Step-by-Step Travel to Coron Part 7 – Coron Town Charms & Pasalubong Shopping

In Coron town, there are many inland sights to tour.  We went to climb the 720 steps of stairs to the top of Mount Tapyas where a huge cross marker can be seen even from far out.  From the top you can see the whole town and the islands out in Coron Bay.  We climbed there before sunrise, slowly but surely.  We started at about 530am and we reached the top after 1 hour.

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View of Coron town from Mt Tapyas’ peak

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Hello sunshine! Sunrise views are the best!

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Early morning climb to the top…

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There is also the Makinit Hot springs.  Entrance fee here is 150 per person.  Tricycles can be hired going back and forth here to your hotel for 300 to 350php.  A group of 5 can ride one trike and this way, they can split the fare cost.

pools of hot spring waters -- so lovely and relaxing to soak in!

pools of hot spring waters — so lovely and relaxing to soak in!

It is best to dip in the hotsprings at around morning when the sun is still not hot and in the late afternoons.  They are open until 8pm.

Trees and flora abound the area of the springs. Soaks your stress away!

Trees and flora abound the area of the springs. Soaks your stress away!

A walk to the market and souvenir shops near the pier can get you to Lualhati Park.  Its nice to walk here during sunset like we did.

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sunset views at the park

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Lualhati Park in the afternoons

 Pasalubong

Cashew trees with fruit abound the road going to Makinit Hot Springs like these.

Cashew trees with fruit abound the road going to Makinit Hot Springs like these.

On our way back from Makinit we asked our driver to stop by some stores where we can buy pasalubong.  We bought dried fish locally called danggit, dried pusit (squid) and dilis (anchovies) in the stalls near the wharf or pantalan (where ferries from Manila, Puerto Princesa and El Nido dock) that can be had for 125 per 1/4kilo pack.

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our favorite breakfast fare — fried Danggit (dried fish)

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Dried pusit (squid) too!

Next we stopped at L. Escarda’s Cashew pasalubong shop and we were entertained by Nanay herself.  Her shop is a household name in these parts and the walls were decorated with pictures of her with famous movie stars and politicians.  Her cashew goodies range from roasted, fried, toasted and candied varieities.  We bought ¼ kilo packs for 175php each.

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Nanay’s memorabilia displayed on the walls of her shop

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Different varieties of cashew packaged for pasalubong

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Jen with Nanay who’s she’s always ready for a photo-op =)

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You can’t miss the sign in front of her shop just along the highway going to the port

Then we dropped by the market to buy souvenir shirts.  They are priced starting at 90php each for kids sizes and 130 each above for adults. 

Our driver also owns a stall in the market selling key chains, ref magnets, native necklaces, and bracelets.  Keychains can be bought 8 pcs for 100php that can also be personalized if you like.

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personalized keychains where they stamp the names on the back

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different trinkets are for sale as well

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Cheap souvenirs — key chains are very popular

 This boat in a bottle is priced at 200php.

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Watch out for my next post — Coron Part 8 – Foodtrip in Coron

Acknowledgements – the pictures posted in this blog are from my personal collection and that of my sister Maria Jennifer Joy B Repas of Creative Booze Photography and friend Jennee Oliveros.

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