After one of my aunt’s saw the purses my cousins bought for me on my first trip to Legaspi, she decided she just had to have one of her own! This time, we didn’t have the luxury of having our own car to make the trip. We took one of the many commuter vans from the bus/van terminal in Naga. This cost less than 100 pesos per person. I can’t remember the exact amount. The van doesn’t make any stops which is very convenient if you are wanting to make a day trip to Legaspi. You could take a bus but those do make stops and take longer.
When we arrived in Legaspi’s van/bus terminal, we immediately asked where we could purchase native products. We didn’t have to walk far because the stand were set up right across the street!
Each of the little shops had a good variety of things. There were some things also made of volcanic ash/rock from Mayon volcano. I didn’t take pictures of those, unfortunately. Buying handicrafts like these are always cheaper to buy in the province than in Manila. For one, these items are made in Albay. From what I’ve heard, a lot of the nicer native handbags are made in Albay.
Here are pics of other items:
I believe these were table placemats and runners.
Of course, a must for everyone! Colorful and handmade fans! These are large and I brought one back home tho it wasn’t as colorful as this. Comes in handy during those really hot days when you’re at a holiday picnic or ballgame!
These are so neat! They are made of abaca, I think! Plus, they were coated with with lacquer to harden them so they wouldn’t get destroyed. I convinced my mom to buy just about all of them pictured here. It was all the shopkeeper had. They were 17 pesos/flower.
So many baskets to choose from!
These were neat! I would have loved to get some but they would be impossible to bring back to the US. They were larger than a basketball and some were mega-huge in another little shop!
Handwoven hats in bright colors!
It pretty much was raining off and on while we shopped. In the end, my mom bought a huge magazine basket set for 200 pesos (OMG, SO CHEAP!…US$5!), those flowers and a trio of small purses. My aunt bought 3 purses.
It was a little hard to haul all this stuff around. We piled into a tricycle and headed off to the Pacific Mall to eat lunch. Good thing we could leave our stuffs at the package booth. We walked around the mall, then ate at the same food court I went to before. We walked around more for a couple more hours.
By the time we realized it was time to go, my aunt suggested we eat merienda now than wait till we got home. It’s a long drive back to Naga so we decided to eat at Graceland. It was my first time eating in a Graceland so I opted for the small pizza. I thought it would be really small but to my surprise, it was actually too big for snacking:
It was pretty good for a filipino pizza! LOL!
My aunt ordered the pancit canton which was INCREDIBLY CHEAP! Less than 70 pesos and this could feed 4 people! Oh man, if I had known she was ordering it, I wouldn’t have gotten the pizza! It was soooooo good, I stuffed myself shamelessly with it! You don’t get good pancit canton like this back in the US! My mom thinks it’s the noodles they use. We can’t get this brand they use. They have some of the best pancit noodles in Bicol!
The ride was long due to the rain. It felt good to get home and stretch out on my bed after being cramped in the commuter van! LOL!
OH, and I never got a shot of Mayon! IT WAS RAINING and the clouds obscured it completely! DAMN YOU, MAYON!