Ligao City, being situated at the foot of the majestic Mayon Volcano, holds a great potential for tourism and investment. Aside from a good panoramic view of Mayon Volcano, the City is naturally gifted with caves, hills, lakes and coastal areas. One of the getting –famous tourist destinations in Ligao City is the Kawa-Kawa Natural Park in Tuburan Ligao City.
Kawa-kawa Hill and Natural Park
Kawa-kawa Hill and Natural Park has now become an ecotourism destination on top of the list of nature lovers and trekking enthusiasts across the region. Dubbed, as “hill, without a hilltop,” Kawa-kawa became famous because of its hollowed top that resembles a giant cauldron, which is actually the English term for kawa.
Sweat and a little leg or back pain will be all worth it when one reaches the top. The breathtaking view of Mayon Volcano plus a top view of the City and its nearby towns are like sweet rewards for a thirty-minute tiring trek. Aside from the view, additional amenities were recently installed for the visitors to enjoy. There are benches perfect for picnics and small family gatherings. And for a complete ecotourism experience, one can visit the newly installed butterfly haven, bird houses, and animal sanctuaries.
Kawa-kawa Hill and Natural Park is also a reflection of the residents’ religiousity. Visitors, old and young alike, endure the trek, for they consider it as a religious rite. On the way to the top, there are life-sized sculptures that represent the Way of the Cross culminating at the top where Jesus is crucified. Religious activities during Lenten Season, Christmas, Three Kings and others are also being held in Kawa-kawa Hill, which has become an annual tradition for the residents of Ligao.
During summertime, the Park also serves as venue for summer camps and scouting activities, wherein obstacle courses are built right at the middle of the hallowed top.
Located at Bonga, Ligao City, Malison Lake offers a different experience for the tourists, especially those who’s up for fishing or swimming. Awarded as the 2nd Cleanest Inland Bodies (Category B- Lake) of water by the Gawad Pangulo sa Kapaligiran (DILG) Regional Office No. V, Legazpi City last December 7, 2001, Malison Lake is considered one of the cleanest bodies of water in Ligao City.
Malison Lake is noted for its ambience and peaceful feel that is perfect for special gatherings like birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and others. Boat rowing, fishing, and swimming are some of the activities that tourists can enjoy.
If you’re up for a plunge especially during the summer season, check out these various resorts in Ligao City.
One of which is Twin Peaks Resort located at Batang, Ligao City, the resort offers two outdoor swimming pools, a function hall for holding gatherings, and a fish pond for guests viewing.
Also located at Batang, Ligao City is the Coco Farm Spring Resort, which became popular for its ten-foot deep outdoor swimming pool. The resort also offers a function hall that can accommodate about 300 guests and rooms for rent for those who want to stay for the night.
Another spring resort in Ligao City is the Ligao Hidden Spring Resort in Barangay Herrera. The resort is famous for its continuous flowing spring water and the place’s cool breezy temperature.
Twin Peaks Resort Coco Farm Spring Resort Ligao Hidden Spring Resort
St. Stephen the Protomartyr Parish Church
St. Stephen, the Protomartyr Parish Church stands right at the urban center and is accessible by all means of transportation. Its picturesque century-old structure sets it apart from other churches in the province of Albay.
Fallen Sons of Ligao
To serve as a symbol of the heroism and bravery of the men of Ligao City who fought and died from the Second World War, a commemorative marker was built at the heart of the City, and was called Fallen Sons of Ligao City. To show them honor and respect, names of the soldiers were inscribed below the statue.