Anawangin Cove : the Dangerous Seductress
Some few years back, I first read about Anawangin Cove and its mystical beauty. So when I went back to Pundaquit last year with my sisters, I wanted to see it. Unfortunately, the boatmen refused to take us there because the waves are so huge, we settled for the equally enchanting Capones Island instead. So when I got the chance to have a weekend day-off and my dorm mate in college Maricel, the online editor of Businessworld, expressed her intent to join me in my road trips, I planned a not-so-organized trip to Anawangin Cove. I invited some friends too, I knew I won’t be alone that time since it’s a weekend get-away. Unfortunately, it’s raining hard in Manila, so some friends who were supposed to go with us were scared and didn’t make it.
It used to be a hideaway for mountaineers but now, Anawangin is one of the famous beaches in Luzon, but beyond its charm, is a great danger. Sadly, some parts of the beach that suddenly drops has claim lives yearly and trekking in the mountain rages to Pundaquit during rainy or stormy season has caused unfortunate accidents leaving a tragic memory to it’ victims and their friends & family. Despite the perils and warnings I’ve read online about its deep spots that constantly changes not to mention the garbage and crowd, I am still drawn by its mystery and beauty.
Anawangin cove is our last stop during an island hopping in Pundaquit. The boatman slowly maneuvered the outrigger boat away from Capones and Camara Island, the waters leading to the cove is rough. As we move towards the beach, we were surrounded by yellowish and greenish rolling hills and pine trees (agoho trees actually) that’s lined-up on it’s grayish-white sand clear bluegreen waters! The sands of Anawangin are mostly volcanic ash from the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo which is also responsible for the pine trees that surrounds it (the ash falls brought the agoho seeds). The eruption basically gave the cove a make-over, reason why some parts of the beach also drops suddenly because the ashes beneath the waters are being moved by the strong current.
We gathered our things and looked for an open hut where we can stay at. Several huts have been built now on the shoreline. The owner is now collecting Php 5o entrance fee for for people who wants to stay and make use of their manual freshwater pump (poso or artesian well) that’s aside from fee for the small huts (depends wether your staying overnight or just for the day). I can’t help but wonder how it looks like when it was still a secret hideaway, probably much better.
One of the attractions in Anawangin is the clear swamp surrounded by pine trees at the back is a rolling yellowish , tangerine and emerald hills.
We started taking photos while we left Maricel swimming alone in the beach. There are lifeguards standing by the shore and there’s a huge signage now on the dangerous part of the beach so I guess it’s safer now. But I see most tourists are heading towards the far right side of the beach, where it’s safer to swim.
After exploring the swampy side of Anawangin, we decided to eat. Apart from small sari-sari stores , there’s no restaurant or even carinderia that serves rice meals there. Because my friends are busy corporate slaves, none of us had the time to cook so we just enjoyed the snacks, the canned goods and ready-to-eat meal we bought from a convenience store in Olongapo earlier that day.
My sister joined Maricel on the beach, while me, Joren and Merl climbed the must-see hill on the right side before we swam its clear waters. I know I can’t leave Anawangin without seeing her from that hill.
And there I thanked my God and Anawangin for the fine weather and a good memory of her.
Some say, Anawangin is indeed captivating, yet it is taking lives because her visitors have abused her, just look at the garbage on the campsites left by irresponsible campers. We go there to camp and enjoy her mystic beauty, let’s have the decency to take our trashes with us, leave nothing but memories!
Let’s Save our Shores!
Big thanks to Maricel, Joren, Merl and Bluv for joining me in this get-away!
For Anawangin Travel Guide—> click HERE
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