It's my 3rd and last day in Sorsogon. Despite being so tired visiting the different interesting sites in the province the previous day, I tried to wake up early to catch the sunrise and be able to roam around Sorsogon City. It has been my "home" for 2 days already and I'm really loving the simple way of life in this provincial city.
Just a block away from my hostel - Mercedes Country Lodge, is the Sorsogon Provincial Capitol Park. Here, I saw the 1923 statue of Dr. Jose Rizal and the capitol building. I just stayed here while observing the people around.
The centerpiece of the complex is the provincial capitol building built during the American period. It features Roman Doric columns on its facade with stairs leading to the main entrance.
It rained the previous night and it's wet everywhere, but still, I caught some locals enjoying the park while the others are jogging around the complex.
I then proceeded to the Sorsogon City Baywalk. It is also known as Rempeolas, Spanish word for "where the waves cavort" as it is located in the old Sorsogon Pier. A favorite rendezvous among the locals especially during late afternoons as it provides awesome view as the sun sets at a snail's pace and hides behind Pinaculan Island.
Although there is a new port, small inter-island cargo vessels still dock here once in a while.
The park also provides an exceptional panoramic view of Mt. Bulusan across Sorsogon bay. Amazing!
What I like most about this place is the fresh air as well as the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and the city center.
I just sat on the benches and enjoyed the view. Truly relaxing!
My next stop was the Sorsogon Cathedral or the Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral along the national highway. It is a newly renovated church and looks very regal with it's huge dome and pointed spires.
In front of it is the equally beautiful Archbishop's Palace.
Indeed, life in a provincial city is simple and relaxing! I really had a fun and relaxing time just walking around the city and interacting with the locals.
This is part of my solo adventure in Sorsogon that happened last October 21-23, 2011. Sorsogon is the 43rd province on my list. It's my 12th solo trip and marks my 4th time to set foot on Bicol Region (Region 5). Join me as I discover the different sights I saw, places I've conquered and activities I did in this southernmost province of Luzon.
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