Anawangin is a cove in the town of San Antonio in Zambales. It is a beach that has an off-white sand and an evergreen forest cover near the shore (you’ll rarely see a coconut tree in Anawangin). Behind the forest is a small stream that flows out to the sea (During summer this stream dries up into a shallow pond). There are also two beach cliffs bounding the beach, which you can hike up and enjoy the view.
Going to Anawangin will approximately take 6 hours. From Manila, you can drive or take a bus to San Antonio, Zambales. Upon arriving at San Antonio you can hire a boat at Pundaquit that will take you to Anawangin. It is advisable to leave Manila at night so it wouldn’t be hot while traveling.
Last April 15 of this year, we have our so called "Reunion" of my co-workers. They were my friends when we started working at this company. We were excited for several thinigs. One, we'll meet again after so many years of not seeing each other. Two, we'll visit a very beautiful creation of nature. And three, we were also excited to know the danger of the cove.
Yes, it was rumored that the place was really dangerous. There were facts that certain group of people lost their lives during their vacation at the Anawangin. We were very curious why.
We were accompanied by Butch and Derek, our very own tourist guide! (thanks to pinoy caravan). Thanks to them, they were able to explain to us why there were several incidents and accidents happened on the island cove. (Di ko na explain dito.. mahaba eh.. haha)
It was really a very tiring 3hour road trip from Manila to Zambales (not to mention that it's summer and its so freaking hot!). But, once you stepped your feet on the beach, its worth the long trip. Parang hirap muna bago saya. hehe! I was really amazed of the beauty of the island. White sand. Green trees.
Me and my friends really maximized the time and enjoyed the offerings of the island. From swimming to trekking.
Camping. This is also one of the best things you'll do once you get there. It's purely camping. No electricity, No water supply (except for the tap water, which is undrinkable). No toilets! haha!
The vacation will not be complete without the laugh trip. Kwentuhan to the max when the night hits the beach. Lumalabas talaga ang kalokohan ng tao pag gumagabi. Ayun, bumangka na ang aming tourist guide sa pagpapatawa. Siguro lasing na din dahil sa alak. Haha! Pero those were the moments that we really missed alot. Not only that you get to know other people but also have bonding with them. Siguro sobrang outdated ko na din dahil sa work (workaholic?) kasi dun ko lang nakilala si Papa Jack. Who is a DJ of a radio station. Kaya ako tawa ng tawa sa mga pinagkekwento nila sakin. Ung mga sarciadong talong, escabeche.. haha! Right after the trip i tried listening to the DJ, and kulit lang tlga.
This would be one of the best way to relax, unwind and chill. I am looking forward visiting the place again when i have the time.
Love the place. Love the time. Love the memories.
- Lestat :)