Monday, April 11, 2016

Rediscovering Oas, Albay: Barangay Cagmanaba

       Oas is a first class municipality in Albay province. I was born and had grew up there. Most of my fondest childhood memories were here. Up above its coastal areas, a paradise is waiting to be rediscovered. It's the barangay  of Cagmanaba. With its crystal clear waters, fine white sand, and islets, it could be the next top tourist attraction of the province. We're lucky to saw it in its still virgin state.

Where is Oas?
      Oas is in the Bicol peninsula, southeast of Luzon. From Manila, you can take a bus from the terminals in Cubao or Pasay and embark on a 10-hour journey to the south. Or, to make life easy, get on a plane to Legazpi City, hail a bus at Legazpi’s terminal and after an hour on the road, hop off at the public market of Oas. Well-traveled men and hobbits, when asked of places to see in Albay, would perhaps not mention this town. Their list, most likely, will include the regulars: the world-famous Mayon Volcano, the Cagsawa Ruins of Daraga, Misibis Bay of Bacacay. Or perhaps the sunflower farm of Ligao, the baroque church of Daraga, and the city of Legazpi.
PARADISE: Our tired body due to long travel time were relieved in just 
few seconds upon seeing this!
       We arrived about 12:00PM and weather is just so perfect. The place is so serene. There are few people in the area. If you want to get away from your chaotic world for few hours, this place is perfect for you. The cool wind and gentle sound of the waves will surely calm you.

The sea is bluer than blue here in Oas!
       Then there's Trinity Islands, a group of three small islets. These islets is few hundred meters from the shore. When its low tide, these islets is reachable by foot from the shore without renting a boat. There are also few cottages in the shore that can be rented but when we went here, our friend has a good friend in this place so our accommodation was free.

Credits: Gov. Joey Sarte Salceda
       Oas, the quiet and humble town it was years ago, in fact, is still the same quiet and humble town today. There are no malls, hotels, movie houses, or a good night life for those looking for the luxury of city life. With Albay’s extensive focus on tourism lately, Cagmanaba, Oas is starting to see new light and is poised to become an attractive tourist destination in the province. Laid-back as it is, Oas has a rich culture, unique cuisine, and a thriving cottage industry that can be tapped to jumpstart tourism in the town.

How to get there?
       The jeepney terminal going there is located at the nearby Polangui town at the back of LCC Mall. The ride is about 2-3 hours away but you won't feel it because your eyes will be busy glancing the beautiful sceneries en route to Cagmanaba.The jeepney will not start driving unless there still space inside, unfortunately, the space inside is already full and we cannot afford to wait for an hour or two just to wait for the next trip, we decided to sit at the top of the jeepney. And it was all fun.

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