Posts Tagged ‘legaspi’

Ria & Derrick’s Wedding

Monday, December 7th, 2009

My dear friends Derrick Santos and Ria Romero recently got married and I just wanted to share with you my wonderful photos from their beautiful wedding.  They decided to have their wedding at Misibis Bay resort all the way in Legaspi.  If you have been following  my blog, you all know that I am a big fan of the resort.  This is actually the first time that the resort will be hosting a wedding, so I was really excited to see what they would be doing.  If everything goes right, then they can really position themselves as a premiere wedding destination.

WELL…  The wedding was absolutely perfect!  I do not know how they manage to whittle down the guest list to a wee 112 guests!  That is a feat in itself!  LOL!  I really love small intimate weddings; they are really the best!  I have known Ria since I was like 6 years old!  OMG!  So it was so wonderful to see her so happy on her wedding day!  Enough talk…enjoy the pictures!

I am a huge fan of the Misibis bay resorts!  This year alone I have been back 3 times and each time I had a really fabulous time!  Here is the staff welcoming the guests with a song and dance number.

I am a huge fan of the Misibis bay resorts! This year alone I have been back 3 times and each time I had a really fabulous time! Here is the staff welcoming the guests with a song and dance number.

The koi fishes were excited to see me!  LOL!

The koi fishes were excited to see me! LOL!

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Magayon Mayon!

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

In the Bicolano dialect, “magayon” means beautiful!   I was there for the weekend and had a really BEAUTIFUL experience!  It is not my first time in Legaspi. I have visited the place before.

Each time I would visit, I would do a couple of activities, as there is really a lot to see and do in this part of the Philippines.  Top of mind is whale shark swimming in Donsol.  (YOU ALL MUST DO THIS!) It is a really unforgetable sensation to be swimming with these gentle giants!  Another activity is to climb the majestic Mayon Volcano, where you can actually do an ATV ride and see the lava bubbling.  The region also has beautiful handicrafts and the basket weaving here is very impressive.

My only beef about Legaspi then was there was really no decent hotels for you to stay in.  I am happy to announce that things have changed!  I was so impressed and happy with my hotel in Legaspi that you all must come and visit!  The hotel is called VENEZIA.  (Lower those eyebrows.) I know the name is cheesy, but the service was just sublime!  The hotel was completely renovated and is now managed by the Rain Tree group, the same group who does Discovery Shores in Boracay and most of the Dicovery properties!  I stayed there only for a night as I had to visit another resort called MISIBIS BAY.  ( I will do an entry about that next. )

The breakfast buffet alone is already worth the visit!  I am a congee man!  I love congee and they had the best congee that I have ever had in a really long time!  Here is a pictionary of my visit!

 My flight arrived at 7:!5 am!  It only takes 45 minuts to get to Legaspi!  The Mayon volcano was very clear that morning.  Usually it is hidden by clouds.  I saw this as a good sign that I would having a great weekend get away!
My flight arrived at 7:!5 am. It only takes 45 minuts to get to Legaspi! The Mayon volcano was very clear that morning. Usually, it is hidden by clouds. I saw this as a good sign that I would having a great weekend getaway!

 HELLO MAYON!  It has this perfect cone shape that makes it so iconic.
HELLO MAYON! It has this perfect cone shape that makes it so iconic.

 The facade of VENEZIA hotel!  FInally a chic boutique hotel to make everyones stay more comfortable!
The facade of VENEZIA hotel! Finally, a chic boutique hotel to make everyone’s stay more comfortable!

 My room was simple and neat!   I loved the size of the bed, it is smaller than a queen but larger than a twin.  The sheets were very comfortable too!
My room was simple and neat! I loved the size of the bed, which was smaller than a queen but larger than a twin. The sheets were very comfortable too!

 The room was very compact but perfect for me as I was all alone, it would have been different if we were two.
The room was very compact, but perfect for me as I was all alone. It would have been different if we were two.
 The hotel has lots of paintings around and this Gus Albor caught my eye.
The hotel has lots of paintings around, and this Gus Albor caught my eye.

 We drove around town and I was happy because the weather was just wonderful!
We drove around town and I was happy because the weather was just wonderful!
This ferry would take us across the bay to take us to Misibis island.
This ferry would take us across the bay to take us to Misibis island.
 Wild flowers abound!  Yellow really makes me smile!
Wild flowers abound! Yellow really makes me smile!
 I am glad that I took that morning shot of the Mayon volcano because for the rest of my visit the clouds were hiding her.
I am glad that I took that morning shot of the Mayon volcano because for the rest of my visit, the clouds were hiding her.
This is the entire town of Legaspi!

This is the entire town of Legaspi!

HUGS!
RAJO!