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Albay VG Lagman visits Ligao City’s Hobbit Hill

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Albay Vice Governor Edcel Grex Lagman has flexed a Hobbit-inspired tourist destination in Ligao City.

This quaint garden park in one of the foothills between active Mt. Mayon and extinct Mt. Masaraga is dotted with hobbit houses and suspended birds nests surely inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels. Think: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings,” said the Vice Governor.

“To reach this magical place, one has to walk and semi-hike a distance of more or less 300 meters from the parking area,” he added.

Lagman shared that it can be a 15 minute brisk walk-hike or a leisurely one for about 25 minutes.

“In our case, we opted to get two trail guides, Angeline and Eliza, both residents of Barangay Amtic. They were the ones who expertly guided us and took our pictures. For small groups, trail guides are recommended,” he said.

The minimum fee to enter the place is just P50.

“Hobbit Hill is privately owned by a certain Cesar Bañares of Bacacay. The park has a carefully manicured lawn with flower beds lining the pathwalks. There are three “hobbit houses” and a “bird’s nest” which one can access via a ladder. There’s also a giant “kawa” or wok for those who want to feel how it is to be “cooked alive”,” he said.

“For those who have more time to spare, four “kubols” can be rented out for a day but not overnight. They’re extra small because Mr. Bañares apparently wants to make hobbits out of his visitors,” he added.

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