Bulusan: a paradise

Welcome to my hometown! a paradise!… Dubbed, the Switzerland of the Orient.

Bulusan, comes from the root word “bulos.” Meaning “agos” or “water current.” Thus “bulusan” would literally mean, a basin or place where water flows through. It can also mean, water path.

Rich in natural resources. Namely, Bulusan Lake, Agingay Lake, Palogtok Falls, Dancalan Beach, Miliga-biga Beach, Masacrot Spring, etc. The town is surrounded by vast forest and green trees. Unfortunately, illegal logging is one of the problems. Hope the national government can preserve and protect our natural wealth.

The area is also rich in historical sites and cultures.




immensity of a water: bulusan lake, national park


Lying at the foot of Bulusan Volcano. folklore has it, handsome Bulusan and beautiful Agingay lived happily as married couple under the shadow of the volcano.

“The two lakes are now known as Lake Bulusan and Lake Agingay, and the volcano upon whose slopes the two beautiful lakes serenely repose, is now known as Mt. Bulusan.”


children and residents, fishing “tilapia.” 




These flowers were grown in Masacrot Spring little garden. While the rest were enjoying the cold natural mineral water, there i was hunting for potential subjects. 


Dancalan beach



Bulusan River: as clear as drinking water…a living witness of my childhood… during weekends, nanay permitted brod and me to play and plunge into the river… we usually call this “Iraya”… meaning by the mountainside as opposed to “Ilawod”, which is by the seaside…we rented “salbabida” from Inoy (sir or mang) Toti for 50cents/small…our “salbabida” then (and now…hehe) is the inflated interior of jeepney tire…the bigger ones are of the trucks’… like the children on the backround, we jumped from the top of the boulder down to the running spring…i guess, it’s 9 feet above the water…oh i miss my childhood, when every enjoyable things were all free!


  1. josieleen najarro said,

    August 24, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    thanks Paul . can you please give contact no. of bahay buhay for reservation

  2. josieleen najarro said,

    May 26, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    i am from iloilo i want to know from fernando hotel to balay buhay means of transportation

    • Paul said,

      June 8, 2013 at 1:53 pm

      Hello Josieleen. Sorry for late reply. From Fernando Hotel, you can take jeep to Gubat. It is near the Cathedral. Just take a tryke. Maybe it is just P10 to Cathedral. In the jeep, tell the driver to bring you to the Bulusan jeep. In Gubat, look for the Bulusan trip town bound. In Bulusan, take tryke to Balay Buhay, San Roque. The last time, it was only P100. Tell driver you know me, Paul Fuentes, so that they won’t ask much. Balay Buhay is owned by my friend Madame Luz Gamba.

      Last trip from Gubat is 5pm. So better to have enough time if you will get back to Sorsogon the same day. Anyway you can take Irosin route. Always ask people there. People are good hospitable. Enjoy your stay. Make sure you have full cam bat. The place is awesome! By the way near Balay Buhay is the Bulusan Lake. Capture it as well. Welcome to Bulusan!

  3. Celia Deocareza said,

    February 3, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    gud day! I really miss hiking in bulusan lake.I really like the place.Awesome!I’m hoping that these place were preserved for the next generation.To the barangay official tnk u for ur support.

  4. blauearth said,

    November 2, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    great to see Philip Bartilet’s hometown through your beautiful photos:) i’m intrigued by the Balay sa Uma.

  5. silvermist said,

    September 24, 2010 at 8:56 am

    such a beautiful place…i will surely visit one day…soon.

  6. kristine said,

    July 26, 2010 at 9:20 am

    …Bulusan is a amazing place….no one could argue with that,sana sa mga saling lahi would take care of it….i am proud to be one of buluseños….astig maging iba…….

  7. gladys gamba said,

    April 16, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    good day!..you might not know me..nevertheless i find this site indeed interesting as a bikolano and bulusanon..thanks for making a great effort making a site like which..it is formal..indeed.Besides, the most significant about..wow!..i realized how beautiful hometown i have..now i can be very proud to my korean students that not only boracay or palawan are beautiful..i do hope someday tourism will boost for our hometown’s development..and, your pictures are superb vivid..way to go.!..good takes.Many thanks!..By the way, Im miss Gladys Fortes Gamba,an ESL instructor to koreans..im from Sabang..Nice to meet you..You are great!..Magayunon ngani!..Dios Mabalos!

    • Paul said,

      April 17, 2010 at 9:34 am

      Hi Gladys!..Thanks for the great complimet. I appreciate it. And whoah..we’re on the same field also. I too tutor Koreans and planning them to tour to the area. Ok, I will post more shots during my recent visit to Bulusan. Hmm, we won’t wait anyone to boost the tourism there. We would start that by ourselves. I’m gonna do it very soon.

      I have furnished you a copy of this reply to your account. But just reply to this post. Better yet, recommend this site to your friends, especially Koreans. I have a number of Korean friends also. Both in Korea and around the Metro. We do hang out every now and then. God bless.

  8. michaela gamba said,

    February 16, 2010 at 2:26 am


    I just found this site today and i feel that i might be too late to greet everyone, since the last post that i’ve read was dated june of 2009..I miss maybe half of it , nonetheless better late than sorry as they say…I’m also bicolana a proud bulusanon..i was born in cogon bulusan sorsogon/ graduated 1984 in Jose Reyes Bulusan Institute..from the clan of Furio and Gamba.. I knew every places you pictured in your site and i miss so much everything in bulusan…thank God there is a person like you, reminded us how lucky we are to experienced this beautiful and enchanting places that we have in Bulusan.. More power and God Bless

  9. Joel Abad said,

    July 1, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Makalalangkag mamanwit sa Danao!

    • Felicissima said,

      July 2, 2009 at 11:34 am

      Thanks for the visit Joel.

      Oh really?!.. But personally, I would prohibit people to fish sa lake. Because the last time I went there, some concerned people were reporting to me that fishers were leaving nets underwater. Parang mararaot ang “harmony” san mga isda.

      Anyway, I published that picture of a kid (my niece) looking at the lake sa Greenbelt Chapel Anniversary magazine. It will be realeased on July 15, 2009. I also published a photo of that guy from Balete, Bulusan, walking the slope of Parola. Watch out for the mag. I can send you soft copy of the magazine for those who would like to have. It’s a published souvenir I have thought of. Just ping me guys.

  10. felicissima said,

    October 28, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Hello folks. The reason why I posted this is to air national awareness regarding our town’s natural spots.

  11. gigi,kristyl,shiela said,

    August 10, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    ang galing poh ng blog nyo…….sana ma maintain poh nating mga bulusanon ang kagandahan ng ating bayan………

  12. helen gamba said,

    May 7, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    i add nu aq helegamba@yahoo.com

  13. helen gamba said,

    May 7, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    i!m always longing to see masacrot spring, bulusan lake,palugtok and others. naalala ko ang sarap mg.dive sa masacrot maski “lapanak” ang bagsak. nkkamiss mging bata dahil sa karanasan na to. kadurudaanis tlaga an mga tan-awon sa SAN ROQUE. this is my e-mail add

  14. maria rona said,

    April 25, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    oops i think i remember it’s Miliga-biga … i’m not sure though 😉
    this is my email add marion_lyle@yahoo.com

  15. maria rona said,

    April 25, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    i feel like im back at home whenever i see pics from sorsogon! im from irosin just “miles away” from bulusan. on my childhood – college yrs i and my family. im now 24 workin in makati, i was like away from home for several yrs and goes home like 4x a yr.(5 days per visit) because of work,
    used to go swimming here especially in dancalan, masacrot and the lake bulusan and there’s one that’s very magnificent too – god, i forgot the name.

    it’s somewhere in bulusan too that you have to either walk super long or ride a banca to get there. it’s already in the pacific and very blue. very virgin i could say since there was no cottage-for-rent ( visited last 2000 i guess) their that we need to change our dress at the back of big & tall trees… and oh! the peebles or should i say stones you can use to ‘scrub’ your body my they were soo beautiful that i wanna bring them all. too bad, my bag can only carry 2-3 of it coz it’s was dead heavy…. the place was magnificent and the waves are kinda big even those that hit the shore. there’s a lot of beautiful sceneries that i forgot already. i was one of the volunteer for a presidential
    election in the parish. and u know what we ate? fried galunggong, different
    ‘gulay’ cooked in gata, inihaw na isda and so many mga lutong bahay. these food were shared by those who attended the swimming also.like we ate
    in bare hands and shared food with those ‘cute’ seminarians who participated in the election count also. lol.

    can anyone tell me what the name of that place? or probably update and
    give me some pics. what i only remember
    is there is a nearby island that at far is a face of blessed mary or jesus christ.

    thanks much.

  16. blair galos said,

    February 22, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    na miss ko nga yung childhood day ko sa ilog ng bulusan im not born in bulusan (my parents) pero ang puso at isip ko na capture ng bulusan sana maabutan pa ng anak ko ang mga place na napuntahan ko sa bulusan…..

  17. felicissima said,

    July 8, 2007 at 10:01 pm

    Agnes thank you for droppin’.

    Yeah San Roque is great!. I have some friends there, Bro. Sim Gamba and Ma’am Luz. Do you know them? They are so good! I will be posting more pictures of Ma’am Luz’s farm. Ohh, it’s so good to relax there. I had a great time there last summer and these guys treated me so well! She calls it “Balay Buhay sa Uma.

    Quoting Philip Bartilet:

    ” ABC TV Station’s Island Flavors visited Sorsogon last June, to highlight our delicacies . A demonstration on how to cook suman na himo sa karabasa, and kinaluko were presented in Balay Buhay sa Uma, San Roque. After which, the TV Station Crew proceeded to Kamalig in San Rafael, where Mr. Ruben Gonzales demonstrated the extraction of the Pili pulp oil. The showcase will be broadcasted this coming July 15, 9:00 a.m.

    Watch out!

  18. felicissima said,

    July 8, 2007 at 9:52 pm

    Hi Celia!..

    Thanks for the visit. You can copy and paste the pictures. Just point your mouse on the picture and right-click. Choose “Save picture as.”..UUmmm please don’t forget to include my site if ever you gonna share the pictures. Ok?

  19. Agnes Gapas Ycogo said,

    July 8, 2007 at 5:56 am

    I miss the place and the people in San Roque. The last time I visited the place was 1974. My grandmother was still alive then. I hope to see my father’s hometown soon. When I saw the photo of Masacrot Spring and Bulusan Lake , I remembered the old sweet days in San Roque.

  20. Celia Deocareza said,

    June 26, 2007 at 4:42 pm

    Awesome!Enchanted!I wish that every citizen of Bulusan helps in conserving it

  21. Celia Deocareza said,

    June 26, 2007 at 4:40 pm

    Kagayon san mga pic. I really love hiking in Bulusan Lake. Wish ko po e-mail niyo sa akin itong mga pic

  22. felicissima said,

    April 13, 2007 at 2:24 pm

    jef l, is this you?…;-)..thanks!..

  23. Dyep Dyep said,

    April 9, 2007 at 2:33 am

    ganda ng mga pix ah! Lalu na ung mga flowers ska sunset

  24. felicissima said,

    April 8, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    thanks sis. grace..;-)..

  25. grace said,

    April 8, 2007 at 3:32 pm

    Auguri!!!! panalo k kpatid!!!!!! God really works!!!!!

  26. felicissima said,

    April 8, 2007 at 11:31 am

    thanks lulu for dropping..;-)..

  27. lulu said,

    April 7, 2007 at 4:13 pm

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!! Very passionate !!

  28. felicissima said,

    April 2, 2007 at 4:06 pm


  29. SanO said,

    March 29, 2007 at 11:55 pm

    PinaBilib mu aq sano.. Kagayun blog mu, kaso nagasawa na c joyce n…Hehe

  30. felicissima said,

    November 24, 2006 at 3:11 pm

    Hei Mommy Edz!… Thanks!… God bless always!

  31. edette a reyes said,

    November 22, 2006 at 11:46 pm

    you know what , if you did all these things… WOW you’ll be GREAT someday! keep on doing this thing… i really like the way you did it…

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