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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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February 15, 2010

silanguin cove: grand cove of zambales

Morning Driftwood
Silanguin driftwood

I was finally able to complete my "tour" of the Zambales coves last weekend. It all started several years ago when I first spent a weekend in Anawangin cove. Over the years I have revisited Anawangin but moved on to the next cove (Nagsasa cove) when it got too crowded there. I instantly fell in love with Nagsasa cove, but the lure of seeing what's beyond Nagsasa cove was too strong a pull to ignore. So I gave in.

It was still dark when we reach the mouth of  Silanguin cove, a good 1 hour boat ride from Pundaquit, the jump off point to the coves of Zambales. From what I saw in Google Earth, I knew this cove was much bigger than Nagsasa, more than 3 times bigger. The ride from its mouth to the beach head at the center of the cove took another 20 minutes.

Textured Beach
textured beach

The sight of the huge cove was an awesome vista when the first golden light of the morning finally shone over the towering mountains in the east. It was so huge I felt a sense of panic, I did not know where to start taking photos.

Related post: Silanguin shows off her true colors

Dead and Alive
old and young

So what we did was stroll to random directions and see what luck might bring us. What first caught my eye were the drift woods in the rocky section of the beach. The twisting bleached trunks  provided a nice contrast to the texture of the pebbled beach. The vastness of the cove made everything look remote or detached.

Silanguin beach front
grand cove

Our group were the only visitors there that weekend so we got the a huge part of the cove all to ourselves. Some parts of the cove are already being developed into resorts (by foreigners). I saw a couple of yachts anchored in different points in the cove. One part of the beach already had brightly colored flags waving in the early morning breeze. But for now everything seemed rustic even at those "developed" parts. I guess its remoteness (its the farthest from the jump off point) made it that way.

Afternoon Textures
afternoon textures

After breakfast and a quick nap (we had been traveling since midnight), we headed to southern end of the cove, in search for a good place to shoot sunset. We wished for rocks (as foregrounds) and found towers of them after hiking for about 1 hour. What Anawangin and Nagsasa have, Silanguin has in abundance (in 1 huge package), much to our liking.
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Ian dela Cruz said...

Wow! Sa second expidition mo dyan kasama na ko. :)

Dennis Villegas said...

You are the master! I hope I can join your photo workshop! Sana pwede ako dun sa March 20 date, but I'll check my schedule first, since maglilibot ako sa Visayas this Holy Week!

The Scud said...

wow. ganda! mapupuntahan ko rin ang mga yan one of these days.

dodong flores said...

Excellent photos. Superb! Looking forward for more photos of this adventure...

Sylvia K said...

What an amazing looking place! So different from what we usually see from your part of the world and I look forward to seeing more! Such a feeling of remoteness! Marvelous photos, as always! Wonderful, interesting also -- as always! Have a great week!


zherwin said...

eto yun? wow!!! i hope to join you when you go back, for now nakabitin pa ako sa alanganin, hay.

January Zelene said...

Wow grabeh! ang ganda! Saludo ako sayo!

Hope you can visit my post and comment. I love to hear from you so that I can develop my skill too if meron...

Sunset and Foreground

Unknown said...

You really do get to some stunning places and the photo's are great.

Japa said...

Beautiful place. Awesome photos.

Jenn said...

Love remote places... hope to get there before the resorts are up. :-( Looking forward to more photos of Silanguin.

Anonymous said...

super galing naman tong series mo. the pix are truly outstanding.

LadyFi said...

Wow - what wide and gorgeous vistas! I love the driftwood in your first photo. So masterful!

lagal[og] said...

nice landscapes bai :D sayang, di ako nakasama. pero enjoyin ko na lang mga kuha mo.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Lantaw: Beautiful captures of the tree and beach in your world.

escape said...

kakaiba din dating nitong silanguin bai. bagong patutunguhan ng isang lantaw.

Vic said...

Wow. Zambales is really a wierd yet great place. The photos are masterpiece. Thanks for showcasing these photo gems.

Lantaw said...

@christian, :D

@dennis, thanks bro!

@scud, Silanguin is waiting for you

Lantaw said...

@dodong, i'll post more as soon as work gets lighter :)

@Sylvia, its always a pleasure to read your comments ^^

@zherwin, eto na yun :D

Lantaw said...

@January, hope you can join us in one of our photo safaris

@Brit Gal Sarah, thanks! come back for more photos soon :D

@jenn, you should hurry hahaha

Lantaw said...

@ewok1993, salamat!

@LadyFi, thanks a bunch!

Lantaw said...

@lagalog, bai next time sama ka ^^

@fishing guy, thanks for dropping by :)

Lantaw said...

@dom, its an outdoor photographer's dream cove bai :D

@vic, yup zambales is magical :), thanks!

Anonymous said...

i like your 'old and young' photo of those 2 trees. how poetic. =)

Peter said...

That is just plain beautiful :) makes me want to visit Zambales next weekend.

lakwatsera de primera said...

nakaka-inspire talaga pictures mo, I want to visit this place too :-)

Anonymous said...

that is very beautiful and peaceful place.,we are lucky because my grandpa owned almost 1/3 of the Silanguin Cove....and we are going to develop it as soon as possible..

Ming Victorino said...

Awesome photos! can i have your IT and expenses for Silanguin cove and contact person? Our group is planning to spend holyweek there.

Lantaw said...

@Ming, try www.pundaquit.com for bangka arrangements. As for the IT, can't give you that as I don't keep one.

Ricky said...

Great photos...I will definitely put this place on my list of places to shoot

pinaytunay said...

another exciting way to see the coves is first to climb cinco picos then traverse to silangin...the view on top is also a photographer's haven :)

Anonymous said...

hello everyone,
silanguin cove one of the hidden treasure of zambales.. if you want a relaxing place to stay. silanguin cove..please contact kuya anthony 09193910016/09198437370.. they will arrange for your trekking from mt. picos.

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