Pagbilao Things to Do

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    Swim at the Infinity Pool 2

    by machomikemd Written Apr 6, 2013
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    Part two of my swimming in the pool tips using my waterproof olympus toungh 820 camera.

    like what I've said, there are 2 infinity pools side by side at the middle of the clubhouse of the Pueblo La Por PLaya Resort and the bigger one is up to 9 feet deep at the end. the smaller one that is facing the beach is the kiddie infinity pool where the deepest depth is just 3 feet. The view is simply breathtaking from the level of the pool, where you can see the sea and the mountains beyond the horizon.

    the pools are open from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday

    there is a lifeguard on duty everyday

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    Swim at the Infinity Pool 1

    by machomikemd Written Apr 6, 2013

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    This will be a tewo part picture with more picture in the pool using my waterproof olympus toungh 820 camera.

    like what I've said, there are 2 infinity pools side by side at the middle of the clubhouse of the Pueblo La Por PLaya Resort and the bigger one is up to 9 feet deep at the end. the smaller one that is facing the beach is the kiddie infinity pool where the deepest depth is just 3 feet. The view is simply breathtaking from the level of the pool, where you can see the sea and the mountains beyond the horizon.

    the pools are open from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday

    there is a lifeguard on duty everyday

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    Spend Time at The Jacuzzi

    by machomikemd Written Apr 5, 2013
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    the Complex has 2 jacuzzis in the periphery of the 2 huge infinity pools and each jacuzzi can fit up to only 5 people max, hence during the weekends, you must wait for you turn to use it as some swimmers are just time hogs and they spend hours just lounging around at the jacuzzi. the water is warm and the water jets are really refreshing so you must try them if you are staying at the complex.

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    Stroll and Swim at the Beach

    by machomikemd Written Apr 5, 2013
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    the sand at the Pueblo La Por Playa Resort beach fron is dirty white and coarse, not powdery white unlike in the famous beaches of boracay in aklan province but still you can do some beach activities here and with less crowds as this is a private club. you can also rent banana boats and other floating apparatus. but i did not swim as I prefer to lounge around the infinity pools and the jacuzzi.

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    Pueblo La Por Playa

    by machomikemd Written Apr 5, 2013
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    A word of caution: Be sure that you have someone who is a member of this exclusive resort cum village invite you as they can be really strict in not allowing you to enter the Complex as it is off limits of non members.

    Pueblo La Por Playa is one of the things to do in Pagbilao town as it is a leisure club for member only and their guests. Inside is a 12 hectare complex composed of mexican inspired guest rooms, restaurant, swimming pool, privately owned villas and houses and more.

    according to their website:

    Pueblo por la Playa is a 12.5 hectare Mexican-inspired exclusive leisure club nestled off the calm, clear waters of Pagbilao Quezon. The "Pueblo" offers the total leisure and recreation experience for the entire family. Among the features of the luxurious seaside complex are:
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    Huatulco Duplex Villas
    Ixtapa Suites
    2 Gigantic Infinity Swimming Pools
    Sunken Bar
    Jacuzzis
    Spa
    Cafe Oaxaca Restaurant
    Pasteleria
    Souvenir Shop
    Billiard Room
    Function Hall
    Fishing Lagoon
    Landscaped Shower Areas
    Camping Grounds
    .

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    Visit the Mangrove Forest

    by monina_c Written Feb 11, 2013

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    The Mangrove Forest (aka Carbon Sink Initiative) was declared a protected area by virtue of AO No. 7, s. 1975. It's almost 150 has of full mangrove growth forest with a walk-way leading to the middle of the forest where a view deck will afford you a view of the Grande Island Power Plant and the mountains surrounding Pagbilao.

    The road leading to the Mangrove Experimental Station (as it was called) is a little run-down so prepare for a bumpy ride. The walk-way is concrete with a few missing slabs but an easy 20 minute walk to the view deck. A little caution is necessary as the view deck itself is in disrepair.

    Despite these drawbacks, a walk through the Mangrove Forest is a good way to spend a couple of hours if you are ever in Pagbilao. The sheer growth that will surround you as you walk is a soothing change from the frenzy that is Manila.

    I heard from the locals that there is a rehabilitation project in the offing so hopefully the whole area will be repaired so that it will be more tourist friendly. :)

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    Kwebang Lampas and Puting Buhangin

    by monina_c Written Feb 11, 2013
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    You can camp overnight in Puting Buhangin and visit Kwebang lampas which is just next to the beach. The shower and facilities is primitive and can do with some major improvement but the view makes up for it.

    The water is crystal clear and there's a lot of fishes and other little creatures (nope, no corals).

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    Stroll By the Mangrove Area

    by cyndymc Updated Jun 25, 2010

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    Sun-kissed Mangroves
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    We weren't able to go to the Quezon Mangrove Reserve, but we had an exhilarating communing with nature at the Mangrove Area of Pueblo Por La Playa. I know that mangrove forests provided protection from typhoons/storms, as well as tidal waves/currents to the coastal areas. I find it impressive that the residential resort and country club maintains a mangrove reserve.

    I had a nice feeling strolling along the banks of Pueblo Por la Playa's Area Del Mangle. I delighted at the sight of new greens growing along with the taller mangroves with aged trunks. As I walked, some birds flew from the mangrove trees. The water was dark when I strolled so I couldn't see the presence of marine life.

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    Photo Shoot At Sunrise

    by cyndymc Updated Jun 24, 2010

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    Sunrise in Pagbilao Bay

    Patiently wait for sunrise at Pagbilao and take pictures. You don't have to be a professional photographer to capture its beauty.

    I always enjoy shooting sunrise views wherever I go. My Pagbilao sunrise photo shoot was very memorable. To make it different from my usual sunrise photos with bancas on the foreground, I chose to shoot from the Pueblo Por La Playa Area de Mangle (Mangrove Area). I wanted to capture the sunrise with interesting silhouettes of mangroves. The sunrise in Pagbilao did not manifest itself in radiant sunburst of colors, but the intriguing silhouettes went well the soft colors of the sunrise.

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    Stroll By The Beach At Sunrise

    by cyndymc Updated Jun 24, 2010

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    Beachfront of Pueblo Por La Playa
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    The white sand beach of Pueblo Por La Playa though beautiful, is not as fine as the sands of other islands. There are coral stones strewn in the beach, but it shouldn't stop you from strolling at sunrise to inhale a healthy dose of sea air and absorb vitamin D from the mild rays of the sun.

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    Swim & Bask @ The Infinity Pools

    by cyndymc Updated Jun 24, 2010

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    Pueblo Por La Playa has giant-sized 2-tiered infinity pools, one for adults and another for kids and adults who are afraid of deep waters. Blue tiles give the waters in the infinity pools a deep blue color, thus giving the illusion of sea water combined with the pools. Colorful bougainvillas, lush greens and tall buri palms around the infinity pools give a paradise-like ambience, thus making swimming a pleasurable experience. Non-swimmers can just laze in the sun loungers around the infinity pools, or soak in the shallow parts to "chillax".

    The best time to swim at the infinity pools is early morning or late afternoon.

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    Visit Centuries-Old Pagbilao Church

    by cyndymc Updated Jun 23, 2010

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    St.Catherine of Alexandria Parish Church.
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    Wherever we go, we first look for the church to thank God for our safe trip and to bless our stay in the new place. Pagbilao Church is also known as St.Catherine of Alexandria Parish Church. The main doors were closed when we arrived but fortunately, the office secretary, Ms. Apple led me inside the church through the side door.

    Although the church has undergone a lot of repairs and renovations, I was very impressed by the restoration job. Unlike other old churches which had lost its antique look, Pagbilao Church looked like a faithful copy of the previous structure. I couldn't help but admire the ceiling and the cornices that looked like they were wood carvings, though they were actually paintings. According to Ms. Apple, the paintings were meticulously done by a local artist from Pagbilao.

    Historical Background:

    Established by Franciscan Missionaries in 1685, the St. Catherine Parish had its beginnings in Brgy. Binahaan. A church made of indigenous materials like bamboo and cogon grass was built in 1688, under the administration of Fr.Cristobal Mortanchez. Then, the church was moved to its present site in 1730, with St.Catherine of Alexandria as its Patron Saint and Fr. Francisco Xavier de Toledo as the Parish Priest.

    The present stone church's construction began in 1845 under the administration of Fr.Victorino Peralija. It was completed with the bell tower and 2-story rectory in 1877 under the administration of Fr.Eugenio Gomez. During World War II, it was destroyed when American airplanes dropped bombs during the Liberation in 1945. There was an "intelligence report" that Japanese soldiers were still hiding inside the church. The convent and the church were damaged, but the bell tower was spared.The facade was also heavily damaged. Repairs were done under the Administration of Fr. Vicente Urlanda in 1954 .

    As time went on, repairs and additions changed the appearance of the church. In 2003, the Parish decided to dismantle for repairs the termite-infested ceiling, including the choir loft. But contributions and pledges continued to pour in so a total renovation was done to include the church interior. Restoration job on the facade was also done based on photos in the archives.

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    Hike inside Quezon National Park

    by monina_c Updated Apr 29, 2010

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    Standing in the shadow of a Giant!
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    If ever you are in the vicinity of Pagbilao, Quezon, it will be worth your while to visit the Quezon National Park. It is a very mild 3 hr. hike through well-established concrete trails with enough interesting rest areas where you can take photos. The Quezon National Park (983 hectares) The park is also the site of Pinagbanderahan, where the Filipino Revolutionaries planted the Philippine flag in their fight against the Spanish colonizers. Quezon National Park encompasses the western municipalities of Atimonan, Pagbilao, and Padre Burgos.

    Quoting from Trip Report: Philippines, December 23, 2000 - January 7, 2001 written by Chuck Heikkinen & Delia Unson, Madison, WI, USA; reiki@inxpress.net, The following birds can be seen in the Park:
    1. Dollarbird
    2. Oriental Honey Buzzards
    3. Coppersmith Barbet,
    4. Yellow-bellied Whistler,
    5. both Red-crested and Scale-feathered Malkohas.
    6. Rufous Coucal
    7. Lemon-throated Leaf-Warbler.
    8. Whiskered Pitta
    9. Pechora Pipit
    10. Slaty-breasted Rails
    11. Slender-billed Crow.

    The hike from the foot of Zigzag Road is a good cardiovascular exercise :) the black-top road is shaded by the merging canopy of the giant trees on both sides of the Road.

    You have 2 choices of making the hike:
    1. You can do it alone. Park your vehicle on the rest area and start walking. Or,
    2. You can drop by the Quezon National Agricultural School and ask for assistance from the staff and student assistants there.

    If you choose the second option, you get the guided tour and additional info regarding the place and some local color. Be prepared to give some backsheesh to the guide, though. : )

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