Philippines // Southern Luzon //

Sorsogon City

There are not many attractions in Sorsogon City itself, although it’s worth visiting the small Museum and Heritage Center  housed in the old provincial hospital building, just behind the Hall of Justice. Alongside old pottery and photographs, the most prized exhibit is the backbone of a whale shark found washed up on a nearby beach. The creature was originally around 10m in length, but the cartilage decayed before the bones were recovered. If you’re staying for the night then the boardwalk on the pier is a good place to watch the sun set, with views of Mount Pulag and Mount Bulusan.

The city’s most established annual event, the Kasanggayahan festival (roughly Oct 17–31), celebrates the town’s history with street parades, bangka races and beauty pageants.

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