Ooops! Just when I thought that I’m already done with my Albay blog installment, I suddenly remember that we also had a “sidetrip” during our trip. Just as they say, “When in a place, make the most out of it.” So we also visited its adjacent province to the north, Camarines Sur.
CamSur is the largest among the six provinces in Bicol Region. It also has its own pride to boast like theCaramoan Islands where the reality TV show, Survivor is being shot for a number of seasons and editions worldwide. Aside from these stunning islands, foreigners from around the world also flock to CamSur for the wakeboarding facilities the province has. Click here for my adventurous story on this water activity at Camsur Watersports Complex.
Nevertheless, CamSur is also renowned for its religiosity. The Our Lady of Peñafrancia is the town’s Ina(mother) whom they honor every September for her feast. A colorful fluvial procession is being held which is participated by Bicolano devotees and other pilgrims. They light candles while saying, “Viva la Virgen” (Long live the Virgin!) to the miraculous image of the patroness.
Other than tourist destinations, CamSur is also distinguished for its people. Showbiz personalities like Victor Wood, Imelda Papin, and Jaime Fabregas are original talents of the province. And one recent notable person who made a difference to the world of Philippine politics was Mr. Jesse Robredo. He served six whole terms as Mayor of the city of Naga before being the Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government from 2010 until his death in 2012. Robredo was an honest statesman that the whole Philippines mourned upon knowing of his death. A state funeral was given to him and it was such an honor to pay a visit after two months of his cremation.
Lastly, to complete our CamSur sidetrip was a sumptuous halo-halo treat! Halo-halo is Philippines’ top summer favorite and it is only in Bicol Region that halo-halo is given a different twist. DJC Halo-Halo and Snack Inn serves the cheesiest halo-halo ever! This is the Original Halo-Halo Supreme which is a mix of ube, leche flan, langka, saba, corn kernels, gulaman, sago, crushed ice, milk, ice cream, and the star – grated cheese. The cheese toppings make the overall flavor of the mixed sweets even more palatable to the taste buds for its creaminess.
Come south, Cam Sur! Visit the beautiful province of Camarines Sur so click here for more information!