Have you ever Googled something and couldn't find any information that was useful to you? This was what happened to me during the Holy Week when I searched on the Internet for "Boulevard", an attraction in Bauan. A relative told me to visit the "Boulevard" as that was where most Bauan residents spend their weekends. Surprisingly, it's not even listed in their local government website.
|C'mon, Google. I'm sure the Boulevard is not a fast food restaurant!|
My curiosity piqued, I decided to head to Bauan, an industrialized municipality in the province of Batangas, south of Manila. I imagined that the Boulevard is perhaps similar to the old Manila Baywalk in Roxas or a street lined up with palm trees similar to Sunset Boulevard in San Francisco.
It was neither of the two. It turns out that Bauan's Boulevard is a beach. A public beach!
|Sunset at the Boulevard.|
The Boulevard is a beach without the frills: There are no resorts, large umbrellas and beach chairs. Instead, there are picnic huts for rent. There are no restaurants too, just a few stalls selling grilled food and stores offering some snacks. It's thus not surprising to see beach-goers bringing their own food and drinks, with a few bringing banana leaves, perhaps for a fun boodle fight.
You can see in the photos that there were a lot of people on the beach. I was told that most residents come in the afternoon to catch the sunset and swim on the warm waters. They bring with them their own beach floats and lifesavers. Some rent the few motorboats, jet skis and kayaks that are provided by the municipality's local officials (who are also in-charge of supervising the activities on the Boulevard).
|Various ways to have fun at the Boulevard.|