Chasing Sunset: San Jose Lake
After meditating and trekking at Mt. Resurrection where the famous Monasterio de Tarlac is located, we thought of going back to Tarlac City. As we travelled on our way, we saw a shepherd tending his flock of sheep. We were so overjoyed that we stopped and got off to take its photo. But it is not easy: no matter how you try to come close they just run away and they follow no one but its shepherd. It is already close to evening so he said that he is already leading them to their pen. It is no wonder why he chose that place for tending sheep: it has green pasture, cool climate and a lake beside it.
Speaking of lake, I am not expecting a body of water here (aside from rivers). What I know is, Tarlac is a landlocked province, especially the town of San Jose. Despite of it lacking any coast, it was blessed with rivers and lake. I have no idea what this lake is called, but it is not that large. At one part there are fish pens, flying storks and some boats docked at its banks.
And because it is nearing evening I did not waste my chance to take photos while the sun slowly kissed the mountains. While the sun slowly disappears into horizon it reveals the extraordinary beauty of the sky that are also reflected on the lake. I did not took very long as I am already hearing the buzzing sound of the mosquitoes and other insects. And because the place is so remote and lacked artificial lightning, night quickly comes here.
From Tarlac City, take the San Jose-Mayantoc Road. Upon reaching Brgy Lawacamulag, turn left going to San Jose. Before reaching the town you can see the lake from the roadside.
Ride a jeep going to Burgos or San Jose. Get off at Brgy Lawacamulag and ride a tricycle going to the lake.
The lake is located in Barangay Mababanaba and Villa Aglipay in San Jose. A 20 kilometers ride from Tarlac town. While the road going here are well-paved concrete, the road leading to the lake are still unpaved.
DASH OF HISTORY
Because Tarlac City is so far, San Jose which used to be a barangay of the said city was separated and was made into a town in 1990. It is the largest town in Tarlac in terms of land area.
TIP: If going to Monasterio de San Jose, it is recommended to pass by here to see the other view of Tarlac.
- Capas National Shrine
- Monasterio De San Jose