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Me with fellow male blogger friends doing a tableau by the beach
Me with fellow male blogger friends doing a tableau by the beach of Porto Laiya in Laiya, San Juan, Batangas

Last month, I got to spend a day with blogger friends in Porto Laiya, another prestige project from the developer of Mount Malaraya Golf & Country Club– considered as one of the top golf courses in the world. Porto Laiya is a private residential and beach resort community in Brgy. Ibabao, Laiya, San Juan, Batangas.

Below is a video clip that I prepared and posted on my Facebook Page featuring Porto Laiya:

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For high definition, view this Youtube post:

The pick-up time was six am on a weekday in McDonald’s EDSA-Buendia branch in Makati City. I live in Cubao and for me to make it on time, I needed to be on the road by 5 AM to avoid the rush hour traffic to the Central Business District of Metro Manila. I have not had any proper sleep after long hours of editing a number of video projects and was feeling under the weather.

At 5 AM, I was still in bed and messaged my blogger friend Erica Poyauan of if she was already on her way. She said she was having second thoughts because she, too, was feeling sick. We checked online again to find out more about Porto Laiya. In no time, I was in the shower preparing for another day of swimming, snorkeling and basking in the sun! Erica and I agreed that we should just go and enjoy! By six in the morning, I was already drinking coffee and had just finished my Sausage McMuffin in McDonald’s EDSA-Buendia branch while Erica… well… was nowhere in sight. She was still on her way, stuck in a horrendous traffic somewhere. She made it in the nick of time nonetheless.

By 7:30-ish in the morning, I was already inside the Active Group‘s van plying EDSA with the other bloggers and real estate agents. I rode shotgun with my backpack of equipment and drone. Hence, I pretty much was quiet and slept through the whole three-hour or so road trip.

The Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (also known as the STAR Tollway and CALABARZON Expressway)
The Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (also known as the STAR Tollway and CALABARZON Expressway)


Porto Laiya Road Signs
Porto Laiya Road Sign- STAR Tollway Ibaan Exit

It was a smooth and easy ride to Batangas. As we rolled towards Porto Laiya, I could not help my excitement to build up because of the Porto Laiya road signs that darted the road side starting from the STAR Tollway Ibaan Exit up to Porto Laiya’s Main Gate.

Porto Laiya is a 37-hectare piece of land comprised of commercial and residential lots.
Lot sizes range from 264 sqm to 508 sqm. The Phase I residential development of Porto Laiya has a total of 359 lots with sizes ranging from 240 sqm to 478 sqm. Phase II has 304 lots with sizes ranging from 214 to 703 sqm.
Lot prices range from Php 8,400 per sqm to Php 15,000 per sqm. The last remaining commercial/residential lot is 1, 354 sqm at Php 15,000 per sqm. Prices may change without prior notice.

Features and Amenities:

  • Landscape entrance gate with guardhouse
  • Concrete roads and gutters
  • Underground drainage system
  • Water tank and water distribution system
  • Electric post and power distribution
  • Basketball Court
  • Multi-Purpose Hall
  • 400 Meters Beach front

If you want to invest in a commercial beachfront property or want to enjoy the best of seaside living by being a residential subdivision owner, contact Marisse Tabor at +63-915-332-3193 and tell her you came across my blog. Marisse is a Licensed Real Estate Broker and she is willing and able to help you with your inquiries.

Upon arrival at the guardhouse, I could not help but be amazed by the Filipino-inspired contemporary international design of the property. I was in awe more so when we reached Tamarind Cove to register. Tamarind Cove is a privately-held club inside Porto Laiya.

Tamarind Cove, Porto Laiya
Tamarind Cove, Porto Laiya
Me at the Tamarind Cove in Porto Laiya
Me at the Tamarind Cove in Porto Laiya
Me having my peace and quiet in one of the huts in Tamarind Cove, Porto Laiya, Laiya, San Juan, Batangas
Huts by the beach in Tamarind Cove, Porto Laiya
Huts in Tamarind Cove, Porto Laiya

After lunch, it was time to enjoy the sun, sand and sea. We put on our swimming attires and went beachcombing for some Instagram shots.

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Porto Laiya has a 400-meter long beach
Porto Laiya has a 400-meter long beach.

And then it was time to go out into the sea for snorkeling. Off the beach of Porto Laiya is a coral sanctuary. How convenient is that for Porto Laiya residents?

In no time, everyone got on the bamboo raft except me. I needed to fly my drone and take some aerial footage for my vlog. By the time I was done, my friends were already at sea. The daredevil in me said, “I cannot not be on that raft and miss seeing the corals of Laiya!” So I gathered all my strength, grabbed my action camera, put on my goggles, and swam towards the boat. Halfway, I looked into the horizon and saw the still small image of the boat and my friends. With the strong current, I thought I would not be able to make it. The boat was just too far. I looked back at the beach and did some mental calculations. If I go back, I would still swim the same distance, be dead tired and would spend the whole afternoon regretting not being able to see the Laiya reefs teaming with marine life. Darn, I would rather be tired and happy than be tired and sad. So for dear life, I paddled and swam. From a distance, I could already hear my friends cheering me on. It felt like I was in a swimming competition. LOL. “Oh goodness, my mom would kill me”, I thought. Thanks to my fellow blogger, Bette Medina for recording the whole thing on video. 

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Upon reaching the boat, my friends were ecstatic. Erica was so nervous and even thought that I could not make it. I, myself, could not believe that I made it. LOL. Surprisingly, I did not feel exhausted at all after that dash of a swim. Thanks to the adrenaline rush. We wasted no time and spent the rest of the afternoon at sea communing with nature.

Me and Erica at sea.
Me goofing around with Gus
Erica striking a pose
Stolen shot of me looking far into the horizon
Erica pa-cute

After snorkeling, we went for a quick dip in the Infinity Pool of the Tamarind Cove for some more Instagram shots.

Me and Erica in the Infinity Pool of Tamarind Cove, Porto Laiya

I am glad I pushed through with visiting Porto Laiya. Aside from getting to see this wonder of a place and getting to enjoy its amenities, I was able to meet new blogger friends and reunite with old ones.

Porto Laiya, Laiya, San Juan, Batangas
Porto Laiya, Laiya, San Juan, Batangas

Contact Marisse if you want to have a quick visit to Porto Laiya. You may also visit Porto Laiya’s Facebook Page here.

For information about the activities and rates in Tamarind Cove, click Erica’s blog here.

Signing out for now. Peace!

Me in the sun in Porto Laiya, San Juan, Batangas
Remember to wear sunscreen before going in the sun. Reapply every two hours or after swimming.


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