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Trailer and review: “When The Love Is Gone” at Kamana Sanctuary
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First a review.
My boys and I stayed at Kamana Sanctuary in Subic during the last sem break. It was recommended by an expat friend.
The boys loved it! We stayed in two casitas built on stilts on top of the sea.

Kamana Sanctuary in Subic

Most of the people were kind during the two nights we stayed there. I encountered only a grumpy maintenance person when I noticed that our bathroom was falling apart, and you know how I feel about that.
The knobs of the shower and bath were simply falling off. (Not the Four Seasons.)
Too bad because the bathroom was spacious and had good design (except for the wood and the sinks).
Wood is simply not a good choice for bathrooms because of moisture.

Kamana Sanctuary bathroom

So Jeroen and I requested to move to another casita.
The aircon in the kids’ room wasn’t cooling very well, and the window shade was falling apart. But they were OK with it.
They loved the chicken tenders and lechon sinigang at the restaurant, while I had the most delicious chicken barbecue fresh off the grill on our second night.
The food is either a hit or miss. You will not appreciate the fancified chicken/pork fusion adobo which they bastarized.
But what’s important is the kids loved the food. Never mind me.

The first thing that hits you upon arrival is a strong stench coming from the restrooms, which look and smell like they haven’t been renovated for years. It is unfortunate that these were placed right by the entrance.
Curiously, the reception is located inside the smelly restaurant. I’m just lucky my boys are not as prissy as me.

I take very good pictures but Kamana needs to hire more people to clean the premises. The sand and walkways were bordering on dirty. Nothing that a good cleaner can fix.
Lots of monkeys come down from the forest up there. Perhaps they can put a “Caution: Monkeys” sign somewhere.

Kamana Sanctuary in Subic

This place must’ve been so pretty when it just opened.

Kamana Sanctuary in Subic

Our rooms were really spacious. I’m OK with this bedroom, but there were not enough plugs near the bed. Hassle. Then again, it doesn’t matter because there is no wifi! The horror! You need to go to the smelly restaurant to use wifi!

Kamana Sanctuary in Subic

We had this gorgeous balcony, but don’t leave the doors open—due to insects (especially at night) and monkeys!!

Kamana Sanctuary in Subic

I was shocked to see a big monkey perched on the rail. I nearly died of shock while frantically closing the doors. It was like a nightmare. My husband has the misfortune of seeing this same money screw a female monkey near our casita.
I nearly vomited when he described it. Just so grateful I didn’t see it.
Here’s something we don’t see everyday: This was the beautiful view in the morning.

Kamana Sanctuary in Subic

I’m blogging this in hope that the owners (who I am assuming have not visited recently) would take note and renovate all the bathrooms, clean up the premises, and tweak the menu.
Because this is one place that deserves to be kept well and we want to come back!!
That is the sad thing about the Philippine hospitality business. Not enough attention to cleanliness, detail and renovation.
Also blogging this because Grace and I are excited to watch Gabby Concepcion’s comeback + Cristine Reyes’ cheesy new movie called When The Love Is Gone, which was filmed at Kamana Sactuary!!
Watch the trailer and tell me what you think.

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Paolo Cudilla

Nice review and you pin point the main issues of the resort. Will be going there next month, any advice upon staying there?

Also, check my review for Camayan Beach Resort in Subic Bay Philippines another must vosot resort in Subic. thanks

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CVS Reply:

don’t leave any doors open. beware of monkeys 🙂
chicken fingers are good 🙂

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Paolo Cudilla Reply:

Tnx for the heads up! 🙂 will definitely try the chicken fingers 🙂

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Guest

Do you have any idea where they shot the scenes they said were in Nasugbu? Or was it in Kamana too?

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mieldv

Bakit kulang ng ‘n’ ang ‘sactuary’? Word ba talaga yon? Lol yon talaga ang napansin.

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divasoria

haha i’m actually scared that the best parts/scenes of the movie were already in the trailer. pero kebs! watch pa rin 😀

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cielykaye

this is a movie based on Nagalit ang Buwan sa Haba ng Gabi (1983 film), like status its complicated from Salawahan…

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zsasquared

I’m surprised why they had to pick Cristine Reyes as one of the leads–no matter what role she plays, she always looks like a call girl with one expression, parang ilang na araw na constipated. Wala na ba silang makuhang iba?

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Jay Lozada

Nung una kitang nakilala isa ka lang struggling beauty queen sa Cubao!

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Insomnia Reply:

“Eh ano ngayon kung naging Ms Cubao ako? Palibhasa inggit ka lang!!!” —- sorry couldn’t resist, haha .

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janglegirl Reply:

Who is the guy playing Christine’s ex-bf? Looks gay to me.

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Insomnia

“Eh ano ngayon kung naging Ms Cubao ako? Palibhasa inggit ka lang!!!” —- sorry couldn’t resist, haha .

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janglegirl

Who is the guy playing Christine’s ex-bf? Looks gay to me.

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jiki lim

yuck to be fair, hindi ko ma-predict yung plot. unless yung plot is may kabit si gabby. yun na yon. at galit yung dating bf ng kabit. at asawa at anak ni Gabby. Ano yung twist? Di ko na-gets sa trailer! Good job, hindi sya predictable at all. ang labo ng metaphors – eat all you can! baket maraming parts ba si Gabby?? Isa lang naman si Gabby diba?! Sana she didnt mean yung parts ni Gabby. no visual please, di ko na ma-take yung first few frames of knowing glances from the balcony na-pa-taas na hair ko. Tapos stumbling… Read more »

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geljam

LOL at “So what kung miss cubao ako?! Inggit ka lang!”(sa miss cubao title?)
…and why is he “asawa ko, asawa mo, asawa ng buong bayan?”

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Binibini B

Naloka naman ako kay Ms. Dixon… “Nandyan ba ang asawa ko na asawa mo na asawa ng buong bayan?!?”

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joelcruise Reply:

It’s a classic line from an old Pinoy movie starring Laurice Guillen… wonder if they paid just to use the line or something

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joelcruise

It’s a classic line from an old Pinoy movie starring Laurice Guillen… wonder if they paid just to use the line or something

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V

Well, the blinds seemed to work in Cristine Reyes’ room…

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CVS Reply:

lol!!! dayum!!

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geljam

Slightly afraid of Gabby sex scenes. First scene palang, mukang his back was going to give(0.19).

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Merlinda Little

ageless si Gabby! I wondr what he uses for his skin bcuz ill use it!

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Gretchen Barreto owns Kamana according to the manager. [Reply]CVS Reply:November 26th, 2013 at 8:28 PMi know [Reply]joelcruise Reply:November 27th, 2013 at 8:07 PMhuwaaattt [Reply]Chris Reply:November 27th, 2013 at 9:06 PMMy friend said it’s Gretchen Cojuangco (wife of Danding Cojuangco) daw who owns it. Which is true kaya? Lol. [Reply]D Reply:November 28th, 2013 at 12:06 PMDiba isa lang yun? Gretchen Barreto is the wife of Danding diba? [Reply]Guest Reply:November 28th, 2013 at 1:27 PMFYI: Gretchen Barretto is Tony Boy’s common law partner. Gretchen Cojuangco is Danding Cojuangco’s wife. CS Reply:November 29th, 2013 at 6:54 PMI don’t think it’s Gretchen [Oppen-Cojuangco’s]. Baka… Read more »

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joelcruise

huwaaattt

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Chris

My friend said it’s Gretchen Cojuangco (wife of Danding Cojuangco) daw who owns it. Which is true kaya? Lol.

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Diba isa lang yun? Gretchen Barreto is the wife of Danding diba?

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FYI: Gretchen Barretto is Tony Boy’s common law partner. Gretchen Cojuangco is Danding Cojuangco’s wife.

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CS

I don’t think it’s Gretchen [Oppen-Cojuangco’s]. Baka si Gretchen Barretto, the other Gretchen Cojuangco (uy, baka magalit si Mama).

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Insomnia

Kaya pala my friend told me that she was going to attend Tony Boy Cojuangco’s resort opening a few years ago, in Subic.

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