This will be the first time I’ll be blogging after the trip. In short, in beki’s term/gay lingo, it is freshly baked. Haha. This trip was just yesterday. I’m just excited to share our adventure because I really had fun. This opens my summer and this will be my first beach exploration for 2012 and hopefully not the last. 🙂
I’ve been planning to go to Puting Buhangin (White Sand) since last year but never had a chance to pursue it. Last two weeks my feet had been itching to go somewhere else and my friend Tey mentioned she wants to go to the beach. I suggested Puting Buhangin and the rest is history. Together with Tey and Earl we planned this sweet escape to Quezon.
Our bus (Jac Liner LRT/Buendia) left Manila 5:15am and arrived at the Grand Terminal in Lucena at around 8:40am. We have ordered rice in Jollibee for lunch then rode a jeepney to Pagbilao Market. From Pagbilao Market it’s another jeepney ride to Brgy. Polo. A disadvantage if you’re on commute traveling is that some hours or minutes are wasted because drivers still waits their jeepney to be full before leaving. A lot of that happened on this trip. We arrived in Brgy. Polo./Old checkpoint at 11:10am.
From here we rode tricycle to the lake. It’s a not so good 5 minutes travel due to rough road. We asked kuya Tolits, our tricycle driver, to return on a specific time to fetch us. We met ate Gemma there. We paid her our entrance fee and fare to cross the lake. I asked a lot to ate Gemma and found out that Puting Buhangin has a new owner and they now allow overnight stays. Found out also that Aling Divina is no longer the caretaker of the place. Ate Divine, as what ate Gemma calls her, is still there but she no longer manned the place.
After crossing the lake we don’t know where to go. We forgot to ask the kids. I remember that there will be a short trek so we look around. All we’re seeing were rocks and water. The place is too vast. So we continue to walk. Then we paused for a while to think and look around.
And we start to trek…
We’re still unsure if we’re on the right track till we saw this sign…
So we continue…
And finally we’ve arrived…
I’m in awe when I saw this scenic view. I can’t believe that I’m seeing this here in this cove. I’ve been to the other beaches in Quezon but Puting Buhangin is by far my favorite. Literally white sand, Earl would call it Boracayish sand and pristine water welcomed us. When we arrived there’s only two other guests so the place is quiet and solemn. We notice also that the place is clean and trash free.
Since it’s already lunch time we ready our lunch. Dismissing the desire to go and plunge into the sea.
Kwebang Lampas is on the other right side if you’re facing the beach.
The place derived its name from a rock formation which forms part of a cove in Brgy. Ibabang Polo in the southern part of Pagbilao Grande Island. The continuous action of the waves had sculpted the rock into a lovely and unique cave.
After Kwebang Lampas we went to the other side of the cove and linger there for more than an hour. Tey even compared it a swimming pool since we can swim all we want without fearing to be drowned. It’s a good thing also that the three of us can swim so we don’t have to worry everytime one goes deep.
To go back we have the re-trace the same path we took going here. I took some pictures along the way.
There are a lot of dogs in Puting Buhangin and I must say that most of them are irritating. We didn’t get a cottage so they’re just there surrounding us for food. One of them even got Earl’s Chiz Curls and ate it in front of us. But there’s one dog, let’s call him whitey, since he’s color white (lol), is an exception. We love him dearly. He’s very behave and he accompanied and led us the way from the cove to the lake.
We went back to Lucena Grand Terminal and rode a jeepney to Lucban. We planned a side trip to Kamay ni Hesus but we didn’t know that it closes by 6:00pm. We arrived there around 7:30pm, disappointed we went back to Diversion instead of Grand Terminal to save time and waited for a bus going back to Manila. I’ll be going home to San Pablo and Tey and Earl to Makati.
BITS OF INFO:
- No electricity
- Toilet available
- Day rate: 50PHP
- Overnight: 100PHP
- No store here so bring all the things you think you’ll be needing
- There’s fresh and clean water available with a fee of 30PHP per container
- Ate Gemma’s contact number: 0947-5911630
|Aircon Bus ride from LRT/Buendia JAC Terminal to Lucena Grand Terminal||209.50|
|Jeepney ride from Lucena Grand Terminal to Pagbilao Market||8|
|Jeepney ride from Pagbilao Market to Brgy. Polo||35|
|Entrance fee on checkpoint||5|
|Tricycle from Brgy. Polo to Lake (back and forth)||30|
|Entrance fee to Puting Buhangin||50|
|Fare on the small boat to cross the lake (back and forth)||20|
|Tricycle from Lake to jeepney terminal in Brgy. Polo||30|
|Jeepney ride from Brgy. Polo to Taliban/La Suerte Mall||38|
|Ordinary bus ride from Taliban/La Suerte Mall to Grand Terminal||8|
|Jeepney ride from Lucena Grand Terminal to Lucban (Kamay ni Hesus)||30|
|Jeepney ride from Lucban to Diversion||30|
|Diversion to San Pablo City||82.50|