The Last Hurrah at Punta Fuego
Relaxing on white sand beaches, kayaking, and stargazing are only a few of the many things to try in Punta Fuego.
One of the best ways to celebrate new-found freedom and rejuvenate after a lot of hard work is to bum at the beach with friends--something that editorial assistant Bianca Ma. Guerrero found out on her barkada's graduation trip to Punta Fuego in Nasugbu, Batangas.
It was going to be our best barkada trip yet--it had to be, as graduation and the real world were looming ever closer, and this was our last trip together as students. All suckers for the sentimental, we decided to go back to Batangas, where we had our first beach trip together as a barkada in freshman year.
We weren't expecting to stay anywhere fancy, but after months of planning our beach trip without really figuring out where we would stay, one of our friends, Jo, called up her aunt, Tita Stella. She generously offered to let us stay in her house in Punta Fuego, in Nasugbu, Batangas.
Punta Fuego is a residential beach resort, where members and their guests can enjoy the beach, take a stroll along the wide hilly streets, or go to the clubhouse and find many other activities to do there. Two of our friends, Jo and Javi, were members of the resort, which is why our relatively large group was able to stay three days and two nights there on such a small budget. I had heard about Punta Fuego before from other friends who had been there, so I was doubly excited about our trip. At the same time, I was worried about how much we'd have to spend, since we were going to a reputably high-profile place. But I forgot about how summer trips were murder on my wallet when I had to be up and about at four in the morning to meet my friends for our drive to Batangas.
Predictably, we left slightly later than expected, as everyone was groggy and the friend I was going to ride with came a little late. We had breakfast at a McDonald's in one of the gas stations along SLEX and arrived at Punta Fuego before nine. We stopped first at another friend's house and stayed there until noon. Most of us napped, while the others went outside to explore the place. After lunch, we went to Tita Stella's house, and after resting for a bit, we headed to the beach.
The beach was just a few streets away from the house, so we decided to go there first. The sand was soft and cool underfoot, but it had been drizzling all that week, so it wasn't as white as it normally would have been. The water was quite cold, too. Nevertheless, it was a beautiful place. Parts of the beach were a little bit rocky, but the rock formations in the water were small and easy to avoid, plus they were great spots for picture-taking. We stayed and swam there the whole afternoon, then we went back to the house when it got dark and we realized we still had to cook dinner. After dinner, we were supposed to climb up the long staircase to the Peak to gaze at the stars, but we were tired and wanted to get up early the next day, so we stayed in instead.
Day two of our trip was more eventful. We didn't get up as early as we had initially planned because instead of sleeping early, we spent the night drinking, playing card games, and gazing at the stars from the garden, but that didn't change our plans. At around nine or ten we headed to the clubhouse for a swim in the infinity pool. The view from the clubhouse was amazing--all blue sky and sea. The infinity pool had two levels, and each level was big enough for us and a few other groups of people to swim around without getting in each other's way. We stayed at the clubhouse for a couple of hours before heading back to the house to prepare lunch.
After lunch, all thirteen of us piled into the two cars we took and drove to Terrazas de Punta Fuego, another resort community in the area, only ten minutes away from Peninsula de Punta Fuego. We parked our things in one of the huts along the boardwalk, which is right in front of the white sand beach. The beach in Terrazas was much larger than the one near the house, and it was less rocky, too. Most of us spent the afternoon swimming and playing beach Frisbee, while some rented a kayak and rowed around in the water. There were more things we could do, as Punta Fuego is always adding new water sports activities to their amenities, but we were just fine bumming on the beach. We also built sandcastles--the girls built one and so did the boys--and then compared which one was better.
At one point after building sandcastles, a few of the girls went to the pool and swam there. The sunset that day was spectacular, as the beach was facing west and there were hardly any clouds in the sky--perfect for sunset shots. We enjoyed the beach there so much that it had already gotten dark by the time we decided to go back to the house.
We didn't go to the beach anymore the next day, as we had to be back in school by early afternoon. We packed up our things after breakfast and drove back to Manila. On the way back, we counted the money we had set aside for the trip and realized that all we had spent was P500 each, which was mostly just for food.
The little that was left of my allowance had survived our most luxurious trip yet--we stayed in a lovely house with a beautiful view, ate lots of food we had prepared ourselves, and got to enjoy two great beaches. But the best part of our trip was that the company couldn't have been better. It was our best barkada trip ever.
Non-members must submit an endorsement letter from a member of Punta Fuego in order to stay at the resort.