I Left My Heart in Biliran (Part 6: Going Around Naval)
Naval is the capital of Biliran and is the gateway to the idyllic islands of Sambawan, Higatangan and Dalutan among others. From Tacloban, Naval is merely a 2.5-3-hour drive. To roam around Naval, you can either take a habal-habal or a pedicab.
Before you go to Almeria where most of the resorts are located, make sure to buy all the things that you need here. There's a public market and a grocery store if you would like to buy food for the duration of your stay.
Where to eat?
While there are a lot of eateries around the town of Naval, one place worth checking out is Lola Tanang's. Located on Vicentillo Street, Lola Tanang's serves a variety of specialties at an affordable price. It's a hole-in-the-wall restaurant that prides itself in serving THE BEST native chicken sa gata (chicken stewed in spicy coconut milk sauce).
|Lola Tanang's anteroom|
|Sorry, photo is blurred! It was brownout that time =(|
|Native chicken sa gata|
|Lechon kawali (crispy pork belly)|
What pasalubong to buy:
Biliran is just an up and coming tourist destination, so do not expect to find a D'Mall (Boracay) or a Tiangge (Puerto Princesa) here. There are only a few souvenir shops in Naval but the good thing is, most of their items for sale are not overpriced.
Ref magnets and keychains range from Php 25-35 each, necklaces at around Php 35, bracelets at Php 10 and a lot more.
|Cute magnet and keychains|
|Necklaces and trinkets|
Biliran also has their own version of bibingka.