Infanta, Quezon : “Gateway to the Pacific”

Road to Infanta

My hometown Infanta is a 1st class municipality in the province of Quezon, Philippines. It is the largest lambanog manufacturer in the province of Quezon. Our town fiesta is celebrated every April 25.

Infanta is politically subdivided into 36 barangays: 7 urban and 29 rural.

Twenty five years ago, it was the impression of many then that this coastal town of Quezon is very far and very remote. Though it is only 140 kilometers from Manila, the last 30 kilometers of the route was rough, narrow, and treacherous mountain roads. This practically isolated this coastal town from the rest of Luzon.

From Edsa, you have to passed through Ortigas Avenue extension to Antipolo. Then down through the scenic towns of Binangonan, Baras and Tanay; and then up through the mountain portions of Pililia and Mabitac, then finally, down to the plains of the prosperous town of Siniloan. On top of the mountains of Pililia-Mabitac, a panoramic view of Laguna de Bay with Talim Island in the middle.

The final 30 kilometers of the route starts from Siniloan. Aside from the unfinished Marcos Highway, this was the only land access route for the isolated towns of Real, General Nakar and Infanta. It was a tortuous road; characterized by sharp curves, steep grades, boulders strewn-rough surface. On one side of the dirt road is a deep ravine, and on the other side is a steep face of Sierra Madre mountain. Mountaintop barangays looked like frontier towns of the Wild West. Down into the town of Real, a refreshing view of the expansive, powerful and consuming presence of the Pacific Ocean. The coastal dirt road to Infanta gives a feel of being between a huge mountain and a limitless ocean.

Despite being isolated and constantly typhoon whipped, it is big and progressive. We have a large and busy market, two small theaters, a two-pump gasoline station and several clean restaurants that served the freshest seafood. At the fish port, fishing boas of all sizes were parked.

As years passed by, highways were being constructed. Beach resorts lined up the coastal highway. Fresh fish stalls, with all kinds of seafood at bargain prices, were on the other side of the highway. The ocean waves are world class for surfing and boating. For the more daring, you can explore the virgin forest of Polilio Island and its ocean deep.

There are similarities between Infanta and Tagaytay City. Laguna de Bay view and Taal Volcano Lake view have almost the same distance from Manila, and in the same way are the Real beaches and Matabungkay beaches. Climate and terrain are almost similar.

Today, there is the Marikina–Infanta Highway, also known as the Marcos Highway or MARILAQUE Highway (MARILAQUE stands for Manila-Rizal-Laguna-Quezon), a scenic mountain 110-kilometer highway that connects Metro Manila with Infanta, Quezon.

The highway starts in Marikina near Katipunan Avenue, the Loyola Heights segment of Circumferential Road 5, in Quezon City. It traverses the Marikina Valley and passes through Antipolo, where it intersects the Sumulong Highway (at Masinag). After Masinag the road starts its ascent towards the Sierra Madre passing through Tanay, Rizal, Santa Maria, Laguna, finally to Infanta, Quezon.

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Places to stay

  • WMV Hotel & Restaurant
  • Blue Pavillion Beach Resort
  • Malachi Hotel & Resort
  • Cote de Azur Beach Resort
  • Golden Vine Beach Resort
  • Tres Pinos Beach Resort
  • Marpets Beach Resort
  • Boulevard Beach Resort
  • And many more…. just explore ?

Enjoy!

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