Three trips and a learning journey: My Anvaya Cove Story

I’ve been to Anvaya Cove  thrice. And those trips are all meaningful on different levels.

First one is  socially meaningful: To celebrate deep friendships and fraternal  ties

LesMiz82 @Anvaya 2012
This photo was taken 30 years since we,  as energetic  and  purpose-driven lads, each randomly decided to accept an invitation to join an exclusive all-boys “network”.  

While that  memento may not  exactly reflect an image of the World’s Who’s Who, it  would be enough for each of us to be proud of  each other’s personal and professional achievements.

Having been “assembled by the Universe” as a simple collective product of our time, in college and beyond, now at our prime, we have pretty much covered the industries that matter to society, in no particular order.


Aerospace, Engineering,  Medicine, Law, Banking and Finance, Retail, Information Technology, Shipping Management, Politics, Education, Social Entrepreneurship, Farming, and various combinations of those.

Second  trip  is  meaningful from a socially-aware perspective: Lifelong learning for sustainable development

My team at eKindling, a social impact organization, was involved in co-managing a conference which took us from  Hotel Intercontinental  on March 5-7, 2014, on the first two days in Makati to a trip to Anvaya Cove on the third day. Part of the engagement with Vetiver Farms Philippines on Bioengineering used vetiver saplings in and around key parts of the Anvaya Cove and Resort. An  event highlight was the release of pontoons off the golf course.  

Below is a photo of Noah Manarang, President  of Vetiver Farms Philippines, with  a colleague at the Anvaya Cove Golf Course.  

Anvaya Cove Vetiver Pontoon

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To read more about the paper Bio-engineering presentation on the March 5, 2014  conference, download the pdf file here:

The third trip is deeply life-stage meaningful  

I consider this trip in 2015 as a  celebration of  deeper friendships  among lone wolves.  

Expect more details to follow.

One fine morning in 2015, off I went  with my core friends (who choose to call the Philippines home)  on a longish day-trip of gnarly or getting wiser (take your pick) men.

To be sure, we were not channeling  Wild Hogs-type of adventure, with John Travolta, and company. It was just a test-run of how long we could keep our patience and bladder on a similar, well almost, journey. We have dreams of traveling together to Baguio and back (in two days) to relive our salad days or youthful exuberance.

From a 4-hour leisurely  drive  from Manila, we arrived at the Anvaya Cove Clubhouse in  the morning surrounded by scenes of gentlemen and ladies going about their golfing routines.

No, we were not there for a round of golf. The golfers in our group had all excuses to do anything but play golf. So we just settled down  continuing (from the drive) the usual banter of  gentlemen wisely aging.  

You know what we ended up doing? Scrumptious lunch with a bottle of Scotch amongst 5 of us.

By 4:00 in the afternoon, we decided we could do another round of… steak at Subic. But that’s another story worth telling next time.

Now even if I don’t play golf (I believe in what I call the Winston Churchill principle*),  I would still recommend the  Anvaya Cove Course.


PS: One of those who couldn’t join the third trip had these to say:

  1. Brotherhood remains even if life trips take us to different ways
  2. Brotherhood yearns for a convergence of paths at some point in time, called reunions, fellowships or funeral wakes and final rites
  3. During those convergences, the passage of time is rewound in nostalgia, back to an earlier time which gives us happy memories of bygone days spent in juvenile and carefree spirit (KBS)

*Golf is a game whose aim it is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose.” – attributed to Sir Winston Churchill