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This blog is an amateur photographer's attempt to show how beautiful the world really is. He is drawn to the colors of nature like a moth to a candle light. What are showcased here are nature's grand display of colors at sunrise and sunset, beautiful beaches and off-the-beaten track locations in his beloved Philippines, waterfalls and some of nature's great sculptures, architectural gems, and other views from around SE Asia that he was fortunate to see at one point.

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March 10, 2008

anawangin - there and back again

Once you've gone to Anawangin, chances are you'll keep coming back. I had the chance to visit Anawangin Cove again last weekend together with several friends.

We swung by Capones Island at 4:30 AM, we wanted to see the sunrise from there. The sea was calm and the sky full of stars. It was a pleasing boat ride in pitch black darkness.
(Capones Blue Mood)

We started the day with a sunrise in Capones Island and capped it with a beautiful sunset in Anawangin cove.
(Anawangin Sunset, ND8+ND400 filters)

The river at the back of the cove never cease to amaze me. The best time to go there is just after sunrise when the reflections are awesome.

(Anawangin River morning reflections)

We spent most of the day in Anawangin exploring the back of the cove and photo hunting. I was mainly taking IR photos, trying to see Anawangin in a "different light" :).

(mandatory group hug)

We had a tons of fun that day. Anawangin is one of nature's best displays.

(early morning reflections in Anawangin river)

However as I spent a quiet evening looking at the stars and enjoying the rustling of the pine leaves, I came to realize that Anawangin is heading for a big change. The cove is becoming to be more popular as each day passes. Droves of weekenders now frequent the place, some with no respect for nature.

The rights to the cove is owned by several people. One of the enterprising owners already saw peso signs with the huge crowd. The right portion of the cove (if one is facing the sea) is now very "touristy" with its colorful flags, the "entrance fee" is now Php150.00, and its boundaries clearly marked with nylon ropes. So what's next? Maybe cottages....

I sure hope that the place will not be commercialized. What's best is that they make the cove a protected nature area.

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lagal[og] said...

bai, thing is, anawangin is a private cove. maybe the owners would keep it as close to what it was before, maybe not. i'm hoping for the former but given its increasing popularity, siguro we should enjoy it now in its relatively pristine state before commercialization inevitably run its course. pero sayang talaga.

Lantaw said...

bai, couldn't agree with you more - lets enjoy the place while its still at its best, or we could move up to the other coves further south :)

demeter said...

What a big waste if the owners let their greed take the better of them. Eventually it will happen siguro. I hope later - rather than sooner.

zherwin said...

you know the reason of the sudden change? nasunog yung isang side ng bundok. and there's a new caretaker on the nylon-fenced side.

the P150 entrance fee is quite stiff compared to the almost free atmosphere last year. february this year was the last time we went there and it was "only" P50 they're asking from us, and now P150! but still, we'll go back on the 29th.

oh, the cove on the other side has a lot of huge rocks and has "something eerie" hahaha.

Lantaw said...


I saw the extent of the "sunog", and I think its a lame excuse, even the caretakers of the left portion thinks so. There is a deeper reason with the fence, and it has something to do with the tug of war for the tenancy rights to the area

escape said...

wow! nice place. how do i get there if i come from Manila? Thanks.

Lantaw said...

@the dong - thanks! I have another entry which describes how to get to capones/anawangin:


Anonymous said...

It's true. Once you set foot on Anawangin, you'll be thinking when you'll be coming back.

Nice set you've got! The reflection shot is a winner.

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