Tingloy: A scenic island in Batangas

Tingloy: A scenic island in Batangas

It was my first time to personally organize a preaching tour in an isolated island in the Philippines. The idea was given by a well-meaning couple – a zealous brother and sister in faith. So after months of learning and researching about the place and weeks of preparation, came the day of our tour.

We left Baguio City at 11:00 in the evening aboard a Victory Liner bus. It took us only four hours to reach Cubao terminal. After having our early breakfast at Chowking we boarded an ALPs bus bound to Batangas Grand Terminal (BGT). Then, we had to board a passenger jeepney which brought us to Talaga port where we had to board a boat so we can reach the port of Tingloy.

Since we reached Talaga port at 8am, we still had to wait for the first trip to Tingloy at 10:30am.

From this point forward, what we have seen and experienced in the island are mostly depicted in pictures.

The community is peaceful and quaint. I felt a sense of serenity while watching these scenes. It was actually 6:30 am when I took these photos and felt melancholic since I was reminded of those days when I was still going to school – just like the kids in the photos.

Our preaching experience

The people in Tingloy are very polite and hospitable. We had a relaxed, enjoyable and fruitful time in sharing the good news of Jehovah God’s kingdom with them. 🙂

The best part for me was being greeted “good morning and good afternoon” wherever we go. It was really unusual for me since I’m used to passing by several persons and not getting a smile back or a nod even if I took the initiative to shyly greet them first in the city. But in this little island, it was like going back in time when people still care about each other and treat each other as family.

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Perks of a Preaching Tour

Benefits of joining a preaching tour is being able to explore great places and captivating scenic views in the island. Local brothers and sisters invited us to visit their place and enjoy their hospitality.

Of course,  we enjoyed taking photos of the amazing views.

Scenic views at Masasa beach

Masasa Beach and swimming

 

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enjoying the cool water

Masasa Beach Rock Formations

According to Tatay  (our tour guide), these rock formations are really old and is an admired tourist spot in their part of the island.

Mini hiking expedition

It took us almost 30 minutes to reach the top and we were a lot quicker going down the steep trail.

The views on top of the mountain are worth the unexpected hike 🙂

Visiting another side of the island – Dapdap

Sunset images in the island

The best things in life are free – just like the sunset. It often reminds me that Jehovah God wraps up a day beautifully thus giving hope to mankind that tomorrow it will beam and rise again.

Last Day in the island

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With our siblings in faith in Tingloy Congregation
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farewell picture with our family in Tingloy island

Memorable persons during our preaching tour

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Additional Information:

Transportation Expenses:

  • Bus (Baguio to Cubao): 445php/head
  • ALPs Bus (Cubao to Batangas Grand Terminal): 165php/head
  • Jeep (BGT to Talaga port): 37php/head
  • Passenger boat (Talaga port to Tingloy Island): 65php/head
  • Tricycle (Tingloy port to Kingdom Hall): 10php/head

Images used are from the fb pages of the preaching tour members.

Dicasalarin Cove: Exploring Baler Part 3

Dicasalarin Cove: Exploring Baler Part 3

“The view was breathtaking! 🙂 It was awe-inspiring and relaxing as well.” I was so excited to reach the cove. 🙂

On our way to the cove, we made the mistake of going directly up the mountain instead of turning right. But it was a blessing in disguise for we reached Baler, Aurora’s PAG-ASA Weather Station. There we were warmly welcomed by the station manager and even invited and encouraged us to go to their office’ rooftop to see the view of the cove plus the instruments they are using to know the weather. Before leaving, we left a copy of the Bible Teach book to the station manager and went on our supposed way.

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Dicasalarin Cove as seen on top of the PAG-ASA weather station

Then it was time to take the supposed turn and the view was really captivating.

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the view of the Cove at the supposed turn

A station is found at the entrance of the turn. The staff is supposed to inform the staffs in the cove that we are arriving to prevent other vehicles from the cove to go up because of the one-way road. We also left bible-based publications to the staff and then it’s now time to travel along the steep one-way road before reaching the entrance to the cove.

Upon reaching the place, another interesting part of the property was the Artist Village, where we have seen wood sculptures and paintings of local artists.

Then it was time to approach the cove.

The cove was a pristine place.

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a panoramic view of the cove

Then, we decided to explore parts of the cove and here are some of the views along the shoreline.

Since it was really hot that day – the sun is sure smiling sweetly 🙂 we felt tired, sunburnt and famished. Then, we decided to have our lunch at the staff house. The only thing that they can offer this time is their “pancit canton”. Their pancit canton is somewhat different – for they use ferns as garnishing. It was my first time to eat ferns and I can say that it was delicious 🙂 and the pancit was able to satisfy my hunger. 🙂

We decided to visit the cove again before leaving Baler so we can still explore its other parts. These are things and views we enjoyed while staying in the Angara Family’s secluded cove.

A hike going up the Beacon or the Lighthouse.

Now, its time to visit the caves. We had to go back to the rock opening going to the smaller cove.

The caves

After exploring the lighthouse and the caves, it’s now time to enjoy swimming..

The entrance fee is 300php per head and Dicasalarin Cove is only open until 6:00pm. But in our case, since it was already raining hard by 5:30pm, we decided to quickly leave the cove since the one-way steep road will become more slippery and the danger of rocks falling from the mountain is imminent.

Maybe you have noticed that most of my blogdiaries (blogaries) are made up of a few words and a lot of images (especially in this blog – most of them though have lower resolutions compared to the images in my earlier blogaries since I’m saving space here in wordpress) – they save me from being too verbose in my musings.

Feel free to leave comments or remarks and I hope you’ll also have the opportunity to visit, explore and enjoy this remarkable and serene place.