Wednesday, May 13, 2009

ANAWANGIN COVE - VIDEO BLOG + more infos

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Pleat behind the mountains of San Antonio Zambales is a cove called Anawangin. For those who didn't know what is a cove like, well it is a small indentation or recess in the shoreline of a sea, lake, or river. In top view its like a horse shoe shape. This cove is very peaceful, quiet and clean. This place originally had no beach. According to the care taker, the beach was created after the Mount Pinatubo eruption in 1991. And the Pine trees followed shortly after the eruption. There is also no electricity and cell sites in this area so meaning NO SIGNAL from GLOBE, SMART and SUN CELL. The facilities here are very rustic. There are 2 places where you can stay in Anawangin. The place to the left charges 100.00 per head, while the other charges 150.00 per head. We opted to stay in the one on the left. The facilities were one toilet and a place to take a bath( you have to fill a pail with water via hand pump and use a water dipper to take a bath). If you intend to sleep overnight, bring a tent and a sleeping bag because there are no lodging in this cove. If you want a hot meal, bring a stove. Bring some games ,freesbies or a kite. If you come prepared, you will surely enjoy this place.

Although the usual way to Anawangin Cove is by pumpboat from Pundaquit, there is land route passing by a hilly area known interchangeably called Mt. Pundaquit and Mt. Anawangin. The trail passes by shrublands and grasslands, affording views of the nearby mountains. Medium-sized bamboo and ornamental-looking plants deck the paths, at times transforming the trail into a garden-like environment. According to the the people, the name Anawangin is derived from the Ilokano word 'nuang' which means carabao. The reason behind this are the wild, sometimes aggressive carabao that roam freely in the slopes. Basic facilities such as a small store, shower rooms, and huts are in place in Anawangin even as the locals try to preserve its being 'untouched'. The cove is perfect for camping also.

We stayed there for two days and one night, and the thing that I didn't like was the prize of the goods on the store. It's too expensive, overpricing. Below is the list of items I asked.

Please note that some of the quoted prices may change or may have changed


COKE 1.5 liters- 80 pesos
ICE CUBE Small - 70 pesos
ICE CUBE Big - 170pesos
ICE TEA 1 liter- 20 pesos
HALO HALO - 30 pesos
Mineral Water - 30 pesos
Ice drop - 10 pesos
1 Red horse mucho - 50 pesos
GSM BLUE - 50 pesos

GETTING THERE:
(BY PRIVATE VEHICLE AND BY COMMUTE)

BY COMMUTE:(BUS) VICTORY LINER (713 Rizal Avenue Extension, Caloocan City)- Now you ask me, why the Caloocan terminal? Because it’s the only terminal that fares to Zambales on an hourly basis from 5am-11:30pm. There's a trip also in cubao but only 8:00am and 10:00PM (STA.CRUZ ZAMBALES).

· Route 1 Via: Olongapo City Hall / Pundaquit Beach / 161km

· Route 2 Via: TIPO highway junction to SBMA / SBMA Rizal Hwy east end / Pundaquit Beach / 162km

· Route 3 Via: SCTex Exit / SBMA Rizal Hwy east end / Pundaquit Beach / 192km

Please visit http://www.victoryliner.com/tripschedules1.htm


THINGS TO BRING:

TENT / STOVE

WATER

FLOATING DEVICE

FLASH LIGHT

LIGHTER

SLEEPING BAG

INSECT REPELLENT

TOOTHBRUSH / TOOTHPASTE

DIGICAM/MEMORY CARD/mp3

TRIPOD

SPEAKER

CELLFONE / EXTRA BATTERY

SHAMPOO/SOAP/SUNBLOCK

GOGGLES/ SUN GLASSES

EXTRA SHIRTS

MONEY

MALONG OR PANLATAG SA SAND

UTENSILS (spoon, fork, plates, cups)

VOLLEY BALL / FREESBIES / KITE

FIRST AID KIT / MEDICINES

HAMOK

TRASH BAG

JACKET

TISSUE

UMBRELLA

FOODS


OUR FOOD PLAN:

THINGS TO BUY IN SAN ANTONIO MARKET

(ICE AND WATER)

(LUNCH) – FRIED FISH and rise

(DINNER) - BARBECUE Liempo and PORKCHOP

(BREAKFAST) - SOUP, PANCIT CANTON, TOMATOES, SALTED EGG and FRUITS

FOOD IN CAN

JUNK FOODS


OVER ALL EXPENSES: 2 days and 1 night

Please note that some of the quoted prices may change or may have changed


BUDGET:

Bus to San Antonio : 251 php

Tricycle to Pundaquit : 30 php

Boat to Anawangin : 200 php

Entrance Fee caretaker: 100 php

Room : Tent

Food : 200 php

Bus Fare back to Manila : 251 php

Tricycle back to San Antonio : 30 php

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Total : 1062 php

PROPOSE BUDGET 1000-1500


IF YOU WANT TO READ A CREEPY AND TRUE STORY ABOUT SOME DEVASTATING INCIDENT ABOUT ANAWANGIN HERE IS THE LINK:

http://www.vistapinas.com/article/anawangin-cove


What to do?
Here are some suggested activities you could do aside from lying in a hammock by the beach:

1. Bonfire
Gather fallen twigs and light up a fire for warmth during the night. Bring a guitar so you can sing around the campfire. Just don’t forget to put it out when going to sleep.

2. Climbing
The beach is bound by two cliffs in the north and south. The northern cliff is higher and is not adviseable to trek in since it has loose rocks. The southern cliff is gentler and is easier to climb. You can get a great view of the beach at sunset (just don’t forget to bring flashlights so you could see your way down).

3. Trekking
Behind the evergreen forest is a stream (a dry riverbed in the summer) leading to a large hill. You can trek your way to this hill, just be cautious since there were reports that there are wild animals in this area.

4. Skimboarding
You could bring your skimboard to practice your moves. The beach is great for this activity since it has a fine sand and few rocks.

5. Ultimate Frisbee
Have your group play with you or better yet, invite other campers to join your group for a great game of frisbee. Seven players each team.

6.Beach Volleyball

Even if you're not excellent in playing volleyball, get dirty and dig balls. You can do whatever you want even if you want to roll on the sand.

TIME OF TRAVEL:

(BUS) GOING TO SAN ANTONIO = 2-4 hours 3-6hours(Traffic)

(TRICYCLE) SAN ANTONIO to BRGY. PUNDAQUIT = 15 miutes

(PUMP BOAT) BRGY. PUNDAQUIT - ANAWANGIN COVE = 30minutes low tide 45 minutes high tide

(HIKING) MT. PUNDAQUIT - MT. ANAWANGIN - ANAWANGIN COVE = 3-4 hrs expert 4-6 beginner


IMPORTANT REMINDER

1.)Do not use soap in the stream to wash your dishes or bath because they don't have proper sewage system.

2.)Don’t leave your trash in Anawangin or with the caretakers because they will burn them and that’s not good. Don’t leave your trash with the boatman because they might throw it to the sea and that’s not good either. You can leave it in Pundaquit, in the boatman’s house.

3.) For utensils avoid using plastic and styro.

4.)If you have excess food, you can bring it back or give it to your boatman.

5.) If you want to do bonfire choose a safe area away from short trees to avoid wild fires. Clean up the bonfire area in the morning (cover it with sand after which).

6.) The cove is very, very clean. We should keep it that way at all times. Collect all your trash in a large garbage bag(s) and bring it back to Pundaquit instead of leaving it at the beach. Nobody else will clean after you. Avoid throwing cigarette butts anywhere especially on the fresh waters.

7.)There’s no cell phone signal or electricity in the cove.

8.)There's a CR.




WEATHER UPDATES! FROM SAN ANTONIO ZAMBALES

5 comments:

  1. "The place to the left charges 100.00 per head, while the other charges 150.00 per head.">> alin doon? The last time I stayed overnight in Anawangin was Feb 2008 (only P50 overnight per head doon sa gitna). So yung P100 per head ay yung malapit sa bundok/gilid?

    "It's too expensive, overpricing.">> That's what we call the law of supply and demand. =D Kaya bili na ng supplies sa bayan pa lang.

    "1. Bonfire
    Gather fallen twigs and light up a fire for warmth during the night. Bring a guitar so you can sing around the campfire. Just don’t forget to put it out when going to sleep."
    >> and clean it up to leave no trace of a bonfire set up (as if a bonfire wasn't set up). Or you can simply skip the bonfire. :)

    "(BUS) GOING TO SAN ANTONIO = 2-4 hours 3-6hours(Traffic)">> laki ng diff sa estimate a. 2 hrs. hehe ;)

    "Avoid throwing cigarette butts anywhere especially on the fresh waters.">> DO NOT throw cigarette butts anywhere.

    P.S. and please, doon sa mga walang stove, wag niyo namang sirain yung green area just to set up a cooking area near ur bench/place/tent.

    Thank you. Nice post. :)

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  2. ~~nice nman yung anawangin cove
    video blog mo prang nandon narin
    aq . .hehehe hang cute pa ng bosis ni sir jeff ;), gz2 ko narin maka
    punta dun with my friends ang saya
    noon 4 sure . .

    ~gelyn :)

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  3. Thanks for dropping by thortz.. hehe..

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  4. ...dahil di ako nakasama
    ...masama loob ko
    ...itong jeff na to piniplit
    ...akong magcomment
    ...massbi ko tuloy
    ...ang hapding nararamdaman ko
    ...dahil di ako kasama hmp hmp
    ...hehe joke lang
    ...anyway, congrats sir jeff
    ...pra sa ung fist video blog
    ...sana magtuloy tuloy na yang
    ...video blog, its a good start
    ...go lang ng go frend
    ...ayan ah, nag comment na ko
    ...bka naman iblog mo pa ko


    ...salamat ng mrami
    ...AJA! AJA!

    ... K @ your service ^_~

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  5. paala2 wag mag trekking ppnta sa beach! ang hiraaaaaapp! promise

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