“The saddest thing about betrayal is that it never comes from your enemies. Its comes from friends and loved ones.”
After exploring the wonders of Ticao Island, part of my itinerary was to visit the hot springs of Irosin in Sorsogon and at the same time, I wanted to have a closer look at the Mt. Bulusan. I departed from San Jacinto in Ticao Island by 4:30 am and arrived at Bulan, Sorsogon around 5:45am. Then from Bulan, I rode a jeep going to Irosin for 30-45 minutes.
The Municipality of the Mendina is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Sorsogon. It is known to have natural parks, hot and cold springs, viewing areas and historical landmark. It was believed that Irosin was part of a volcano according to geologists who conducted a study about the place physical origin. The municipality lies in between Bulusan and Bulan, Sorsogon. This is the mountain side wherein the famous attraction is the Mt. Bulusan. The volcano can be viewed along the national highway
How to get to Irosin, Sorsogon
From Manila, there are daily bus schedules from Manila directly to Sorsogon through DLTB, Philtranco, Goldline, Raymond Bus or RSL/Amihan/ Peñafrancia. Travel time is between 14-15 hours. The bus stations are located along Edsa Pasay or LRT Buendia. You can also check their websites for the schedule.
There are also bus schedules from Legazpi, Albay going to Sorsogon. Once you are in Legazpi, take a tricycle going to Daraga- Matnog terminal then look for a route going to Matnog with a travel time for about 4-5 hours. Inform the bus driver to drop you off to Irosin rotonda.
Mt. Bulusan is classified as stratovolcano meaning a volcano that is build up by many layers of hardened lava, pumice, tephra and volcanic ash. It is also characterized to have periodic explosive eruptions which typically cools before spreading far due to viscosity. The last eruption of Mt. Bulusan was on December 29, 2016 around 2:40 pm lasted for 16 minutes. It did not create much damage but people were advised not to enter within the 4- kilometer radius permanent danger zone.
Due to the presence of an active volcano, Irosin has been known to have hot springs. There are a lot of establishments which operates for years already and has been an asset to their tourism industry. Most of the travelers tend to drop by before going back to Manila.
I arrived at Irosin around 7am and decided to go to San Benon Mateo hot and cold spring resort. The resort started operating last April 2012 with two hot pools, one lukewarm, one cold pool and a jacuzzi. The resort is the most recommended according to the locals. Their pools are clean and the hot water source is coming from the mountains. However, you might want to go there during weekdays to enjoy the place. One thing that I did not like is their wash area and their comfort rooms.
For more information, you can visit the tourism website at http://tourism.irosin.gov.ph/resorts-and-accommodation/resorts/mateo-hot-cold-springs-resort.html#Features
I stayed at the resort until 10am and decided to go to Legazpi, Albay to meet a friend. One of the nicest experience I had was when the security personnel of the resort accompanied me to the highway since there were no tricycle in the area at that time.
- Boat Fee (Ticao to Bulan) – Php120
- Jeep Fare (Bulan to Irosin) – Php30
- Breakfast – php60 (1 rice and 1 viand)
- Entrance Fee – Php40 (San Benon Hot Spring)
- Tricycle Fare going to San Benon – Php20 (special) RT php40
- 4:00 am- 4: 30 am – Preparation going to San Jacinto Port, Ticao Island
- 5:30 am – 6:30 am – San Jacinto, Ticao Island going to Bulan, Sorsogon
- 7:00 am – 7:15 am – Arrived Bulan, Sorsogon then took breakfast near the port
- 7:30 am – 7:45 am – Going to Irosin, Sorsogon (waited for the other passengers)
- 8:00 am – 8:15 am – Arrived at Irosin then rode tricycle going to San Benon
- 8:00 am- 10:00 am – Stayed at San Benon and enjoyed the hot spring.
- 10:15 am- 1:00 pm – Off to Legazpi, Albay
- 6:30 pm – 4:00 am – Departed in Legazpi, Albay and arrived in Alabang, Muntinlupa