Patungan Cove of Maragondon

Patungan Cove, Sta. Mercedes, Maragondon, Cavite

Patungan Cove, Sta. Mercedes, Maragondon, Cavite

At the southern part of Maragondon is a small fishing village that seemed to be forgotten by time. It was far from any access to electricity and commercialization, but it helped the village from preserving their livelihood and the natural beauty of its surroundings. But it is feared that its days may be numbered because of the looming commercialization that is already on its doorsteps.

Patungan Cove, Sta. Mercedes, Maragondon, Cavite

Patungan Cove with Pico de Loro at the Background (Sta. Mercedes, Maragondon, Cavite)

Patungan Cove, Sta. Mercedes, Maragondon, Cavite

Jeff, the wandering sheep (Patungan Cove, Sta. Mercedes, Maragondon, Cavite)

More known as the Patungan Cove (Barangay Sta. Mercedes), the place is blessed with natural attractions. It is surrounded by mountains on both sides which helped absorb incoming waves. Its ivory sand makes it ideal for swimming, and it’s one reason why it’s often visited especially during summer. At the eastern part the mountains of Maragondon can be seen, with the summit of Pico de Loro and the monolith visible.

Patungan Cove, Sta. Mercedes, Maragondon, Cavite

Fishing is the primary livelihood here (Patungan Cove, Sta. Mercedes, Maragondon, Cavite)

Patungan Cove, Sta. Mercedes, Maragondon, Cavite

Fresh catch! (Patungan Cove, Sta. Mercedes, Maragondon, Cavite)

At the shoreline there are rows of boats that are docked, an obvious sign that fishing is the primary livelihood of its residents. Fishing boats arrive here almost every twenty minutes, implying that the nearby seas are blessed with abundant resources. Walking further along the beach, you can witness the village’s simple life, with most men doing the fishing while others are drying their catch. The carefree children are endlessly playing on the beach even under the intense heat of the sun.

Aside from fishing, tourism is considered the second significant source of income for its residents, as the place is visited most during summer. That’s why some houses facing the shore are converted into cottages for rent, with rates between 500 to 2000 pesos and can accommodate up to fifteen persons.

Patungan Cove, Sta. Mercedes, Maragondon, Cavite

Children racing their slippers along the stream (Patungan Cove, Sta. Mercedes, Maragondon, Cavite)

Patungan Cove, Sta. Mercedes, Maragondon, Cavite

Kids cleaning their catch for lunch (Patungan Cove, Sta. Mercedes, Maragondon, Cavite)

While the village lacks a stable power source, at six in the evening the generators are brought to life to bring electricity to the small village. This lasts up to ten in the evening, after which the small village would sleep to near silence.

For two days, this had become the temporary home of the flock. Thanks to Mang Victor, a resident for more than fifty years, who accommodated us and served as our guide to our travels. This includes our trip to Carabao Island, Limbones Iland and some other beach coves in other places.

Patungan Cove, Sta. Mercedes, Maragondon, Cavite

Patungan Cove, Sta. Mercedes, Maragondon, Cavite

Patungan Cove, Sta. Mercedes, Maragondon, Cavite

Repairing the nets (Patungan Cove, Sta. Mercedes, Maragondon, Cavite)

Patungan Cove, Sta. Mercedes, Maragondon, Cavite

Drying the fish (Patungan Cove, Sta. Mercedes, Maragondon, Cavite)

SAVE PATUNGAN
During our stay I was unable to avoid being curious on the unusually many security guards that were stationed at the entrance near the highway. I learned that the place is filled with tension between the residents and the large corporations craving to seize their land. It is one reason why security is very tight. Anyone attempting to enter the cove by road will be blocked by a dozen security guards. The only way to reach the cove is by a boat.

According to the residents, they are offered PhP50,000 just to vacate the place. There are plans for an SM-owned company to develop the cove into a large resort, similar to what was done to Pico de Loro in Hamilo Coast that is also owned by SM Development Corporation (SMDC).

Patungan Cove, Sta. Mercedes, Maragondon, Cavite

Aerial view of the controversial cove (Patungan Cove, Sta. Mercedes, Maragondon, Cavite)

There had been numerous reports of unusually high number of security men armed with powerful rifles roaming around the otherwise simple community, intimidating and even harassing residents. Tension did flared up last year when a demolition operation became unruly. The mega-corporation responded by filing various criminal charges against residents, including malicious mischief and trespassing, and those cases are still under litigation.

Read this news for more info.

QUIPS
I am uncertain if how long this small paradise would last, because of some entities with vested interests wanting to develop their project here at this cove at the cost of the residents AND their livelihood. If you wish to see its beauty, better visit this before it’s too late.

Patungan Cove, Sta. Mercedes, Maragondon, Cavite

Aerial view of Neela and Limbones cove (part of Nasugbu., Batangas)


DIRECTIONS

  • Private
    Take the road to Brgy. Mercedes (Patungan), Cavite. The village is the last village of Maragondon that borders Nasugbu, Batangas. It’s almost 3 kilometers away from Kaybiang Tunnel.
  • Public
    Take a bus bound for Maragondon, Ternate and drop off at the town of Ternate (P80 fare). From there ride a tricycle and say to the driver to drop you off at Sta. Mercedes (Patungan), P300 fare (good for 4). It pretty far away from the town so it’s better to get the contact number of the tricycle driver to fetch you when you’re finished.
Patungan Cove, Sta. Mercedes, Maragondon, Cavite

The road to Patungan Cove (Sta. Mercedes, Maragondon, Cavite)


ADMISSION

  • Banca ride – P25 one way
  • Cottage Rate – P300 – P2,000 (Depends on your preferred size and style)
Patungan Cove, Sta. Mercedes, Maragondon, Cavite

Simple and peaceful life (Patungan Cove, Sta. Mercedes, Maragondon, Cavite)


WHAT’S NEARBY

Patungan Cove, Sta. Mercedes, Maragondon, Cavite

Aerial view of Limbones Island, with Carabao Island at the right and Bataan at the left (Patungan Cove, Sta. Mercedes, Maragondon, Cavite)


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Comments


  1. Threena says:

    Hi! Do you have any contac details to mang victor, we’re planning to visit the cove soon. And can i ask how much it cost you for the additional trip to carabao and limbone cove. Thank you!

  2. Alex Claridad says:

    Can you enter the patungan cove by car, I believe it is privately owned?

  3. Tupang Gala says:

    Patungan Cove is currently under dispute between a private company and the residents. It’s currently impossible to reach the cove by land, instead you have to park at a drop-off point from the highway and take the boat to go to the cove.

  4. Meanne says:

    Hi po, do you have contact number for Kuya Victor? Planning to go there on April 6, 2017.

    Appreciate your response..

  5. Princess says:

    Just went today, they are now charging a minimum of Php2,500 for a cottage, not including the Php50 boat ride back and forth. We tried to haggle the cottage rate but they didn’t allowed it, it’s their “standard” rate currently. I am saddened thay Filipinos really act this way when opportunities meets their eyes

  6. Kulas says:

    can you please give us a contact number of Mang Victor..Thanks a lot!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Ang ganda talaga nag enjoy ako mag swim dto sa ptungan cove

  8. Nino says:

    Mang Victor! ALAM BA YAN NG MAMA MO! NYAHAHAHA

  9. Lau says:

    Pwede po makuha number ni Mang Victor? Thanks.

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