Beyond Bulusan and butandings, Sorsogon has Gubat, a municipality twelve miles east of Sorsogon City proper. With its rustic charm and laidback vibes, Gubat enthralls you to stop the hands of time and chill in its relaxing milieu. OH, LA LA LINDA. If you happen to be in the province’s third largest town, what’s there to do? Well, here is a foolproof guide to spending a day in the tranquil town of Gubat. Start your day with a hearty brunch at La Comida Linda, a family-ran restaurant tucked in the hushed streets of Luna and Bonifacio. Established in 2016, La Comida Linda serves a fusion of well-loved recipes and a diverse lineup of comfort food. Dive into a smorgasbord of a menu which includes the staple Filipino cuisine ranging from Bicol, Dagupan (Dagupeño) and Ilocano. They also serve Italian and Mexican. Of their impressive lineup, bestsellers include Crispy Pata, Kare-Kare, All-meat Pizza and Spaghetti Bolognese. As for deserts their Halo-Halo, Pili Caramel and Chocolate Fudge cakes are popular choices. Recently, they are venturing into baking where their croissants, coffee buns and ensaymadas are gaining a strong following. Single origin coffee and an assortment of beverages are also served here. As you enter this revamped ancestral house, a Modern Filipino Industrial showcase greets you; a pleasant surprise considering the understated feel of the town. A product of passion and a desire to preserve the house’s glee, La Comida Linda is the perfect place to have a lengthy discourse while sampling delightfully made dishes under the shade of the summer sun. SAYONG-SAYO THE WAVES. Continue exploring Gubat by getting to know its waves. Just a short ride from La Comida Linda is Lola Sayong Eco-Surf Camp. Be one with nature and breathe in the fresh ocean breeze as palms sway and surfers ride the tides at Lola Sayong. Lounge around the camp and get cozy on its hammocks while reading a book and enjoying some snacks from Granny’s Hearty Grub; Lola Sayong’s kitchenette. They also serve hearty meals which include Sea-sig, Deviled Fish and Blue Craze; crabs in surprisingly crazy sauce. With a minimal entrance fee that covers the maintenance of the camp, one can spend the rest of the day chilling by the beach or in the camp’s bungalows. Commune with locals and experience the waves with well-trained instructors. Rent surfboards or avail of the surfing lessons which start at P350 per hour. Up for more adventures? Rent a motorbike or book a motorbike tour from Lola Sayong and explore the rest of Gubat or the nearby towns of Barcelona and Bulusan. If you got more time to spare, they can even arrange an island hopping tour. End the day by relaxing on the beachfront, savoring the unspoiled beauty and serenity of Gubat. Stay the night and book one of Lola Sayong’s cottages which range from P800 to P1450. Built from bamboo, cottages come with beds, fresh linens and access to electricity. This bi-level hut can accommodate 4 to 8 guests. Its lower level can be used as a sitting area or an additional spot for hanging hammocks. Communal bathrooms are available as well as cooking and dishwashing facilities. As more and more cities get facelifted into looking like shiny glass metropolitans, it is nice to come back to pristine places like Gubat. Serene and detached from life’s stressors, this place takes hold of the simple things that make one truly happy and contented. With good food and nature’s best, there is comfort in Gubat’s caress. LA COMIDA LINDA Luna Cor. Bonifacio St., Gubat Sorsogon 0927.167.2574/ 0918.373.0177 [email protected] LOLA SAYONG ECO-SURF CAMP Brgy. Buenavista, Gubat, Sorsogon 0905.242.1693/ 0999.406.1497 lolasayong.org
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