Saturday, April 7, 2012

Bataan: In a Whole New Light


I'll be blogging all the way, this Saturday...
 March had brought me to a lot of events, places and things of much interests, and of course all the food that consumed my personality.  The foods consumed me in the sense that I have gained more interest in trying out new cuisines and not so normal foodstuff.
It's already April and I haven't  written any about most of the things I have gained knowledge of.
Let me start of with one of my family's travels.
A  Weekend at  Morong, Bataan...
It would take you an approximate of 170 KM  drive from Pasay to Morong and that would be about 3 to 4 hours without  traffic congestion.   There are more than one route to take reaching Morong beaches.

A view of Mount Sumilon, taken from a fast-moving car
One is taking SCTex Exit / SBMA Morong Gate, another is via Bagac junction.  We took the  TIPO highway junction to SBMA / SBMA Morong Gate route.   From Balintawak Cloverleaf, go 75.5 kms towards NLEX Mabalacat Exit,  from Dau exit take SCtex NLEX Tollgate, passing by  SBMA Beach Junction then Morong Gate junction  which will lead you to Anvaya Beach's gate, go down further reaching the sleepy town of  Morong  take the left street at the historic  antiquated  Morong Church and choose your resort...

A quick stopover at PureGold SBMA for lunch didn't hurt the drive though, specially with a cold doze of Ben and Jerry's ice cream  (US 6.66)  and some chocolate  goodies too.
Bataan.   When I think of it, I think of  heroic Filipino acts during the war,  and Corregidor,  but we are way far from that Island, in fact we are at the farthest end from it.   But let me give you a whole new light to the word or town of Bataan.
We got the most affordable and dead right on the budget overnight package at a private resort.   We have been blessed to come on a Maundy Thursday and had two of this house rented.    The simplest form of accommodation, no frills , just nature. 


Bataan, now to me is a tranquil,  complete with a simple,  splur of the moment sentimental.   Yet to be discovered, it's natural beauty surpasses the fun from the polluting season from know beach hubs near Manila.
Captured from the lens of Erwin Bete and Len Felizardo
Captured by Erwin Bete
 As temperature drops slowly, the heat of the night slowly crouches in as well, where kids gathered up anticipating a camp-fire experience and perhaps, marshmallow roasting.
In the morning was a boat tour to another town in Morong, a trip lead us to a brief encounter with the pawikan (Sea turtle) at the Pawikan Conservatory Center  in Brgy.  Nagbalayong.
One of the old pawikan temporarily housed in the conservatory, this one is an albino

This tour had been very educational for all of us, including the kids, a replica of the life span of the turtles were showcased on this waterless basin.   The organizers pay so much attention on educating visitors on how the conservatory takes care and sees to it that these turtles are safe, specially the hatchlings, making sure that they are brought to their habitat the most natural and safest way.

31 comments:

  1. hello Bataan! Miss this place na. My dad is from Bataan but the last time we went there as a family parang I was in Elementary pa. Tagal na non!

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  2. Morong! Yey! I just went there this afternoon actually on the way to bagac to see las casas , first time for me to drive in that area.. I'm just here in olongapo just an hour to Morong. I haven't tried their beaches though but for sure I will soon! ;)

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  3. Really, where in Bataan? A lot had improved here according to the natives here...The Subic gates being opened for the masses gives it an easier access to Morong and some parts of Bataan.

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  4. Didn't know there's a pawikan conservatory center there! What's the name of the resort where you hired those housed? They're sooo cute.

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  5. Interesting place here in Bataan.
    That beach campfire is a keeper

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  6. It now high time for Bataan to flourish since Morong is a part of the SBMA by the way but few is known about Morong and everyone is focused on Subic.. It needs political will to extend the progress of the SBMA (which is concentrated to Olongapo-Subic) to Morong...

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  7. i've been in morong, bataan last year and it is very long trip from alabang. i haven't seen the pawikan conservatory center.

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  8. I have yet to visit Bataan! and visit these places in your photos!.. and I miss our Philippine beaches :(

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  9. Wow! Another alternative to Batangas beach getaways. Bataan will also be a great venue, especially if you plan to take a quick road trip to subic. =)

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  10. cute photos!! my mother has a lot of relatives in bataab somewhere but never had a chance to visit and meet my relatives them sure you guys had fun there!! xx

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  11. I love that pic of the hut. So pretty! The Pawikan Conservatory looks very interesting too.

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  12. ganda nung first photo! nganga aq sa kulay at emosyon ng mga larawan:)

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  13. i just had to drool over the ben & jerry's! it's been a while since i had one yummm

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  14. Oooooh Ben and Jerry's! I'm so inggit right now. Also, I didn't know there is a Pawikan Sanctuary at Bataan. Nice. Masasama ko ito sa itinerary ko pag punta ko dun.

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  15. Wow a Pawikan Sanctuary in Bataan! That's good to know! I should visit there someday!

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  16. Love the beach. I have an Auntie living in Bataan.. Hmmm.. Parang gusto ko tuloy bumisita don. Haha!!

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  17. The first photo reminds me of the White Castle Whiskey commercials. :)) And cute solid-colored cottages!

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  18. Bataan looks wonderful. Love the sunset picture

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  19. nice photos. i miss the beach tuloy! haha :)

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  20. i love the houses. i've been to bataan twice and i don't really like their beaches. on those two occasions, i found a dead dog floating on the shore and the water was not really clean. daming plastic cups and debris. medyo madumi sya. i don't know if it's the same for all resorts pero it's just one stretch lang naman. sayang malapit lang sana.

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  21. would lobe to explore Bataan again :) Do you have the list itineraries and cost of your getaway. :)

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  22. I've been dreaming to visit Bataan. This draws me more to go :)

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  23. definitely in my list. beautiful shots you had here. captured the moments. Yahweh bless.

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  24. looks like a fun family hang out in Morong. I've been in Morong, Bataan a decade ago with other singles and we camped out and jetski at a beach which I don not remember what it is called.your pics look so familiar so maybe, just maybe it is where we went!

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  25. Just being with our family is happiness itself.
    How much more if we explore a wonderful place like Bataan.

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  26. Love your pics! never got the chance to see the sunset, i was busy preparing our dinner kasi, but i'm sure naman that it would look this lovely. And the kids... they seemed to be having so much fun especially on that camp-fire. I missed the marshmallow though. Those ponies pala are for rent, sayang di natin napasakay ang mga bata. Balik tayo ulit, hehehe. I really enjoy this trip. Love you guys.

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  27. More fun and educational trips for you and your family! :)

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  28. nice!!! black beach din and campfire like zambales!!! haha

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