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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.

When In Rome

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September 2011

Rome

In a restaurant

Via Mario de Fiori

Lazio, Italy

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We had just arrived and despite some difficulties during the journey (click here to read about it),

We immediately explored the closest tourist spot in our area.

Consulting "The Word"

When in Rome, dine like Romans do.

When in Rome, drink like Romans do.

When in Rome, be pretty like Romans do.

When in Rome, do as your guide book tells you to do.

Starting a series about my time in Rome.

Walking Around Positano

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September 14, 2011

Positano

Amalfi Coast

Campania, Italy

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breath taking view

As soon as you get down the Sita bus, the view instantly takes your breath away.

zooming vespa

As you start walking through the meandering road, you get to feel how pleasant Positano really is.

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You pass by quaint shops selling ceramics.

Coat and Tie

 ‘Twas a surprise actually, after all Positano is a resort town.

Then again, this is Italy.

You pass by art displayed on its walls.

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Il Scalinatelle

Upon reaching Chiesa Santa Maria Assunta di Positano and braving the stairs,  you hear the waves rush unto the shore.

relaxing by Spiaggia Grande

Then we found a spot in Positano heaven.

Torre Asciola : Mostra d’Arte

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Torre Asciola

Praiano

Amalfi Coast

Campania, Italy

Mosta d'Arte

This was the sign we saw at the gates of Torre Asciloa that intrigued Cholo and I.

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Torre Asciola

We decided to venture inside not knowing if it was open to public. I was getting a little tense becasue I didn’t want to be charged with trespassing in a foreign country.

“Don’t be crazy!” he says. “It’s an art school.”

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The Artist : Paolo Sandulli

We were met by Signore Paolo Sandulli. After the initial introductions, he showed us around his work shop.

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An Art Installation by Paolo Sandulli

This was quite nice.

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the rabbit

Here’s the other king of this domain.