Erap knew what he was doing when he chose Tanay for the location of his rest house. Tanay is beautiful.
Lush vegetation. Tranquil. Idyllic. We were there yesterday to test some new camera lenses (bought, not loaned from manufacturers/dealers) and we made the most of it.
I live in the suburb and I’d like to think we’re living a laid back life here but an hour’s drive to Tanay proves that “laid back” has many levels. Beyond the bustling center of the town, goats cross the road freely.
Horse is a familiar mode of transportation and harvested fruits and vegetables are still transported on the backs on horses.
Perfect? Well, Tanay has its problems.
Military presence is everywhere. Checkpoints, uniformed men roaming with long arms slung over their shoulders… Tanay is home to the 2nd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army. If that doesn’t sound familiar, Camp Capinpin might. That’s the 2nd Infantry Division’s headquarters.
Known as the Jungle Fighter Division, the members of the 2nd Infantry are trained in jungle warfare. Its main mission? Conduct intelligence and neutralize NPA guerilla activities in the Southern Tagalog region. Tanay is bordered on one side by the Sierra Madre mountain range, reputedly an NPA hub. I don’t know about the NPA angle but roaming soldiers and all those UNMANNED military checkpoints (road hazards, actually) certainly make Tanay less attractive for a rest house location. But the scenery is beautiful nonetheless. The air is much cooler and fresher too.
Click here to read about where we had dinner in Tanay.
Click here for photos of Tanay taken during a previous visit.