Saturday, August 13, 2016

Rediscovering Legazpi City: Ligñon Hill Nature Park

       Legazpi City is the capital of Albay province. It is often called as the City of Fun and Adventure. Why? First, the city  is a land of happy people. Tourists can say how warm and welcoming the locals are. The city is also blessed with natural tourist spots which drew thousands of local and foreign visitors. Mayon Volcano is definitely the Hall of Famer when it comes  to the top destination the tourists want to see  but in recent years, a lot of tourism projects and developments were done hence boosting the growth of the city. One of the places you should  visit whenever visiting the city is the Ligñon Hill Nature Park in Bogtong, Legazpi City.   

       For years, the hill had become one of the most visited landmark in he city. The summit rises to about 512 feet (156 meters). It offers a 360 degree panoramic view of the Mayon Volcano, the downtown Legazpi City and neighboring towns, and the Albay gulf. The place is perfect for sightseers, adventure seekers, and to those who want to  be on track in their fitness program as the hill is perfect  for jogging especially in the wee hours of the morning.

Welcome to Ligñon Hill
This is the way up to  the hill.
       The way up to the hill is more than a hundred meters. It is extremely tiring but the  cool breeze of the wind and  the view from above will definitely calm your tired body. The perfect time to ascend the hill is at early morning just before sunrise. Besides, watching the sun rising up from the Albay Gulf and encompassing the city with its luster is just so wonderful. You can also have a sunset or evening walk up the hill and be dazzled by the sparkling lights of the city and enjoy the cool breeze from the ocean. 

The majestic Mount Mayon as seen from the hill.

       At the top of the hill are several benches for sightseeing.

Shops and Dining
       There are also shops and dining options at the top of  the hill. Souvenirs shops can be found here too.
The runway of Legazpi Airport seen from the top of the hill.
       The hill overlooks the Legazpi Airport and the city downtown. Half way up the hill is the PHIVOLCS headquarters which monitors the Mayon and at the foot of it is the DEPED Region V office and the Albay Park and Wildlife.

What to do at the hill?
 Kapit Tuko Trail (Lizard Grip Trail) – an exceedingly steep shortcut to the summit of Lignon Hill, this trail offers a taste of what it feels like to climb to the summit of Mayon Volcano in 5-10 minutes.

The Japanese Tunnel – an arms cache used by the Japanese forces during WWII, this 50 foot tunnel gives visitors a chance to act like soldiers and enter 3 foot high tunnels. (Bring a flashlight, it is almost impossible to get lost but there are areas where one has to crawl)

Art Shows and Photo Exhibits by local artists located at the concrete pavilion at the summit of Lignon Hill.

Snacks while overlooking Mayon Volcano, the Gulf of Albay and the lights of Legazpi City.

Operating Hours
8AM to 11PM Daily 5AM to 9AM Regular Joggers(free of charge) Park Environmental fee rates:

Php 10 Educational Tour rates Php 20 Non-Albay residents Php 20 Foreign Visitors Zipline off Season Rates (with hard copy picture):

Php 250 Basic Php 350 Advance – superman Rapelling (150 feet):

Php 200 off season Php 250 peak season ATV c/o Your Brother Travel and Tours 

Php 1800/hour 150cc Php 2500/hour 500cc Php 2500/hour Buggy (at 052-8203629 or email:

How to get there?
       From the airport: Turn right to Magayon Drive (you will pass through a private subdivision). Turn left at the junction with Bogtong Road and proceed until you reach the tennis courts, just before the gate to the Albay Wildlife Park. You may start your trek up the hill at the entrance (near the tennis courts). You can also drive your vehicle up the hill. From Legazpi Port: A Legazpi-Daraga Loop 1 jeepney will take you directly to the foot of the hill. From Daraga: Take a tricycle from the centro to Tagas and ask the drive to drop you off at the tennis courts.

       If you're coming from the third district of Albay (e.g. Oas, Polangui, Libon etc), take a bus going to Legazpi. This will pass by barangay Bogtong and just tell the driver to drop you off at the foot of the hill.  Or if you will be riding a jeep or FX bound to Legazpi, drop off at barangay Banag, then take the Loop 1 jeepney and tell the driver to drop you off at the foot of the hill.


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