The Rocks, The Sea and the Sun in Sisiman

Energized by my venture into Albay, I was pumped into looking for my next destination.  After scouring the net, this beach in Sisiman, Bataan kept calling to me.  And as we say here in the Philippines, I’m very agreeable so I packed my bag and spent a weekend there.

Sisiman’s beach is rocky and  even has hardened lava in some sections. Although sandwiched by two factories, the beachfront itself is a beauty and the local community surrounding it is charming in its own way.  Fishing and making dried fish appear to be the main livelihood.  Videoke is very much alive as early as 7 am too! Hahaha 😀

Until now, pitching tents there is free, and the local community also rent cottages for a minimal fee.  Toilet and bathroom are communal, and they charge per pail.

The best time to go here is either by sunrise or sunset; it looks like it gets pretty crowded later on in the day.  In fact, groups of people started arriving by 7:30 am.  Not by the busload, but it’s getting challenging to take decent landscape photos.

How to get there?

  1. Take the bus going to Mariveles
  2. Alight at Baseco
  3. Take a tricycle–tell the driver to drop you off at Sisiman Beach.

Here’s the cost breakdown:

Cubao – Mariveles RT:  PhP560

Tricycle fare:  PhP13 (Special:  PhP50)

There’s no entrance fee to Sisiman beach

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A Look Back: Punta Fuego

Named for its shape, Punta Fuego has a place in Philippine history because it is where one of the early battles of Spaniards took place.  Now, it’s home to an exclusive club. It’s one of those places that I’d never think of going to alone–one is for transport reasons, and the hassle that comes with possible fees and paperwork.

Which is why I’m glad our company got to book two days at Peninsula de Punta Fuego almost three years ago for our summit.  Great food, great scenery, and most important of all, great memories.

Nature Photography Challenge, Day 7

El Nido, Palawan

I think it’s only fitting to cap this challenge by featuring one of the most beautiful islands in the world. I’m amazed at how the local government is able to responsibly handle tourism in the islands.  In fact, they are proposing to close some islands this year to rehabilitate the corals, and they will be opening other sites.

I went here with my friends way back in 2012, and I only had my phone with me so the pictures aren’t as good.  I’d sure want to go back here though no matter what!