Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Poctoy Beach in Marinduque


If you haven't heard about it, I've traveled solo - for the first time! And yes it's Marinduque. I explored Maniwaya Island  on the first day and was so blessed to meet the owner of the Residencia De Palo Maria resort. They were the best and they made my stay so memorable with all the perks I got (that I didn't think I would get if it I wasn't traveling alone).

On the second day of my Marinduque adventure, I went straight to the Sta.Cruz church at the town of Sta.Cruz. I took a tricycle from the Buyabod port and paid 25 pesos for the trip. It was a Sunday so I just settled outside the church. I took a peek inside and amazed with the structure of this 18th century church (1714). I also saw the Holy Infant Parochial school just beside the church.

Sta.Cruz church

TRIVIA: separate parochial schools for boys and girls were established during the Spanish era
What I noticed about Marinduque was the erratic electrical supply. Most establishments have their own generator sets and blackouts were a common thing for them. And so I walked to the Sta.Cruz public market and looked for the jeepney terminal. 

I needed to go to the town of Torrijos for another beach bumming in Poctoy beach. Torrijos is the next town right after Sta.Cruz but it takes 1 hour - the least - to reach the town by jeepney. I searched for a jeepney with the signboard "Torrijos" and hopped in. There was a bench in the middle of the jeepney and top loading is just a normal thing to them. Oh boy the jeepney was full - really full of people and some fresh produce. 

It was my first jeepney ride in the province and I didn't know how it works there, how do you say "Para" and how are you going to pay, so I just observed how they did it. I noticed that people were quiet. I mean no two persons were talking so loud. Everyone was whispering. I loved it. The view was amazing. 

After 10 minutes, someone unloaded the jeepney. He knocked the roof and paid directly to the driver when he went down. So that's how they do it there. But there were few passengers who paid even before they went down and passed the money from one passenger to the other until it gets to the driver - just how they do it here in Manila. 

I heard someone paid and said "Poctoy" and then eureka! I just have to keep an eye on that girl to know that I was on the right place. The fare was 40 pesos. If you're coming from the town of Sta.Cruz, you have to seat on the left side of the jeepney and look out for the Poctoy Beach arch. I arrived at around 9:50 a.m. and it took me 55 minutes to reach Poctoy beach from the town of Sta. Cruz.

source
air-cool windshield
there's room for more
I asked the girl (13 years old) if I can walk from the main road up to the Poctoy beach. She said yes and asked me if I'm from Manila - she said it was obvious. She's Ayssel. We had a quick chat and I learned that her dad takes care of a beachfront homestay and that I can ask her dad about it. 

After a few minutes we were at the beach. It was a Sunday and as expected, people flocked on this government-controlled beach. There were people everywhere - What am I doing here with all of these people? But then again, I can't quit. Need to move forward. 

There were some entrance and parking fees (20 pesos entrance fee + 10 pesos environmental fee). And then we moved on and saw their mini grocery near the beach. I met her Mom (Ate Anabel) and Dad (Kuya Russell) and then we walked a few meters to the Dud's Homestay. 

don't miss this arch
walk a few meters and there's the beach

Dud's Homestay is not a resort - if you're thinking about room service and the works. It's a private house wherein the owners decided to make it as a homestay if they're not in town. There are fan rooms and AC rooms. It ranges from 1,200 to 1,800. And because I needed a cheaper room, I stated my case to Kuya Russell - especially that there was no electricity supply at that time so it made my offer more acceptable. I haggled up to such point that he gave up and gave in with my offer. It was for 600 pesos - he called the owner and cited that I was alone and stuff. Deal! 

I got the double fan room with a seaview at the second level of the house. There was a functional kitchen on the first level. I didn't get to have my own toilet and bath but hey, I was alone and I owned the whole house. I got scared at first (coz I don't have a key of the house or something) but Kuya Russell assured me that everything will be fine and asked Ayssel to accompany me at night but I declined. I think that was too much hassle for them already. 

Dud's homestay
great for big groups
bar on the left / dining and kitchen area on the right
let's go up!
living area on the second level - perfect for tambay
my double room for 600 pesos - c'mon! almost 50% discount
the shared toilet and bath on the second level
Kuya Russell left me and I stayed at the veranda to check out the view. It was a busy Sunday. People were everywhere and enjoying the sun and the beach with family and friends. I was there alone in the house, alone in that trip - I would be lying if I didn't wish to have some soul with me but then I realized I was really destined to be in that situation at that time. 

So there, at around 11 a.m. I fixed my stuff and read my book and went into a deep sleep - without a fan. I woke up at around 2 p.m. and got hungry. I realized that I only had coffee and some biscuits that morning.

the veranda
almost finished this book
trying a morion mask
It would be such a waste of time to just lie there and read so I went out. I was looking for an eatery but found none. I went to Ayssel and their store. They wanted to cook something for me but I don't want to bother them anymore so I took their second offer - a nice and big cup noodles plus some bread. I had a nice chat with Ate Anabel and her booming business. She said that she gets almost all of her stuff at Divisoria. She also mentioned about the guests they had at the beach. They are happy that tourism in their province is starting to boom.

poctoy sand
ansabe?
infer! mababaw yan mga bagets
After that I went to the beach - with the scorching heat at 2:40 p.m. I looked around and realized that this is totally not the place for me. I walked along the shore and move further. Away from the public area. I went to the leftmost side of the beach (facing the sea) and found out that there were some big rocks on that end. When I went passed those rocks I found paradise!

go to the leftmost part of the beach (facing the sea)
go beyond those rocks
way past those rocks
There were no people. There were some private lots and properties but they don't own the beach right? So I've decided to stay there for the whole afternoon. 

truly amazing

salamat sa remote


I just needed a decent photo with Mt. Malindig as a "backdrop"
I took a dip and checked out the beach. The water was so refreshing and I enjoyed it. Camwhored because there's nothing else to do. Ran around. Jumped. Shouted. Rolled over the sand. Felt like crazy. But yeah it was funny. And then I saw this unpretentious bahay kubo. It said "private" on one peg but no one even bothered to shoo me away. Maybe it's because I'm alone and not bothering anyone. So there. I spent almost 3 hours on that side of the beach. Didn't get to self-actualize (not that I intend to) but to hear the waves and see that kind of view kinda stabilized my whole being.

One thing I learned from Tita Girlie on my recent Coron trip - you get to REALLY enjoy vacations if you work like hell and is hungry for the stillness of time, if you're like me who travels because of my husband's job then you'll consider vacations as a very normal thing.


ang "private" kubo na tinambayan
spent almost 3 hours here
Kids learn through experience, not memorization - Long past stopping by Oran Canfield
baka ma - Tito Sotto
After sunset, I went back to the "public" beach and wondered why people flocked on this area and not on the paradise just 20 tumblings away from there. Oh well, to each his own. I went back to Kuya Russell and Ate Anabel's store and watched this showbiz-oriented show on local TV. I also had some few bottles so as to convince myself that sleeping alone in the house will be a very good idea. 

I went back to the house, took a shower and slept like there's no tomorrow. I think the beers helped. Birds that were gossiping early in the morning woke me up. It was such a nice sleep and I immediately went to the veranda to check out the beach. I needed to get a better view so I went to kitchen, made some coffee (I had some stash with me... everytime I travel) and went into the beach. 

It was a nice morning and there were no people around. It was so refreshing. And then I looked at the time, it's time to go now. I quickly fixed my stuff, took a shower and made a note telling the Real family how I really appreciated their help. I went to the same route I did yesterday and there I was on the main highway waiting for my jeepney to arrive.

sunrise!
me + my bags + marinduque = total bliss!
And then I went to the town of Boac...

Dud's Homestay
Poctoy Beach, Torrijos, Marinduque
Kuya Russell Real (caretaker) - (+63) 947.351.02.20
Ate Anable Real - (+63) 929.224.63.15




45 comments:

  1. Sabi nga, alone but not lonely.

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  2. Buti k pa at nakapg swimming tlaga' kami dihins sa pulau intan kasi maputik ang dagat. Lol

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    1. yan talaga weakness ko, tubig! too bad maputik sa pulau intan... :(

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  3. the sand looks pink.. infairness gnda nung resort ha .. medyo yung nem lng .. ntatawa ako haha poctoy tlga!

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    1. ehem... what were you thinking kulapitot ha?! hmmmm

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  4. aww.. i miss poctoy! too bad di namin naexplore yung 'paradise' side na yun. ang gandaaa! kelangan talaga bumalik dito. nakita namin yang house na yan nung naglakad kami. sayang lang at di na kami nagtyaga maghanap ng accommodation that time. nwy, glad nag enjoy ka sa poctoy!

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    1. hi kimi! yan ata epekto ng solo eh, hawak mo oras at desisyon.. hehe..oh my sayang naman, di mo naispatan ang paraiso. pagbalik mo sama ako. hihi

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    2. oo carla kelangan talaga bumalik! game! baka sakaling madamay ako sa treat sayo dun sa palo maria resort. ^_^

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  5. grabe inggit ako, gusto ko rin mapuntahan yan! on another note, is that a $5M Home you got there? I used to have a bag like that, red din :D

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    1. hi christian.. yes it is a $5M... nung una akala ko malaki siya para sa akin, ayun pala sakto lang... :)

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  6. Waaah, can't imagine pano makakatulog sa ganong kalaking house tas mag-isa lang?

    Anyway, ganda ng beach at ikaw ng tumo-two piece! :D

    See you soon Carla!

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    1. at ako na talaga marx..hehe..yes, see you soon :)

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  7. Looks like an excellent time! :)Nice photos too :)

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    1. hi roselle!thanks.. super happy trip talaga tong poctoy na to:)

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  8. panalo! another great experience and its nice meeting some good souls in it. i loved the part when you decided to stay in a crowdless part of the beach. :)

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    1. yes estranghero, i really needed to find that "perfect spot" for solitary wanderers like me :)

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  9. Woot nice na nabasa ko to :D Actually, matagal ko na gustong mag-Marinduque mag-isa. Dyan lumaki yung great grandmother ko (Boac) pero hindi ko kilala yung ibang relatives ko sa side nila. Sana makapag-Moriones ako next year.

    Boac na, dali! Dali!

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    1. hi myx! ang hectic sa school at sa MA at kung anik-anik pa. next week will post the last installment of my marinduque stint:)

      go Moriones! pero hagardo versoza daw ang pagsakay pauwi dun eh...

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  10. wow ang ganda naman ng living area ganda tumambay doon habang nagmuni muni ok din siguro mag siesta jan :)

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    1. tama! parang mas gusto ko manong yung part na siesta! hehe

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  11. wow just 20tumblings away from the overly crowded beach! Really pretty! Sexy as always!

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    1. oh yeah shugah! kailangan lang talaga magpakalayo-layo :)

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  12. I miss Marinduque! last year I spend my holyweek in Marinduque! total awesome:)

    you can check mine 2:) if you like:

    http://www.sunnytoast.blogspot.com/2011/05/moriones-festival.html
    http://www.sunnytoast.blogspot.com/2011/05/summer-love-photo-diary2.html
    http://www.sunnytoast.blogspot.com/2011/05/summer-love-photo-diary.html

    thanks

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    1. wow! you've been there too sunny! nice beach eh? :)

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  13. Ate! Bakit hindi nakasama si kuya? hihi :) miss you te carla ;)

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    1. hi kat! di siya pwede that time eh... pero buti na rin kasi nakapg-solo ako. hehe

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  14. Hi ate :) Still ganun pa i ba yung rate nila dun ?

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    1. hi niks! i think it's still the same. or maybe you can contact them on the numbers posted above :)

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  15. wow.. nice nkpunta po kayo ng poctoy.. tga-torrijos po aq.. 2 brgys. from pocto. :)

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    1. wow talaga ralph?! hmm... next time tour mo naman ako sa torrijos! :)

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  16. Thank you for sharing! Another helpful and fun blog to read! :)

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  17. I really love your site :). The pic that have a caption "go to the leftmost part of the beach (facing the sea)
    go beyond those rocks" is our place :D Nashock ako nung nakita ko (as in, i felt my heart jump hehe) kakamiss ang province :D.

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    1. wow! taga diyan ka gracia? ang ganda... pasabit minsan. hehe

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    2. sorry sa late reply (busy lang dahil guro din :) )..Sure naman. Aayusin pa dyan kaya di pa ko makapag invite pero once na ayos na iinvite kita samin :)

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  18. I'm from boac m'duque and i''ve visited poctoy twice and i hven't got a chance to go beyond those rocks... i'll try it next time thanks for the info... I'd like you to know and the reader that there some private beaches after poctoy beach like the part you discovered.

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    1. hi john! boac is nice. same as poctoy. hmm... private part pala yung napuntahan ko. hehe. thanks sa info :)

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  19. I'm teary eyed reading blogs about Marinduque, my birthplace. Haven't been there in decades as in I think 5 or 6 years old lang ako umalis na kami dun pero eversince dun na kami tumira. Dun nag aral ate ko, nagtrabaho mother and father ko. Too bad I didnt get to enjoy it as much. All the memories from childhood are still clear in my head. Sayang wala na si Nanay sana nakabalik ulit ako ksama siya.. I will definitely come back to you my hometown, Mataas na Bayan, Boac. Salamat sa blog na ito for bringing memories for me.

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    1. Marinduque will always be special to me kasi dun po ang first and last solo trip ko. Just this year, I went back there and fell in love with the place again. I hope makabalik po kayo soon and balitaan nyo po ako. Salamat po sa pagbisita dito :)

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  20. Iba na ata ang name nyan. Villa Briones na. and hindi na sila kuya russel at ate annabel ang caretaker..

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