valentine’s day weekend at padre burgos, quezon province

Padre Burgos is a municipality in Quezon province named after Jose Burgos of the Gomburza. Such a tragic name origin, but the municipality itself is peaceful. Padre Burgos was formerly known as Laguimanok due to the shape of the coastline, which resembles a chicken’s beak. In fact, the town was getting ready for the Laguimanok festival the weekend we were there. (On the way home, we stopped to watch a group of children practicing the “chicken dance” inside a covered basketball court.)

We ended up in Padre Burgos because a colleague of mine has an uncle who owns a beach house, and the house was available for us to use for the month of February. I’ve never been to Quezon before, so I have no expectations. (All I knew was that we would be having tequila, which for me was a good enough reason to go.)

We hired a van to get to Padre Burgos, which is an hour or so away from Lucena. We visited two islands, Borawan and Dalampalitan. J and I and two other colleagues decided not to go to Puting Buhangin because it started to rain very hard and we were freezing our asses off. I did not plan for a rainy weekend at all. Philippine weather, you big weirdo!

Padre Burgos, Quezon province

Photo from V.

Padre Burgos, Quezon province

Photo from V.

Borawan: pro, impressive rock formations; con, expensive huts (PhP 700), wild beach.

Padre Burgos, Quezon province

Photo from V. Art direction by S. Haha!

Padre Burgos, Quezon province Padre Burgos, Quezon province Padre Burgos, Quezon province Padre Burgos, Quezon province Padre Burgos, Quezon province Padre Burgos, Quezon province Padre Burgos, Quezon province Padre Burgos, Quezon province Padre Burgos, Quezon provinceDalampalitan: pro, quieter, more affordable huts (PhP 200), no waves; con, because there was no current, it was pretty muddy, making it hard to swim. Padre Burgos, Quezon province Look how serene the water is. Padre Burgos, Quezon province We had these for lunch. I learned how to crack these crabs open out of necessity. (I know — I grew up in a fishing town and I never learned how to properly crack crabs.)

Padre Burgos, Quezon province

Photo from V.

Padre Burgos, Quezon province

Photo from T.

Padre Burgos, Quezon province Padre Burgos, Quezon province Padre Burgos, Quezon province Padre Burgos, Quezon province Padre Burgos, Quezon province Padre Burgos, Quezon province Padre Burgos, Quezon province Yung pose na parang pupunta lang ng office. Padre Burgos, Quezon province Padre Burgos, Quezon province We saw a bunch of tiny hermit crabs and some weird tentacle plant or animal thing. I don’t know what it is. Please enlighten me. Padre Burgos, Quezon province Pine trees by the beach. Padre Burgos, Quezon province Back to the house, shower, dinner, endless conversation, Patron tequila that seemed bottomless. A brief drama as I suddenly broke out in hives. Not sure what the trigger was. More tequila.

Padre Burgos, Quezon province

Photo from V.

The next day, the sun came out and we took a walk along the shoreline. Padre Burgos, Quezon province Padre Burgos, Quezon province Padre Burgos, Quezon province Starfish! Padre Burgos, Quezon province Padre Burgos, Quezon province Somewhere in that landscape is the house. Padre Burgos, Quezon province Padre Burgos, Quezon province Padre Burgos, Quezon province Oysters stuck to the rocks, glowing like gold coins. Padre Burgos, Quezon province The walk back, then a bus ride home. We took a jeep (PhP 35) to Lucena Grand Terminal and got on a bus at 1 pm to Cubao (around PhP 200).

Padre Burgos, Quezon province

Photo from V.

Padre Burgos, Quezon province

Photo from T.

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