Batangas, Miles

Calatagan, Batangas: Quick Weekend Escape

I love traveling especially “biglaan” trips…

and this is one of those.

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Day 1, April 9
We left the metro at lunch time and took SLEX. To ditch traffic, we exited in Alabang, drove straight to Daang-hari road until we reached Molino, Bacoor. Instead of taking the typical route to Tagaytay, we usually takes Paliparan, Dasma road to lessen travel time.

We continued on to Tagaytay-Nasugbu road for the next few hours. And I get to see again Mt. Batulao and Mt. Talamitam even just from afar.

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The highway goes straight to Lian, Batangas. Reaching Calatagan, we passed by famous beaches like Matabungkay and Burot. But we were insistent in going to Suncove Resort in Calatagan (we just asked the locals for good resort suggestions). Unfortunately, the road leading to Suncove in Brgy. Bagong Silang is rough and so we detoured and tried our luck in Casa Astillero which is conveniently situated outside Brgy. Bagong Silang.

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To begin with, the resort doesn’t accept walk-ins. They have cabanas, cottages and own tents already reserved. But since we have our own tent, we asked the head/owner if we can just pay for the entrance and pitching fee. We also told him we’ve been driving around and all other resorts were already full. We’re lucky enough that Sir R agreed.

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We pitched on a little spot surrounded by dome tents and karaokes. Karaokes without curfews. After settling our things, we hit the shore to share a drink, catch shooting stars and do what we love most: talking about almost everything.

By midnight, we decided to call it a day and tried our luck catching some good night sleep. But other guests were still singing their lungs out, insensitive of other people. This continued til 3am, when we decided to just sleep inside the car!

Day 2, April 10
We hit the beach early for the sole reason to leave the resort the earliest.

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A famous landmark in Calatagan is Cape Santiago Lighthouse in Brgy. Bagong Silang. Guides are not needed when going to the lighthouse. Just make sure to ask if the caretaker is around. On our case, we arrived too early. We weren’t able to get inside the property.

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You may also have a quick stop at the Art Gallery but since its Sunday, we didn’t push through.

Overall, our dream chill getaway turned out the other way. Good thing our stay in the resort cost us only PhP 400 (PhP 200 pitching fee, PhP 100/pax overnight fee).

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