FREEZE | Sitio Macaling, Barangay Magdug, Sigaboy, Davao Oriental

TOO MANY tourists spoil beautiful places with garbage and microscopic menace. This belief has prevented some persons from wanting to see Boracay and other heavily hyped beach resorts. Out of tune karaoke sessions late in the evening by the sea also pollute the air with stray notes that could turn some weak willed people into killers.

WALKING barefoot on pebbles is said to be therapeutic – and Sitio Macaling in GovGen may just be the perfect place for that

WALKING barefoot on pebbles is said to be therapeutic – and Sitio Macaling in GovGen may just be the perfect place for that

In an archipelago like the Philippines, finding a clean and serene swimming zone with abundant coconuts and fresh catch of the day for lunch is still possible. Take, for example, Sitio Macaling, Barangay Magdug, Governor Generoso municipality (still called Sigaboy by a lot of folks) in Davao Oriental – about 57 kilometers away from Mati or one 183 kilometers to those who drive from Davao City.

SITIO Macaling is a small fishing village in Barangay Magdug, Governor Generoso municipality (formerly Sigaboy), province of Davao Orienta

SITIO Macaling is a small fishing village in Barangay Magdug, Governor Generoso municipality (formerly Sigaboy), province of Davao Orienta

The Sigaboy name was changed (by a Philippine President – some sources say Elpidio Quirino; others mention Manuel Quezon) into Governor Generoso after Sebastian T. Generoso, the only three-time governor of the undivided Davao. Generoso was a lawyer and the first elected governor in 1925, reelected in 1928 and again in 1934.

Sitio Macaling is a small fishing village with dark grey sand and tons of pebbles adorning the shoreline. Those pebbles must have been doing something to filter the seawater that looks immaculate. Unlike Dahican in Mati, the Macaling beach in GovGen (a relatively new nickname for Governor Generoso) is calm and ideal for spending time with family and friends.

Businessman Kenneth Viloria and his wife Myraflor invited some lucky friends to experience nature’s generosity at their private GovGen beach resort over the weekend. Macaling is, indeed, a piece of heaven for nature lovers.

We share pictures from Johnny Holiday.

RAFAEL Pilapil, Christian Bornea, Rhoyd Pilapil, and Ina Bornea bask in the sun, sand, and sea

RAFAEL Pilapil, Christian Bornea, Rhoyd Pilapil, and Ina Bornea bask in the sun, sand, and sea

ETHEL Laure of UM Broadcasting Network and Elvie Pilapil of NCCC got fresh tuna for lunch in Sitio Macaling

ETHEL Laure of UM Broadcasting Network and Elvie Pilapil of NCCC got fresh tuna for lunch in Sitio Macaling

MANMAN, Hazel, Ruffy, and Harvey Pandili pose for a family picture in Macaling

MANMAN, Hazel, Ruffy, and Harvey Pandili pose for a family picture in Macaling

RANIEL Laure and Markwade Pilapil enjoy some downtime in Sitio Macaling, Barangay Magdu

RANIEL Laure and Markwade Pilapil enjoy some downtime in Sitio Macaling, Barangay Magdu

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