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May 23, 2012

Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort

Balayan Bay

Santa Ana, Calatagan

Batangas

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The sudden rocking of the van woke me up.

I rise from my not so pleasant position from the chair.

“Where are we?” I asked myself.

I looked over to Cholo and he is looking out the window, the sudden movement must have woke him up too. By now Miss Des is giving instructions to Noriel, the driver, on what to say when the security personnel questions our very early arrival.

I turned on the illuminator of my watch. It is now 1:45 am. We have been traveling for two hours.

As I peered into the darkness, I could see that we are going through a dirt road lined with trees.

“We must be near already” I told myself.

A few minutes later, the three of us are being ushered to our rooms. We walked down a cement path and down a flight of stairs.

As soon as my eyes adjusted to the dim light, I saw before me; cottages on stilts across the water.

“Wow!” we all exclaimed.

We were now walking on wooden planks that leads to our cottage. I peered over the railing and see that the water is quite high. It must be high tide.

The sea breeze continues to caress my skin as I  walked along, making me more sleepy in each step.

I then hear our usher, “Once again welcome to Stilts. This is your cottage, Cebu. Please sleep well and enjoy your stay.”

I’m home.

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The alarm of my phone woke me up. It was now 5:45 Am.

I turned over and grabbed it from the night stand and shut it off. I could hear the swallows darting underneath the cottage and the waves crashing upon themselves.

I shifted on the bed and looked at the white curtains flying in the air.

It was now breaking dawn.

I slowly stood up from the bed and made my way to the toilet to pee. As soon as I parted the curtains, this is what I saw.

Miss Des had some water boiling when I made my way to the kitchen. I decided to have a cup of coffee.

With my steaming cup, I walked outside and sat on the terrace. Enjoying the view while the sun starts to illuminate the world.

Too bad I had work today, it would have been lovely to just jump straight into the water and laze around all day .

I gulped down the remaining contents of my cup. It was now a little past 6 am.

I rushed to shower for I need to be on location by 7am.

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Elizalde Beach, Burot Calatagan

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Elizalde Beach, Burot Calatagan

May 23, 2012

Elizade Beach

Barangay Burot

Calatagan, Batangas Philippines

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It is now almost 7 am.

The van is winding through a dirt road surrounded by lush mangroves.

I hold my makeup kit in place preventing it from toppling over.

I could see fishermen starting their day. They haul their fishnets unto their backs while their dogs walk beside them.

Father along the dirt road, I see other fishermen selling their catch of the day.

In a second or so, I see some umbrellas and tents.

We have arrived on location.

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I am grateful that sometimes my job brings me to places I don’t know about.

A places like this.

We were shooting at Elizadle Beach (also called Burot Beach) which is located, approximately 2 hours and a half from Manila. Okay, 3 to 4 hours on a bad day. It is a private beach located in Barangay Burot, Calatagan, Batangas. Elizalde beach has been rented throughout the years for shooting purposes.

I don’t really know if this beach is open to public*. I have heard that a big real estate company bought the land and will be developing it soon. It became private property and there are security personnel at the gates leading up to the beach. The production house had to ask permission to shoot there.

Elizalde beach is very beautiful and underdeveloped (which I liked!). There are no cottages, there are no lights**. All you do is swim in the warm waters of the sea, lay on the sand and watch the ships go sailing by. The beach is small, maybe +/- a kilometer wide with rock out crops at both ends. It is a fairly easy walk especially when you want to find a spot along the sands to watch the sunset.

I felt a little spoiled coming here for a shoot. There’s catering, there’s a portalet, and there’s a generator for electricity. The only down side was that I wasn’t able to fully enjoy the beach because I had to work. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining. I am thankful for the opportunity to work and to experience places like Elizalde beach.

I LOVE my job!

*Just as I was to publish this blog I found out that Elizalde Beach is still open to public. It costs Php 140 pesos per person to enter.

** It is best to bring your own food when going to Elizalde beach. If you get hungry, there is a small sari-sari store a few meters from the beach front.

for a map to Elizalde Beach click here.