Skyscrapers are awesome. Modern architecture leaves me in awe. But nothing, and I mean NOTHING– can take away my odd penchant for old, abandoned buildings and ruins.
I have this unexplainable fascination with any worn down structures; houses, temples, schools, hospitals– the creepier it looks, the better. I find beauty in mossy walls and broken doors. My curiosity sparks from the graffitis on the wall. My imagination goes wild when I find anything bizarre. I’m obsessed with stories, and I know even the most forgotten places holds its own secret history. And maybe that’s exactly why I’m drawn to them. They’re like unsolved mysteries.
You can imagine my excitement when I found an abandoned resort right on the shore of a forgotten beach. Talipanan beach is the beach furthest away from Puerto Galera’s main hub, White Beach. It’s about 30-40 minute walk away, and although others find it challenging, because of bouldering rocks here and there, it’s a very tolerable walk. Granted of course that I did it on a cloudy day. It’s not the cleanest beach, although a few minutes walk away from it is my favorite beach in town, which I’ll tell you about another time.
I came across only one couple visiting the beach when I was there. It’s a hidden little spot which I couldn’t help but enjoy not only because of this amazing ruins I found, but also because of the fact that it was right next to a beach, literally, where I can hear the sound of the waves and jump into the ocean if I wanted to. A few of my favorite things in one spot definitely makes a good, successful day of adventure to me.
I do not know anything about these resorts. I don’t know how long they’ve been there, or how long they’ve been abandoned. I am completely clueless on whether they didn’t even finish building them, or if they just simply went out of business. I didn’t bother asking around because like I’ve said, I like that they remain a mystery to me. There are three main buildings next to each other. It looks like each building could have been three different rooms. They’re small and doesn’t have much secret corners to offer, yet they’ve got my imagination all riled up.
Graffitis are all over. Vandalized with names and words I do not understand, they add a nice little chic touch to these relinquished structures. Still, the spooky vibe I usually like to chase after when I explore abandoned buildings is there. I’d let some photos speak for itself;
Since the sun was hiding behind the thick gloomy monsoon clouds, we decided to walk back all the way to White Beach for lunch. We passed by a lot of big rocks that looked quite beautiful, a beach where locals reside, and an area where a few big resorts and hotels are located. I must say, I’ve been to Puerto Galera a lot of times, but I haven’t really seen this side of it. It’s very humbling, really, to be reminded that there are definitely so many things to discover regardless of how much I think I’ve already seen…
How To Reach Talipanan Beach:
From Manila, take a bus headed to Batangas Port where there are plenty of boats that goes to Puerto Galera. From White Beach, Puerto Galera, it takes at least 30-45 minutes walk. You can also charter a tricycle for 100php ($2) one way.
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