Pagbilao, Quezon | Silangang Nayon Park and Restaurant

6:47:00 PM


I had been itching for some beaching.

I could scratch it hard and nonstop, and yet I'm convinced the longing for the sand, sea and quiet ain't ever going away.

Case in point: It has only been over a month since we drove to Quezon province and here I am major lusting for the sea again. It doesn’t help (probably even makes the wanting worse) that I have to relive everything in my head as I write about that one weekend I got to “get away from the world”. It was much needed as it still is much, much, much wanted.

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Let me begin with an introduction of the Quezon crew: Angel and her boyfriend, Carl, Rex who was driving when this picture was taken, and David on the passenger side. Since last year’s Laiya, I’ve regarded Angel and Rex as go-to travel buddies. I like traveling with them. We share in the fun and excitement, and they are not offended by my partly reclusive nature.

A few weeks ago, we took an overnight trip to Quezon province. To my behest, we consciously avoided the Labor Day weekend. There are days when I don’t mind being around strangers but most of the time, crowds stress me out. I don’t even like going with big groups. I find that planning is tedious and frustrating when there are too many people involved. Don’t get me wrong - I’m not antisocial, in fact I make new friends easily. I do, however, yearn for some alone time every now and then, preferably in a beautiful place and optionally with a small circle of close friends.

Our target destination was Dampalitan Island in the town of Padre Burgos but, due to the lack of sure and comfortable accommodation in that area, we decided to hit Pagbilao first. The town is about six hours away from Manila. We got by with about a full tank of gas.

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There aren't much information available yet on the Internet about lodging in this part of Quezon. It shouldn't be a problem if you're the adventurous type since a lot of the beaches in Quezon are camper-friendly. But if, like me, your non-negotiables include a nice bed and a proper toilet, even the most comfortable tent ain't cuttin' it.

Fortunately, Angel managed to find the proverbial needle in the haystack and so, without making reservations because we're YOLO like that, we found our love in a hopeless place at Silangang Nayon Park and Restaurant. (Paninindigan ko that bad transition, guys.)

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From the parking lot, we could tell that we did good finding Silangang Nayon. I could smell the sea and catch glimpses of it walking towards the reception area. A little snooping around brought me to this view.

Silangang Nayon Park and Restaurant | Awesome in Manila

There's a considerable height that separates Silangang Nayon's property from the shore. It's not the most incredible beachfront view but it does make a personable impression of Quezon's seaside.

Silangang Nayon Park and Restaurant | Awesome in Manila
Silangang Nayon Park and Restaurant | Awesome in Manila

A three to five-minute walk down leads to the floating restaurant. It was a little windy when we checked it out. There really isn't much to see out there but the neighboring islands. Still, it would be a welcome experience to dine out where you can hear the waves.

Silangang Nayon Park and Restaurant | Awesome in Manila
Silangang Nayon Park and Restaurant | Awesome in Manila

Silangang Nayon is home to a few animals. Apart from the ostrich in the picture, they have a parrot (or was it a cockatoo?), a turtle, doves, a horse and an iguana. You won't be able to pet them though.

If you're wanting some time to play, there is a playground for kids (and kids at heart) near the mini zoo.

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Silangang Nayon has rooms nestled atop the property. We were shown one near the playground and another one closer to the restaurant. They were alright but the girl from the reception had one last room to show us and, boy oh boy, did we hit the best deal! I forgot to take pictures of the facade and the interiors but what I can show you is the immediate view from our doorstep:

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We couldn't contain our wows and excitement for the sunrise / sunset experience. (Spoiler: It was a non-event. The sun was blocked by a curve in the island's topography.)

Silangang Nayon Park and Restaurant | Awesome in Manila

As for the room, it was satisfactory. We were happy that it came with a bath tub and overall a clean bathroom. It came with the usual resort toiletries. Towels and tissue rolls were provided. There was a small TV, no cable. There were a handful of pirated DVDs, which included the entire season four of Heroes. There was a bunk bed, a full size bed and we had an additional folding bed. The air conditioner works. We slept fine.

Overnight stay at a room for four costs P3750, plus P800 for the extra bed.

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The staff were also nice enough to act as middle mencoordinating with the boat guys about our island tour the next day, without incurring fees. All we had to do was tell them where we wanted to go (Dampalitan Island) and they talked to the men who live nearby. We were given the schedule for the next day and a menu so we can choose whatever breakfast would be packed for us for the trip, and we waited.

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While there is some semblance of a beach in Silangang Nayon's property, it's definitely not for frolicking. You would still want to head out to nearby islands. The beach here is rocky, and the water is a bit murky.

Silangang Nayon Park and Restaurant | Awesome in Manila

The land stretches out for a good 10 to 15-minute walk. (Just don't do it in newly bought wedges. Parisian, btw)

Silangang Nayon Park and Restaurant | Awesome in Manila

Despite its unfriendliness to those seeking a spot to rest their butts in, this rocky space does have a few hidden gems waiting to be discovered.

Silangang Nayon Park and Restaurant | Awesome in Manila
Silangang Nayon Park and Restaurant | Awesome in Manila
Silangang Nayon Park and Restaurant | Awesome in Manila
Silangang Nayon Park and Restaurant | Awesome in Manila

I couldn't help but say a little prayer of praise. Isn't this just the most calming thing? So full of pretty! God couldn't have prepared a more special treat.

Silangang Nayon Park and Restaurant | Awesome in Manila

MAGIC HOUR. \( ̄▽ ̄)

Silangang Nayon Park and Restaurant | Awesome in Manila

The sun may have been hiding on the other side but it was still a breathtaking sight. Much feels, many ಥ_ಥ, such wow!

Silangang Nayon Park and Restaurant | Awesome in Manila

The path ends at a dock for fishing and touring boats. Did you notice the progression of the colors?! o(╥﹏╥)o

Silangang Nayon Park and Restaurant | Awesome in Manila

After our stroll, we had dinner. We went for what I consider as the only Filipino dish that transcends city to beach dining: liempo (P500, plus a plate yang of chow for P250). Seriously, liempo is always a good idea, wherever you eat it. Whether you're in the middle of the ocean or surrounded by pollution in a Metro Manila hole-in-the-wall.

The servings were surprisingly huge for the price. It wasn't mind-blowing or anything but, compared to most resort food, it was not depressing either. The only other meal we had there were the -silog breakfast meals prepared for the island tour. I had bacon, and bacon never disappoints. Coffee is a 3in1 Nescafe Original and hot choco is Swiss Miss.


We didn't really make much of our stay at Silangang Nayon. We did notice on our way out Sunday afternoon that the place was packed during lunch hour. It could be because it was Mother's Day but then, that could also be a good indication of everything else that we weren't able to try out from the restaurant.

If you need a place to put down your bags and rest a little, Silangang Nayon is a good stopover. I find it lacking for a full weekend experience, but it's close enough (about one to two hours) to a number of popular beaches.

I'll tell you about our Dampalitan Island experience in a separate post.


Silangang Nayon Park and Restaurant
Brgy. Bantigue,
Pagbilao, Quezon
0917 560 2979

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