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It’s summer time again and the most popular search for this site is about driving towards Sorsogon.
For everyone’s reference, these are the articles coming from Metro Manila via SLEX:
- Part 1 – Driving Along Laguna Quezon Area
- Part 2 – Driving Along Andaya (aka Quirino) Highway
- Part 3 – Driving Along Bicol Area
- Part 4 – Driving Along Sorsogon Area
Or one can take the route via Tanay Rizal. The author advises the drivers to consider this route especially if you are going to be in Lucena area (on your way to Manila) around 4pm when the traffic starts to build up. Based on the author’s experience of driving, the traffic starts mid- or late afternoon ’til late evening during peak season.
For the techies, the author identified gas stations (outside Laguna area, of course) – Total in Lucena City and Caltex in Gumaca.
Or enjoy a hearty lunch at Lolo Ompo along the Maharlika Highway after Plaridel’s town
proper. It offers the usual lutong bahay and brown rice goes along with it. And if you get served with a cold viand, just put it under a steaming brown rice for a few minutes. Be careful during peak hours, it’s very difficult to park and getting off the parking slot; and vehicles coming thru are going very fast. In some cases, vehicles would park on the opposite side of the restos; not exactly a good idea during windy day and it’s high tide.
If one wants to make the best of the 12-hour trip, consider driving along the mountain road towards Quezon National Park in Atimonan. It has a government-owned stop that has a resto, restroom, cottages, and videoke. Try the resto for its bulalo. For those who are also dying to drink a freshly brewed coffee, one of the stores offer one.
In Bicol area, we normally stop by at Bigg’s Pili. But I don’t suggest the Daraga branch. I was so disappointed last Dec’14, the taste was just horrible, as if I went to another fastfood.
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I am always fond of passing by the Quezon National Park on my way to Sorsogon and vice-versa. I guess I just love driving a winding road, and enjoying its fresh air (unless there’s a diesel-based vehicles infront of you). It also offer a government owned travelers’ stop, which offers enough parking slots for travelers.
For those who have kids and haven’t seen a forest, this is a good experience for them. I haven’t tried the mountain trail opposite the stop. My daughter once climb thru the stairs, but didn’t stay for long.
For those who loves to eat, the resto in the traveler’s stop offers bulalo and other lutong bahay stuff. Even brewed coffee is available – one has to wait though since they only brew the coffee when one is buying. It has clean restrooms and I normally donate 10 to 20 pesos (this is a small price to pay for maintaining a clean restroom).
They don’t charge for the cottage formally, but you get embarrassed after using it because somebody cleans it up. I normally leave PHP100 and a separate one to the cleaning lady.
And don’t forget to bring a lot of coins – there are locales who beg for money along the road. Beware, PHP100 worth of coins can run out very fast on the 10-minute mountain drive. I normally encourage my daughter to pick the old ones.
In my estimate, you don’t save a lot in travel time if you take the mountain road or the normal route. You get to lose more travel time because one tends to buy food or look around.
It’s all worthwhile.
Tutuo na daw ini? Batit pa ako nababati ko na ini.
CAMP GENERAL SIMEON OLA, Legazpi City – A retired police was shot to death yesterday morning by unidentified men in Bacon District, Sorsogon City.
Police report reaching the office of Chief Superintendent Victor P. Deona, Bicol police regional director, identified the victim as retired Senior Inspector Ongorio Coranes, of Barangay Balete, Bacon District, this city.
Malu Calubaquib, PRO 5 spokesperson, said Coranes was shot by three unidentified armed men in the backyard of his house at around 9:30 a.m.
The victim died on the spot from a gunshot wound in the head.
The armed men immediately fled onboard a motorcycle towards Sorsogon City after the killing.
Sorsogon police are conducting investigation to identify the suspects.
Original article is published at Tempo on February 13, 2015.