Laiya Beach Resorts, San Juan Batangas

Laiya Beach Resorts, San Juan Batangas

April 28, 2012

Are you looking for a summer get away beach resorts nearby Manila? The best places is in Laiya, San Juan Batangas! Around 2 to 3 hours travel by land from Manila you can reach this long shoreline of Laiya, San Juan Batangas. This is the usual destination in the South of Manila for Company or Barkada outings and team building activities. The most recent place I visited was Estrellas de Mendoza (you can visit them online at http://www.estrellasdemendoza.com) and I believe this is the current biggest hotel/resort on this stretch of Laiya. A Seven Floor Hotel-Building with First Class accommodations. I can rate this as a 3 star hotel (based on ambiance and room set-up) but needs further improvements on the facilities, services and foods. This place will surely be a prime spot destination in Laiya so I hope their Management will further upgrade and improve based on a Hotel Life – First Class Vacation Spot in Laiya!

About San Juan, Batangas:

San Juan was just a small village formerly called Bolbok (Nabulbok). Gradually, the village grew in population as well as in economic activities and soon became town headed by gobernadorcillo or municipal mayor. By virtue of a municipal resolution duly approved by the Philippine Legislature, the name Bolbok was changed in 1920’s and formerly adopted the name San Juan in honor of the patron Saint San Juan de Nepomuceno by which it has been known up to the present time.

The Municipality of San Juan, formerly a village of the town of Rosario, was officially recognized a separate Municipality in 1848. Considered as the 2nd largest municipality in the Province of Batangas, it has a total land area of 27,340 hectares predominantly devoted to Agriculture.

Strategically located in the southern most part of the Province of Batangas, the Municipality of San Juan can be considered as the south Eastern Gateway of the Province of Batangas as it connects with Daang Maharlika of the Philippines-Japan Friendship Highway, the main land transport route of the country extending up north to Metro Manila and down South to the Mindanao Islands. The location of the municipality at the southern tip, with the picturesque view of long white sandy beaches, coves and marine life cradled at the foot of mountains and hills makes the area suitable for all levels of tourism development. In consideration of this natural resource

Being bounded by Tayabas Bay on the east, the municipality has access to one of the fishing grounds of the region. The shorelines of the eastern barangays bordering on the said bay are rich inland fishponds, swamps and marshes which are haven of fishes and other foods. These also make the municipality a fishbowl on these parts of Batangas and Quezon province.

Only two and a half down drive from Manila a forested mountainous inland looks out over a 33 kilometers coastline of black and white sand beaches and diverse marine life.

Tourism in the Area:

Seascape
Witness the 10-km stretch vivid and abundant coral reef in front of Seascape.

World’s Biggest Marine Aquarium
Unrealize project of a deceased marine biologist to construct a gigantic aquarium.

Lambayok Festival
San Juan, Batangas, in turn holds an annual event to showcase the three major industries of the municipality – lambanog, palayok-making, along with the growing resort sector. Their festival promotes creativity, ingenuity, and hard work. The core theme of their presentation revolves round the lambanog, often called the poor man’s drink because of the abundance of coconut and the relatively cheap distillation process it goes through. The dance depict the popular “tagayan” – a tradition of simplicity handed down from one generation to the next. The float called Lambanugan was crafted from various materials from the coconut tree, and shows how and where lambanog is processed. Mangangarit are workers who climb the trees in the afternoon to prune the flowers and gather the sap in bamboo receptacles. In the morning, it is fermented to produce “tuba” which when distilled becomes lambanog. From a mere cottage industry, lambanog is gaining recognition and is now packaged in different flavors like mango, blueberry, bubble gum, and cinnamon among many others.

Mangrove Forest
See a thousand years old mangroves…(Check my pictures and you can see Giant Mangrove Trees!)

Birdwatching
Watch various species of birds from those mangroves which serves as their habitat. (I actually caught one and had an opportunity to take a photo with her and let her fly again)

The Giant Fruit Bats of San Juan, Batangas
Watch With their meter long wing span in full spread.

Estrellas de Mendoza

 

Estrellas de Mendoza Infinity Pool

 

Here are the other resorts list in Laiya:

I’d been to Laluz and so far that’s the best resort in the place!

BALAI BEACH RESORT
http://www.balai-resort.com/
Office No.: (632) 240-2927
Email: balairesort@yahoo.com

SABANGAN BEACH RESORT
http://www.sabangan.com/
Laiya, San Juan, Batangas Philippines
Landline: +63(2) 914-9640
TeleFax: +63(2) 667-3997
E-mail: info@sabangan.com
Office Hours: Monday – Friday: 9am – 4pm

SIGAYAN BAY RESORT
http://www.sigayanbayresort.com/
Brgy, Laiya-Aplaya San Juan, Batangas
Fax Number: 658-2752
Cel No.: +63917-944-1731, +63920-9529517 , +63920-9329625

LA FRONDOSA BEACH RESORT
http://lafrondosa.com/
Cel No. +63920-928-9432, +63920-938-8425

LAIYA COCOGROVE BEACH RESORT
http://www.laiyacocogrove.com/
Resort Address: Km.20 Brgy. Laiya, Aplaya, San Juan, Batangas
Tel. No. (043) 969-93702722
Makati Office Tel. Nos. (63-2) 894-1057 ; 892-6009
Fax No. (63-2) 894-1058

LA LUZ RESORT
http://www.laluzresort.com/
Manila Employee Extension
+632 726-6687 Jam Local 113
+632 726-4977 May Local 106
+632 726-7445 Baby Local 103
+632 727-7032 Cherry Local 109
Erna Local 110
Fax No. +632 748-8196
Cel. No. +63 (927) 993-8417, +63 (916) 394-4367, +63 (927) 777-7779
Office hours: 9:00 to 6:00 pm Monday to Saturday
Email Address: info@laluzresort.com
Facebook: facebook.com/laluzbeachresort

TRIPLE-G RESORT
http://www.triple-g-resort.com/
San Juan, Batangas, Philippines 4226
Cel No.: +639159001570, +639214667134
Email Address: gemma@triple-g-resort.com

TIVONA BEACH RESORT
http://tivonabeachresort.multiply.com/
Cel No. +63910-296-8323(PINA), +63917-800-7309(YING)
Current Account Name: Tivona Beach Resort; Account No. 8500-0008-81 BPI Silang, Cavite
Email Address: tivonabeachresort@gmail.com

KABAYAN BEACH RESORT
http://www.kabayanresort.com.ph/
Bgy. Laiya Aplaya, San Juan, Batangas
Office Hours: Weekdays: 8:00AM – 5:00PM
Weekends: 8:00AM – 5:00PM (Cell phone only)
Manila: +63 (2) 709-1470, +63 (2) 709-0115
Cel No.: +63 (917) 6279357 (Amy), +63 (917) 8963312 (Marlon)
Email : kabayanbeachresort@yahoo.com

VIRGIN BEACH RESORT
http://www.virginbeachresort.com/
Landline no. (632) 815-2584 or 815-2587
Fax (632) 817-6334
Cel No. +63917 813-1301
Email Address: sunkisd@pldtdsl.net
Office Hours are from: 9AM to 6PM (Mon-Thur), 9AM to 5PM (Fri)

 

Laiya San Juan Batangas

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WHITE COVE BEACH RESORT
http://www.laiyawhitecove.com/
112 Brgy., Laiya Aplaya, San Juan, Batangas

Manila Office Tel No: (02) 9252562 or (02) 9269348
Fax: (02) 4250161
Cel No. +639212707660, +639235966733
Email Address: laiyawhitecove@yahoo.com

BLUE CORAL BEACH RESORT
http://www.travelsmart.net/ph/resorts/Batangas/Blue_Coral_Beach_Resort/
Main Office: 8427 Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City 1209 Philippines.
Office Hours: Mondays – Fridays excluding Philippine Holidays 8:30am – 5:30pm (GMT+8 or PST+16)
Saturday excluding Philippine Holidays 8:00am – 5:00pm (GMT+8 or PST+16)
Landline +63-2-8978709, +63-2-3383279
U.S. Toll Free Number: +1-877-839-4128 (See office hours above)
Telefa +63 2 896-4678

LAIYA AUSTRIA BEACH RESORT
Cel No. 0918-3163386 or 0915-7459396
YM id: greyzie_28
E-mail Address: greyzie777@yahoo.com

MOONLIGHT BEACH RESORT
http://adventurousfeet.blogspot.com/2010/04/batangas-moonlight-beach-resort-in.html
Balacbacan, Laiya Aplaya, San Juan Batangas
Cel. no. +639202215493

LA LUZ LABAS
Cel No. +639206192060 (Aling Ely)
http://libot.blogspot.com/2007/01/laiya-san-juan-batangas-la-luz-labas.html

LAIYA TARAMINDU BEACH GARDEN INN
http://www.taramindubeachgardeninn.com/index.html
Landline: (+632) 775-85-67
Cell No : (+63) 0917-824-0024
Email: taramindu88@yahoo.com

PLAYA DEL SOL RESORT
Cell No: +63(917) 800-7309/ +63(920) 819-4941
Email: beach@trinalamide.com

Here are some pictures as I explore Laiya:

Laiya San Juan Batangas

 

Sunset View Laiya

 

The 3rd Philippine International Pyromusical Competition Winner is Canada!

March 18, 2012

The much long waited Pyromusical 2012 competition ends it colorful nights by announcing the winners of the event. Hear Ye Hear Ye! My bet won as the Champion! Congratulations to Fireworks International of Canada! Here are the list of winners for this year Pyromusical 2012 Competition:

The Winners

Champion: Canada’s Fireworks Spectaculars Canada

http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/2012/03/the-3rd-philippine-international-pyromusical-competition-australia-and-canada

Canada
Canada
Canada

 

2nd Place: Finland’s Oy Pyroman and Australia’s Fireworx Inc.

http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/2012/02/the-3rd-philippine-international-pyromusical-competition-finland-and-portugal

Pyromusical 2012- Finland

http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/2012/03/the-3rd-philippine-international-pyromusical-competition-australia-and-canada

Australia
Australia

 

3rd Place: Netherlands’ Royal Fireworks

http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/2012/03/the-3rd-philippine-international-pyromusical-competition-china-and-the-netherlands

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The 3rd Philippine International Pyromusical Competition: Italy and Philippines

March 17, 2012

 

This is the last day of the 3rd Philippine Pyromusical Competition and was hoping for a great presentation from the two countries, Italy and our very own The Philippines. As expected, it was a heavy traffic! and we are late for the first presentation of Italy. I apologize for my viewers for not completing the entire list of the competing countries. There’s a lot of surprises even on our secret venue where I shoot having a few cars 4 weeks ago to a plenty of cars and people lining up in the break water walls near the Philippine Senate Ground. I am thankful also to a former officemate (Domski) who gave us a ride from Makati to the venue, and we are all cramming since we are late to find our good spot to shoot.

We are actually not sure if its already the Philippines who is doing the show, since they said the first one was just very short and they assume its just for exhibition purposes only. So when we finally got a chance to set-up and take our shots, it suddenly stop without a finale of big explosions. Its pretty weird really and the crowd was shouting “Bitin” (too short). And after 15 minutes we notice there are only a few of us waiting for the next show (assuming there still is) and luckily there really was the last show!!

This is the Philippines with nothing much to expect hearing the song, synchronizations, and lots of higher spaces not utilized.

Philippines by Platinum Fireworks 

Philippines, The Finale
The Philippines
The Philippines

 

About the Competition

The 3rd Philippine International Pyromusical Competition opens at the SM Mall of Asia, the country’s top lifestyle mall by the scenic Manila Bay. This annual event will put on a never-before-seen spectacle of lights and colors where the night sky and sea meet as staged by the world’s leading pyrotechnic experts.This competition will not only paint the Manila sky with brilliant bursts of vivid color, but will also be the venue to showcase the emerging artistry and evolving sophistication of Filipino fireworks technology. The Philippine International Pyromusical Competition will be imbued with the awesome fanfare and delightful displays of the world’s leading pyrotechnic events, but done with that distinct Filipino flourish that will surely bring together eager audiences from all over the region.

Pyromusical 2012 Picture Gallery: The Philippines

2012 Pyromusical - Italy&Philippines

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New Filipino Words under PNOY

March 16, 2012

The new Department of Tourism promotion banner “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” is really working not just by photos but also based on the ongoing political events in the country. The recent NEW Filipino words being posted on Facebook and Twitter is really very creative and so real to feel the Filipino people’s unified messages addressed to the current government leaders. The new words sounds funny but the underlying meaning is truly relevant.

Here it is:

NOYNOYING – taken from the Philippines President nick name which means, doing nothing, just bored, lingering around, not focused, being present but mind is not there, sleeping while at work, being lazy, not acting to important details, etc. The word simply labels a person who is doing nothing or walang ginagawa.

YELLOWTARDS – from the root words Yellow and Retardate. Refers to President Noy followers and believers

NOYNOYMONS – from the root words Noynoy and Jejemon. A name combined with a group who has their own languages and spellings who flocks together promoting the new ways of texting, speaking and  even their fashion styles and hobbies.

WAH – from the root word Waaaah! an expression of crying due to surprise by depression and failure. Taken from a child whining situation. This popular term was used by Senator Miriam Santiago during an impeachment trial saying her speech of depression. After a fiery statement to the prosec panel (again. Doesn’t this lot just want to hide in shame?), Sen Miriam blurted a “waaah!”, an expression most of us would probably use either in surprise or frustration or anxiety.

This is a travesty! Ang sabi nyo, malakas na malakas ang ebidenysa nya kasi eight ang articles of impeachment. Bilangin mo, walo yun. Pagkatapos ng dalawang buwan pa lang , ah wala na. Tatlo na lang…kasi tama na yun panalo na kami [You said that your evidence was strong because you have eight articles of impeachment. Count it. That’s eight. And after only two months, they’re gone. And we’re down to three… That’s enough because we’ve already won]. Waaah!”  (laughter from the gallery!)

“I request the secretariat should record in our journal that I said waaah!” she said, making the crowd to laugh uncontrollably that Senate President had to bang his gavel several times. Impeachment trials are more fun in the Philippines!

PENOY a known Filipino food delicacy made of duck eggs which has a lot of soft egg yolks. However, this is now being termed to the President Noy instead of PNOY not called Penoy, meaning not fully matured, just a brain and nothing else.

That’s all for now guys. I will post more New Words and probably have a photo relating its meaning too soon 🙂 I am excited for New words for Ms Grace Lee!

Until Next!

 

The 3rd Philippine International Pyromusical Competition: Australia and Canada

March 10, 21012

 

This is one of the best pyro display competition for this season. The two countries – Australia and Canada was able to make the Manila Bay so colorful and majestic and I am seeding for Canada to win the Title for this year!

I would say at this point my winning bets will be Canada, China, and Portugal. My scoring is based on how I was able to capture the displays, it’s timing and types of fireworks and colors they have used. I also consider the distance in heights and sequence which I particularly observed due to wind directions and most importantly, the color mix and new styles. Canada was able to introduce a majestic new style of fireworks and the timing was really perfect. The crowd just cant stop saying Wow and Amazing! Kudos to the Fireworks Spectacular!

Canada by Fireworks Spectacular:

Fireworks Spectaculars started in 2001, when a young Brad Dezotell started his own fireworks display company.  His vision and determination to bring fireworks to a new level attracted like-minded designers, supervisors and apprentices to grow the company into an industry leader.

Based in Calgary, they perform over 160 shows each year and have been invited to supply, choreograph and perform at some of the largest events in Canada, and now internationally.

They are committed to continuous learning and teaching, participating in training courses for new pyrotechnicians and helping them find their way in the industry, while always looking for the best practices, people, gear and product to keep them at the top.

The end result is a great, awe-inspiring show for the organizer or sponsor that enthralls their audience and keeps them coming back, no matter the size or budget show.

Fireworks Spectaculars Canada Ltd.

Mailing Address:

Box 188
Langdon, AB.
T0J 1X0

Email: info@fscfireworks.ca

Tel: (403) 9364540; (403)9364546

http://www.fireworksspectaculars.com

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Canada Picture Gallery:

2012 Pyromusical - Canada

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Australia by Fireworx, Inc.

After an extensive career in the fireworks industry, Ian Riedel founded FireworX in 1988. Ian’s expertise, innovation and dedication to his craft allowed FIREWORX to quickly become one of the leading fireworks display providers in Australia and overseas. They have achieved this by pairing original displays with excellent service and placing a high priority on your safety.

The team is highly experienced. Some of their staff have worked for FIREWORX since its foundation. Their commitment is reflected in the long-term relationships they hold with many of their clients.

 

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Australia PIcture Gallery:

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About the Competition

The 3rd Philippine International Pyromusical Competition opens at the SM Mall of Asia, the country’s top lifestyle mall by the scenic Manila Bay. This annual event will put on a never-before-seen spectacle of lights and colors where the night sky and sea meet as staged by the world’s leading pyrotechnic experts.This competition will not only paint the Manila sky with brilliant bursts of vivid color, but will also be the venue to showcase the emerging artistry and evolving sophistication of Filipino fireworks technology. The Philippine International Pyromusical Competition will be imbued with the awesome fanfare and delightful displays of the worlds leading pyrotechnic events, but done with that distinct Filipino flourish that will surely bring together eager audiences from all over the region.

Schedule:

February 11, 2012: South Korea 7PM, Malta 8pm

February 18, 2012: United Kingdom 7pm, Spain 8pm

February 25, 2012: Finland 7pm, Portugal 8pm

March 3, 2012: China 7pm, The Netherlands 8pm

March 10, 2012: Australia 7pm, Canada 8pm

March 17, 2012: Italy 7pm, Philippines 8pm (Last Day)