Malawmawan Island | Things to do in Castilla-Sorsogon
|Open:||No visitors after 6pm|
|Address:||Castilla, Castilla, Sorsogon|
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.
A destination for relaxation, Magaya-Gayang Springs flows with refreshingly cool spring water coming from Bucabulan Spring and Dumalwa Spring. The area was originally the town's laundry washing area until it was developed into a tourist attraction. The water then flows into underground springs and travels all the way towards the ocean.
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.
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