I’m back to Anawangin Cove last weekend, it was not a purely leisure thing, it was the SEO Organization Philippines’s 1st SEO Outdoor Camp.
About fifty (50) campers met in front of the Antel Seaview Towers in Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City at around 1:30 AM of April 21, 2012 and went on a 5 hours bus ride to San Antonio, Zambales. There were two pit (pee and food) stops, one in a bus stop in Lubao, Pampanga and the other was at a gas station near Subic Freefort.
At around 6:00 AM, we arrived at San Antonio to take our breakfast and buy the supplies, it was also the meeting place for the campers coming from the Province of Bataan. After about an hour of rest, marketing, eating and waiting, we proceeded to Barangay Pundaquit for a boat ride to Anawangin Cove.
We rented to huge motorized boats, the Jericho Tonie 1 & 2, each boats can carry more than 30 passengers at a time which makes it suitable for us, we number more than sixty (I wasn’t able to get the exact number), one of the boat make another trip to bring the equipments and supplies, i.e. generator sets, foor, coolers beers etc.
Upon arrival, we pitched our tents, had our lunch and continued with the socials.
There were numerous changes since I last visited Anawangin Cove in January 2012. The previous campsites that were closed are now under new management and it is now called Anawangin Cove Wild Life Camp Site, it’s where we had our camp. Inside the camp, there was a Henna Tattoo and souvenir and a sari-sari store which sells the Pinoy famous summer treat, the Halo-halo.
One good addition to the camp was the water tank and a motorized water pump, now we don’t need to manually pump the water from the deep well. Water faucets inside the bathroom and toilets are now available which makes taking a bath easier for campers.
It was a day to learn about the craft and also to enjoy the company of fellow online workers so group socials and talks were encouraged.
At night, the “formal” talks and lecture started, followed up with question and answer then the fun continued. We had a camp fire and enjoy the rest of the night talking and having a few drinks.
The next day was scheduled to explore the rest of the cove, dip in the water and to have fun, before going back to Pundaquit, we passed by the famous Capones Islands for exploration and more swimming.
It was fun, I’ve met some new people who do the same work as I do, some were SEO Practitioners, Web Developers and bloggers, one thing binds us, we are all Online Filipino workers, it was also a great time to make learning fun. Thanks to the sponsors, Red Horse Beer, Pepsi Cola, Farmer John, Slimmer’s World and others.