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I think I need coffee to counter the nervous anticipation I am having right now.The POP TALK episode of GMA News Tv channel-11 featuring BEACH RESORTS IN SAN JUAN BATANGAS will be aired today at 10pm . This is making me scared.I donno exactly how I will look like on tv.Maybe my uneasiness with the camera would show?I hope not.And especially during the giving of our verdict.I hope I did well there because I couldn't remember what I exactly said.hahaha

Yes, I was one of the three guest reviewers for this particular episode.The online aricle on GMA News Online described the three of us in this fashion......

"Para alamin kung alin sa mga Batangas beach resorts na ito ang pop o flop, sinamahan si Tonipet  ng travel blogger and photographer na si Antonio Carranza, ang project manager at part-time model na si Maria Fe Orozco Bautista, at ang celebrity reviewer at Kapuso Hunk at Survivor na si Ervic.Vijandre.

Shayks!Okay, to counter my nervous feeling, let me talk about the three resorts we visited in detail. Let's start with BLUE CORAL BEACH RESORT

 Blue Coral Beach Resort San Juan Batangas
Blue Coral Batangas

BLUE CORAL BEACH RESORT  which gave me the impression of an upscale resort.I was surprised to find out that their rates are also affordable.Reasonable might be the right word.It became clear to me by that time that resorts in San Juan are group traveler friendly.Here, you can get a beachfront room for 6 for only 5,800php. Despite the rates, rooms are clean,well kept and beautifully interiored.

The most important this is that the rooms are reasonable to the rates they offer.
Blue Coral Lian Batangas

Here, we lazied by the beach and we taped while on the banana boat.Was surprised to learn that the well known and they say---much hyped-----Acuatico Resort is just nearby.The view of that resort is inviting even from the banana boat.Also had a few shots from the pool.It was here where we had to really swim and I was kinda shy knowing that I was with two other people,one being the gorgeous Maria Fe and the other being the celebrity that is Ervic Vijandre.I didn't feel like swimming along with them but I had to.It was still fun though.My only regret was---I forgot to bring my board short so I felt like I look unflattering wearing my boxer shorts.hahaha



Perfect for day trips coz they have a big pool.


Nothing very fancy but the rooms are really clean and will give you a fresh feel.
on the ceiling.One of our companions immediately remarked "lakas-maka-motel"ng mga mirrors.nyahaha. That's what I also thought the moment I saw them.
But on a serious note, this place is decent ha.:)
with one of the guest reviewers---the gorgeous Yuppie, Ma Fe


Didn't get to eat much here coz I was still full after eating a lot back in Kabayan Resort.By this time, It started to feel uneasy to to tiredness and lack of sleep.mahirap pala talaga maging artista.lols.What I am trying to say is, it's not easy pala to do what they do, that is, to keep the energy despite the heat, lack of sleep and tired muscle due to all the activities.Hope you got what I mean.:D

They have a good restaurant though located at the main building where guests can take their meals.Guests are required to pay for the meal.For Day tours, I think it's at around 1,500php entrance fee per head which includes lunch.
They serve the usual food of course,unfortunately i was still full so i didn't sample the food.But my colleagues said it's good.I feasted on some fruits instead. :)

 Via Candelaria

Take a bus from Manila to Lucena (Jackliner, Tritran, BLTB, Jam, etc) but get off at the Town of Candelaria. (Approximately 2 hours)
Get off at Chow King right after the town proper of Candelaria.
Go to the nearest intersection, which is about 10 meters and take a jeep to the town of San Juan, Batangas. (Approximately 30 minutes)
Get off at the San Juan, Town Market and take a jeep to the Barrio of Hugom where BLUE CORAL is located. (Approximately 30 minutes)

Via Lipa

Take a bus from Manila to Lipa City (Jackliner, Tritran, BLTB, Jam, Alps, etc.) (Approximately 1.5 hours)
Get off at Bus Terminal near McDonalds, Jollibee, and Shakey’s.
Take a tricycle to the jeep terminal located at the City Market (approximately 10 minutes)
Take a jeep bound for San Juan, Batangas. (Approximately 45 minutes)
Get off at San Juan Town Market
Take a jeep to Barrio Hugom where BLUE CORAL is located. (Approximately 30 minutes).

The POP TALK tv guesting episode was a fun experience.Twas my first time in the area of San Juan and la Iya beach and I never thought it would be in this fashion.Got to see three resorts in a day and sampled a few activities that could be done in the area. The beach of La Iya may not be as fine as other beaches but the presence of so many resorts ranging from budget to luxury assures the flood of tourists that everyone will be accommodated.The area is famous for local tourists who usually travel in groups,say,family and friends.

Will be featuring two other resorts in La Iya San Juan Batangas in my next posts. :)

you might wanna read the summary of the episode guesting here:

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  1. ayyiee ito na yun mamaya na haha..
    anyway parang nilagay ka lang dun sa pic mo ha.. parang PS lang haha...
    ito na yun ang the best sa lahat ang Blue Coral Beach..
    natawa ako dito.. ONE OF THE BEACHFRONT ROOMS, WE NOTICED SOME MIRRORS .. pero ok naman yung room di ba kagaya ng sabi mo..
    i will recommend this sa team, malay natin pumunta rin kami dito di ba?,,
    ILIKE the resto ambiance lakas maka europe style na may halong greece ang dating iba nga lang yung kulay...

  2. sa pool palang, mataas na score para sa akin. hahaha. Basta maganda ang pool, oks na! hahaha

    ikaw na ang ma-t-tv nanamans :D

  3. Watching you now. Just got back from Laiya too. Acuatico is beautiful.

  4. tagal ko na pala last na pumunta ng san juan. dati mukhang wala pang swimming pool mga resorts.

  5. uy ang ganda!!! I upload mo din yung video mo sa gMA ah! weeeee! Congrats!

  6. pang mayaman hahha.


    ikaw ang blogger of the month for september

  7. Congrats on your first guesting! I watched the show last night with my children, we're actually looking for a resort in Laiya. yung Pop at di Flop.. :) I was surprised to see travel blogger Anton, Pusang Kalye, at the show, congrats!

  8. Congrats on this friend! Achieve na achive!! Mas bet q ung Blue coral sa lahat!! too bad!! inde nag bikini ang alaga ko. nahhiya kasi xa :S

    PS: Great Shots! :)

  9. One of the best place to relax is in a beach resort which gives you a refreshing and a relaxing feeling. Every weekend I bring myself to a resort to experience fresh air and to be with the waves :) enjoy your weekend guys. This is one of the best beach resort I've heard someday I'll be here.

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  10. how much is the entrance fee? can we bring our own food?

  11. required ang payment ng 1,200 for the day tour which includes lunch na and :D

  12. The set up of this entire resort will enthrall you with its exclusivity and worth staying at capability. The blend of nature and serenity at its best can be seen at aalia resort. Live every moment at the resort while you plan out to rest in tranquility in your holidays.


  13. Perfect ha... with pool and beach at the same place... Pwedeng pang summer getaway plus the affordable rates for overnight trip with group of friends... ideal!

  14. Sir buffet po ba yung meals nila? Nice review. Thanks!

  15. Anyone knows the number to this place? Looks like their website is down.

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  17. Lovely photos.
    Reasonable price etong Blue Coral unlike sa Aquatico. Dito na talaga kami this summer. Hehe excited na ako.

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