Anawangin Cove of Zambales: Pine Trees by the shore

Way back April of 2010 before Anawangin Cove became a popular tourist spot in Zambales my college friends and I experienced the grand pristine white sands of the said spot.

Anawangin Cove is situated at Pundaquit, San Antonio Zambales. There are two way to get there, the easy and difficult route. No sweat and hassle free, rent a boat back and forth in just 30 minutes you’ll reach the wonderful shoreline of Anawangin. But if you wanted an extreme adventure, trekking the treacherous Mt. Pundaquit is perfect for you and your troop. The rocky slope of the Mountain adds an exotic appeal and difficult path to hikers, 4 to 5 long hours of trekking before reaching the other side of the mountain which is Anawangin Cove, all the sweat is worth it once you’ve set foot in the shoreline of the cove.
Group Picture | Credits to Arem Gelogo
Me and Arem off to Zambales 
Going back, Aye (Ariel) invited us to visit his province as well as to celebrate his graduation bash in Zambales. Right after our Graduation Ball we packed our things for a 4 days 3 nights all out barkada party to date.

DAY 1: Off to Zambales
Since my other friends are still complying and reporting in School we’ve decided to travel by batch. I joined the first set; we’ve headed in Victory Central (Caloocan) Station off to San Antonio, Zambales fare is around 275 pesos (present your school ID and registration form and you’ll receive discount) an approximately 4 hours travel via NLEX and according to Aye from the plaza a 5 minutes walk from their home.
Bus Stop | Tarlac | Credits to Arem Gelogo
Credits to Paolo Bona
When we reached their place, food was already prepared. Eating Time

Just in time, the second batch arrived. Finally

So what to expect when we’re together an all night, all out drinking and tripping session. Inuman Session! Manly Trip

DAY 2: Anawangin Cove
We all woke up early in the morning and we’re off to Anawangin Cove. We ride a kuliglig and we’ve seen vast farm lands, rivers and Nipa huts around the area. Memorable
Good Morning | Plaza | Day 2 | Credits to Gladys Dizon
Credits to Paolo Bona
Kuliglig Ride | Credits to Gladys Dizon
We’ve rented a boat for 1500 back and forth per batch (3 batches for 4500 pesos). Budget friendly – large group
At the boat | Credits to Gladys Dizon
When I saw the shoreline of Anawangin Cove from a far, I’ve personally noticed the pine trees scattered all over the place. Amazing!
Amazing | at Anawangin Cove | Credits to Gladys Dizon
from a far - Anawangin Cove | Credits to Arem Gelogo
I’ve seen lots of beaches to date but seeing Pine Trees by the bay was surreal. Upon reaching the  place, we immediately set up our tent and pre heat our food and enjoyed the luke warm salt water of Anawangin. Summer Escapade!
College friends | where to go next

Me and Eteng at the sand

With Arem, Kelvin and Julius
We’ve played games, had some group talk and the most relaxing part was sleeping under the Pine Trees together. Groupies

Play time

Rest time | Credits to Gladys Dizon
Before sunset we’ve decided to roam around the Cove. We’ve headed in right side when you’re facing the sea. We’ve walked in the rocky side of Anawangin and one of my friends suggested to trek the nearby cliff. Arem, Julius, Andrew and I push thru with the idea while the others go back to our campsite. Climbing in the stiff cliff without wearing sandals is really painful in our feet but the view up there was beyond compare and all the exhaustion is worthy.

"Wonderful experience to date when we’ve reached the top of the cliff while watching the sunset. We right away went down, others might be worrying with our long absences."
At the top | Credits to Arem Gelogo

After dinner, we slept in the sand glazing the bright stars above side by side, whispering to each other for future events together. Priceless

DAY 3: Enjoying Anawangin | Off to the Farm 
Sunrise by the sand, thanking the Creator for another wonderful day with my friends and before leaving Anawangin Cove, we’ve explored the nearby river which is connected to the sea. Wonders of Nature

Facing the sea, we’ve walked in the left most side and climbed a small hill. Superb! Overlooking Anawangin Cove to its perfect view. Wow!
Left most side | Credits to Arem Gelogo

Bye Anawangin

We’ve bought souvenirs before we bid farewell to Anawangin Cove. Till Next Time
Credits to Gladys Dizon
Boys | Credits to Arem Gelogo
Girls | Credits to Arem Gelogo
Wacky | Credits to Arem Gelogo
Some of my friends decided to go back in Manila but the rest remain.

In the afternoon, we went to the farm owned by the family of Aye. For this season, they’ve planted peanut. We’ve stayed there for a while and decided to go home afterwards.

Lunch Time before going back to Manila 
Another drinking (Inuman) session to end the day. again and again, till the last drop of alcohol

DAY 4: Bound to Manila
Right after lunch time we thanked the Family of Aye for accommodating our needs for the passed days.

We ride an ordinary bus off to Olongapo and from there we took an air-conditioned bus headed back to Manila. Tiresome

AUTHOR’S NOTE: One of my memorable barkada trip to date, most attended out of town getaway by my college friends. I missed traveling with them, hoping someday we'll all reunite laughing out load of our naughty acts during our younger years. Thanks for reading, till our next adventure.

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