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I am a Bicolano by birth and choice. By any standards, I am a slow runner but I like it that way. I look at running as a healthy and exciting way to make a difference. Together with my fellow runners from our family, school, office and the community, we use running to give back..

May 9, 2015

CARAMOAN CHRONICLES: Boosting It Up in Bugtong

After our barefoot running nirvana in the Manlawi white sand bar, our next destination  was Bugtong Beach.  It was a short boat ride, perhaps 5 minutes or less up the eastern coast of Lahuy Island. Again, the view was breath-taking. There was the familiar spotless clear turquoise water with nary a floating man-made garbage.  It was like a huge infinity pool.  We see a handful of boats with their passengers traipsing on the water.  The  friendly smile on their faces indicating that they were having a good time, free of all the stress and worries in the world.

This is paradise, again.  And we gladly joined in.  Jumping into the water. No worries.  The sand here in Bugtong, just like in Manlawi, are very fine and compact.   We swam in the shallow waters of Bugtong Beach.  We managed also to engage in some horseplay with our batch  macho man Allen the object of some free-spirited dunking.  Guess, boys will be boys, even 30+ years removed from high school. 

A feature of Bugtong that differentiates it from Manlawi is the dark rocky outcrop that juts out of the beach.  It adds a sense of both the adventure and the virgin, kind of like the landscape which Bear Grylls would come crawling up.  Upon closer inspection, they seem to be limestone and coralline in nature. The rocks were sharp too which would preclude the prospect of running barefoot.  But no problem, the Bicolano Penguin came prepared with its toughest and most versatile running shoes. Nope, the pair I brought was not a trail running shoe of the North Face nor of the Hoka kind.  It was my Adidas Boost. This svelte marvel of technology has proven its worth already in runs on the beaches of Laiya and Quinapaguian. It is actually amphibious. Now, I am about to test it against these sharp rocks of Bugtong.   Again, no worries.  As the photos would show, the penguin's running on these rocky outcrops was boosted by this Adidas.      

Two down, one more to go in this Caromoan Chronicles of 2015. 



  1. BP, the majestic view and the cold fresh waters are irresistible..... para paraan lang , walang basagan ng trip bro ,hahaha

  2. Thanks Allen. You are a big part of the production of the Caramoan Chronicles. You are responsible for many of the good looking shots.