Tabaco

Long ago, when the Spaniards first discovered the wonder that is the Philippines and landed in Albay, they repetitively asked the locals what the name of the town was. Some of the locals became irritated and annoyed so they asked their fellow men for a tabak or a machete to shut these aliens up. So, from tabak it became “Tabaco.”

Tabaco is one of the cities in Albay and it has all sorts of adventures waiting to be discovered. From a planetarium to a mysterious cove, it almost has everything. One of the first stops you should definitely explore is the Tabaco Port. And if you go there on a good day, you’ll be able to see the Natunawan Island, known today as the Natunawan Cove.

Legend has it that there was an island that sank because of a strong typhoon and later resurfaced in the shape of Death’s scythe. The caret-shaped cove is now a popular tourist’s destination, which is now open for jogging, swimming, and picnicking, among other things. But, fear not, this is not the only place Tabaco has to offer; it also has the Mayon Science Park and Planetarium where there is a mini-museum, an audio-visual hall, a virtual room, and the Mayon Skyline Viewing Deck, which are all located several hundred feet above sea level. Here you will see a gorgeous view of the Mayon skyline, several other islands, and the Pacific Ocean. Once upon a time, the Mayon Resthouse used to be open to the public. It’s still a popular tourist destination today even if it’s already closed down. It used to have a picnic area that comes with a beautiful view.

Other educational destinations include the San Miguel Island Marine Fishery and Reserve. You can see several species of marine life here and also get a scenic view of the sea. A National Historical landmark can also be found in the city — the St. John the Baptist Church, praised for its centuries-old architecture and long withstanding foundation, is one of the most famous churches in the entirety of the province. Devotees from all over the Philippines pay a visit this wonder.

Being the Padyak Capital of the Philippines, Tabaco City includes padyak (local pedicabs) racing as a part of their festivities during celebrations. This is done for pure entertainment purposes only. It’s comedic to watch yet you end up rooting for your favorite padyak.

This city, however small, has so much to offer and it’s a trip worth planning for!

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