In this day and age when we can get a hold of anyone or access anything with a few swipes and a touch of a screen, a total disconnect from the world can be therapeutic. After checking the swell forecast and making a few arrangements, I drove up to LiwLiwa in San Felipe, Zambales, last February 4, 2016 with the intention of filming the local surfers in action. I have been to Liwa before, and I knew with the fluctuating cellular and data service in the area, it would be a good chance for me to disconnect and just do the things I love, and maybe catch a few waves myself.
Being relatively close to the metro, Liwa has become a popular destination where people come and learn to surf, and where long time surfers hone their craft, given of course that the swell conditions are right. After a three hour drive, I settled in my nipa hut at Good Karma Surf Resort, a peaceful and friendly family-run resort, which most skaters say has one of the best skateboarding mini ramps in the country.
Alas, the predicted swell never came during my stay. Instead of filming the surfing action, I went around the village and its neighboring areas to film the scenery. When there are no waves, the community of surfers usually gather for cold beer and good laughs, or shredded the mini ramp. They were warm, friendly, and always knew how to have a good time, regardless if the surf is up or not.
After three days, it was time for me to get back to the city. The quiet little fishing village gave me time to disconnect, reflect, be inspired, and do the things I love, away from the sounds and static of the Metro. What I love most about Liwa, is that it is a getaway beyond your usual air-conditioned rooms and infinity pools. Liwa is a place where you can enjoy the beach, nature, surf, and the culture, in the raw, and in the simplest way possible.
Good Karma Surf Resort
Sitio Liw-Liwa, Brgy. Sto. Niño, San Felipe, Zambales