An afternoon at the Cape

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Sunday, July 6, 2014


CAPE San Agustin, the southeastern-most point of Davao Region is packed with stories, including one that says no less than Saint Francis Xavier visited the place to hold a mass at the so-called altar, a natural rock formation at the side of the cape. It’s said too that it was a strategic area in World War II with both the Americans and Japanese forces setting up their radar stations there, and it’s believed that there are shipwrecks in its waters.

The story about Saint Francis Xavier, however, has been disputed by scholars as published by the Jesuit Institute of History in Rome. Still, it’s a beautiful story.

Astounding as the stories is the landscape of the cape. Located in sitio Talisay in barangay Lavigan of Governor Generoso in Davao Oriental, the cape continues to draw in the adventurous to walk along the beach and gawk at the rock formation carved by the ocean for centuries.

It’s just over two hours by private vehicle where you turn right before the Davao-Surigao Highway starts to zigzag its way to Mati.

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The beach was deserted when we were there. It was raining hard the day before and just that morning, we were told. We arrived at noon, the sky was clear and the beach was calling us for a stroll.

A portion of the road is still very rough and could require a little more power than the regular vehicle (read 4X4), but pretty soon this will be very navigable by all since a road is already being constructed – that’s the reason why it was very muddy in some parts. On our way back there was an avalanche of gravel from some work being done above the road grade, but a bulldozer was in site and just as quickly cleared the way for us to pass through.

It was an easy ride, very scenic too as you pass by portions where the highway runs along the sea and keep an eye out for that giant century-old tree along the way.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 06, 2014.

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