By Felix ‘Boy’ Espineda, Jr.
SORSOGON CITY, 30April2016 (BicolToday.com) – As the crime index becomes lower, communication facilities are in-placed, accommodations is everywhere, restobars and family dining places are within means, transient visitors domestics or foreign will have a fun filled stay in this city as the blueprint for tourism as part of the development plans rolled-out at the now re-invigorated Rompeolas.
The city however is not focusing solely at the Rompeolas, it is now famous for its river cruise at the waterways of Barangay Buhatan where one can experience the serenity of the mangroves made famous by the swarm of the fireflies on moonless nights.
The boatsmen are trained ready to deliver facts and figures of the river flora and fauna will educate visitors during the boat ride to their restaurant at the end of the river only few meters away from the mouth of Sorsogon Bay. Using the floathouse pulled by a slow moving motorize banca zigzagging the depths and width of the waterways, they are the cruising encyclopaedia offering tips and detailing marine life as one take the more than three kilometer cruise.
Considered as the first ever community based tourism project in the city one would admire the cooperation of the community by themselves evolved a cooperative spirit sensing that its potentials are unquantifiable for their livelihood.
It came into after the ABS-CBN Foundation offered to finance the construction of the restaurant and the watercraft aimed to sustain the viability of the community project which was supported by funds from the city government.
It was featured in major television travel shows and has gained its own reputation as a “new wonder” for Bicol tourism. [BicolToday.com]