On the 8th of May headed up the coast to the small fishing village of Pundaquit, San Antonio, Philippines. From our place the trip is less than 45 minutes. If you are coming from Manila take the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), then either take the Jose Abad Santos Ave (JASA) (slower route) or continue north, use the NLEX/Mabalacat Interchange, and head south on the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX). Remember, bring a few pesos, the toll roads are not free unless you are taking a bus. Head south on the until reach the Subic Tipo Expressway, then continue into the Subic Bay Free Port. Make a left hand turn on Rizal Highway, then left on Manila Avenue, and then right on Dewey Ave. Continue on Dewey Avenue until you reach the gate departure area. You will be directed through the gate,once across the bridge, turn left on to RH 5 or Subic Baraca National Highway. When you reach San Marcelino, head West towards San Antonio. If you get lost at this point ask for directions from a tricycle driver, they are local experts. They have never failed me.
If you need to stop for refreshments or a bathroom break, there are a number of eateries and places to shop. In the last few years many stores were built inside SBMA or very close; Pure Gold, SM (located near the front gate of SBMA) and a new Ayala Harbor Point Mall with over 150 stores and restaurants.
Ok, enough about the directions and places to eat. Lets get to one of my favorite places to visit in the Philippines.
Oh, by the way, earlier during my vacation I went to Pundaquit on a Saturday. Forget about it during the month of May, there were over 20 bus loads of people visiting from Manila and other 7000 islands. Do yourself a favor and go Monday to Thursday.
Jim the Kano