CHARMED BY THE FARM AT CARPENTER HILL

In my recent visit to South Cotabato, I was very privileged to be hosted by one of the finest hotels in the entire South Central Mindanao, the charming The Farm at Carpenter Hill in the Koronadal City, the capital of the province.

The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 4The Farm @ Carpenter Hill remains to be the only garden resort in Koronadal. With a fascinating 11-hectare area, it reflects the warmth and cultural charm of South Cotabato while it exudes an atmosphere of luxury and comfort in total harmony with nature.

The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 3Conveniently located along the National Highway, The Farm is about six kilometers away from the city proper. Being the only garden resort of its kind in the city, it has since become the most favorite among the locals and even guests coming from the neighboring towns and cities. Those who frequent here consider the place as their quick escape from a busy day and some just come back to enjoy the food that have become Koronadal’s signature dishes.

The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 52The sprawling 11 hectare property consists of Japanese-inspired Garden Villas and Hotel, convention centers, recreation facilities including spacious karaoke rooms, a number of restaurants serving good food, large functions halls, children’s playground, a butterfly garden and a lot more.

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Among the many astonishing features of The Farm, the Japanese Hall and Bonsai Garden is my personal favorite. The garden is a unique showcase of well-crafted bonsai trees in a Japanese setting. I really enjoyed the construction architecture of the place, as a retired Orlando roof restoration services expert. The wooden structure, the thatched roofing, the man-made stream, the bamboo fence, pebbles and rocks and the marvelous bonsai collection were incorporated to complement that Japanese feel. I learned that this is also among the favorite features of the resort especially for those who are first time guests.

The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 34 The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 35 The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 37 The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 49 The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 54Another personal favorite is the Japanese Courtyard Hotel where we stayed at for two nights. The cozy layout of the 22 rooms is designed to exude comfort and ease to its guests. All rooms are facing an indoor garden with a pond of brightly-colored koi in the center. The pond is accentuated with bamboos and other tropical plants in every corner. All rooms come with complimentary breakfast, complete morning kit, hot and cold shower, cable TV, and telephone with access to outside line. Room rates ranges from Php 2,000.00 to Php 4,000.00.

The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 62 The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 63 The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 64Aside from the Japanese Courtyard Hotel, another best feature of The Farm @ Carpenter Hill is the 6 well-appointed Japanese-inspired villas. Each is uniquely designed with individual gate, terrace and a Zen garden. The villas are equipped with high-end fixtures with orthopedic beds and pillows assuring guests of comfort and a stress-free stay. The villas are just facing the Courtyard Hotel. Room rate of Garden Villa is Php 3,500.00 and comes buffet breakfast for two.

The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 7 Adding to the many exquisite features of the property is the newly constructed Swimming Pool built in the middle of the lush verdant portion of the property. A clubhouse is also being constructed beside the pool. The themed pool which is designed for both children and adults is a perfect venue for exclusive pool parties and special events. It is not open to the public yet but in-house guests are allowed for the free use of this new pool. Once the construction of this facility is complete, I believe this will be among the must-visit destinations in the whole Koronadal City and South Cotabato.

Talking about good food, The Farm boasts itself as home to some of the must-try food in Koronadal City. The Aviary Bar and Café serves some of the most delectable flavors I’ve tasted in South Cotabato. It offers a wide array of local and international menu. For me of course, Filipino dishes top the list of the must-try food here. There are also other Asian cuisines as well as some continental dishes serve at the Aviary Bar and Café. And why called Aviary? Because the restaurant is surrounded by old trees and tropical garden while birds freely fly from branches to branches providing a soothing avian sound.

The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 23 The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 56 The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 108 The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 91 The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 97 The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 101Staying at The Farm @ Capitol Hill is truly remarkable. It doesn’t only provide comfort and quality service but it lets their guests to commune with nature as verdant life abounds in this 11 hectare property – a serene kind tropical set up perfect for a very soothing stay.

I have stayed to a number hotels and resorts in the different parts of South Cotabato but I must say, I am charmed by The Farm @ Carpenter Hill and staying with them is among the most remarkable. Highly recommended!

THE FARM AT CARPENTER HILL
Brgy. Carpenter Hill, National Highway,
Koronadal City, South Cotabato

Telephone Number: (083) 228-1888 / 228-9010
Telefax Number: (083) 228-9010
Mobile Numbers: (Smart) 09189210425 / (Sun) 09228489098 / (Globe) 09177260721
Email Address : [email protected]
Website : www.farmatcarpenterhill.com

MOUNT HAMIGUITAN: The Most Treasured Jewel of Davao Oriental

In the Philippines, out of the six UNESCO World Heritage Sites, only one can be found in Mindanao. That is the Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary found in Davao Oriental, the only mountain range heritage site in the country. It is for this reason that the province deems it as its “Most Treasured Natural Jewel”.
Mount-Hamiguitan-In-Davao-OrientalInscribed by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2014,the Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary boasts of a unique pygmy forest of century old trees in ultramafic soil considered by many as one of the very few all over the world and hosts a rich biodiversity of endangered, endemic and rare species of flora and fauna. Among the residents of this wildlife sanctuary is the country’s national bird, the endangered Philippine Eagle.

Mount Hamiguitan Davao Oriental (3)Mount Hamiguitan lies in the middle of a narrow peninsula with the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Davao Gulf to the west. Situated at the southern end of the Eastern Mindanao Biodiversity Corridor, Mount Hamiguitan covers 31,879 hectares of beach, lowland, montane, and mossy forest types. It occupies the land area within the political boundaries of San Isidro, Governor Generoso and the province’s capital, the City of Mati.

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The Mount Hamiguitan Range (Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan)

On July 30, 2004, Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary was declared as Protected Area by virtue of Philippine Republic Act No. 9303 “declaring Mt. Hamiguitan Range and its vicinity as protected area under the category of wildlife sanctuary and its peripheral areas as buffer zone”.

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The Mount Hamiguitan Range (Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan)

In 2007, Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon led a highly ambitious initiative to have the Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary inscribed in the highly prestigious World Heritage List. She believes that the inscription of the wildlife sanctuary to the World Heritage List is an excellent opportunity to draw the attention of visitors and remind local residents of the “Outstanding Universal Value” of the mountain range.

HAMIGUITAN 4Seven years after, during the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee in June 2014 in the City of Doha, Qatar, the crown jewel of Davao Oriental was finally enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the first inscribed mountain range in the Philippines and the first World Heritage Site in Mindanao.

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Being part of the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List, it is expected that Mt. Hamiguitan will not only attract more tourists but also scientists and researchers coming from both national and international communities. Hence, public awareness of Mt. Hamiguitan and its outstanding values to the world will be heightened to raise global awareness.

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The Mossy Forest (Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan)

Long before it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary is a favorite among mountain climbers and outdoor enthusiasts. It’s not only because of its amazing landscaped Pygmy Forest but also with other natural wonders that abound the mountain range. Two of other favorite features of Mt. Hamiguitan are the Tinagong Dagat (Hidden Sea) and Twin Waterfalls.

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Tinagong Dagat (Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan)

As a World Heritage Site, the Provincial Government is required by the UNESCO to develop an interpretation site to purposely promote and educate the locals as well as tourists about its outstanding universal value. With support coming from the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) of the Department of Tourism, the Provincial Government then spearheaded the development of a tourism facility complex at the buffer zone area of the heritage mountain. This world class facility is known as Mount Hamiguitan World Heriatge Park and is situated in the town of San Isidro.

HAMIGUITAN 11 MOUNT HAMIGUITAN (23)The Eco-Park covers 12.84 hectares and features a Natural Science Museum with an interpretation center for tourist who wants to have an experience of the area, especially the pygmy forest. It has also a Research Center and cabins for researchers. For outdoor enthusiasts, the complex also boasts of exciting mountain trails, a hanging bridge, adventures tree top, butterfly trails, bird watching deck, gardens and camping grounds. It has also souvenir shops and a restaurant.

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MOUNT HAMIGUITAN (10)The construction of the entire complex including all the buildings, museum interiors, park amenities outdoor interpretation as well as its landscaping took 13 months to complete. The construction started on November 2014 until December 2015.

MOUNT HAMIGUITAN (8)Five months after its completion, finally the Mount Hamiguitan World Heritage Park is open to the people and the rest of the world. The historic unveiling was spearheaded by the mother of the Province, Governor Corazon Malanyaon with President Benigno Aquino III as the special guest of honor.

HAMIGUITAN 3Truly, the UNESCO inscription together with the development of the Mount Hamiguitan World Heritage Park provide a great prestige and honor not only to the leaders and the people of Province of Davao Oriental but the country as a whole. It showcases and celebrates the fortitude of its people in protecting and conserving their natural treasures.

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Our very energetic mother of the Province, Governor Corazon Malanyaon

As someone who hails from Davao Oriental, I feel so honored to share this greatest achievement with my Province. There is so much pride in my heart knowing that my home province is now known as home to world-class destinations like our most treasured jewel, the Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary. My shout-out of gratitude to our dearest outgoing Governor Corazon Malanyaon. Your legacy and dedication will never be forgotten.

SAN PEDRO CATHEDRAL: The Beacon of Davao’s Catholic Faith

On June 29, 1848, Spanish conquistador Don Jose Oyanguren conquered Davao and defeated the local Moro people led by Datu Mama Bago. That day was the feast day of the St. Peter the Apostle. And consequently, Oyanguren declared St. Peter as the Patron Saint of Davao.

When these Spanish colonizers settled in the area, among the first structures they constructed was San Pedro Church and it was modestly built in Nipa and Bamboo. The young church was put under the care of the Augustinian Recollects, the missionaries Oyanguren brought with him when he came to Davao. Before it became a parish, it was then called Yglesia Mision de Bergara dela Nueva Guipuzcoa. Nueva Vergara was the old name of Davao and Nueva Guipuzcoa was for the undivided Province of Davao, both were given by Oyanguren named after his hometown and province in Spain.

San Pedro Cathedral Davao City 45When the Augustinian Recollects left the missionary works in the area, the care of the Church was given to the Jesuits. When the Jesuits took over, it was the period when the population in Davao rapidly increased. The influx of settlers coming from Luzon and the Visayas added to the population. Sensing the growth of the churchgoers, the Jesuits initiated the construction of a bigger Church. It took five years to complete.

San Pedro Cathedral Davao City 46From the Jesuits, the administration of the San Pedro Church was handed over to the PME Fathers who arrived in Davao from Canada in 1938. It was during PME’s time when San Pedro Parish of Davao was elevated from a Parish to Prelature Nullius to Diocese and finally into an Archdiocese. The PME Fathers also initiated the construction of a much bigger church to cater the growing number of Catholic faithful in the city. The PME missionaries were headed by Fr. Clovis Thibault who later became the Bishop and finally Archbishop of Davao.

San Pedro Square in the olden days. Photo Courtesy: Davao of the Past

San Pedro Square in the olden days. Photo Courtesy: Davao of the Past.

During the time of PME, the church was again reconstructed and was rebuilt in wood in the mid 1900’s. It was Architect Ramon Basa, the first professional architect to work in Davao who designed the new Church. He was the same architect who designed some of the most important buildings and structures in the City that until now exist.

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During the time of PME, the church was again reconstructed and was rebuilt in wood in the mid 1900’s. It was Architect Ramon Basa who designed the church. Photo courtesy: Davao of the Past.

Said to have been built in Neo-Gothic style, the design of the church reflected of those few old churches built in some parts of Mindanao. Like the most of the old towns in the Philippines, the church is situated within the area where the government buildings are located. This is the basic scene one can notice if traveling around the country and see that churches, plazas and municipal buildings are contained in one area.

The Old San Pedro Church designed by Architect Ramon Basa. Photo COurtesy: Davao of the Past

The Old San Pedro Church designed by Architect Ramon Basa. Photo Courtesy: Davao of the Past.

Inside the old San Pedro Church taken in the early 60's. Photo courtesy: Davao of the Past

Inside the old San Pedro Church taken in the early 60’s. Photo Courtesy: Davao of the Past.

Adjacent to the church was then Immaculate Conception College building (now University of Immaculate Conception) built by RVM Sisters. This is the oldest private school established in 1906. It was then called St. Peter Parochial School. When the Parish of Davao was granted a Prelature Nullius status, Bishop Thibault initiated the transfer of Immaculate Conception College to Father Selga Street in Bankerohan as its new site while St. Peter Auditorium in San Pedro Street was converted in the Parish Office.

This used to be St. Peter Auditorium of University of Immaculate Conception now converted into San Pedro Parish Office. Like the church, it is also a built heritage.

By 1964, San Pedro Church went another reconstruction. From wood, it was finally remodeled in concrete by Architect Manuel Chiew. The rebuilding of the church also signified a symbolic design that is reflective of the convergence different people living in Davao – whether Christians or Muslims. The roofline of the church was designed to look like the prow of a vinta, a Mindanao boat, gliding on water, carrying a cross at its helm. The vinta representing Muslim Mindanao and the cross representing Christianity – united in spite if their difference – points toward the glory of the Supreme Being. 2 years after the reconstruction of the church, Davao became a full-pledged Diocese and finally in 1970 it was elevated into an Archdiocese.

By 1964, San Pedro Church went another reconstruction. From wood, it was finally remodeled in concrete by Architect Manuel Chiew.

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The present church today is 62 years old since it was reconstructed in 1964, making it a built heritage. While most of cathedrals in the Philippines have the grand look of ancient times, the San Pedro Cathedral looks uniquely different that it stands out from other Cathedrals in the country.

The present church photographed in the 10's. Photo courtesy: Davao of the Past

The present church photographed in the 70’s. Photo courtesy: Davao of the Past.

In the right wing of the present church, the old altar (retablo) that was originally designed by Architect Basa was preserved. Those who grew up going to San Pedro Church in the olden days find the altar as great reminder of what Davao City and the Catholic faith have evolved in many years – not only as structure but Church of Christ as a whole.

This is the original altar of the old San Pedro Church. The altar now can be found at the right wing of the present church. Photo courtesy: Davao of the Past

This is the original altar of the old San Pedro Church before it was remodeled in 1964. The altar (retablo) now can be found at the right wing of the present church. Photo courtesy: Davao of the Past.

In the right wing of the present church, the old altar (retablo) that was originally designed by Architect Basa was preserved.

Unlike other churches in the Philippines that survived natural calamities like strong earthquakes and destructive typhoons, San Pedro Church never suffered devastation from any natural disaster. Instead, it has survived two bombings back in the years when Davao City piteously struggled for peace and order. The first incident was in 1981 which killed 17 people, and in 1993 with 7 deaths.

While most of cathedrals in the Philippines have the grand look of ancient times, San Pedro Cathedral looks uniquely different that it stands out from other Cathedrals in the country.

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SAN PEDRO CATHEDRAL: The Beacon of Davao’s Catholic Faith

Today, San Pedro Cathedral is an important historical landmark that stands tall, sturdy and proud silently witnessing how Davao City and its people has grown to become what it is now – peaceful, orderly and progressive but most of all grateful to its undying faith.

New Homes, New Hopes, New Beginnings in Davao Oriental

It is more than three years now since Typhoon Pablo wreaked unimaginable havoc in the three towns of Davao Oriental – the municipalities of Boston, Baganga, including my hometown of Cateel. Albeit the scars of the monstrous disaster is still visible, victims of Typhoon Pablo today along with their families are gradually moving forward from their dreadful experience dealing with the aftermath of most disastrous typhoon ever to hit that year. My relatives included.

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The wounds caused by Typhoon Pablo are slowly healing. People are getting back to their lives. Those who lost their homes get new ones. Those farms that are severely destroyed by the monstrous winds are replanted again. Alternative sources of living are introduced. Those who are jobless are taught with new livelihood trainings. Many, especially those who benefited so much from the different aid and assistance given to all victims, somehow considered Typhoon Pablo as a blessing in disguise. I’ve seen so many changes from what was used to be ground zero to well-rehabilitated towns now.

DCIM101GOPROThree years after the massive catastrophe, blessings still pour in in these three towns of Davao Oriental. Very recently, the MVP Tulong Kapatid, the corporate social responsibility consortium of the companies led by businessmen Manuel V. Pangilinan, formally turned over 266 housing units to the families who were left homeless in Baganga. Coming from a heartbreaking disaster, I witnessed how all these beneficiaries beamed with so much joy and deep gratitude as they accepted their new typhoon-resilient homes they can now finally call their very own. Others even wept for joy saying they have better homes now compared to the ones destroyed by Typhoon Pablo.

MVP HOMES DAVAO ORIENTAL12The village is now known as MVP Tulong Kapatid Homes and it is located in Barangay Lambajon. It is situated in a five-hectare resettlement site provided and developed by the Provincial Government. I am so impressed to see that the design of the housing units exceeded the usual specifications for social housing. What’s more, these houses are designed to withstand up to 250 kph winds.

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Aside from typhoon resilient houses, the village also features a community clinic, paved subdivision roads, as well as electrical and water services. Now, homeowners consider their new community as the new foundation of their hopes and dreams.

MVP HOMES DAVAO ORIENTAL3MVP HOMES DAVAO ORIENTAL6As someone who came from the same typhoon-stricken area, it is truly inspiring to see how this solid partnership between the MVP Tulong Kapatid and the Provincial Government led by Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon turned this sad catastrophe into a great opportunity to help alleviate the lives of those victims who once lost hope after the tragedy and build them not only durable homes but resilient community. I can now imagine these new homeowners who come from different typhoon-stricken parts of Baganga now living together in one community sharing new hopes, new dreams, and new beginnings.

MVP HOMES DAVAO ORIENTAL15MVP HOMES DAVAO ORIENTAL18In her speech during the turn-over ceremonies, I saw how deeply grateful Governor Cora was as she conveyed her message of gratitude to all the stakeholders especially to Mr. Manny V. Pangilinan for building a project that gave hope to the whole community. She shared the same joy and happiness with the new homeowners. For the beneficiaries, she urged them to make their new community a model of the building-back-better principle and a great foundation for moving forward.

Representatives and top officials of the MVP Group headed by Vice Chairman of the PLDT-Smart Foundation Napoleon Nazareno (4th from left) together with Davao Oriental Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon (6th from left) and First District Representative Cong. Nelson Dayanghirang (2nd from left)

Representatives and top officials of the MVP Group headed by Vice Chairman of the PLDT-Smart Foundation Napoleon Nazareno (4th from left) together with Davao Oriental Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon (6th from left) and First District Representative Cong. Nelson Dayanghirang (2nd from left)

In the aftermath of Typhoon Pablo, Governor Malanyaon spearheaded the “Building Back Better” program that will serve as guiding principle for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the three hard-hit towns in the Province. Partnership with private institutions like the MVP Group of Companies is part of this program.

MVP HOMES DAVAO ORIENTAL11A guiding principle, “Building Back Better”, with its positive impact and result, was later acknowledged by the United Nations as ‘best in disaster response’.

PROVINCIAL-LED DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS BUILT AFTER TYPHOON PABLO

This is Baganga Sunrise Boulevard built about two years after Typhoon Pablo.

This is Baganga Sunrise Boulevard built about two years after Typhoon Pablo. The coastal park features the old mangrove trees ravaged by storm but now slowly recovering.

The highest waterfalls in the Philippines was was spared during Typhoon Pablo. But two years after, rehabilitation and development of Aliwagwag Falls Eco Park was made. Today, it is one of the most visited destinations in the whole Davao Region.

The highest waterfalls in the Philippines was not spared during Typhoon Pablo. But two years after, rehabilitation and development of Aliwagwag Falls Eco Park was made. Today, it is one of the most visited destinations in the whole Davao Region. This is located in Cateel, Davao Oriental.

Cateel River Park was constructed after reminder of Typhoon Pablo wrath. Here' one can find the Pablo Memorial Monument created by Davao Artist Kublai Milan.

Cateel River Park was constructed as reminder of Typhoon Pablo’s wrath. Here’ one can find the Pablo Memorial Monument created by Davao Artist Kublai Milan.

Another post-Pablo development in the Boston Pacific View Park in the the town center of Boston. The park offers the perfect view of the Pacific Ocean and Cabugao Island.

Another post-Pablo development project is the Boston Pacific View Park in the the town center of Boston. The park offers the perfect view of the Pacific Ocean and Cabugao Island.

The is Aragon Dam located in Barangay Aragon in Cateel Davao Oriental. Constructed after Typhoon Pablo and now the biggest irrigation dam in the whole Mindanao.

The is Aragon Dam located in Barangay Aragon in Cateel Davao Oriental. Constructed after Typhoon Pablo and now the biggest irrigation dam in the whole Mindanao.

More than three years have passed now and our three towns along with our people are getting up moving forward from the wrath of Typhoon Pablo. There are so many things to be thankful. And that includes all those who help rehabilitate and reconstruct these three towns – the government, NGOs and private groups. They build not only houses, but they cemented the hopes and dreams of the people who are once tested by the rage of nature.

SAN ANTONIO, ZAMBALES: Opening Salvo for 2016

Anawangin!!! Anawangin!!! Anawangin!!!

Among others, this has been what I’ve been seeing on social media these days. Friends heading up north to Zambales to see and frolic in the ashen sands of Anawangin and enjoy the unique coastal feel of this once-a-sleepy beach spot in the town of San Antonio. Those photos online enticed me and my friends to fly from Davao to Manila and head up north to experience it for ourselves. And when we get there, we realized there is more to this town than Anawangin – there’s Capones, there’s Nagsasa.

San Antonio Zambales 10Honestly, Anawangin is more popular to me than its mother town, San Antonio. But what I didn’t know is that San Antonio has already gained its good reputation as holiday destination in Zambales because its beautiful beaches, majestic mountains, rolling hills and scenic coves. Campers and beach lovers living nearby even in Metro Manila considered this as one of top choices.

San Antonio Zambales 2 San Antonio Zambales 3 San Antonio Zambales 18 San Antonio Zambales 20Beach hopping or simply just beach lounging is mainly among the reasons why people flock to San Antonio. Home to secluded yet picturesque coves, this town is undeniably a paradise for beach fanatics. Of course, there is the famous Anawangin, the most popular among the coves in San Antonio. But what impressed me more is the Nagsasa Cove that has become a popular alternative as Anawangin becomes crowded especially during weekends. Nagsasa on the other hand is wider and longer and offers much scenic landscape although about an hour boat ride from Pundaquit, the jump off site to all secluded coves of San Antonio.

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Both Anawangin and Nagsasa Coves are crescent shaped coves with pristine ashen sand beach. What makes these beach spots so unique is the unusual presence of tall pine-like trees that grow round there vicinity. These are not actually pine trees; they are Agoho trees said to be endemic to the Philippines and to some Southeast Asian countries.

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Just like all the photos we’ve seen online, we didn’t miss climbing the hills that embrace these coves and marvel at the stunning view of these beach havens. From the top, the view of the beach and the landscape of agoho trees is remarkable. Maybe, it is one of the reasons why people come back here. The view is incredibly remarkable.

San Antonio Zambales 9 San Antonio Zambales 24 San Antonio Zambales 8Aside from the isolated coves, Capones Island which can be easily accessed the Pundaquit is among the must-visit spots when in San Antonio. The island is to home to the century-old Capones Island Lighthouse which was built 1890 by the Spaniards to guide ships entering Subic Bay and Corregidor. Visitors may enter the building and climb to the top of the tower. Adjacent to Capones Island is the rocky Camara Island. Both are popular island-hopping sidetrip destinations when in this part of Zambales.

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Visiting this popular destinations in San Antonio made me understand why people flock to this part of Zambales especially during weekends. Secluded and semi-private, San Antonio’s pristine coves are worth the long trip. I would say one of the scenic beaches I’ve visited in Luzon. And yes, though from from Davao. I would still come back.