NEGROS ORIENTAL | Sunrise at Dumaguete City’s Sta. Monica Beach Club

Friday, August 02, 2013

Sunrise at Dumaguete City's Sta. Monica Beach Club

Most people in the country associate beaches with golden sunsets since a lot of the nicer shorelines in the Philippines are located in the western seaboard. This, however, is not true in Dumaguete City as it faces the east where mornings are greeted by the rising sun.

So it was that during our five-day stay in Sta. Monica Beach Club, I struggled everyday to get up the early hours of the morning to catch the colors of the sunrise.

Sunrise at Dumaguete City's Sta. Monica Beach ClubThe sand this side of Central Visayas is not as creamy and white as its more famous counterparts up north. But what it lacks in finesse, it makes up in its morning colors. The tide was at its lowest during my first morning at the beach and ripples made by the ebbing tide were clearly silhouetted by the rising light.

Sunrise at Dumaguete City's Sta. Monica Beach ClubLocal fisher folks, living at a village right beside Sta. Monica were already up and about preparing their small dinghy stranded by the low water for the incoming tide. Their background canvas, the rolling clouds painted in warm hues by the incoming sun, painting-like in their soft pastel colors.

Sunrise at Dumaguete City's Sta. Monica Beach ClubA few were picking crabs along the shallow banks of the sea. I approached one of them and asked if they were intending to sell it. It’s for our own family’s consumption, he said. There are apparently not enough of them to gather to sell at the market.

Sunrise at Dumaguete City's Sta. Monica Beach ClubThe same subtle pastel colors show up at the shoreline of Sta. Monica Beach Club day after day. The only thing that I really didn’t like was the getting up part. It was so easy to simply let the soft beds of the resort lull you back into sleep and forget about the sunrise.

Sunrise at Dumaguete City's Sta. Monica Beach ClubBut it’s not everyday that you get to wake up to a scene as golden as these. So I ignore my blanket, I ignore the soft bed, I ignore the hangover from the previous night’s alcohol binge. I picked up my camera every single day I was in Sta. Monica Beach Club and walked every break of dawn to the beach, eagerly awaiting the rising of the morning sun.

Dumaguete City Location Map

Sta. Monica Beach Club
Address: Brgy Banilad, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
Contact Number: (02) 553-9549 Manila
(035) 400-9399 | (0906) 478-9018 Dumaguete
Room Rates: See article above
Website: Click Here

GPS Coordinates: 9° 16' 39.86", 123° 18' 8.83"
View Location on Google Maps: Click Here

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  1. very nice shots.. so good to be at the beach right now.. *sigh* :)

    1. Thank you Rian, too bad it's been raining almost everyday here in the PH too

  2. miss ko na ang sta.monica beach club minus the storm. haha

  3. dito ako bilib sa yo christian. Gigising at susugurin talaga ang oras just to get that beautiful shot! Malamang ako, tulog pa rin kung sakali. hehehe

    1. Haha ngayon nga ang tamad tamad ko na lagi gumising ng sunrise :P

  4. Waking up early during a vacation or when in a hotel is hard.. usually mid morning na at around 10 am gising ko, but i guess around 5:30 nasa beach ka na neto to take pics!!