Very few people know BONPEN – See, you haven’t even heard of it either! Im not really sure if it’s a good thing – so that less people would come barging in and start ravaging the beauty that we humans are so fond of doing. Or is it a shame that this place do not get the exposure it needs because it’s not mainstream (whatever that means!?!). Nonetheless, this visit has proved to be an addicting experience that triggered our hankering to explore more local destinations.
Bondoc Peninsula is a district in the Province of Quezon which has 12 municipalities, namely Agdangan, Buenavista, Catanauan, General Luna, Macalelon, Mulanay, Padre Burgos, Pitogo, San Andres, San Francisco, San Narciso and Unisan. They are mostly hilly and near the sea. The only towns familiar to my ears were Padre Burgos (since we’re there 😀 ), Mulanay (because of a movie that was released in the 90’s) and Unisan (Rural Bank of Unisan used to rent a commercial space from my lolo). The local magazine flaunted different tourist spots in the peninsula. I was like, “Tay, do we have time to go here, there” while pointing on the pictures in the magazine – I was so kulit as always! There are a lot of historical places and nice beaches to visit. Unfortunately, we were not able to tour other towns in BonPen.
The district also has a festival. The BonPen Festival features the beautiful sites of the district’s 12 towns and promotes tourism in the area.
They say that Padre Burgos is the “Gateway to Bondoc Peninsula” and we couldnt agree more…