Homecoming Chapter 9
The Beautiful Maryland Beach Resort In Nasugbu, Batangas
“On that cold December evening in Maryland Beach Resort in Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines, they wanted to freeze time and enjoy every moment of their stay.
From the book “Homecoming” by Simeon G. Silverio, Jr.
December 26, 1992
t was four oclock in the afternoon when they reached the progressive, yet idyllic town of Nasugbu, Batangas. He sometimes wondered why some Nasugbu natives had to leave the place since for him it was a paradise. Scenic beaches made the peaceful and untarnished serenity of the rural area much more alluring. They turned left for the main road, then right again towards the beaches. A few hundred meters ahead, the three-story building of Maryland Beach Resort loomed ahead.
Maryland Beach Resort exceeded his expectations. It was one of the most beautiful beach resorts not only in Nasugbu, but also in the Philippines. It boasted a rare combination of being a modern, attractive beach resort located in a quiet, idyllic and rustic town. A big family-sized swimming pool and large lounging area could be found in its center. Behind it was a three-story hotel-type concrete building with air-conditioned suites. Around each floor was a terrace type hallway from where one could view the town of Nasugbu, the mountains, the surrounding villages and other beautiful sceneries on the western, southern and northern part of the area.
Batangas Province had clear, smog-free skies that day. He wished he could breathe all the fresh air possible and bring it back to the United States.
On the eastern part, which was at the back of the resort, one could see the breathtaking view of the beach and the beautiful horizon beyond where the sun was about to set.
Besides this building was the exit to the beach where one could see and hear the beckoning of waves of the water 100 feet away. On the side of the beach, guests could eat or rest at a number of tables and benches made of bamboo covered with cogon grass roofs.
On the right was a two-story dining area. There were rows of white benches and tables made of wood in the first floor, with a cool breeze resulting from the absence of walls; concrete poles made to appear like bamboo took their place, making the scenic view visible from the inside.
The bamboo poles were identical as they were concrete made from the same mould, with a small branch protruding from the left side in the middle.
“Boy, youre lucky to find these same-looking bamboo poles, he kidded his sister-in-law whose family owned the resort.
She thought he was serious and proceeded to tell him the “bamboo was just manufactured.
“Really? he pretended to ask incredulously. By then, everybody got the joke and laughed.
Sight to behold
The second floor of the building made for dining was a sight to behold. It was a formal dining room made of authentic bamboo. The tables, chairs, walls and every other visible item were made of bamboo painted with varnish. The only exception was a lonely clay jar with faucet (banga) from which one could draw fresh water. This second floor had large windows and was surrounded by the hallway type of terrace on all sides, affording one the ability to enjoy the beauty of nature around the beach, ocean, sunset, mountains, town, villages and coconut trees from afar.
Cottages and suites were on each side of the resort, facing one another. The right had a two-story building while the left side had only one. Numerous guests stayed overnight and sometimes even for weeks in this resort; they would fully enjoy the excitement and comfort that only Mother Nature could provide.
One could park his vehicle beside his cottage, wear swimsuits and jump right into the pool or run to the beach. Families could go to the nearby market, buy fresh seafood, fruits or vegetables and cook their food either on their own, in the resorts many kitchens, or have the staff do it instead.
There were no formalities, no “classy behavior requirements that intimidated many guests in first class hotels. Maryland Beach Resort was a “come-as-you-are, enjoy-as-you-would type of facility. When they arrived that afternoon, a family vacationing from Australia was having a barbecue beside the pool. They planned to stay for a week, but the kids begged to stay for another and the father, who was Anglo, decided to settle the matter judiciously by staying for a month.
A replica of a mother and baby tiger made of concrete adorned the lawn in the lounging area. His kids immediately rode on them, and he took advantage of the photo opportunity. On the sides of the area were coconut trees with monkeys on top; they were also made of concrete. Three of the coconuts located nearby were cut in half from where showerheads protruded. Here guests could shower before and after their swim, either in the beach or the pool. He asked his brother to pose beside the monkeys so that he could take a picture of him, which he would caption as “Santi, and his friends, but he was refused.
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