Summer in Bataan-A A +A
Monday, March 3, 2014
SUMMER has started, and so the Fire Prevention Month that is spearheaded by the Bureau of Fire Protection. The fact that the Bureau is having the start of its observance on fire prevention means that the summer heat is here.
I have spent my weekend on a beach in Bataan, the nearest saltwater that we can have in the province. There, I found some beach bums already enjoying the season, dipping and enjoying the waves of the sea. Children on the beach meanwhile play with sand castles and their toys to their delight.
There are groups of men on cottages who share drinks while singing to their top the songs that are often sung during drinking sessions. It’s their way of taking a respite from their work routines.
Women who seemed to be the mothers of the children on a beach break are busy cooking food on a grill, while preparing other items on the tables of other cottages.
It’s a typical summer escape at the beach under the scorching heat of the sun and the cool, salty breeze from the sea.
While we have so many inland resorts in the Pampanga, Bataan is known for its beaches with 1st class resorts for everyone to enjoy. It’s during this season that these establishments go full pack with beach goers coming from Metro Manila and nearby places trooping the beaches of this historic coastal province.
The province is lucky enough to have coastal resources. Some landlocked provinces envy of these natural pools which are also sources of fishes that ends up either on the fishermen’s tables or in markets where they are sold.
Some places which have natural attractions have the edge over those which do not have. These are tourist drawers which generate additional income for a locality and are prime movers in the local economy.
There are some beaches in the Province of Bataan meanwhile while remains to be developed. They remain idle and are wanting of development and become income generating. Their potentials of becoming tourist spots and favorite destinations are being wasted.
Beach resort businesses, although seasonal, are raking in money during this time of the year. The adjacent resort to where I spent my weekend was said to be fully booked for this summer season.
Family outings, barkada gatherings, team building activities, company trips are held in beaches during summer and the province is one of the favorites in Central Luzon. One advantage Bataan has is its proximity to Metro Manila and the rest of the region. It accessibility is also a factor why people visit this province during summer.
The waters of Bataan have plenty of fishes that it even supplies other provinces with its marine products. Fresh catches from the said province which are favorites of restaurants and other food establishments can be bought in almost all public markets in all its towns.
Of course, one of the most popular products of this peninsula is its tuyo and tinapa. The dried and smoke fish, which comes in different forms, shapes and kinds of fishes, are even exported to other countries.
There are other tasty delicacies that we can buy too in the province and the pastillas are a favorite. The uraro, a native biscuit, is also a great buy.
Since summer is here, I suggest that we take time, after visiting places in Pampanga, to travel to Bataan for the beaches, fresh fishes and other perks the province can offer.
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Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 04, 2014.