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Lolong Point Lighthouse: Breathtaking view in Catanduanes

“Look oh. Beautiful.”

We were on our way to Panganiban in Catanduanes and we did not expect the views that we witnessed just from the car.

Catanduanes is a surprise. I heard a lot of good things about this province but I did not expect that this can be this beautiful. I remember my mind kept saying wow every time I see a stunning view from the car’s window. There’s rolling hills from afar. Lots of them with some rugged terrain on the side and then the white beaches below with the view of islands.

After more than an hour of land travel, we arrived at the jump off point going to the islands. All I knew was we were about to explore the attractions in the municipalities of Panganiban and Bagamanoc that day, and with all the beautiful sceneries that we witnessed during our land travel from Virac, I already had an idea that we were going to travel to somewhere awesome.

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Sarap maging bata.

The Tourism Office of Panganiban headed by Joemart Dayauon, the Municpal Tourism Officer, and his teammate Rosel greeted us with their warm smiles as we boarded the motorboat.

When we were on the island I noticed Rosel was wearing a shirt with print that says “Kinis Festival.” Being a waray from Samar, I already had an idea that kinis means crab. But one of my fellow blogger, Cathy, had to ask the meaning of it. But before Rosel could even answer, I already interrupted the conversation with my own corny joke. “Kinis, because look at Rosel. She’s so makinis right?” Thank God they laughed. Hahaha! It was indeed corny, but I guess my joke was saved by my delivery and timing. LOL! It was a good way to get at ease and comfortable with the Municipal Tourism Office team.

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On our way to Lolong Point.

Seriously, Kinis Festival is an annual festival in Panganiban, as a way of celebrating the bountiful harvest of their primary product, the hard-shelled crabs or kinis. This in a way gave Panganiban its identity among other municipalities in Catanduanes. This is celebrated every last week of July, coinciding the celebration of the town’s foundation.

Well, going back to our travel, we’ll explore Lolong Point – the famous lighthouse in Panganiban but on our way, something that looks so familiar caught our attention. LOL! This is Boto ni Kurakog or popularly known as the Fertility Rock in Bagamanoc. It was an interesting sight, something that gave a shed of curiosity or enthusiasm to some in spite of the 30 minute boat ride.

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Is this looks familiar to you? LOL

After a few more minutes, we finally saw this towering lighthouse located on the edge of a cliff, and just beneath is a shoreline, a beach called Kumagat Beach where we rested for a few minutes to prepare for the short hike.

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The view of Lolong Point Lighthouse from the motorboat.

Joemart and Rosel prepared something special that morning. We already had our breakfast at Summit View Park in Viga, but we just couldn’t resist trying out this food. It’s latik or suman sa latik. I’ve tried different versions of this kakanin in different parts of the country, but this one in Catanduanes is extra tasty, extra special.

The sauce was different. It was really good. It doesn’t look like the usual coconut caramel syrup that I got used to. It wasn’t as thick and sticky. It actually looked like Mang Tomas Sarsa LOL! But man, it was heaven, paired with the freshly cooked suman. I had to resist myself from eating more than 2 huge pieces.

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Latik of Catanduanes

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The sauce.

After enjoying the delicious food and the calming sea breeze, it was time to hike going to Lolong Point Lighthouse.

It was just a few minutes of trek but you have to be extra careful with your steps especially in the rugged parts of rocks until reaching the concrete staircase going up. It could have been a more chill hike, the only challenge was the unforgiving, scorching heat of the sun. In case you travel to this part of Catanduanes during summer, you have to be prepared. Bring extra protection like a shawl or pandong. It felt like our energy was draining little by little. It was a relief when we finally reached the lighthouse to rest and get some shade.

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Looking at our destination

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The hike.

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Near the lighthouse

Aside from the team from the provincial and municipal tourism, we were also with the Living Asia Team, the popular cable channel, assigned to feature Catanduanes in one of their TV programs. The cameramen decided to climb the lighthouse first to get some footages.

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Beautiful.

I was cautious with my every step while climbing up the steep metal stairs. If you’re afraid of heights, you have to fight it because you need to see the awesome view from the top.

We were  welcomed by this stunning view of the entire island which is called Panay and the sea that surrounded Catanduanes. It was breathtaking. We stayed there for a few minutes while enjoying the views of the sea, mountains, the waves and rock formations. It was beautiful.

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Siempre, papahuli paba naman ako? siempre kailangan ng selfie. LOL!

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WOW!

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Sir Norbert of Living Asia Channel in action.

While chilling on top of the lighthouse it was also a chance to talk and get to know the team that we traveled with. Joemart, shared that there are still a lot of attractions to be explored in Panganiban. He mentioned some more beaches and the their waterfalls, which is perfect for adventurous travelers.

It’s just unbelievable that we all read a lot of beautiful places in the country and there’s Catanduanes, which is much deserving to be in the spotlight.

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Can I stay here for a few more minutes?

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Awra pa Cathy.

When we were about to go back to the beach, Cathy, a friend and fellow blogger, quickly went down first for her own agenda. She said, “Jon, take a picture of me from there okay?” Of course, as If I have a choice? LOL! I waited for her to pose below with the view of the cliff and the wide sea. Look.

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After exploring Lolong Point, we then traveled for a few minutes by boat going to a floating restaurant. Joemart said that this is not yet open to public, but is expected to be enjoyed by the locals and tourists soon.

I have to say this, the delectable dishes that the Panganiban Tourism Office served us that day was another highlight of the trip. Those freshly catched seafood and humba were delicious. Humba is a sweet pork dish that resembles adobo but not exactly the same. It is actually a lot sweeter and more flavorful.

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Coming from the city life in Manila, it is always an experience to cherish every time I savor the freshness of the seafood from the province, and Catanduanes has definitely one of the best-tasting seafood in the country.

How about the humba? Oh man, every time I try this dish, it feels like I’m attending a fiesta or a grand celebration.

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Kinis 🙂

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Humba is love.

Speaking of celebration? We also had our own version of chilling and having fun after the sumptuous lunch by you know, singing the videoke. Piece of Cake. LOL!

It was just a matter of a few persuasion, just a few, until I was forced to sing the videoke. I was good at pretending that I was just cajoled or forced, but  deep inside I’d really like to sing, especially when I heard Chonx of Living Asia Channel’s rendition of Laklak. I was inspired. LOL!

It was a nice way to bond with awesome people with good food. Truly, Panganiban gave us the warmest welcome and hospitality.

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Panganiban Tourism Office, Catanduanes Provincial Tourism Office, Tourism Promotions Board of DOT, Living Asia Team and my fellow travel bloggers.

Lolong Point Lighthouse is another proof of Catanduanes’ unexplored beauty. The province is like your friend who possesses with so much beauty, elegance and diversity but still unassuming and low key.

After exploring the Catanduanes for 4 days, I felt that the province truly deserves to be in the spotlight, and genuinely deserves your attention. All you have to do is decide to travel to Catanduanes. Explore the province, and you’ll understand why a lot of travelers are mesmerized with Catandaunes – The Happy Island.

How to go to Lolong Point in Panganiban?

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Lolong Point Lighthouse

Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific have flights to Virac, Catanduanes. PAL operates from Clark Airport, which Ceb Pac is NAIA (Manila Airport).

From Virac, ride a van going to Panganiban for 100 pesos one way. Drop off point is the municipal hall of Panganiban, then proceed to the Tourism Office. The staff of the Tourism Office will assist you in your boat rental going to Lolong Point.

The nearest port going to Lolong is the Tarahid mini wharf in Panganiban. The boat rental is 1500 pesos for your day tour to Lolong Point Lighthouse. Don’t worry you will be assisted by the Tourism Office from going to Tarahid mini wharf until securing a motorboat that will take you to Lolong Point.

Please refer to below contact details of the Tourism Office of Panganiban.

Joemart Dayaoun
Tourism Officer of Panganiban, Catanduanes
Contact Number: 09198142679
Municipality of Panganiban
Sta. Maria Street.
Panganiban, Catanduanes
Philippines 4806

Map of Lolong Point Lighthouse in Panganiban

Note: This travel to Catanduanes was made possible through the Catanduanes Tourism Office headed by Ma’am Carmel Bonifacio Garcia (Provincial Tourism Officer) and the Tourism Promotions Board of DOT. Thank you for this opportunity to explore Catanduanes. More attractions and destinations in the province will be posted on this blog soon.