Unashamed coastlines baring itself under the glorious sunshine, rich unadulterated forest, stunning volcano and loving people define Tabaco City, Philippines. This eastern part of Albay is famous for enclosing the majestic Mayon volcano within its boundary and the scrumptious pili nuts that captured the meticulous taste of tourists.
Touching the gentle waves on the deck of a wooden motorboat will elate you. The gentle rays of the sun is drowned by roaring engines running in fast paces as the excited boatman maneuvers the boat towards San Miguel Island. In five minutes time the environment cools down as you gasp at the sight of tiny hills surrounding the island. With its lush greenery of beautiful trees gently swaying at every tune of soft breeze you will stay amazed at how the great Creator presented its beauty and preserved the same through the course of history.
With sheer luck you will catch the sight of young fishermen standing on their small boats. With their brusque bodies of shimmering tans you will spot them pulling the nets filled with varieties of fishes and crabs that are vigorously trying to free themselves from the tough clasp of the net. Minutes after, these big catch would be presented on festive plates for the voracious appetites of hungry eaters. The host would most likely oblige to offer Bicol express (tiny shrimps) with innumerable small red pepper cooked in different styles. With a single bite you will certainly ask for more rice servings or bottles of water to wash down your sizzling countenance.
As you stride those tired legs in an effort to trim down the bulging fats on your ankles or just to strengthen the tired muscles almost ripped off by the arid city life, gather some shells. Maybe you can pick a big shell and listen to the sound of the sea as you place it on your ear. This serene sound of the lapping waves will take your thoughts away from the problems and pressures of every day life.
Mayon Volcano climb
You can never leave Tabaco City with satisfaction if you did not walk on the affluent ground of Mayon Volcano still embroidered by the rich arms of the city. Feel like you own the world as you enter the Mayon Planetarium and watch how small we are compared to the riches of the universe that God has placed for our announcement. Take pleasure in the sight of this seventh wonder of the world, with Mayon's perfect cone that proves how sharp Albay can be through the world. If you feel exhilarated by the sight, look down and see the vast forest that offers simplicity in the mid of the grandeur of the place.
Tabaco City plaza
A city would only be as beautiful as its people. Although this may appear as a challenge for other cities, staring at the lovely faces of happy families exchanging heart joyaughter in the city plaza proves the point. They are happy people with great appreciation for the wealth of close family ties and respect for elders. You will see them feasting on simple snacks after church services on Sundays as they sit merrily on the benches and grounds of Tabaco City plaza. You can also see busy shoppers from Tabaco City mall, small and big department stores. With soft laugh they are graciously passing by with their excited footsteps proudly beaming with their shopping bags.
In spite of its peaceful and uncomplicated city life, Tabaco City is one of the breeding grounds of educated, skilled and lovely Filipinos carving admirable names in different countries around the world. It has a huge number of public schools offering free pre-school, elementary and secondary education to its inmates. This small city has several colleges that offer quality vocational courses, bachelors degree, and post-graduate education.
You will know the beauty of the city by the admiration from tourists. But to truly feel the ambiance, come and visit Tabaco City, the city of love and you will never be disenchanted.