Magaya-Gayang Springs | Things to do in Magallanes-Sorsogon
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Gibalon Shrine marks the first mass ever held on Luzon island. History notes that Miguel Lopez de Legaspi issued a letter to King Philip II asking for a religious envoy to be sent to the Philippines. Fray Alonso Jimenez was dispatched to Luzon where he established a chapel and shrine. The first mass was held here in 1569. The Spaniards then established a settlement and intermingled with the locals. The Spaniards used sea routes to promote trade, but were regularly attacked by pirates. The settlement of Gibalon (Ibalon) became their retreat to escape from the attacks.
Santa Lourdes Grotto, a Catholic shrine located on the hilltop of Bihia Island, stands tall with outstretched arms, protecting and overseeing the town of Magallenes. A fifteen minute hike up its stairs lead to a sacred place with a well-preserved statue of Lady of Lourdes. Locals on the island keep watch of the entrance and use the grotto as a safe haven when the surrounding area begins to flood. The view of Santa Lourdes can be seen even in the pitch black of the night and serves as a guide post for those out in the sea.
Malawmawan Island is an underdeveloped, isolated island off the port of Macalaya town. The island features long stretches of beaches, a beautiful but slightly polluted sandbar, and a secluded lagoon. The island was originally open to overnight stays, but it is currently inhabited by a family claiming ownership of the land. With its lack of amenities and existing ownership disputes, guests are advised to visit the island at their own risk.
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