Abrupt endings do happen. Relationship fails and love dies. That ecstatic feeling of certainty that you’ve finally found “the one” is being replaced by an exquisite pain of a break-up. And comes the hardest part- moving on!

There’s a new movie starring Alex Gonzaga that’s coming out this week where she portrays a broken-hearted character exhausting all means to recover. A character I can relate to at the moment as I’m also in the process of recovering from a breakup that gave me a dramatic turn in life and left me disoriented. And just like her, I also went through great lengths to be able to put myself back together. Nursing a broken heart is never easy.

For a while, I thought I was okay already until I watched the trailer for the movie. The story has a significant resemblance to ours as we also shared sweet moments in this remote side of Bataan where the lighthouse can be found. I can’t help but reminisce about how we fantasize about our future together while sitting on a boulder and enjoying the view. Such a painful memory.

What’s the best way to move on from a breakup? I’m not an expert but for me, nothing heals a bleeding heart better than to embark on a lone trip. I think being a broken-hearted is a perfect excuse to travel to find yourself again. For those of you who would want to reach the place here’s a guide.

How to reach Sisiman Lighthouse:

*Take a Genesis bus bound to Mariveles, Bataan in Cubao Terminal. Travel time is 3 to 4 hours for a fare of Php250.00. Tell the conductor to drop you off at Freeport Area of Bataan.
*From Freeport Area of Bataan, take a tricycle to Sisiman for Php15.00 per person.

Get to know Bataan:

Bataan is a province situated in the Central Luzon region of the Philippines. Its capital is the City of Balanga. Occupying the entire Bataan Peninsula on Luzon, Bataan is bordered by the provinces of Zambales and Pampanga to the north. The peninsula faces the South China Sea to the west and Subic Bay to the north-west, and encloses Manila Bay to the east.

The Battle of Bataan is famous in history as one of the last stands of American and Filipino soldiers before they were overwhelmed by the Japanese forces in World War II. The Bataan Death March was named after the province, where the infamous march started. (Source: Wikipedia)

What to see in Sisiman Bay:

The Lighthouse

This fenced lighthouse stands in a rocky trail of Sisiman bay beside the San Miguel peak. This is a picture-perfect spot with the rock mountain behind it and the boulder beach at its front. The lighthouse was destroyed by a typhoon in 2011 and became lightless from then on.

 

Rocky Beach

Rock boulders and pebbles are spread out along its aqua blue beach. It was nice hanging out there and beaching. We were approached by two kids and offered to be our guide for a small amount.

  • There’s no entrance fee.
  • There are cottages available for rent for just Php300.00 good for the entire day.
  • You can stay overnight in their sleeping quarters for Php350.00 but no beddings included.
  • The base of San Miguel Summit is a perfect spot to pitch your tents.
  • There are stores available in the area for your basic needs.
  • Use of bathroom is Php20.00 per pail and Php10.00 each time you use the loo.

 

San Miguel Summit

The ultimate rock formation in Sisiman bay that stands 700+ feet high. This can be hiked for a wider view of the bay. Other activities being conducted are rock climbing and rappelling. On the other side of the bay there’s a grotto you can visit.

The silhouette when the sun gradually descended.

I’m happy that this place is finally getting the attention it deserves.