Sunday, May 27, 2007

Bicol, My Hometown

It's been quite a while since I've been home to Bicol. I go there at least once a year (since birth!) for summer vacation and our family has a small resort there called "Villa Merced".

If there's one beach I'd go back to again and again - that's at Pasacao, Camangui, Camarines Sur, Bicol. Pasacao is a small fishing village and resorts have sprung up and progressed in the last few years. I've been going back every single year to spend time at our place, Villa Merced which was named after my late Mama Lola (grandmother). I've been to many, many beaches from North to South Philippines, Bali, California and others that I don't recall anymore.

But, I will always go back to Bicol. It's my home and it's where I find peace.

Mind you, our resort have not really changed much since I was a kid. We like to keep it that way. The rustic, provincial look I mean. We have nipa huts and the traditional poso for bathing. We do not allow many people to come in as well and keep our prices a tad bit higher than our neighbors.

I hope to go back soon and do a photo shoot there.

How to Get There

By Bus - take Philtranco or Penafrancia. Check out their numbers here. Then get off at the Naga station and take a FX or jeep to Pasacao. Then get on a padyak to Villa Merced. Believe me, the padyak is the most exciting ride ever.

If you are a bit adventurous you can also get off at the Pamplona intersection and then take a jeep to Pasacao. Your stop would be at the village market, hop on a padyak and tell the driver to bring you to Villa Merced.

By Plane - Philippine Airlines has daily flights to Legaspi. Ask around how you can go to Naga through a van or FX. Get off at the Naga terminal and then take a FX or jeep to Pasacao. Get off at the last stop which is at the market and then get on a padyak. It's an exhilirating ride.


Bus - to and fro approx. PhP900
FX to Pasacao - approx. PhP30
Plane - shimmy over to PAL or Cebu Pacific and find out


  1. Hi! My mom is from Camarines Sur. Been there many times but the last was when I was 14.

  2. from Bicol ka rin? no wonder uragon din! hehe. Nice meeting you at iBlog3

  3. @mitchteryosa - you have to go back!

    @dhon jason - mwehehehe! korek! uragon ako! hahaha.

  4. Wow, nice beach. I wish I can also visit your resort, Ms. Aileen. Besides, it's only a few hours away from Legazpi. hehe

  5. ang ganda naman ng beach Ako bikol din sa Legazpi nakatira Benjie Dela Torre pala hehehe... Love the sunset