Liwliwa Beach


Liwliwa, Zambales - our group, Batang Hamog Mountaineers, has been participating the annual celebration of the Philippine Independence by creating an activity focusing about #Kalayaan, #Kasarinlan, #Freedom, or #Independence. This year's event was Freedom Surf 2018 held at Home Break Hostel, one of the simple resorts in Liwliwa, Zambales. If you're unfamiliar with this spot, it's normal because prominent surfing spots usually are Siargao, Baler, La Union and many others. Now Liwliwa, in Zambales, is the newest addition to the list.

Aguinaldo Mansion

Wait, just a brief history, the photo above was captured in 2017 during solo-backpacking at the Aguinaldo Mansion, in Cavite. Ito ang balkonahe na kung saan unang iwinagaway ang bandila ng Pilipinas noong ika 12 ng Hunyo 1898.

Darwin Dalisay

HOW TO GET TO LIWLIWA: We chartered a van, of course with a driver, and met in EDSA Central. Weather wasn't good because of the Habagat and the typhoon Domeng. Rain drops were falling, lightning strikes and th ethunders roaring - we were crossing our fingers for a good weather. Kulang nalang talaga, ialay ko na yung mga itlog namin, na pang breakfast para lang umayos ang panahon. But, it didn't work out. Weather is really unpredictable - parang yung feelings nya sakin, minsan okay, minsan hindi.

Home Break Hostel

Before proceeding to Liwliwa, first, we bought supplies at San Antonio Public Market - one of the cleanest markets in the Philippines, while the rain was in moderate to heavy status. There were parts that the roads were filled with the gutter deep water - pero okay parin kami! Rain or shine tuloy kami.

Home Break Hostel

Liwliwa Beach

Liwliwa Zambales

Surfing in Liwliwa

Zambales tourist spots

The weather wasn't good at all. But, happiness is a choice - so despite of the bad weather, we chose to be happy! All the participants went to the shore for photo ops, but I chose to be in the tent while listening to reggae songs. Habang tumatagal, parang mas nagugustuhan ko nang mag-isa, hindi ko lang alam kung bakit. Dahil din sa event na ito, nalaman ko na ang pag-kakarpentero pala ang mag-papasaya sa akin. Imagine, because of the heavy rain fall, I need to dig in the sand to create a canal or a water passage, para hindi mapasok ng tubig mga tents namin. Sana kung bago pumasok e kumatok man lang sana, e hindi. Diba?

Our first day itinerary: cooking, lunch, kwentuhan, photo ops, cooking, dinner and socials. Second day: cooking, breakfast, photo ops, headed back to Manila. I can't give more details since it was our get together. And as always, during our anniversary and freedom event, we have been talking about our previous expiditions - those happy moments! Yung mga wala din, pinag-usapan din namin.