NAGSASA-YA

Zambales, Philippines



Imagine pine trees, a sand bar separating the river from the ocean, and a sky filled with stars at night.
This place called Nagsasa Cove in Pundaquit, Zambales is definitely a campers’ haven.

It was nearing September when we drove north for Tin’s birthday weekend getaway. 
I felt as if I’m escaping time itself because there’s no signal and electricity in the area. 
You’d only be stuck in this pocket of land, laying your back on the sand, and watching the waves run towards the shore.

Compared to Anawangin, Nagsasa is bigger and less crowded. It’s a bit farther than the rest but the travel time compensates the beauty it offers. 
The place, however, isn’t for the high-maintenance. The resorts fronting the sea only offers bare necessities like unkempt bathrooms, huts, firewood, charcoal, water, cooking grill, and sleeping tents for rent. It's a challenge not to be bothered by the noise of neighboring tents (especially at night), or of too-bright campfires with their rowdy team-building groups but you can always look for a silent spot all to yourself.

Being pristine and uniquely beautiful, Nagsasa is an easy place to fall in love with. I’ve been to Zambales on several occasions but I always end up coming back for its countless wonders. It reminds me of my love for spontaneity and for knowing that there’s still always something beyond. The love it fills me is a love that's of a different kind.

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