Anawangin Cove, San Antonio, Zambales

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Just so peaceful!

As I've found out the hard way - the danger of getting satisfied with a photo upload and rationalizing that you will write the travel
blog at some better time -- is that you lose complete momentum in going back and really writing your travel piece. Moreover, if you failed
to take notes during your trip, you're left with recalling and connecting details based on a loose collection of blurred memories
from your head.

Here is my Anawangin recollection:

Anawangin Cove is a crescent-shaped cove with fine gray sand. Nothing spectacular really, but the beach area is quite large and secluded.
Very ideal for small groups that may want to enjoy mountain-trekking, "beach-cheneering" and photography-related activities. When we went there (5 co-workers, with my son tagging along), there were close to 50 pitched tents, yet the place did not feel crowded at all.

For some reason, we could not get over the rows of pine trees growing on the sands of Anawangin island.

No hotel in the area, and the only "amenity" is a makeshift bathroom and toilet areas. On the right side facing the cove is a connected mountain and on it's left, a connected hill with a peak that can be reached in a 10-15-minute range brisk trek. Behind the campsite is a pinetree forest and a marsh, whose end connects to the sea. The surroundings of Anawangin Cove, including every natural
element making it up, reeks of complete serenity and peacefulness. Definitely the place to avoid if you start having suicidal thoughts - you might get carried away and begin stabbing your self even if all that you have is a plastic fork or a toothpick :-)

While I don't take urban legends seriously, I don't take chances specially when it comes to my loved ones.

The woody setting was just perfect!
There is urban legend that the waters of Anawangin have a thing for human sacrifices and takes at least 1 life away every year. It is also said that San Antonio (the town closest to Anawangin) residents and visitors only come in droves to the cove after the one death per year quota has been met. I didn't know of this urban legend until we were already back in Manila.  A couple of days later after our trip, somebody posted a bizarre story about a strong swimmer dying in the waters of Anawangin exactly 1 week before we went there.  As the poster was the sister of the victim, to me it wasn't exactly hearsay.

I went home that day, kissed and hugged my son Xavier and just felt so dam*** lucky.

ted332 says:
Grabe mga trips mo sistah. Bago na namang place to sa kin. You always take the road less travelled. Iba ka talaga,Ar! :):)
Posted on: Jun 11, 2008
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Just so peaceful!
Just so peaceful!
For some reason, we could not get …
For some reason, we could not get…
The woody setting was just perfect!
The woody setting was just perfect!
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