Day 1 / May 14 / Monday
7:00 AM Flag Ceremony
8:00 AM Motorcade and Opening Program
9:00 AM Agri-Trade Fair: Big Trades. Big Buys Opening (ongoing from May 11 to 20, 2012)
9:00 AM Big Shots Photo Contest Opening (Exhibit and registration ongoing from May 13 to 20, 2012)
1:00 PM Big Bites Culinary Fest Launch and Chefs’ Showdown
3:00 PM Mutya ng Donsol Talent Show
4:00 PM Big Bingo Bonanza
6:00 PM Pasaling Donsolanon Cultural Show
9:00 PM Butanding Bay Fun (featuring a Manila band) More
I compiled a list of resorts, inns, guest houses and homestays available in Donsol, Sorsogon for those who are planning to go there on a little trip of their own or participating in the festivities of the Butanding Festival.
Donsol – the “Whale shark Capital of the World” is located at the southern boundary of the Bicol Peninsula, east of the province of Sorsogon. This third class municipality is the home of magnificent wonders of nature. It takes pride in their abundant gifts of nature that fascinated tourists for more than 10 years. Some of the remarkable must-see attractions in this town is the Donsol River that serves as the venue for annual festival events such as the fluvial parade and year-long attractions like Firefly Watching. Moreover, Donsol’s beach coast has taken tourists captive for its beautiful scenery that is most beautiful during sunset. But aside from that, the lush woodlands of Donsol also make it a perfect place to go nature sight-seeing. One may not take time to appreciate the town proper that appears mundane and quiet but in it lies a rich and vibrant culture.
Province:Sorsogon Region: V (Bicol) District: 1st District No. of Brgys: 51 Income Classification: 3rd Class Municipality Telecommunicatiions: Smart, Sun and Globe Local Festival: Butanding Festival Population: 101,833,938
Dive with Manta Rays
Concurrent to the presence of the butanding are the manta rays, which also visit the waters of Donsol and nearby Ticao Island, Masbate at just about the same time. Divers frequent Ticao Island’s Manta Bowl Shoal and San Miguel Island for its several dive sites. The area is a known habitat of the manta ray—the world’s biggest rays. Divers can take an hour and a half boat ride from Donsol to Ticao Island to dive with the manta rays.
River Cruising and Firefly Watching at Donsol River
When the sun sets, Donsol River comes to life with the light of a thousand fireflies and the murmur of visitors on bancas out on a firefly watching tour. Each banca stops on a spot in the mangrove that line the river to get closer to the fireflies. Here, the fireflies flicker and twinkle, which is meant to attract their mate, while leaving visitors in awe. While you’re at it, look further up and trace the constellations in the sky above. The river cruise provides the best of both land and sky—an amazing symphony of stars and fireflies in a cool, dark night in Donsol.
Island Hop from Donsol to Ticao Island
From Donsol, go on an island hopping adventure towards Ticao Island. With a picnic basket and your snorkelling (or diving) gear ready, the boat will take you to Ticao to explore corals, caves and even a waterfall that flows directly to the sea. The ride takes about one and a half to two hours.
An island owned by the family of one of our friends, we are invading this resort in May.
Visit their website at tambaron.com and view this video made by one of the guests to see what Bulalacao has to offer.
The upcoming trip will be a reunion trip of sorts with our Travel Factor friends, and it will be the first time Lia (age 3) and Calix (age 1.5) will be together on a trip!
2. Misibis Bay
Located in Cagraray Island, Albay, this resort is considered to be a top-end resort; but because this resort is only in Albay, a place that I consider to be accessible, it is on my to-go-to list.
They recently had a summer sale for March-May 2012 for only P16,000+ net for 3d/2n package for two that made me think this place is not so expensive to go to after all! Too bad we already have other plans for the summer but I am going to wait patiently for the next promo and off we will go! More
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