While many families will troop to beach resorts for a vacation, there are others who aren’t so fond of the sea but would want a change of scenery. Having had the opportunity to visit different places here in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia with my family, I share with you some of our favorite destinations for family trips.
1. Legazpi City
My dad grew up in Naga City, Bicol and has siblings who settled down in Legazpi. Every year, the Santiagos have a grand family reunion there, at my uncle’s apartelle. I finally was able to join the reunion with my husband and kids last year, and we had a blast! The 10-hour bus ride was definitely worth it!
When in Legazpi, check out the following family-friendly places:
a) Albay Park and Wildlife
With a cheap entrance fee of P20.00 per adult and P10.00 per child (with height of 1.2 metres and below), this is a great place to learn about nature and the environment. You may rent out a picnic hut and let your kids run around the playground, or rent bicycles, boats or a kalesa for some unique family fun at reasonable prices. The Park is home to 456 animals, mostly birds, but also include some mammals and reptiles. If you happen to be there on Easter Sunday, you could even join the Park’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt!
b) Cagsawa Ruins Park
Just a jeepney ride away from Legazpi City, the Park is considered to be one of the most visited places in the area. There you can enjoy the breathtaking view of Mt. Mayon, feast on native food and delicacies like “inasal na sira” or grilled fish, and go swimming in the Park’s amply-sized pool. If you’re into making trips fun AND educational, you may want to give your kids an instant history lesson by telling them about the 1814 eruption of Mt. Mayon, and how nature can be so powerful – the remaining Cagsawa church belfry shows how the lava from volcanic eruption engulfed the entire church. You can start a discussion about volcanoes, earthquakes and what to do in case of such events.