Sorsogon Diaries: Roaming Around Sorsogon City




If you happen to have a spare time during your trip to the province of Sorsogon, you may want to explore its namesake capital city and spend a night there. We decided not to stay overnight in Paguriran Island and Lagoon (see post here) and instead stay in the city to experience its offerings first hand.

How to go to Sorsogon:
By Air
From Manila, take a flight bound to Legazpi. Travel time is around an hour. At the airport's arrival hall, take a tricycle to the van terminal. Board a van going to Sorsogon City. Travel time is more or less two hours.

Where to stay in Sorsogon City:
Since it is a booming capital, Sorsogon City has a wide variety of accommodations on offer--from hotels to pension houses. We were obviously on a budget, so we opted to stay at Mercedes Country Lodge on the corner of Peralta and Rizal Streets. The location is very convenient as it is walking distance from major fast food chains, terminals, supermarkets, and church.

The owner, Ricky Peralta, is accommodating as he answers all queries promptly. We got a triple room for only Php 800.

While it is tempting to stay here overnight because of the affordable rates, you may find the place a bit old already. The building is actually an old one that resembles a, well, a government hospital. The beds have clean linens albeit thin and, again, old. No elevator, too. The bathrooms need an overhaul. But hello, for the price that you pay, don't expect too much, right?

My verdict is that this place is okay if you only intend to stay overnight or even shorter, but if you're a bit picky, you might want to check out other options. I am not sure though if you can find a better option within the same price range as most hotels in Sorsogon City have prices that range from Php 1,500 and up, per room per night.

Our room at Mercedes Country Lodge
What to see in Sorsogon City:
  • Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral
  • Baywalk
  • Provincial Capitol

Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral
Inside the cathedral

Where to eat in Sorsogon City:
Tia Tinay
(Near the jeepney terminal)

Tia Tinay is a simple eatery that serves local delicacies, rice cakes, and a signature coffee blend. It is a favorite breakfast place among the locals, and even the city's most prominent figures. The place easily gets full especially on a Sunday when people usually eat breakfast here after hearing mass at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish. It is open from breakfast to dinner. Prices are very affordable.


Tia Tinay
Tia Tinay's signature coffee
Bigg's Diner
(Savemore)

If you've been researching on where to eat in Bicolandia, I'm sure you had already came across the name "Bigg's Diner." It is a famous chain in the region, with branches that span from Naga to Sorsogon. I am actually a fan of its Naga branch, where I have tried their sinfully delicious choco lava a la mode, so when I learned that they have a branch in Sorsogon. I tagged hubby and friend right away.


To our disappointment, food in this branch is not as "wow" as in the Naga branch. For one, the food is overpriced, making us spend more than what we should be spending for decent snacks. Plus, the quality of food was just so-so. This pizza bread alone is soggy and bland, something that even my daughter can make at home. It might have been kept in the freezer for long already, and then reheated at once until it was served to us.

Pizza bread
The pili tart a la mode was served to us like this--ice cream already melted even before it reached our table.

Pili tart a la mode
The Extreme Platter was not "extreme" at all as the serving was too small compared to what was on the menu, at a hefty price of Php 152.

Extreme Platter
Eateries across the Sorsogon Grand Terminal
If you are not too picky, you may eat at the simple carinderias across the grand terminal. Here, we were able to sample Pancit Bato at Php 10 per serving and a delicious deep-fried fish at Php 20, perfect with a cup of plain rice and a bottle of cold Coke!

Pancit Bato

Deep-fried fish

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