San Narciso, Quezon: A hidden beauty

A hidden paradise. That is how locals see the rural town of San Narciso in Quezon Province. Around 6-7 hours of bus ride from Manila, the unspoiled natural beauty of the town is a haven for those seeking solitude, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Convenience stores along the highway to the town proper
Convenience stores along the highway to the town proper

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San Narciso is a first class municipality with a population of 45, 386 people (2010). With an area of about 263 km2, the town is subdivided into 24 barangays. Because of the town’s distance from the bigger cities, there aren’t too many tourists, usually. I personally chose to stay in San Narciso for a week during my visit to the Philippines a few months ago. I did stay in Manila for 3 days to take the IELTS, but the highlight of my vacation was in the countryside, particularly the awesome escapade to the Bagong Tuklas cave resort.

Here are some shots for you to get to know the town:

The rocky sea coasts
The rocky sea coasts
Low tide
Low tide
Sunset
Sunset
Mangroves
Mangroves
That stretch of seabed
That stretch of seabed

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Just me, having fun!
Just me, having fun!
Just me, having fun!
Just me, having fun!

Well, the town is not only all about beaches, water bodies, rocky sea coasts.. It also boasts vast coconut (and other crops like rice, bananas, corn, yam) plantations!

Amidst the towering cocos!
Amidst the towering cocos!
Amidst the towering cocos!
Amidst the towering cocos!
The carabao -- Philippine national animal
The carabao — Philippine national animal

You haven’t really stayed in the Philippine countryside if you haven’t had your fingernails dirty!

Peeling "balinghoy"
Peeling “balinghoy”
These "balinghoy" will soon be pounded along with milk and butter, to make my favorite snack -- the "niyupak"!
These “balinghoy” will soon be pounded along with milk and butter, to make my favorite snack — the “niyupak”!
Banana triplets!
Banana triplets! Or a couple with a third party. </3
The banana cue *bow*
The banana cue *bow*

I so love the countryside! Business was booming for my aunt and uncle who hosted me. One of their businesses, of course, has something to do with copra (coconut), charcoal and nuts.

Coconuts
Coconuts
Copra
Copra
Making charcoal from coco shells
Making charcoal from coco shells

I am quite impressed by the town proper. It became modernized, yet, the products being sold in the kiosks remain fresh, natural and organic.

The town proper
The town proper
Fresh crops
Fresh crops
Paved streets
Paved streets

St. Joseph the Worker is the patron saint of the town. I’m quite curious why St. Joseph and not St. Narcissus. 😛

St. Joseph Parish
St. Joseph Parish
The church interior
The church interior
St. Joseph playground
St. Joseph playground
The beautiful view of the town from the church bell tower
The beautiful view of the town from the church bell tower

One week was not really enough to fully experience life in the province of Quezon. Lucky for me, I spent my first 5 years there, but in a more rural town called Guinayangan. It’s strange, but my childhood there is one of the best memories of my life so far.

Standing on top of the ride
Standing on top of the ride
A nice way to explore the town -- motorcycle ride with my cousin Patrick
A nice way to explore the town — motorcycle ride with my cousin Patrick
Last shot, before we left San Narciso
Last shot, before we left San Narciso

The photos basically sum up my trip to the countryside. I can (still) smell the earth, the fresh coco juice, the sea, the entire place just by staring at them. 😉 Looking forward to visiting sunny Philippines again in the near future! Mabuhay!

The rocky sea coasts
The rocky sea coasts

See you on my next trip! ❤

 

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23 thoughts on “San Narciso, Quezon: A hidden beauty

  1. Do you think this is a touristy place? Or should this be a place where locals will like it? Why I ask is because of the language barrier most little towns have when tourist go over!

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  2. Thanks for the info of this place. I’ll really love to discover more hidden goodies of the town. 🙂 Keep shinning as summer comes to brighten your soul!!

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  3. When I was based in Manila, the province of Quezon was one of our go-to places during Holy Weeks. One time, we also stayed in a coastal area, I forgot which part of Quezon it was, but it was really serene, being away from the city and all. 🙂 -Claire

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  4. It must have been an amazing week for you! I would have honestly stayed longer, just imagine how serene and relaxing it is there! Also, away from all the technology and the noise from the city.

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  5. I’d say it looks like a regular seaside town in our province of Zambales, or actually anywhere in the Philippines. Which is to say, most Filipino towns are charming and inviting.

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    1. Thanks, Fred! Couldn’t agree more. The whole country is a paradise. If only we could make use of that fact to better the the economic and political situation in the country..

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