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
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.
Image credit: https://web.facebook.com/pg/VetiverFarmsPhilippines/
To read more about the paper Bio-engineering presentation on the March 5, 2014 conference, download the pdf file here: https://goo.gl/DLK27g
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:
- Brotherhood remains even if life trips take us to different ways
- Brotherhood yearns for a convergence of paths at some point in time, called reunions, fellowships or funeral wakes and final rites
- 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