The main reason I was in Legazpi a couple of weeks ago was to place several parcels of land up for sale, owned by a family company. Located about half an hour from Legazpi near the shore in the barangays of San Jose, Malilipot, Hindi and Bacacay, the flat parcels are currently coconut plantations with extensive frontage on national or paved barangay roads, and ideal for turning into middle-income housing subdivisions or small “haciendalettes” for Bicolanos residing in Manila or abroad, but want a place to stay when back home for a visit. Several parcels are a ten minute walk to a nearby jet black sand beach. A total of roughly 30+ hectares are on the market, with parcel sizes of say 4 hectares to as large as 9 hectares, and prices are unbelievably good, particularly since I know at least one of the owners! :) To kick-off the selling process, I met with roughly 20-25 local real-estate agents from the Albay area to give them a personal tour of the different properties, and describe the parameters for the sale. And, of course, we laid out a luncheon buffet to make sure all of them were well-fed! I was so engrossed with the local specialties that I completely forgot to photograph the small lechon that was placed on a side table. It had a crisp skin and very flavorful meat. Up top, pinangat, a local dish (best done in Daraga, I am told…) with gabi leaves and coconut milk.
Alimasag with thinly sliced ubod (heart of palm) and gata (coconut milk).
Kinunot, a Bicolano dish made with either shark meat or stingray meat with coconut milk and lots of malungay (horseradish tree) leaves.
Simply steamed crabs, mostly alimango (mud crabs) , with a lone alimasag (blue crabs) on top.
A lubi-lubi salad with coconut milk and dried fish (I think).
Large slices of grilled tanguigue.
A “bicol express” that was more pork than sili (I must say, I didn’t like this dish).
And lastly, a terrific pako salad with lots of tomatoes and a local coconut vinegar. I also forgot to photograph the dessert buffet which was mostly made up of sweet mangoes and other fruits. Total cost for the buffet, which could have fed a total of 40 people? Roughly PHP500 per person or $12. That’s what I would call a great deal…