Difference between revisions of "Ligao City"
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Ligao City is in the province of Albay in the Philippines.
Legaspi City Domestic Airport is an hour away from the city, Philippine Airlines flies daily from Manila to Legaspi vice versa, Cebu Pacific flies daily from Manila to Legaspi vice versa.
Philippine National Railways is currently unavailable for use, Most of the trains are dilapidated.
By Philippine National Highway
Buses operate daily from Manila to Legaspi vice versa. Philtranco, Cagsawa Tours, Penafrancia Tours, RSL Tours, And many more bus companies.
By bicycle,car,tricycle and many more vehicles roam the city.
Kawa Kawa Hill is located in Tuburan, Ligao City its is just 2km away from the heart of the city. One can experience the calm winds and fresh air on top of the hill. You can also get a full view of the city and as well as other barangays. Ligao City Hall is also another place of interest in the city one can still see the original structure and the inauguration plaque by the late Sen. Domingo Imperial inside. Malison Spring Resort is located in Bonga, Ligao City one can get a full view of the majestic Mayon Volcano and Malison Lake. One can go swimming, fishing and boating. St. Stephen Protomartyr Church is another place of interest one can still see the original blocks and structure of the church.
Friendly Library Training School, Aletheia Christian Academy, Ligao Community College, Ligao National High School, Bicol Regional Science High School
Check out the local market and small shops. Shopping is not at par with the bigger Legaspi market but there are items of comparable quality, and sometimes, the prices may even be a bit lower. The following products are not exclusively available in Ligao, but are widely available and regarded as of high quality.
pili nut products : brittles, salted, roasted, mazapan de pili
santan: coconut jam with slivers of pili nuts. Great with toast or even over ice cream!
dried fish products: Ligao is not far from coastal areas with abundant fish and seafood, hence, the wonderful array of dried and smoked fish products. A word of caution: do not attempt to bring these items through international flights unless they are packed and sealed.
woven fiber products (abaca, hemp, banana fiber, etc.): mats, bags, totes, screens, etc.
There are few fastfood chains in the city:
Jollibee, a popular national chain serving burgers, fried chicken, spaghetti and quick fastfood fare.
Kuyang's Grill,run by Marcelo Garcia, is a full dining restaurant with an al fresco patio and banquet area, a large kitchen ,a menu of local food favorites.
Mexita Pizza Parlor
Foodie note to the adventurous trekker:
For the more adventurous traveler who is not squeamish about trying street food, it would be worth the adventure to seek out the following food favorites in this city:
Pancit rinuguan:fresh egg noodles in meat broth, sauteed garlic and spring onions, topped with a tart and savory stew of cubed pork, tripe, various innards and pork blood. Ask for directions to Deling and Boy del Valle's noodle shop. Most people in the city know them and swear by their pansit rinuguan.
Another street food favorite is Sinapot: ripe sliced saba bananas dipped in rice flour and sugar batter, held by cacao leaves, and fried in hot coconut oil until crisp.
Puto sa abab, a rice cake steamed in coconut shells and filled with some type of coconut jam. A variation of the puto sa abab uses purple yam added to the ground rice.
Feeling like shopping for grubs? Head straight to the city market, previously busy on Thursdays and Sundays but recently more accessible and pretty much open from mornings until the evening hours all week.
The local 'carinderias' are a delight and sample linutong balaw (shrimp paste with chilis and pork cooked in coconut milk until reduced and creamy). Another Ligao specialty is the pinangat(pork, coconut and shrimp paste, and sometimes, river crabs, wrapped in taro leaves and cooked in coconut cream). also ask for charcoal grilled pork belly or chops. THey are great paired with a soy, chili and vinegar dressing, and lots of steamed white rice. They are usually sold to take home. There are also little stands not far from the Catholic Church where pork bits on a stick, roast chicken and various other grilled meats are sold. These stands are usually open way past midnight.
Craving late night food? Looking to bust that hangover? Check out noodle and congee stands near the bus terminals, try the pansit(noodles with hard-boiled eggs and a splash of chili and vinegar), balut (boiled fertilized duck eggs), or goto (rice congee with ginger, chicken and an optional boiled egg, served with patis or fish sauce and some cracked peppers). N. Siat, 4/10/2009