My Bicol Visit
My first trip to Bicol was as a crewmember of the Bicol Archaeological Project. It comprised mostly of a whirlwind of tour of the Spanish-ers churches. I spent a lot of time in the car, which is good because the weather was as hot as the famous Bicol Express! We visited several churches. Beyond the archaeological aspect of surveying the church grounds and bell tower structures, it was sort of a bonus tourist style activity.
I would even recommend tourists to incorporate some of the church visits into their plans. The structures are beautiful, varied, and are definitely exemplars of the Philippine’s palimpsest-like history. Churches like Bombon and its leaning tower or the Calabanga Quipayo Church and its renovated bell tower are great sites and well worth the visit.
All that heat and archaeological survey worked up an appetite in our team. So we ate, and we often ate well. Highlights: Bob Marlin’s seafood, great atmosphere and excellent food! Loved the crispy pata and the fish! Amici Pazzi – A small pasta place with excellent service and even better pasta and shakes! They even did their best to accommodate our huge team and our combined hunger! Relic Cafe – Good food and they even had Kalinga coffee. A brew I got used to during our time in Ifugao. It’s even close to the Nagaland Hotel, where we stayed.
I am sincerely looking forward to next year when we kick the Bicol Archaeological Project into gear and start frequenting the Que Pasa bar and other local hotspots. Thank you to all the priests who welcomed us to stare intensely at their churches with our archaeology eyes.
Thank you to Ateneo de Naga for hosting the Bicol Archaeological Project’s first community presentation and for the great student turn out. And thank you to Archbishop Tirona of the Archdiocese of Caceres for such a great welcome.