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Exactly a year ago, on what I thought was my deathbed, a cousin of mine from General Nakar visited me at the hospital and got depressed by my anorexic state. My health collapsed from not being able to ingest anything solid and liquid due to an untreated case of frontal sinusitis. I could barely see his figure as his silhouette formed against the bright light coming from the window. He expressed his desire that I recuperate in his house near the beach in Quezon Province after my ordeal. The next day, I sort of received last rites when a priest came to the room.
|The mighty Agos River|
|General Nakar Municipal Hall|
|A local with a fresh morning catch|
Getting back in shape was tough as I still had to eat healthy to gain weight. Muscles were sore and moving about was difficult. The prospect of seeing the beach that my cousin promised me was crucial for my quick recovery.
The Mighty Agos River
Soon, I was aboard my cousin's motorcycle, plying Banugao Road to see the vast Agos River. From my vantage point in the middle of the Infanta-General Nakar Bridge, it seemed impossible how the river could overflow beyond the height of the bridge with flashfloods that came with mud. I was told that four consecutive typhoons (Unding, Winnie, Yoyong and Zenyang) managed to deliver that massive damage in the shortest time possible in 2004. One can only be thankful that the river was even that massive to begin with enough to take that much toll.
Suddenly, I felt melancholic for remembering how I used to bathe as a kid at a stream called Banugao that flows directly from the river. I know it to be filled with dark boulders on both sides of its stretch. I can only imagine how destroyed the terrain was in that area that year and the months that followed.
Before we hit the beach, we stopped by a food peddler along the highway for bananas and spices. It was almost lunch time and we need to eat back at his house after a visit of the beach.
Hitting The Beach
After traversing the well-paved main road, we veered to a rocky and muddy pathway that opened along the beachfront. There were still a lot of spots with uprooted trees and drifted logs. We rode for a few minutes more to reach his friends, the owners of Astrera Beach Resort, in the same town.
|Empty lots near the beachfront|
|Astrera Beach Resort|
Infighting Being Whispered About
I noticed that there were a few modern and newly-built houses but were seemingly abandoned which my cousin confirmed to be so. According to him, the persistent crossfire between the military and New People's Army (NPA) rebels would become surprising at times that the owners of the new houses would just abandon the place for fear of getting injured or killed.
Fine, Brown Sand and Barbed Wires
During my visit, there was no such incident as I was able to freely stroll the expanse of fine, brown sand that city dwellers are missing out on because of the brutal infighting. The area looked ideally spectacular for camping spots. I saw a few more beach resorts being run by locals but were clearly needing improvements in the aesthetic side. Some resorts even have barbed wires for fences.
Watch a short video of my road trip in General Nakar:
I did not realize that it had to take a near-death experience for me to finally reach General Nakar until I celebrated my first year of extended life writing this piece this month. The town shall not wait for more reasons for me to revisit it though. I've found it worth my time once and the prospect of seeing its caves, waterfalls, and the enchanting rock formations in the town'sTulaog Beach is beckoning.
Address: Brgy. Sablang General Nakar, Quezon Province
Check out my other Quezon Province-related blog posts:
+ Infanta, Balagbag Falls, and Nonok Falls
+ Real's Tignoan Beach
+ Cagbalete Island getaway
+ Attractions in Mauban
+ Attractions in Tayabas City
+ Graceland Estate and Country Club of Tabayas