'Paradise' within military camp

By Joyce Clavecillas, ABS-CBN Iloilo

Posted at Apr 23 2009 07:16 PM | Updated as of Apr 24 2009 03:16 AM

During the scorching summer heat, beaches are the most common summer getaways for Filipinos.

In the Jamindan town in Capiz, however, the perfect place for a summer trip can surprisingly be found inside a military camp.

Camp General Macario Peralta Jr., home of the 3rd Infantry Spearhead Division of the Philippine Army, features different scenic spots, including the Kalikasan Park and waterfalls, which is a perfect place for trekking and swimming. The camp even rents out cottages for those who wish to stay overnight.

For garden enthusiasts, the camp has its own Orchidarium Project where orchids and ornamental plants are grown. All of these are of export-quality and visitors can shop for plants at the orchidarium.

The camp also houses two grottos of the Blessed Virgin Mary, one of which is near the camp's chapel, while the other sits on top of a scenic hill. Before reaching the grotto, one will pass by Stations of the Cross. At the top of the hill can be seen a marvelous view of the town.

For more offbeat adventurers, the camp also has a static display of high-powered firearms which come with small plaques bearing the gun's specifications. The guns, which were used in military operations, are encased in glass.

The most notable spot in Camp Peralta is a large public swimming pool, a favorite place for military personnel and their families. The place is also open to civilians, who are encouraged to coordinate with camp personnel prior to their visit. Photos by Joyce Clavecillas, ABS-CBN Iloilo