Photo Diary: Villa Escudero Day Tour

Date: April 7, 2015

After another challenging school year, my co-teachers and I decided to welcome summer vacation by taking a tour at Villa Escudero, a plantation and resort on the border of Tiaong, Quezon, and San Pablo City, Laguna.

We didn’t go swimming, we just mostly enjoyed the view and the buffet! Hehe. Here are some of the photos I took during the tour using my phone camera.

We arrived too early so we had our breakfast first at McDonald’s San Pablo City…

While waiting or our order...

While waiting for our order…

The reception hall opens at 8:00 AM so we waited outside first and just took some pictures.

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Here are some of the things you can see outside the hall… DSC_4573 DSC_4571DSC_4574We were allowed to wait inside…

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No staff yet. My co-teacher posing.

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Native chandelier.

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The view from the side of the hall.

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Traditional restaurant tables and chairs.

Finally, after registering, we started our day tour! We checked out first the AERA Memorial Museum. Too bad taking pictures inside is not allowed. 😦DSC_4588

The structure of the museum is designed like a church inside and out. According to its website, it is a replica of a long-gone church in Intramuros.DSC_4590 DSC_4592

We found very random stuff inside the museum including religious art, household furniture and many other items of interest collected by the Escuderos in their travels around the world. Read more about it here.

The hacienda is so vast that we need a ride to bring us to our next destination. We headed to the resort proper through a carabao-drawn cart.

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I was not able to capture our carabao’s face. Hehe. (Sorry for the poor photography.) The carabao’s name is Sexy.

The ride was relaxing and even accompanied by live background music. A singer and a guitarist sat with us and performed some native folk songs.

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Some of the pools from the resort.

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The next attraction is bamboo-rafting at Lake Labasin. Oooh… This sign is scary.DSC_4637

It’s embarrassing but I dunno how to swim so I wasn’t able to experience it but I kinda cheated by asking others to take pictures of me sitting on the raft. Hahaha.

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What a cheater. Haha. Pretending to ride the raft.

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My co-teachers who were brave enough.

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What a relaxing view, right? The orange spots look like flowers but they are actually life vests.

While waiting for the others who were riding the raft, we walked and looked around.

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The coffee shop menu. I can see some alcohol though.

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I think this is another coffee shop but it’s empty. I like the ambiance inside. We were allowed to stay here for a while even though we didn’t order anything. We had to save a lot of space inside our tummy for the buffet later! Hehe.

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You can view the bamboo rafts from here.

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The rest rooms near the pool have these signs. “Maganda” meaning beautiful for women and “Malakas” meaning strong for men. These are also the names of the characters from a Filipino folktale kinda similar to Adam and Eve.

Strolling…

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I’m chasing waterfalls…

You can actually stay at Villa Escudero overnight but we only chose the day tour. However, we found one cottage unlocked and empty so we stayed there for a while. Haha. Let’s keep this a secret.

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The house crashers…

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I also love this shot.

Next stop is the Waterfalls Restaurant.

I wasn't prepared for this. I was wearing leggings.

I wasn’t prepared for this. I was wearing leggings.

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Yummy Filipino foods. Eat all you can! I actually ate with my bare hands!

We opted out from the cultural show and decided to leave early. We had another “tour” on our way to the gate. We passed by this church.

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The tour guide said celebrity couple Rudy Fernandez and Lorna Tolentino got married here.

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Coconut trees all over.

The tour was short and fun. I like the relaxing rural atmosphere. This day tour cost PHP1,250 per person without the cultural show. It kinda sounds expensive but come to think of it, it’s hard to maintain a plantation this big and they have a lot of employees. Hehe. Anyways, if you are interested, you can visit their website.

 

What do you usually do to unwind and escape stress? Share it in the comments!

 

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5 thoughts on “Photo Diary: Villa Escudero Day Tour

  1. Wannie says:

    Reblogged this on Covey View and commented:

    Hi, guys! I changed my URL a little bit so in case you want to hear me from me again, here’s my latest post which will lead you to my blog. It’s about a tour I had last April. I’m not really good with photography but hoping to be better next time! Cheers!

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