Many of the photos of Rizal Street that I have now are taken in 2012. In 2006, there wasn’t anything interesting much about this street that I did not take a lot of photos of it. Rizal Street is what visitors coming in from Puerto Princesa will take and see first when going into El Nido town.
Now, as development moves from the poblacion towards Corong-Corong, more and more lodging and pension houses are being built along this street.
I have this grand plan of blogging about ALL the accommodations in El Nido town, including the ones in Brgy. Caalan and Brgy. Corong-corong, but this will not materialize, I suppose. There are now so many of them, from low to high budget, that I just did not get the time to cover them all.
I did try to start with the ones on Rizal Street, beginning with Viewdeck Cottages, but that blog will have to wait.
On Rizal Street, coming in from Corong-corong, these are what you will see:
SEI NAZION COTTAGES
LOLO OYONG PENSION
VILLA DEL VINCEJOS
Along this street is also the only bakery in town, Midtown Bakery, that now is right next to Villa Cecilia. Now, that, I have a photo of from 2006.
The photo on top shows how the bakery looked like in 2006 though it is the wrong orientation because that shot was taken from in front of Sky Line Grill; and that pink building is now a glaring orange, that houses Villa Cecilia. I went inside Villa Cecilia last September and they had just opened. They were also still in the process of finishing what they hope to be a restaurant on the topmost floor. It’s got a good view of town, as well as Rizal Street down below.
Now, speaking of Skyline Grill, it used to be a simple carenderia that had a videoke area on that balcony on the second floor. Yes, we frequented that videoke place a lot. I was kind of sad there aren’t any videoke places in El Nido now.
This is how it looks like now:
One will find the home supplies stores along this street. Plastic wares, cookwares, footwear, poultry supplies, and yes, the second drugstore in town is right here.
At the intersection of Calle Real and Rizal St., one will find FU Gen. Merchandise. In 2005, when the electricity ran from 1pm to 1am, this used to be the only place where we could buy ice cream. Haha! And bicycles, on credit.
Running parallel to Calle Real is Hama St., also terminating on Rizal St., and at that corner, one will now find a funky clothing store owned by a French. I must say they’ve got good stuff.
There are also some clothing stores in between Calle Real and Hama St, tiangge-style, as well as booking offices for boat tours and other trips.
Right before Rizal Street ends is where Sirena Street starts.
There is a clothing store in that corner, at the green store that I always found closed during the daytime. They sell clothes from Thailand, I think. I bought a pretty skirt from there in 2008. Quite expensive at Php1,200, and for something I have never worn. Interestingly enough, it used to be a coffee shop back in 2006.
Rizal Street terminates at the beach. I’ve always loved that part.
It now has Aplaya Bar and Restaurant on the left, Casa Buenavista on the right, as well as a good number of various stores.
This is how it used to look back in 2006.
Here is a photo that I have uncovered in one of my old folders, a photo of the end of Rizal Street, in unreduced image size and taken with a Canon Ixus point-and-shoot camera in March 2, 2006. (Hooray!)
Change is good. Infrastructure development is, too. But one could not help but feel how so much nicer it used to be or wish that the people of El Nido went about with development and yet were able to maintain that simplicity and charm all little beach communities should have.
This is a series:
- The Before-and-After El Nido Photo-documentation Project – Calle Real
- The Before-and-After El Nido Photo-documentation Project – Rizal Street
- The Before-and-After El Nido Photo-documentation Project – Sirena Street
- The Before-and-After El Nido Photo-documentation Project – Hama Street
- The Before-and-After El Nido Photo-documentation Project – Beachfront