Monday, April 17, 2017

Solon asks scientists to study Batong Languyon, Kawa-Kawa Hill
By Rhaydz B. Barcia

LIGAO CITY, April 12 (PNA) -- Kawa-Kawa Hill and Batong Languyon, two famous ecological tourism destinations in this city that were formed through past volcanic episodes, require a study from scientists, especially geologists, so local officials could be guided in their tourist promotion campaigns, said Albay Rep. Fernando Gonzalez.

He said getting to know the historical and geological facts behind the two sites will be educational for both officials and the public.

Batong Languyon is a unique rock formation located half a kilometer from the shoreline off Barangay Maonon in this city that lies on the western coasts of the province of Albay facing Burias Pass.

The rock formation has different sizes just like the volcanic debris ejected to the surface from the depths of the earth.

Batong Languyon is enveloped at its base by basalt rocks and a coral reef that serves as a habitat of rare and endangered species in the world such as the giant megamouth shark.

Last year, a rare megamouth shark was trapped and fished out of Burias Pass by fishermen from Marigondon, Pio Duran.

Burias Pass which is a vast body of water located between Albay and Masbate provinces is considered as a productive fishing ground and home to an array of important species like sharks, rays, dolphins and whales.

The waters in Burias Pass are also known as plankton rich with a constant current, traits that make it ideal as an alley for so-called pelagic creatures like whale sharks, thresher sharks, hammerheads and tiger sharks.

Due to this, Filipino and foreign scientists are studying the importance of biodiversity in Burias Pass, home to rare and endangered species in the world where Batong Languyon is also located.

Another notable eco-tourism site in Albay is Kawa-Kawa, which is actually a “hill without a hilltop,” a hollowed top that resembles a giant cauldron.

Located in Barangay Tuburan in this city, some 1.5 kilometers away from the Maharlika Highway, Kawa-kawa Hill is one of the favorite sites of local and foreign tourists who want to commune with nature as they trek from the foot of the hill till they reach the hilltop.

Everyday, thousands of tourists come to visit Kawa-kawa Hill but the peak number of tourists register during weekends.

During Holy Week, a bigger number of pilgrims ascend the hilltop as life-size images of the Stations of the Cross are displayed along the path and surrounding the crater of Kawa-Kawa Hill. (PNA)