West Coast of the Philippines. That's one of my favorite summer destinations. And the place to go is the coast of San Felipe, in the province of Zambales. A peaceful town in the North.
The waves, the blue-green waters, and the greyish-powdery sand makes it a great getaway to rejuvenate and spend some pure thinking moment.
In May 2018, I discovered a newly-built camping site on the coast of Liwliwa, a town of San Felipe.
It's a serene ambiance, with several cottages and tents for an overnight stay. At first glance, I knew that I would love the place and, and so I did.
Standing barefooted at the seaside gate of Camp Rofelio is a perfect view of the horizon. The water is clear, and the waves are relaxing. You can sit on the sand, meditate and capture the best view of the surrounding.
A great weekend retreat. Camping at the beach. A soulful moment to watch the sunset. Fresh-grilled seafood for dinner and a bonfire night to remember.
Truly a memorable and fun moment at Camp Rofelio.It's not a crowded weekend destination. A solemn place where you can be at peace and one with nature. When you hear the waves inside the tent at night, you'll have the most relaxing and deep sleep ever.
But, hey! I'm supposed to be bay watching!
A Baywatch, not only to appreciate the area and the surrounding waters, but this place facing the West Philippine Sea had created controversy from unwanted intruders. The pirates of the sea had been inside our Philippine waters, causing tensions and threats to the fishing livelihood of the locals.
That's supposed to be protected by the Philippine government. To Defend our territorial seas and secure what's best for our people.
There were spotted dredging foreign vessels in territorial waters of Zambales that's a threat not only to our territorial rights but also to the fishing rights of several Fishermen on our territory.
We are standing as a Baywatch. Someone who sees intruders from afar. But our local fishermen are powerless, and even the local and national governments seem not powerful enough to defend the territory.
I love Zambales, and I would love to come back for the next summer season. But the best Baywatch is to see happy people and not stories of intrusion -- like thieves of the sea. Camp Rofelio is a good place for bay watching, but be mindful and have a telescopic eye for the pirates of the sea.
We dream of having great and safe tourist destinations, and we have to be aware of issues affecting the rights of our people. Hence, they will take it away from us, which might happen if we are silent.
San Felipe is a place of kind and peaceful people. Protect it, and make it a heaven on earth experience. Make it a paradise. And together, we can protect and become a good Baywatch. A good Filipino.
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