We have spent our summer in Tingloy Island Batangas (Masasa Beach) where I established a good friendship with my friends.
Batangas used to keep so many secrets. Its proximity to capital easily makes it an easy target for the beach-chasing crowd. This makes Masasa Beach a surprise, the kind that does not shock but pushes you to a joyful reverie.
Tingloy is the municipality in Batangas that is not part of mainland Luzon. Its main island is Maricaban, which together with another island, form a fish silhouette rising in the middle of Verde Island Passage.
Me and my youngest sister went there one day late as my work vacation did not approve immediately. From Alabang,we took a bus to Batangas City Grand Terminal, rode a jeepney to Anilao Port and board the passenger boat to Tingloy.
A quick tricycle ride from Tingloy port led us to the start of the trail to the beach. The path snakes across a thin residential area and across rice fields. It’s an easy, no-sweat walk down to the shore, where coconut trees stood in line, as though guarding the precious beach.
It was.fabulous during our visit as the sand was sparkling. The shallow waters were serene at the time (low tide). It was so clear withstanding the apparent scarcity of light. To the east are sharp cliffs that skirt the coast. At their feet is a paved walkway that leads to another sand-and-shingle beach. This part is more rocky road than vanilla, but still scenic.
Development is hardly felt (if felt at all) in this corner of Batangas. There are no resorts or hotels in sight, encouraging the more natural option — camping and renting the "kubo" of the JW couple that my friend's contact.
It was a very good experience, and definitely I will go back to that mini paradise.