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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Camarines Sur : White Pebble Beach

Weather's been dreary the past couple of weeks but I'm not complaining because I'm loving the snuggle weather but to all my beach lover friends and to everyone who misses the warmth of summer, this post is for you! :) 


If you're traveling to Naga City and would like to add some sea therapy in your itinerary, there's an unusual beach in Barangay Bagulatao in the municipality of Minalabac, Camarines Sur. Its shoreline is glistening with pebbles, pebbles everywhere! 

Travel time takes 45 minutes by private transportation and roads going here are partially rough which adds a little thrill to the trip. 

What I find particularly appealing about this type of beaches is that the pebbles look like precious rocks when the sun hits its surface! 


There are also other small resorts in the area but our group was only able to visit White Pebble Beach Resort. 

Just across is the privately-owned Bicol Shell Museum which houses an enormous collection of shells. 



Frankly, I'd rather see shells in its natural environment but the collection's rather fascinating with all the various species having eye-catching colors and shapes.  It seemed the owners put a lot effort to label the displays and provide information for its visitors. 



After a short tour, you can have a short picnic in one of the huts - think fresh buko juice, grilled seafood with breeze swirling around you. :)

There aren't many stores in the area so it's advisable to bring food and drinks. 

Cottages for rent

Guests can also spend a comfortable night inside the resthouse of White Pebble Beach Resort, a spacious bungalow that has its own videoke machine and a billiards table but what I really like is its porch where you can just hang-out. 


Porch fronting the beach
Other places that can be visited is a small cave (see photos here) which is five minutes away by boat and a small falls where you can bathe with fresh water.

Whether you're just looking for a side trip or an overnight excursion, pebble beach, with its proximity to Naga city,  humble amenities, is a good option if you're traveling with a group.  

This trip was made possible by Naga Tourism, NagaX (you can book tours in Naga or CamSur through them), our host from the tourism of Minalabac - Vhongz Cambe. Thank you! :) 

White Pebbles Beach Resort
Barangay Bagulatao, Minalabac, Camarines Sur 
Facebook Page : White Pebbles Beach Resort 
Contact Numbers : 
+63 (054) 472-9606 (Landline)
+63 09052806366 or 09395869147  (Mobile Numbers)
Email: whitepebbles@rocketmail.com
Business Hours : 
For day trips : 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Overnight : 5:00 pm to 7:00 am 

Rates : 
Beach Resthouse - P3,000 to 3,500 
Capacity: 20 persons
Amenities Include : Videoke, Billiard Table, 2 bedrooms w/ single bed each, 5 sofa bed, ceiling fan, kitchen/gas range & refrigerator
Closed cottages: 
1 single bed – P750 – 1,000 | Capacity – 2 persons
3 single bed – P500 – 1,800 | Capacity – 6 persons. Extra person – 50 each. Excess hour – 50/hour

Open cottages: P500 / 700 | Capacity – 12 persons. Extra person – 20 each. Excess hour – 50/hour
*Thanks to Kara of Travel Up for gathering this info

How to get here : 
If you're staying in Eurotel Naga, you can approach the front desk to rent a van.  Contact details at their website. Some more helpful information  is available via Naga City deck blog,

For more details/accounts about this beach getaway near Naga city, please do check out my blogger friends' posts : 
Life Beyond 8to5  - White Pebble Beach, Camarines Sur
Travel Up - White Pebble Beach Near Naga City

Related Posts : 
Where to Stay in Naga - Eurotel 
Waterfalls Hiking in Camarines Sur

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Events : Mapawa Trail Run, Cagayan de Oro

I love destination runs because it involves travel, exercise, gives you the opportunity to meet new friends and access to trails that would be challenging to visit if you're organizing a run on your own. 

Here's an exciting running event presented by my favorite outdoor superstore, R.O.X.!  


Join the R.O.X. Mapawa Trail Run! 
Date: October 26, 2014
Race Venue: Mapawa Nature Park, Cagayan De Oro City
Distances: 11K, 22K, 42K
For registration, visit R.O.X. Ayala Centrio, 2nd Level, Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro 
(Store Hours : 10AM-8PM)
Fees :
11K - PHP 600.00
22K - PHP 800.00
42K - PHP 1,200.00
If you're based outside CDO, you can register through : 
ONLINE :  http://aktib.ph/919-r-o-x-mapawa-trail-marathon-2014
BANK DEPOSIT : 
Bank: BDO
Acct Name: Mapawa Nature Park Corp.
Acct Number: 322-000-9586
Email scanned copy of deposit slip and details to docyad@yahoo.com
Registration period : June 26 - October 20, 2014
Race Briefing: October 24, 2014 | 6:00 PM | Ayala Centrio Activity Center
Some tips :) 

Facebook Page : R.O.X. Philippines
Twitter : @ROX_Philippines





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