Posted by August 9, 2013on
I have to admit. This is one trip that I have I have always been looking forward to. Then last July 9th, I finally received the email invitation. Another trip to Bicol!
But this time the client’s Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA). For three straight years bow, I have been joining their annual Media Familiarization Tour which is also held as a launch for the upcoming Philippine Tavel Mart.
We left Manila at around 8AM, and in no time our plane was already taxiing at the Legazpi Airport. We were greeted with loud drumbeats with some local performers dancing just outside the terminal building.
From the airport immediately rode our assigned coach that would bring us to our first destination, the EDC BacMan Geothermal Plant. Map here
I am always amazed at geothermal energy. It’s just so amazing how heat or steam from the nearby volcano can be converted into energy. It’s so rocket science.
I grew up in Bacolod City, in a province where there is also a geothermal power plant, but I am just as giddy as a young kid when went to the site since this is my first time to actually visit a geothermal power plant.
When we arrived at the power plant gate, we immediately had our photo op, then off to listen to the briefing.
The geothermal power plant is run by Energy Development Corporation. It is called BacMan because the entire plant sits on a land under the municipalities of Bacon, Sorsogon and Manito, Albay.
It all started out as geothermal plant. But things slowly changed. Today, the company is helping the locals in planting trees in the area, a program they call “Project Binhi”. And EDC together with Bantay Kalikasan only plants endemic species of forest trees so that wildlife would also thrive.
Inside the plant complex, they also have a butterfly garden where various species of butterflies are fluttering in the air. A wildlife rescue and conservation center can also be found here.
And more than just a geothermal plant, there are actually a lot more to do at the BacMan power plant! We got to check out the Botong Twin falls. What makes this falls unique is that the water falling on the left side has sulphur content, while the onle on the right is fresh water. Amazing, isn’t it?
But due to very limited time, ver were not able to fully check out all the facilities and the amenities of the power plant. But I always truly believe that one day, if they would open their doors to the public, this is going to be a good attractions and a must-visit destination for tourists. Currently, arrangements, has to be made with EDC BacMan geothermal plant officials before one can tour the area. It is alsi wise to seek assistance from the Department of Tourism if you wishi to visit.
From the geothermal plant, we drove towards Sorsogon City to inspect some hotels before heading to Sirangan Beach Resort for some snacks.
From Sirangan we proceeded Ingko Hotel to check in, and freshen up. It was pt sunset when we left the hotel again. Tis time we’re off to Siama Hotel for cocktails and dinner hosted by Sorsogon Governor Raul Lee and Mayor Sally Lee.
Food is really food! Bicolano dishes were the highlight of of dinner. There was bicol express, laing, pinangat, kinunot, lobsters, and a lot more. Oh wait. We didn’t have porcelain dinner plates, we had bilao as our plate! Fiesta time!
Our trip to EDC BacMan Geothermal Power Plant ans other sites were part of our 5-day PHILTOA Media Familiarization Tour and launch of the 24th Philippine Travel Mart which will happen Sept 6-8 2013. Highlight of this weekend fair are the exciting tour packages for various destinations like Cbu Boracay, Bacolod, Ilocos, Palawan, and a whole lot more with prices you wsill simply cani’t resist. Tis year’s PTM will bed held at the SMX Convention Center beside the Mall of Asia Pasay City.
See you there!
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