Our visit to little Potipot Island in Zambales was supposed to be just a side trip on our way back from our stint at Cabongaoan Beach in Burgos, Pangasinan. We were not even supposed to spend a night at Zambales but originally planned to stay at Cabo Beach for two nights before proceeding to Zambales and on to Metro Manila and home the following day. We’ve been to Potipot Island in 2012 so we weren’t exactly dying to see the place. But since our friends haven’t been there we offered to accompany them to the island.
We were looking forward to this trip after a pretty hectic week. A relatively under-the-radar beach destination in the western seaboard of Pangasinan on a weekday would surely bring very few visitors. And during the off-peak tourist season to boot. Along with three other friends, we had everything geared up for a two-night stay and were looking forward to enjoying moments of solitude underneath the shade of coconut palms. Or so we thought.
Leo likes to do a lot of research before going on a trip but no amount of scrutiny will cover everything there is to discover about any given destination. Many of the highlights we’ve had in our travels over the years belong to the categories of the unplanned and the unsought. Those are some of the things that make a journey truly exciting, pleasurable and meaningful.
While visiting Nina’s uncle at Hacienda Escudero in Tiaong, Quezon along with some friends, we thought about hiking to a waterfall in that region of Laguna and Quezon. It was tempting to try Hulugan Falls in Luisiana, Laguna or the lesser known Hangga Falls in Sampaloc, Quezon but both would require more than a leisurely stroll so we opted instead for Aliw Falls in Luisiana.