A jellyfish kind of story

For nearly a decade from the mid-1970s onwards, I turned Cavite province into a big backyard, having been able to visit all its municipalities and gradually familiarize myself with its main routes, poblacions, churches and convents, even a number of beach resorts. Don’t ask me the whys and wherefores, because that’s another story.

A jellyfish kind of story
A jellyfish kind of story

In fact, this is just a side story, about what I considered my home base in Cavite — a beach resort near Daang Amaya in Tanza and my parents’ project to colonize the vicinity. No, actually, that would entail another long story. So this is just a side story to that side story. This is about something Anne Curtis and I have in common. In other words, this is a jellyfish kind of story.

Sometime during the early years of martial law, my parents had acquired a small landholding along the national highway in Tanza. The place was easy to spot because of a thick ipil-ipil grove on the left and a lone camachile tree on the right, just before you reached a dirt road with the signpost “Starfish Resort”. Starfish was a small beach resort and fishing community surrounded by ricefields some 500 meters down the coast.

On the lot they bought, my parents had built an airy cottage that magnanimously let in the whole day’s sun and seabreeze. At some distance away, they built a deep well and arranged for two families — both relatives — to live in two smaller cottages and serve as caretakers.

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The secrets of Nagsasa Cove

Let me get straight to the point by sharing what I learned during a short stay at Nagsasa Cove in San Antonio, Zambales.

I won’t bore you with the usual mundane matters that you can Google from travelogues, such as how to get there, what’s so great about it, how to best enjoy your stay, what not to expect, and so on. Instead, I’ll tell you some interesting stories about Nagsasa, presented in Top-Ten style.

SECRETS TO DIVULGE. Every beach has a long and complex story to tell, and secrets to divulge, if only we become more observant and listen more closely. This small clump of growing coral, stranded on the beach, shows the paradox of fragility and resiliency tied up like yin and yang in every ecosystem.

So, without much ado, here goes: “Ten things you might not know about Nagsasa because you were so busy enjoying the beach, the scenery and the food.” Continue reading “The secrets of Nagsasa Cove”