Tips for Travelers Going to Sorsogon – Semana Santa 2015


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:

  1. Part 1 – Driving Along Laguna Quezon Area
  2. Part 2 – Driving Along Andaya (aka Quirino) Highway
  3. Part 3 – Driving Along Bicol Area
  4. 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.

Caltex Station in Gumaca offers a hotel, City Coast Hotel, a small store, and a wi-fi service. December 2014

Caltex Station in Gumaca offers a hotel, City Coast Hotel, a small store, and a wi-fi service. December 2014

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

Lolo Ompo Restaurant along Maharlika HIghway, a couple of minutes away from Plaridel towards south.

Lolo Ompo Restaurant along Maharlika HIghway, a couple of minutes away from Plaridel towards south.

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.

Liempo being grilled for a waiting customer. It goes great with the brown rice. Inset: Choices of lutong bahay. Unfortunately, they don't heat it up when they serve it.

Liempo being grilled for a waiting customer. It goes great with the brown rice. Inset: Choices of lutong bahay. Unfortunately, they don’t heat it up when they serve it.

Looking for parking space when eating at Lolo Ompo is quite difficult during lunch time. Or one ends up along the sea wall.

Looking for parking space when eating at Lolo Ompo is quite difficult during lunch time. Or one ends up along the sea wall.

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.

Ingat tabi sa pagmaneho niyan na Semana Santa!!

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