It’s Warmer in the Philippines

Here it is just a month into Fall and already we’re experiencing unseasonable cold weather. Yesterday, the low was 38 and it will be about the same this morning.  In Manila, I doubt I experienced anything below about 65.

So when it gets cold and I start thinking about warm weather, I think about the beaches of the Philippines. Since I left in 1970, there has been a big development of beach resorts and so I’ve not been to many beaches which are major tourist spots now.

The beach area I typically visited when I lived there was near a city called Nasugbu, about 60 miles south of Manila. In Nasugbu, we’d rent a motorized canoe called a bankga to take us to one of the many beaches on nearby coves. At the time, there was no road access to these beaches. We might spend a day or sometimes spend the night. There were no facilities, so we’d have to bring tents and food. Now, however, there are resorts.

This is Canyon Cove, where  rooms with a King bed are $125.

Canyon Cove resort

Canyon Cove resort

This is Kawayan (Tagalog word for “bamboo”) Cove…

Kawayan Cove

Kawayan Cove

My mother was born and raised in Dagupan, in Pangasinan province in northern Luzon, the main island. The province borders Lingayen Gulf, where the Japanese invasion forces landed and where the Americans landed a few years later when liberating Luzon. One of the tourist destinations in this province is Hundred Islands, which I never visited.

Hundred Islands

Hundred Islands

Also in Pangasinan, near Hundred Islands, is  Patar Beach.

Patar Beach

Patar Beach

One of the top beaches in the Philippines is Borocay island, about 200 miles south of Manila near the island of Panay. In 2012, the upscale Travel and Leisure magazine (originally owned by American Express) named it “best island in the world.”

Borocay

Borocay

Another island that’s become a popular destination in the Philippines is Palawan.

Palawan

Palawan

For more photos of Philippine beaches, check out this CNN article.

Mabuhay!

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4 responses to “It’s Warmer in the Philippines

  1. These are beautiful! I think my favorite is actually the last one, Palawan. It reminds me of the Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence River.

  2. Lovely! But I gotta say, I’m LOVIN’ the cooler weather — WOOOOOHOOOO!!!

  3. Hundred Islands — where I was taught by my father how to swim and almost drowned 😦 — but they are lovely! Palawan is definitely fab. I spent an all-inclusive week at the El Nido resort and the meals were brilliant and of course the place was truly stunning! I still haven’t been to Boracay, but there are other lovely beaches — in the north, in Ilocos Norte, Pagudpud is gorgeous and not as heavily commercialized.

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