I had been to a beach at Port San Vicente in the northernmost part of Cagayan Valley back in high school where I experienced, for the first time, seeing the boundless ocean. We had that field trip, and summer getaway at the same time, last March 1997 to the port in relation to our subject, Economics. I thought no matter how far the surrounding islands or countries are, one can still see something from a distance. My amazement at how vast and limitless the ocean was explained by my ignorance. Although the seashore has a multitude of evidence that marine life is rich in the place, which can persuade one to explore, garbage were also evident. Some of my classmates surrendered to the not so inviting waters but unpreparedness and hygiene refrained me, so I just contently watched them frolicking in the waters. That is the tableau of my recollection about the first time I set foot in a tract of water within an ocean.
The story I have for this kind of summer break nearly ten years later, 19-20 January 2007, was completely different. I had all the reasons to give in to the beauty of a virgin beach. One proof I can give you is we were the only people who used the beach the entire time that day as part of our division’s team building activities sponsored by Mirant Power Corporation (now Team Energy). I am talking about Lukang Beach nesting in the heart of Pagbilao’s sylvan pulchritude.
Such opportunity is only possible if a place is unexplored. Not that unexplored to be more specific. (I am warning the readers not to be much of a grammarian here so as not to misunderstand the adjective I used to describe the beach. It’s just, of course, an exaggeration.)
The reasons why I found this beach virgin are it was kind of untracked during that time and it is absolutely clean–immaculate!
The first reason explains why I found the place to be solemn and relaxing while the second implies that there is zilch garbage everywhere. This is not an overstatement. The beach is sparkling with crystal clear waters, “greens (trees)”, “whites (sands)” and “blues (skies)”. Simply put, the place is not yet exploited from the buzzing sightseers or rubbernecks and that made the difference from the rest of the beaches I tasted like the ones from Port San Vicente, Batangas, Anawangin Cove, Capones Island, and even the Hundred Islands.
Some of my hiking buddies went there last May this year and I was saddened to learn that the beach–which is now popularly known as Puting Buhangin or Kuwebang Lampas–is about to become a possible candidate for abuse. If only all the visitors are aware of the Leave No Trace principles…Still, I am hoping that the rare beauty of the place be preserved for future visitors and for the Earth.
For more information (how to get to the place, more stories, special concerns, notes, etcetera), click this website: www.lakwatseradeprimera.com.
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