We were out of work (our account just pulled out and we were all enjoying our paid vacation), bored and was just starting out as a couple – so what better way to bond than to go grab your bags, pack up some bathing suits and apply ’em old sunscreen while touring an unfamiliar territory. Whipped out a quick google search for possible places to crash and finally decided to experience Quezon Province.
We arrived at Marao, Padre Burgos at around 6PM. It was considered late so we decided to camp for the night until transportation can be made available the next morning. Had a fulfilling dinner at Vista Playa and Tay just wouldn’t pass on a chance for a night cap with a local before we called it a day.
This was practically the first time I experienced being “exposed” to the elements, and I had to admit, my wild imagination kicked in, but that was just for a wee bit coz I was dozing off the minute my head touched our makeshift pillows. It wasn’t the best sleep I had but when you get awaken by the distinct – almost sweet smell of the ocean, you know you will be in for a great day ahead.
Instead of having breakfast in Vista Playa, we opted to explore the town. What a better way to experience the local cuisine than to try their carinderias. Not only we were treated with a splendid offering – we also indulged in their warm hospitality and genuine demeanor. With our tummies tamed and our spirits rested – it was time for some real summer fun – and we were off to famed spots (Talabaan, Borawan and Dampalitan).
How to get to Padre Burgos (commute):
1. From Manila (Cubao, Buendia or Alabang), take a bus going to Lucena. Fare is around 200 to 250. Travel time is more or less 3 hours (depends on the traffic).
2. Take a bus or Van (in Sm Lucena) to Unisan. We opted to ride a van so the travel time will be much faster. Fare was PhP 60 per head.
3. Get off at Padre Burgos – We asked the driver to drop us at Vista Playa (right side of the road). Other options are Tamarind Resort or at QCRB then take a trike going to the aplaya so you can get a boat that can bring you to Borawan or Dampalitan.
Boat to Borawan and Dampalitan was PhP700, we added PhP200 so we can visit Talabaan as well.
KM 164, Brgy. Marao,
Padre Burgos, Quezon Province