By KC Santos
SAN ANTONIO, ZAMBALES -Of the many coves found in Zambales, Silanguin is considered one of the biggest and one of the most beautiful.
Visitors compare the Silanguin Cove to the more famous Anawangin Cove because of the similarities in the terrain and the trees found in these coves.
Silanguin can be reached via outrigger boats from Pundaquit or Subic and can take at the very least an hour to reach. It takes another 20 minutes to get to the center of the cove.
Silanguin Cove is home to a small fishing community. These folks are said to very enthusiastic storytellers when you ask them facts or fiction about the cove.
Some accounts are considered mythical and passed by fisher folks from one generation to another. Some say it is possible that such myths might have some truth in them.
According to Jhonber Castillo, the cove used to be a military training facility and a testing ground for explosives. He adds that submerged under the cove’s interior, is a post-war shipwreck which is an added feature to exploring the cove.
The cove also has features that allow limitless opportunities for shutterbugs like Allan Bartedo of Lantaw. He writes that he panicked after seeing the immense size of the island and got confused as to where to start taking shots.
He adds that the towering cliffs the cove are perfect foreground subjects for capturing a sunset. These multiple peaks are actually part of the neighboring Cinco Picos.
These cliffs often provide refuge to sea merchants in times of violent waves brought about by passing typhoons.
Sealdi Calo says the place is still rich in marine life although illegal fishing activities have been reported. She adds that sea urchins were feeding off on what was left of the corals which were destroyed by such illegal activities.
Apol Seban of Blogkoto fears that commercialism will only “disrupt the serenity” of the cove.
It is advisable for visitors to pack light if they intend to visit the cove and just rent tents. Visitors are also encouraged to participate maintaining the cove’s rugged beauty.
How to get there:
Outrigger boats from either the town of Subic or jump off point of Pundaquit will take you directly to Silanguin Cove.
(Photos taken from Sealdi Calo)
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