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Masasa Beach | Rediscovering Tingloy, Batangas

At long last, after more than two years of working in Dubai, an escapade with few of my favorite people has been realized. After all the canvasses, paints, and brushes put into waste, it's finally "drawing no more" from a set of friends who has an undisputed reputation of planning, just pure planning. Since all but one is just around the metro (big shout out to Dawn who travelled from Bicol to Batangas just to prove that she, too, is drawing no more), we agreed to disturb the silent town of Tingloy, Batangas and frolic in its waters particularly in the Masasa Beach.

This is my first time in Batangas. I usually just pass by the province each time I go to Manila from Bicol and vice versa. Perhaps Laiya is quite popular when it comes to beaches, whose name is so common for team buildings or company outings, but me and my friends always prefer the less explored and popular but boasts something peculiar that leaves you asking "Why this place isn't popular?"

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