Sorsogon is a peninsular province in the Southern tip of Luzon, the largest island in the Philippines. It has 336 kilometer-coastline enfolded by engaging bodies of water. It also serves as a jumping-off point for seafarers crossing to the Visayas via San Bernardino Strait or for passengers traveling to Masbate.
Sorsogon Province is home to the active stratovolcano, Mt. Bulusan, fabled Butanding (Whale Sharks), Instagrammable lakes, rainforests, and mangrove forests. Likewise, Sorsogueños flourish enchanting falls, marine sanctuaries, turquoise, fine sand beaches, heritage and historical sites, and pristine natural resources and an eco-park.
The 2,119 square kilometer-province has fourteen beautiful municipalities, and two of them are Juban and Barcelona.
The Municipality of Juban is recognized as the province’s heritage town because of the highly preserved Spanish bahay na bato houses that have stood the test of time.
One of the famous heirloom pieces here is the home of the Fifth Philippine Assembly Representative and lawyer Leoncio Grajo, which is now transformed into a guest house and bed and breakfast. It is known today as Casa Feliz. The sturdy, historic mansion of Grajos has been one of the features of Juban since 1901.
Juban is about thirteen to fifteen-hour road trip from the Capital City, Manila.
Next to Juban is the fifth class Municipality of Barcelona.
Here, you can locate the 1875 Baroque-period dome-like St. Joseph Church, popularly known as the Barcelona Church, made of coral rocks abundant in the place.
In front of the Barcelona Church, you can discover the remnants of the Spanish colonial period municipal building and the lighthouse collectively known as Fort ruins built from the enormous stones slabs and the admixture of egg whites, coconut wine (tuba), lime used for binding.