My plan was to go to Daet in Camarines Norte (south eastern part of Luzon) with a group of photographer friends for a 3 day weekend. On the day that we were set to go, a typhoon formed on the south western part of Luzon and a low pressure area brought heavy rains on the Bicol peninsula. So headed up northwest to Zambales and bumped up the plan to visit Nagsasa Cove.
While Anawangin is now the party zone or "Boracay" of the Zambales coves (its practically a tent city during the weekends), Nagsasa remains largely untouched. It is 3 times bigger than Anawangin and its more scenic. But the best part is that we can still enjoy what we used to enjoy in Anawangin: read a good book under a pine tree in relative solitude or being lulled to sleep in a hammock with the rustling of the pine needles.
Here's my initial offering - a deserted beach on a 3-day weekend (usually popular spots are packed on long holiday weekends) :
I'll be featuring more of Nagsasa in the coming days. There is a beautiful shallow river called Wild Horse Creek (named by the Americans who used the mountains at the back of the cove as bombing range when they still had a naval and air force base in Subic and Clark), a small Aeta village, and small waterfalls and cascades.
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