hot springs' I was looking for). She said that there are two famous 'hot springs' among locals and foreign travellers (like me). the 'hot spring on the sea' at Sitio Parong (means smell), barangay Pawa and the Nag-Aso (Smoke) Boiling Lake (Largest Boiling Lake in the Philippines), Hulogan all of the town of Manito. I failed to be with the first jeepney ride because my wristwatch stopped that I looked for a watch repairman to change its battery. The second jeepney was the lucky one. A Day Care worker from Barangay Hulogan, named Juliet Dawa suggested that I should made a courtesy visit at the municipal tourism office. I thanked her for the brilliant idea. She already oriented me about what to expect in the area regarding the two most-visited hot springs in her town.
  3. The jeepney ride from Legazpi City terminal to the Manito Municipal Hall (along the highway) will took more than an hour (plus the stops-goings and out of passengers) that will cost you Php 50.00 (about USD 1.50). Don't mind how crude some parts of the road (some parts were cemented, asphalted); just appreciate the locals, the greens (plants, coconut trees, flowers, etc.) on the two sides of the road. I also enjoyed the Taysan, Legazpi vista (left side of the road if you're going to Manito) with the Mount Mayon volcano at the background and the coastal area of Manito. I reached the townhall of Manito (from the word nito or rattan that once abound the place) past 12 pm.
  4. Madam Miriam Banzuela of Manito Tourism office was very accommodating. She let me register on the tourism logbook and asked for my intentions. I said that I am interested about the local attractions of the town (hot springs) and the fact that I write articles on the internet, particularly in HubPages. Mrs. Leticia Apatan (also of tourism office) also encouraged me to go there with the hired motorcycle driver (an employee of the Manito local government unit). The tourism office have an initial photos of the revered sites and other interesting facts of the town. Unluckily, I wasn't able to meet the present Mayor Cesar Daep for my personal thanks.
  5. The road to the two barangays, Pawa and Hulogan detoured from the town's cemented road into a graveled one. The helpful driver said that it is about 6 kilometers to go to the Hulogan's boiling lake. We passed the barangay Pawa first ( written at the elementary school's banner), but he insisted that I should see the farthest tourist spot first. He pointed me to the Manito geothermal plant's white smoke from the mountain, overlooking the 'Nag-aso Boiling Lake' which was really 'smoking' hot! He said that there was a tourist who braved to dip his hands on the water and was hurt badly due to the pristine but smoking-hot water of the lake. A ten-minute photo shoot and short descriptions of what I've got was supplied by my driver-guide. After enjoying the scenery ( I cannot sacrifice myself from being 'burned' by the hot water (it looks harmless if you see the running water spout). From there, we proceeded to the 'most visited' hot spring on the sea' (visibly seen during low tide-from early morning until 12 noon). I was cautioned to go near the place due to the temperature of the water. The locals said that prior to me, a group of college students were able to see the Pawa hot spring closely. I took photos in the area then thanked the locals and promised to be back for a more slow-paced adventure.
  6. The one-hour ride was fruitful enough for me as I personally visited the local attraction in this side of my place (Bicol, Philippines). I was transported back to the town hall, thanked Mrs. Banzuela and bade goobye. They promised to open my account here on HubPages for the next day or two.
  7. I rode the town's available bus and enjoyed taking photos while on the move. You can see the 'uniqueness' of some of my stills due to the bus movement. I didn't stopped at Legazpi. I proceed to Naga City (around 9 pm), rented a single-bed room at the new CBD (central business district) hotel (this is another hub in the making) beside the city's central terminal and passed the night comfortably. The frontline/hotel crew informed me that all hotels in Naga were fully-booked due the forthcoming International Marathon (sponsored by Camarines Sur provincial government) on September 26th (Sunday). I had to be there, too.

Did I enjoy it? Just taking photos, admiring and gawking at the hot springs, I felt like being close to nature (and to the Creator) at the moment. I'm glad the locals are taking care of their tourist spots that make a good source of livelihood for them.

Map Locator of Manito, Albay

Hot Spring 'Fever'

Ever imagine yourself cooking an egg in boiling hot spring? Or seeing lobsters still alive, although it is already orange in color (the usual color is transparent white)?

The Bicol region is rich in many hot springs, due to it's volcanoes (active, dormant and non-active) scattered in the peninsula. The most popular active volcano is Mount Mayon in Albay. Because of this, there are hot springs being developed to address the clamor of many visitors.

There are many hot springs to choose from.

  1. Tiwi Hot Spring - A highly active thermal area, Tiwi has long been a popular place to "take the medicinal waters" and bathhouses abound. The waters are hottest in Naglagbong Lake, a boiling sulfur pool. Tiwi is also the site of the mammoth Geothermal Electric Power Plant, which harnesses steam to generate electricity, and a salt making industry.Misibis Bay - just overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the majestic view of Mayon Volcano at Cagraray Island. They have hot spring here but the features being advertise are its resort and hotel.
  2. Manito Hot Spring - It is also a source of geothermal energy. It is located between Albay and Sorsogon. One specific site to enjoy hot spring spa is in sitio Parong, Pawa and the other in Hulogan shores. I decided to visit the town for a more concrete and personal account.
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Trip na Trip - Misibis Bay Part 1 c/o meiyou8

My snacks and lunch, too!

PILI TART - my snacks (one of the native delicacies in Bicol, Philippines) (IAA-24Sept2010)

PILI TART - my snacks (one of the native delicacies in Bicol, Philippines) (IAA-24Sept2010)

A vendor inside the bus gave me these. (3 eggs -Php 20.00 & boiled peanuts - Php10,00 or just USD 75 cents) (IAA)

A vendor inside the bus gave me these. (3 eggs -Php 20.00 & boiled peanuts - Php10,00 or just USD 75 cents) (IAA)

Buy One, Take One Burger - one of my snacks plus a bottle of mineral water (IAA)

Buy One, Take One Burger - one of my snacks plus a bottle of mineral water (IAA)

Travel lightly

Many travel advisories can be seen on television or even read on magazines. "Travel lightly."

What you'll need to travel lightly are the following:

  1. backpack - of medium size that can carry your extra clothes, socks, underwear, and toiletries. I decided to carry a pack for just a day.
  2. camera - or cellular phone with built-in camera; digital camera (digicam) has a video feature that you can use in recording short footage. Don't forget a battery charger.
  3. medical kit - or similar handy kit that consists of medicines to protect your health, especially for avoiding loose bowel movement (lbm), flu or even dengue. Mosquito repellant is a must.
  4. map locator or compass - Don't just rely with the instructions of the local residents; some may make a joke on you exaggerating where the place is located.
  5. Swiss knife - I had one of this. It's handy and very useful.
  6. Money - If you're a foreigner, then you'll need all the budget. You can befriend your local tourist guide and ask for tips on how to be thrifty with your food and hotel fees, etc.

Aside from this, you must be brave enough to face any challenges or difficulties that may come your way. Be nice at all times. Traveling and discovering new places are both an adventure and suspenseful event in your life. Good luck to me and to you, too!



Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 14, 2020:

Thanks for taking me on a journey to a part of the world that I have never seen. The scenery you showed us is gorgeous.

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on March 23, 2015:

@liesl5858: It's an honor having you here @ my site. Thanks for dropping by.

Linda Bryen from United Kingdom on January 30, 2015:

Wow! beautiful place, although I come from Luzon, I would like to visit these awesome places. What a wonderful hub you got here, no wonder you got perfect score of 100. Thank you for sharing it to us.

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on September 16, 2011:

@Abdulrahman k. EdtiG: You're welcome. Have you been to the Hot Springs of Albay?

I hope you enjoyed the excitement in visiting the area.

Abdulrahman k. EdtiG on September 15, 2011:


mapya geD e h0t sPring anya' grabe testing'e nu pan e ka'yaw nen anya, pakawa sa prob£ema..

Thank'z sa pag'we£CUm I'm s0 very2x hapPY...MUahhH..

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on May 27, 2011:

@Jayjay Daep: Thanks for the correction. This is my firsthand account on Manito Hot Springs. There are lots of improvement to be done on the roads and the tourism as well. I hope this hub will be my contribution to your town. Mabalos man sa pag-welcome sakuya sa munisipyo (Thanks for welcoming me at your town.).

Jayjay daep on May 26, 2011:

Its Mayor Cesar daep, Not laip.. but nice Article about manito albay.. thumbs up.. :)

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on November 20, 2010:

@georgiecarlos: It's a nice place to trek going to the two hot springs of Manito. The water is 'hot' and I was cautioned not to submerged on it. I just settled taking photos to be used on this hub. Thanks for appreciating!

georgiecarlos from Philippines on November 18, 2010:

So beautiful and comprehensive! Makes me want to go here :D

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on October 25, 2010:

Is this my 'perfect hub'? I just told what I've experienced for a one-day adventure and it hit a perfect Hub Score '100'!!!! Thanks, HubPages^-^!

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on October 23, 2010:

WOW! 99 as HubScore!!! This is too, farfetched! Thanks HubPages for this reward!

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on October 13, 2010:

dpinoy13: You'll really love Bicol if you had a chance to visit here one day. Thanks.

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on October 13, 2010:

Thanks, Ms. Sarah. I've been driven to do it during that time and what a great relief that fellow hubbers appreciate it, like you.

dpinoy13 from Antipolo, Philippines on October 12, 2010:

wow, good job i love bicol! ^^

parkersarah8415 from USA on October 10, 2010:

Hi, travel_man. I think that I haven't seen a more detailed hub in a while. Thank you!

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on October 08, 2010:

@kn24fanatic: You better visit us here in Bicol one day. I'm sure, you'll have a very unforgettable memories.

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on October 08, 2010:

@MyMastiffPuppies: Thanks for being amazed, but it's true. I just gawked at the hot spring; afraid of being burn by the hot sulfur-filled water. It's my motto: to experience some of what I've written, especially travel hubs. Thanks for the appreciation.

kb24fanatic from philippines on October 06, 2010:

Such a nice hub! I haven't been to Bicol.

MyMastiffPuppies on October 06, 2010:

Wow, amazing pictures! I love seeing places from all over the world, especially when its so personal and sincere. Great job!

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on October 05, 2010:

@DjDryle: Thanks. I know you are as equally proud as I am. Thanks for the vote of confidence in me. I'll visit your hubs soon.

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on October 05, 2010:

@Lita C. Malicdem: Thanks for the very 'unique' compliment. "I'm not selling, I'm buying." (hehe!). Salamat ma'am for apreciating my hub. Actually it's between a hub or blog due to it's diary 'feel'. Feel free to comment again. My real name is Ireno Alcala of Camarines Sur. Salamat po.

DjBryle from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =) on October 04, 2010:

This hub is so captivating! You made me more proud to be a Filipino! Thanks for sharing! Voted up for a beautiful hub! =)

Lita C. Malicdem from Philippines on October 03, 2010:

Sorry, Kabayan, forgot to sign in. Got up early and was happy to see a kabayan featured today at HubPages. Thank you for "selling" the Philippines.

Lita C. Malicdem on October 03, 2010:

Congratulations! This featured hub deserves its place. A package of must-see travel spots this part of our country boosts our local tourism. Keep up the good work, Kabayan.

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on September 29, 2010:

I'll do that, for sure, sailor. With a bunch of company to share this -hot-smoking experience. I'll be back there on October. I'll keep you updated^-^.

thesailor from Seven Seas on September 29, 2010:

It must be a heck of an experience for just a day, right? You should go back there to enjoy the hot springs and its healing power to the fullest. Thanks for this hub, travel man.

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on September 28, 2010:

I would love to welcome you here in our region, especially in the province of Albay, Princessa. The locals always welcome weary, tired visitors with open arms.They informed me that tourists, whether local or foreign flock the hot springs during summer, as in March until May.

Wendy Iturrizaga from France on September 28, 2010:

I would love to see this in person, hot springs sound and look really nice. I wish I was there!

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on September 27, 2010:

@Simone Smith: Most of the locals challenged me to cook an egg on the boiling and smoking-hot water of those Manito spring. My guide didn't want me to do it. He said that I should be back for at least a week to really commune with nature in their side of town, especially the seawater near the 'hot spring on the sea' at sitio Parong, barangay Pawa, Manito.

Onsen tamago? That's the term for 'boiled eggs' in Japan? In 2001, we stayed at the Mihara Seaman's center and ate lots of boiled eggs with soup (loved it) and the jazmine (fragrant) rice that 'mamita' cooked for us...while waiting for the maiden voyage of my first ship. Arigato gozaimasu, Ms. Simone. Is your husband of Japanese descent?

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on September 27, 2010:

@minesgm: Thanks kabayan, for the positive prodding (hehe!). I need that this time and the next time you visit my other hubs^-^.

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on September 27, 2010:

This is so much fun! Love the hub- and I'm a huge hotspring fan! I visit as many as I can in Japan- and love the eggs you can get at them- onsen tamago!! Glad to see that's a common practice at other hot springs too XD

minesgm from Texas on September 27, 2010:

Great hub.. very detailed.

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on September 27, 2010:

Thanks for reminding me, rmcrayne. I hope you enjoyed reading my adventure and the photos, too (minus the blunders, hehe!).

rmcrayne from San Antonio Texas on September 26, 2010:

You're missing the HubMob graphic and RSS feed.

Ireno Alcala (author) from Bicol, Philippines on September 25, 2010:

It is a very nice getaway, creativeone59 aka Ms. Faye. If you decide to experience like this outside the USA, the Philippines, particularly, Manito, Albay in Bicol should be included in your itinerary. Thanks for the comment.

Benny Faye Ashton Douglass from Gold Canyon, Arizona on September 25, 2010:

Thank you for an exciting hub, it sounds like a nice place to be. thank you for sharing it. Godspeed. creativeone59

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