Lignon Hill in Legazpi City, Albay

Going up to Lignon Hill

Lignon Hill (pronounced as Liñon or /li-NYON/) is located near Legazpi Airport. The hill stands at 156 meters (511 feet) tall and has best view of Mayon Volcano and the whole Albay. It is best to go there in the morning if you want to see Mayon Volcano without the clouds. When it’s in the afternoon, the clouds tend to cover the volcano. It is also good to go there during the late afternoons up to evenings so that you can see the sunset and the lights of Albay.

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Day 1: Weekend City Tour of Melbourne

I had a weekend in Melbourne which became my time to go around the city. I planned my Melbourne itinerary the night before and carefully thought of my route. Going around Melbourne is not that hard because there are tourist information centres around and streets are mostly parallel.

I was lucky to have stayed in a hotel that is very easy to find. As mentioned in my previous blog post, I stayed at the Seasons Botanical Gardens in St. Kilda Road. The hotel was opposite the tram station so it was very easy for me to go to anywhere I want to.

Tree at the Royal Botanic Gardens
Tree at the Royal Botanic Gardens

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Underground River, Finalist for the New 7 Wonders of the World


Puerto Princesa’s pride, the Subterranean River National Park is now an official finalist in the New 7 Wonders of the World. This won’t only be Puerto Princesa’s pride but definitely be the Philippines’ pride.

The New7Wonders in Zurich announced on July 21,2009 that the Subterranean River is part of the finalists after the third phase of voting all over the world. Below is the official announcement of Bernard Weber, president and founder of New7Wonders:

“Congratulations to the supporters of Puerto Princesa from around the world for their passionate, inspiring work in bringing them up from over 440 participants into this elite finalist group of just 28. This is an extraordinary achievement and the eyes of the planet will be upon the Puerto Princesa National Park and the Philippines for the next 2 years. We look forward to an exciting and record-breaking final race, with the whole world coming together to choose the Official New7Wonders of Nature, 7 locations that will become part of Global Memory for ever,”