San Antonio Things to Do

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    MARKET DAY

    by davidjo Written Jul 20, 2013

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    The main market takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays only as traders arrive in town and set up their stalls, which sell cellfones, tools, clothes etc. During other days the traders will set uo business at other towns in Zimbales.
    The market is located in the center of town near the bus stop and town hall.

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    TEODORO R. YANGCO

    by davidjo Written Jul 20, 2013
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    A statue of the towns most famous resident is located in the small garden in front of the Municipal Hall. He was born in the town in 1861 and studied law at one of the best universities in the country (Santo Tomas). He later studied in West London for several years before taking up a position as Resident Commissioner of the Philippines in Washington DC from 1917-20. He supported the YMCA and gave generously and is known as the father of the YMCA. He died in 1939 and is buried in Manila North Cemetery.

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    TAKE A LOOK AT THE MUNICIPAL HALL

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    The Municipal Hall was situated in the center of town where the long distance buses stop. The building was kept in immaculate condition and there was a small landscaped garden in front of it which was also kept in first class condition.

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    Go Camping with Friends

    by pres_16 Updated Feb 24, 2012

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    Here in Anawangin Cove was my first ever camping experience. The idea of staying overnight in a deserted island was a new adventure for me. Being a neophyte, I had my apprehension, I imagine things that could happen or go wrong during our stay - heavy rains, typhoon, tsunami, etc. But none of these odd things happened.

    At night, I remember indulging moments of stargazing - the stars seemed closer and bigger to us... and when I went to sleep, sounds of nature like waves splashing on the shore, crickets and other tiny creatures chirping caressed my ears.

    In the morning, again the crickets chirping and birds humming a beautiful tune woke me up. I had a great day and night of communion with nature.

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    Go Picture Taking with Friends

    by pres_16 Updated Feb 23, 2012

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    With the beautiful panorama of Anawangin Cove and the place being less touristy, this is a great place to try out your skills in photography. We have met one photo journalist here who shared us some of his photo skills.

    Unfortunately, my camera's memory card was not a good one - it destroyed most of my shots! Thanks to vters for sharing their cameras and some pictures with me.

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    Go Hiking/Climbing/Crawling!

    by pres_16 Updated Feb 23, 2012

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    There is a vantage point in this mountain that provides the visitors a whole view of Anawangin Cove and its awesome sorroundings. Go hiking thru a steep trail and reward yourself with the awesome panorama. It feels good everytime I remember this fun climb.

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    Island Hopping: Camara & Capones Islands

    by cyndymc Updated Feb 2, 2010

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    Camara and Capones Islands can be seen from the beaches of Pundakit. Tourists usually go island hopping to these places before going to Anawangin Cove. We did just that.

    Camara Island, the closest island from the shores of Pundakit, is a big lump of rock with very little soil. Trees & vegetation hardly grow because of the rock formations and the shape/angle of the island. However, the island offers a great view of the open ocean.

    Camara has two sides. A white sandbar that becomes visible during the lowtide and disappears during the high tide links the two sides. During high tide, the other side looks like a separate islet.

    Capones Island, one of the main attractions in Pundakit, is actually a big lump of rock formation with very little soil. Beachcombing reveals interesting stones/rocks, corals, shells, and driftwoods brought by the strong waves of the open ocean.

    The main attraction of the island is the Capones Lighthouse located at the back of the island when you’re facing the open sea. When we first went there, we were not able to explore the lightouse, as we were warned by the boatmen of the high risks involved in walking around the other side of the island because of the strong waves. Early morning of the following day, the sea was calm so my husband and some photo buddies were able to return to Capones and explore the lighthouse.

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    Befriend Your "Bankero"/Boatman

    by cyndymc Updated Feb 2, 2010

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    Your boatman is not merely the person who will bring you to the islands/cove. The "bankero" is also your travel guide, protector while on the sea, interpreter, and he can also be your camping assistant (he can help you with pitching tents, cleaning up or even cooking your food).

    There are standard rates for renting a banca, so please don't haggle for a much lower price. Think of helping the bankero feed his family through your boat rental, and be generous with your tip if you are satisfied with his service.

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    Camara Rocks!

    by cyndymc Written Apr 16, 2009

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    Camara rocks- figuratively and literally! As mentioned earlier, Camara Island is a big lump of rock formation.

    To nature lovers, it will always be fascinating to examine the different rocks found in an island. In Camara, you just won't have enough of rock exploration, as each rock has its own beauty and unique features.

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    Explore & Appreciate Pundakit's Flora

    by cyndymc Written Apr 8, 2009

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    I always find it exciting to explore the flora in the new places we go to. In Anawangin Cove, I discovered some beach plants growing in the sandy banks, and with interesting flowers and fruits yet. It is amazing how they can grow and survive the almost soil-less place.

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    Watch The Beautiful Sunset

    by cyndymc Written Apr 8, 2009

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    Whether you are in a Pundakit beach resort or in Anawangin Cove, the sunset will surely fascinate you. I had the chance to see the golden sunset from the beachfront of our Canoe Beach Resort. The sun sets behind the Camara Island. It was such an awesome sight seeing the sun in its golden, perfectly round shape slowly going down, hiding behind the clouds, and finally vanishing behind Camara Island, leaving a sunburst of golden, orangey colors in the sky.

    I was told by my husband and his photo buddies who camped at Anawangin Cove that the sunset view from their camp was equally awesome. They set their tripods facing the sea, where the sun displayed a beautiful sunburst.

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    Travel Light; Buy Your Goods & Foods At The Market

    by cyndymc Written Apr 8, 2009

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    We stopped at San Antonio Public Market to buy fresh fish & squid, pork, eggplants, mangoes, rice, coal for grilling, and other supplies like gas for the portable camping stove and additional drinks.

    If you're early and the public market is not yet open (they open at about 8am yet), a little sweet request or persuasive cajolling might convince the vendor to sell to you earlier than 8am.

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    Camp Overnight at Anawangin Cove

    by cyndymc Written Apr 8, 2009

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    The adventurous type can camp overnight at Anawangin Cove. Camping offers a different kind of excitement- eating al fresca, sleeping inside the tent or on a hammock, resting and/or meditating with the relaxing sound of the waves.

    The campsite is at the back of the banks. Campers have ample space to pitch their tents. I suggest you pitch your tent near a picnic hut or a bamboo/wooden table with benches. Additionally, I suggest you choose an area near the artesian well, comfort room & shower rooms.

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    Go To The Most Popular Destination: Anawangin Cove

    by cyndymc Updated Apr 8, 2009

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    Anawangin is the nearest cove from the poblacion, and is currently the most visited and developed amongst Pundakit's coves.

    Anawangin Cove is surrounded by mountains that look like gigantic rocks, known to be formed by tumultous volcanic activities in the past. But what amuses tourists is the presence of pine trees neatly lined up in rows (as in a garden or park) just behind the banks of the cove. It is surmised by locals that the seeds of the agoho pine were strewn during the Mt. Pinatubo eruption, and fell on the cove together with the ash fall.

    The campsite and beach area were quite crowded when we went there, being summer and a long weekend. Tourists swarmed and swam in the beach area; sunbathers basked in the sun and slept on the sand.

    Anawangin Cove is a private property, so tourists pay P50 for day tour and P150 for overnight stay/camping to the caretaker.

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    Discover The Wonders of Pundakit

    by cyndymc Written Apr 8, 2009

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    Sunset View From Pundakit
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    Barangay Pundakit is a small fishing village in San Antonio, but it has become more popular as the jump-off point for Anawangin Cove, Capones Island and Camara Island. And now, Pundakit has become more exciting when word spread about Nagsasa Cove and Sinlanguin Cove, which supposedly offer a more quiet environment for tourists.

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