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Sorsogon

Sorsogon

Best known as a destination for butanding interaction, this coastal province also has beaches, hot springs, and an active volcano.
By Keisha Uy

Overview

The province of Sorsogon on the Bicol Peninsula is gifted with a diverse landscape scattered with beaches, natural springs, rice fields, volcanoes, and mountains. It is home to Mt. Bulusan, an active volcano that is considered to have the highest peak in Sorsogn. In recent years, Sorsogon has gained much attention for the seasonal sightings of butanding (whale shark) in the waters off the coast of Donsol.

History

  • In 1570, the Augustinian friars who set out to explore Luzon reached the area where Sorsogon Bay is now found, and asked a native what the place was called. Since the native didn't understand Spanish, he just said "Solsogon," which means "trace the river by going upstream." This later evolved to become Sorsogon.
  • On October 17, 1894, Sorsogon was recognized as a province.

Travelers' Attractions

With its diverse landscape, Sorsogon is a wide venue for various kinds of ecotours.

  • Sorsogon's present main attraction is the butanding (or whaleshark) interaction off the coast of Donsol.
  • Mountain climbers, trekkers, and hikers can climb Mt. Bulusan, an active volcano surrounded with rich forestry.
  • Because almost all of the province's towns are located along the coastline, divers get to choose from a number of dive sites, such as those around the small islands found off the coast of Matnog.
  • Vacationers can enjoy the white sand beaches in Bacon and Gubat.

Getting There and Away

  • Local bus lines Philtranco and Peņafrancia offer regular trips from Manila to Sorsogon. Travel time is 12 hours.
  • To get to Sorsogon by air, one has to take a 50-minute flight to Legaspi in Albay and then take a one-hour jeepney ride to Sorsogon.
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