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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.

Food in Infanta

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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 ?


Planning for a Summer Gate-away? Visit Dumaguete Philippines

Travel Dumaguete, the city of gentle people! Situated on the plains of the Southeastern coast of the large island of  Negros, Central Visayas Philippines. Dumaguete has a lot to offer for travelers and visitors. Many tourist spots can be found in Dumaguete, that you can enjoy during your stay.  It is among the top ten most visited tourist destinations in the country. And hey, it is listed as the Top 5 among the Seven Best Places to Retire Around the World according to Forbes in 2014. The place is way too cool and a lot of nice beaches nearby.  Restaurants are scattered around so there’s no way to feel hunger as you explore the place. Prices are affordable. There are Hotels too that has a lot to offer during your stay. So, what are you waiting for? Explore Dumaguete Now!


Delicacies in Town

One of the famous delicacies in Dumaguete is Budbud. It is basically sticky rice with chocolate wrapped with banana leaf. You can partner it with hot chocolate drink and is best to have for breakfast and snacks. You can buy Budbud and choco hot drink together at Dumaguete Supermarket “Painitan” for a very low price. Another delicacy that travelers want to bring home is the SansRival. It is aFilipino dessert cake made of layers of buttercream, meringue and chopped cashews. Sans Rival and silvanas are famous food souvenir or “Pasalubong” in Dumaguete which can be bought at  Sans Rival Cakes & Pastries, known for its deliciously baked cake.
Not just that, Dumaguete has a lot of tasty foods at a very affordable price.


Popular Destinations Nearby


Just within the city, have a walk at Rizal Boulevard and experience the sea breeze of a 740-meter boardwalk facing a wide beachfront lined with various restaurants and sidewalk vendors. A few walk away from the boulevard is the Dumaguete Belfry Tower, was built in 1811 to warn the locals of incoming attacks. Silliman portal is worth to visit too. At 10- 20 minutes ride going to the south, where you can find nice beaches and resorts like Sta. Monica Beach Resort, Atmosphere ResortAntulang Beach Resort and a lot more. We’re not yet over, you still have a lot of nice places to discover. There are hotels and restaurants available around the city, and also resorts nearby offer accommodations too.

If you want an ultimate diving and dive with the sea turtles, then visit Apo Island, a Marine Sanctuary considered to be one of the best dive spots in the world, home of more than two-thirds of the world’s known coral species. Only a 30-minute boat ride from Zamboangita, a town approximately 20kms south of Dumaguete.

Bais Dolphin WatchingManjuyod Sandbar located at 45kms north of Dumaguete city. Approximately 45 minutes ride will bring you to Capinyahan Wharf, the jump-off point for the motor-boat ride to Tanyon Strait, the home of dolphin species including the famous spinner dolphins and occasionally some whale species. After dolphin watching, you will end up to Manjuyod Sandbar, a crescent strip of white sand that appears when the tide is low. There are cottages available for accommodation. It is well-known for Maldives of the Philipines


The Beauty of Nature by the Mountain


Not just by the sea has a spectacular view, but also in the mountains. Mountain resorts, fall, and lakes are another interesting place to go in Dumaguete. If you like hiking, then we will visit Casaroro Falls located 10 kilometers west of Dumaguete, with an astounding height of 100 feet, the water plunges into a deep cold basin before it flows down to a stream.

Another crystal clear water twin lake brought to you by nature is the Balinsasayaw Twin Lake located at about 14kms away from Dumaguete going to the westside. Enjoy boating, snorkeling and even diving at the place. Breathe the fresh air from the green trees of nature and listen to the humming birds while enjoy boating/kayak. We are not done yet, visit Balanan Lake too, same as what you’ve experience in the twin lake. It is located at 55 kilometers south of Dumaguete then headed to the west for approximately 10 kilometers. Situated in is the beautiful lake surrounded by the tropical rainforest. A mountain resort has different accommodations and outdoor activities to offer such as Zip-line, kayaking, fishing, trekking and hiking on concrete pathways the wind around the lake.

Visit our province and enjoy its beautiful nature.