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Anawangin Cove - Zambales

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Located several kilometers away from the town proper of Pundaquit, San Antonio in the province of Zambales, Anawangin Cove is one  (if not the most) of the tourist destinations of the province.
Anawangin Cove DetailsAnawangin Cove is known for its out-of-this-country like feels. Visitors of this cove would surely be awed with the unusual view of the forest of pine trees serving as the backdrop to the fine secluded beach instead of the typical coconut. The cove also has a river that adds drama to its already picturesque pine forest. The best part of it all is that this cove has little man-made structures.




Well... that was my impression when I first visited Anawangin Cove way back in 2007. Sadly, some things do change negatively... Typhoon Emong and Pepeng in 2009 devastated a huge part of Zambales including Anawangin Cove. From there, the cove deteriorated little by little. More huts were constructed, then came the fence that separates the beach from the pine tree forest, and finally the…

Camara Island - Zambales

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Located near the shores of the barangay of Pundaquit in San Antonio in the province of Zambales, Camara Island is a favorite island hopping destination of the province. 



Camara Island is about 2 to 3 kilometers off the nearest shore of Pundaquit. The island is no bigger than a professional football field. 4/5 of the island is dominated by a rocky hill while the remaining 1/5 consists of a stretch of 30 to 40 feet of cream-sand beach. 

The island is home to a few trees and an occasional flock of seabirds. Its surrounding waters is clean and teaming with marine life which is why it is perfect to go snorkeling in it. 
The island also provides a great backdrop for photo shoots and selfies. However, aside from snorkeling and photoshoots, there are only a few things to do on the island (unless you are creative and crazy). Overnight camping is prohibited and so is drinking sessions. If you want to put some excitement on your visit, I suggest you play the modified hide and seek where you hide ob…

Hiking Mt. Pinatubo

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Our mountaineering adventure today takes us to one of the most famous (and destructive) volcanoes in the Philippines -Mt. Pinatubo. Located in the provinces of Tarlac, Pampanga, and Zambales, Mt. Pinatubo is actually a volcano that once stood at about 1,745 meters above sea level. However, its powerful 1991 eruption reduced it to almost half its size. In now stands 960 meters above sea level.

Speaking of Mt. Pinatubo's historical 1991 eruption, Here are some trivia about it.

Prior to the 1991 eruption, the last recorded eruption of the volcano happened some 500+ years ago.Ash from the eruption is said to have reached as far north as Russia.Ash from the eruption damaged several airborne planes.Ash from the eruption also caused massive casualties and damages to the nearby provinces when it got mixed with rain from the monsoon season. This deadly mixture is known as lahar.Speaking of lahar, it buried several towns around the volcano. It is said that the lahar caused more damage than th…

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