Philippines: Breakfast at the beach in Tandag

Amongst the many things I love about my hometown is a wonderful beach breakfast or brunch at Mabua Beach in Tandag, where we only live 5 meters away from the sea.

Breakfast with family at Mabua Beach in Tandag

Mabua Beach in Tandag

It was a beautiful day after Christmas, all of the big events in the family (my sister’s wedding, Christmas Eve celebration and house blessing of our new home) were over, so we decided to have breakfast at the beach.

Mabua Beach in Tandag

We brought all the leftovers from Christmas, plus mom’s cooked fresh tinolang isda (fish soup) with freshly harvested vegetables from her garden.

Everybody had good appetite. Everybody was delighted. Everybody savored the moment.

  • Got thrilled out by the unlimited karaoke on the beach. Don’t you know that it is part of the Filipino passions?

Mabua Beach in Tandag

  • Had fun with the big waves – swim through, dive under or ride over them.

Mabua Beach in Tandag

  • Luxuriate in with one of my favorite books.

Mabua Beach in Tandag

  • Got a kick out of a tranquil walk on the seashore.

Mabua Beach in Tandag

Mabua Beach in Tandag

  • Dug on the beach and buried up to your neck in the sand.

Mabua Beach in Tandag

Mabua Beach in Tandag

  • Wallowed in the luxury of tranquility and togetherness.

Mabua Beach in Tandag

Mabua Beach in Tandag

Certainly fun!

Mabua Beach in Tandag

How I love to smell and hear the warm early morning sea breeze, listen to the sound of the crashing waves, watch the sun glorious rising hues, and bask in the stunning view of the sea. It was so warm, relaxed and breathtaking!

Enjoying the laid-back town of Tandag, Philippines


Tandag is a magnetic little town,

which pulls in travelers,

who are looking to take things slowly.


Do not worry though if you’re the active sort;

there’s plenty to keep you occupied in and around the town as well.

This year, I spent 14 days

for holidays,


indulging in idleness some days

and out exploring on others.

One morning,

the sleepy sea seduced me.

So I took a morning walk along Mabua Beach,

had some fresh fruit juice and beers

and listened to the different tunes of karaoke there.

Thank you to Dr Grace for taking this picture.

The next day, I wanted to try a new sport,

but the time left in Tandag was too short.

Glad I managed to learn the basic

and I realized that skim boarding is fantastic.



I jogged along the boulevard with High School friends.

Then we headed off to Jollibee

for breakfast and coffee.

Chillin’ with friends. – Photo by my friends Rodrigo Paganpan and Dr Grace Cacho de Jesus

When in Tandag,

I spent great time with friends,

tried good coffee at VML,

and had loads of fun with them.

Chums you’re the sweetest bunch of all.

Another beautiful day had come.

I decided to go to the farm.

Walked through the rice paddies with my son,

and enjoyed birds’ sweetest melodies.


During my stay,

my family and friends

pampered me a lot with plenty of seafood,


grilled Gangis, kinilaw na Malasugi,

crabs, Tinola na Katambak, and a lot more.

Not to forget other Filipino foods too


like roasted pig, dinogoan, ginataang langka

papaya pickles, laing (pangat) to name a few.


Many days have passed,

I realized I haven’t done much.

I visited Saint Pio’s Shrine with my family in the morning,

hiked up Tandag Grotto in the afternoon,

and spent the rest of the day

lazying at the beach.

I stayed one more night,

and took one more sunrise swim.

In Tandag, it’s so easy

to laze through one day

and the next to sneakily begin.

Suddenly, I remembered all the activities

I said I would do but I didn’t do. Such as –

Bicycle trip in the surrounding countryside.

Island trip in Mangcagangi Island.

Camping at the beach.

Fishing and sunset watch at Lapaz bridge.

Enjoy the breathtaking Green Falls in Cagpangi.

Swim in the jungle at Villa Azarcon.


Caving in Danakit’s Cave.

Visit the sweetness of Laswitan Lagoon.

Spend a day trip in Magkawas Falls.

And chillin’ in Cagwait Beach.

With further reflection, I recalled.

I haven’t done much at all.

It’s not my fault.

The town’s easy rhythm

and quiet charms,


lured me into its laze,


looked like I will just have

to stay one more day.








Mabua Beach, My Home: A Paradise

I love Mabua Beach because it is beautiful and it has its own story to tell. It means a lot to me and to my family because we have been living here for many years. I grew up in this place and to me it is filled with lavish wonderful memories. It is so soothing and calm. I can hear the waves crushing onto the shore and, even when I am sleeping, I can feel that the best waves are yet to come. I can hear the birds chirping their songs. I can feel the breezy wind blowing into my face. I can touch the hot grey sand and I can feel it in between my toes. I can see the living creatures moving around on the sand. I can smell the salt from the sea when I am closer to it and I can touch the cool waters. All these create the unique environment of this spectacular niche. Image



Mabua Beach is also one of Alan’s favorite nooks every time we visit my family in Tandag. He had a lovely time reading his books, writing his own book, playing with his computer games and drinking his favored Red Horse Beer on the beach while enjoying the unlimited supply of free fresh sea breeze. Image



This beach is one of the most popular beaches in town. It is located in Tandag City, a 4th class city and the capital of the province of Surigao del Sur in the Northeastern coast of Mindanao Island of the Philippines, where it faces the Philippine Sea. The beach is clean, green and safe, being protected by a coral reef. It has a safe family friendly ambiance. It is cheaper when compared to other beaches. It requires no entrance fee. It provides tourists a fancy swim at anytime of the day especially during the summer. Most importantly, it has a safer area for swimming for both children and adults than any other beaches in town. Image



For some obvious reasons, many locals come here to take pleasure in a simple family picnic, relax on the sand, savor the gentleness of the fresh sea breeze, enjoy a good swim, building a sandcastle or just simply to have fun. However, many people also celebrate some of their life’s important events on the beach such as wedding, christening, birthdays, anniversaries, reunions with family or with friends, meetings and many others. Some others come to enjoy karaoke, which most Asian enjoy but Filipinos do so with a revenge. Image




When the tide is low, tourists have the opportunity to explore the marvelous variety of fauna and flora in the middle of the sea. It is locally known as “hunasan.” Many locals love this time of the year when they can freely experience the magnificent beauty of nature and walk in the middle of nowhere on the seabed with their loved ones and friends.Image


While looking at the horizon, you can see a small beautiful island called “Mankagani Island.” If the weather is good, tourists have the opportunity to explore this island. You can hire a private motor boat to reach the Island.  The rent of the boat may vary depending on how you negotiate with the owner. Image



Indeed, Mabua Beach promises unforgettable fun with family and friends as it brings everyone closer together. So, come and discover the breathtaking Mabua beach.