Special non-working holiday due to ASEAN 2017 on a Friday and Labor Day on a Monday, a perfect time to plan a long-weekend getaway with family. We originally planned to go to Baler but since this trip was shotgun, financial needs were not prepared. We went to somewhere cheaper and a place nearer—Bataan.
We left Caloocan at 7:30 AM on a Sunday and went on a 3-hour road trip to our first stop, the Holy Land in Subic. The place was tranquil and beautiful, though no masses were held at the time we visited.
They also have more attractions but you will need to pay a 220 Php fee to roam around. After offering our own separate prayers, we continued our drive to our destination, the Coralview Beach Resort. After an hour of driving, we finally reached the resort. Check-in time was 2PM, so we still have to wait for almost an hour to get to our room. We rented a cottage first and ate our lunch there.
The resort was crowded at the time we went, group of friends, families, and some companies conducting their team buildings. The resort has many amenities like billiards, table tennis, darts, obstacle courses, volleyball, and basketball. Karaokes were also available in each cottage with an additional fee. There were 3-5 swimming pools (including kiddie pools), a cafeteria, and numerous rooms. The beach was a minute walk from the rooms. We stayed in an air-conditioned dormitory-like rooms with lots of double deck beds, a small single shower room and CR (that were too small and narrow only one person can actually fit in), and a cable TV. Some of the staffs are accommodating, some of them seem like they don’t know what they’re doing. Overall, the Coralview Beach Resort was good, but it could be better. Here are some photos from the resort:
I was not able to take good photos because I left my phone in my bag most of the time of our stay in the resort. The next day, checkout time was 12NN. We prepared our things, left the resort and continued our road trip to our next destination—the Pawikan Conservation Center in Nagbalayong, Morong, Bataan.
There were two mature sea turtles in a pond as you can see in the photo above and two other baby sea turtles. The two mature sea turtles were kept in the conservation center because they were too sick to let them go to the ocean (you may notice in the photo that one of the sea turtle in pond has a crooked back). The baby sea turtles were the last two to hatch out of the 30,000+ eggs, and they are set to be freed to the ocean soon. One of the caretakers told us that releasing of the baby turtles usually happen during December.
After going around the conservation center, we went on our road trip to our last destination—the Mt. Samat National Shrine in Pilar, Bataan also known as the Dambana ng Kagitingan. There is a museum where you can go around and see some memorabilia from the WWII and the Battle of Bataan and a large memorial cross located near the summit of Mt. Samat. The historical shrine was built in honor of the Filipino and American soldiers who fought during WWII. Here are some photos from the place:
Overall, this trip has been tiring but super fun! Always fun with family, indeed.
Apologies for posting so late. This trip happened April 30-May 1, 2017 :p