Thursday, April 26, 2012

Wow Bicol

Brief History

Bicol is one of the 17 regions here in the Philippines. Its regional center is Legazpi. It has 6 provinces, 7 cities, 107 municipalities and 3,577 barangay’s. It is composed of four provinces in the Bicol Peninsula, the southeastern end of Luzon Island, and two island-provinces adjacent to the peninsula.


Bicol has a big amount of rich flat land, and agriculture is the biggest component of the economy with close to 50% depends to their livelihood on the industry. Coconuts, abaca, banana, coffee and jackfruit are the top five permanent crops of Bicol. Rice and maize are the seasonal crops of the region. Agriculture and fishing are the major factors in the province's economy.


Bicol has many delicacies that they can proudly present. One of these is the Ginataang gabi or Laing. A delicious and creamy and very spicy dish. It is made out of dried leaves of gabi, coconuts, onion, garlic, ginger, dried fish and siling labuyo. Pinakrong Batag also one of the foods of Bicol which is made out of banana, kinunot made out of stingray meat and malunggay and coconut milk, bicol express it is the most popular dish of Bicol which is made out of stewed pork, coconut milk, and chilies.


Bicol can offer the best nature experience. One can enjoy white sand beaches, explore mysterious caves, hike thru mountains and volcanoes and visit cultural sites. If you are looking for a place to go with a variety of activities to enjoy, then Bicol is the place for you. Some of these places are Mt. Mayon in its amazing nature masterpiece and it’s perfectly cone shaped. Cagsawa Ruins a memorial for a tragic past, Tiwi Hot Springs National Park it is for harnessing nature for energy, its hot waters are believed to have medicinal properties. Hayop-hayopan Caves it is a cave that means blow-blow. And lastly the Busay falls a cascading wonder. It is the highest water falls of the Philipines


Bicol has there native products. These products are exported in other countries for their progress. They have the Pili Nuts, mats, buri bags and slippers that made out of fibers of abbaca. Also they have lambanog.

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