Awesome Binurong Point
by Danny Tariman
It was raining very hard when we first attempted to trek to Binurong Point, in Baras, Catanduanes. While waiting for the weather to improve that morning, my family met with the village head, who is my cousin. It was decades since we last met. But after about an hour of waiting, and there seems to be no let-up for the rains, we decided to go first to Puraran Surf Beach (I have a separate story for this), to try out surfing, with the weather permitting.
The following day, we woke up to a good weather: the sun was rising up the horizon without rain clouds. And so we drove back to the jump-off point for our trek to Binurong.
We were met by the village head’s wife, who acted as our trek and tour guide. We were so glad that a relative accompanied us in this trek. And I am so happy that she knows a good story about Binurong Point, and knows the best angle for the photo-shots!
My family, with our 3-month old puppy, started our trek passing through the rocky end of the sea shore. After a few meters we were on the trail going up the hill. We passed through some muddy trail as there was a heavy rain the day before our trek. But after about 30 minutes of trek, the beautiful view of Binurong Point was just in front of us!
The view was just awesome! It was a perfect blend of the hill, the sea, and the sky! As our trek guide would tell us, there are 4 “points”, but we just explored the first 3.
The first point is the left-most, facing the ocean. It is for the daring heart! I tried but couldn’t walk the hill as I have this fear of heights. The hill is quite steep on both sides with a not-so-wide trail on top. I remember that this was the hill where a motorcycle-riding TV-host had a very good shot while he run through the trail on his bike.
Between points 1 and 2 is a valley that looks like an amphitheater. In the lowest area of the valley is a little pond, or lake as you may call it. My cousin would imagine bringing musicians in this area where the audience can just sit in the beauty of nature that surrounds the place.
We had wonderful shots taken at point #2. It was quite easy for me to explore this cape as the top had wide flat area for photo-ops. But whether it is point #1 or #2, whether you take the left side or the right side as the backdrop, all angles are just perfectly beautiful!
Onto the third point, we passed through another awesome sight of the waves splashing into a rock formation. Wow! Really beautiful! Our puppy enjoyed this place too as she continued to run around and explored the place!
What an experience! What an awesome sight!
After a little over an hour exploring the place and taking photos, we decided to trek back. Upon reaching the village, we treated ourselves with ice-cold halo-halo (a mix of fruits and jelly, topped with shaved ice and milk).
We thought it was all for the treat. But there was one more: as we were leaving the small village, little children were waving at us and saying “good bye” and “see you again!”
Really awesome! Awesome views, awesome experience, awesome people!